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.





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 ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Setse Beach
20km southeast of Thanbyuzayat
Admission: Free

Location map for Setse Beach

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