Photo: The sands of Setse Beach.

Setse Beach

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Setse is Mawlamyine’s prime beach destination. Until recently, its kilometres of casuarina-backed golden sands were very much a local domain only. But now, with accommodation for foreigners available, curious tourists and public transport allowing access, Setse Beach makes for a great little diversion from Mawlamyine’s historical and cultural sights.

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The clean (at least when we visited) sands stretch far enough to provide room for the obligatory fishing boats and drying fish, plus a section of seafood restaurants, beer stations and inner tube renters — and there’s still empty, pristine stretches. Resort-style 21 Paradise Hotel has picked a scenic and peaceful spot towards the northern end of Setse to open.

The family section. Photo taken in or around Setse Beach, Mawlamyine, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

The family section. Photo: Mark Ord

The long beach is book-ended by two rocky outcrops. The northern one, close to Paradise, is topped by a wave-washed pagoda. (The famous Yele Pagoda is a short distance up the coast.) You can enjoy the best of both worlds at Setse: soak up some local flavour and hang out with picnicking families by the wooden beachfront cafes in the busy central part of the beach, or soak up a poolside cocktail at Paradise while savouring an uncluttered view across ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Setse Beach
20km southeast of Thanbyuzayat
Admission: Free

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