Since we arrived at 3am, the hotel can't really check us in but they were nice enough to let us rest in the employee quarter. I pretty much crashed on the cushions laid on the ground but the A/C was so cold it kept waking me up. We decided to turn off the A/C after a while and opened the door even though the staff warned us about the mosquitoes. No joke! The mosquitoes almost ate us alive but too bad for them since I brought with me 2 bottles of mosquito repellent and my electric mosquito racket.
Tip: In addition to sunscreen (PA+++, UVA/UVB, SPF50+), be sure to bring mosquito repellent and ointments with you. I sprayed so much mosquito repellent on myself the entire trip I keep wondering if I am going to kill myself first. In fact, after I returned to Macau, I still got immunity against the mosquitoes for another month without spraying myself!!! My electric mosquito racket has also proved to be worth every single pound it weighed. I probably killed hundreds of mosquitoes and flies along the way. Highly recommended to my fellow mosquito-prone travelers.
The beauty of visiting Chaungtha (or anywhere) during low season is that there are less travelers and you can almost have the entire place to yourself. The water is still nice and warm, restaurants are less crowded, businesses are more likely to give you a better deal , and you get a better overall experience!
|we got the entire beach all to ourselves|
|the people here do not wear swimsuit as it is too revealing...|
|they go into the water in their regular clothes... especially women...|
|I wonder if he intends to hold the umbrella for her at all...|
|locals selling to tourists - more if you visit during peak season|
|tubes for rent|
|(clockwise) veggies, clams salad, tomato shrimp, seafood soup... yum!|
|grouper in chili sauce... so good!!!|
The owner who rented us the tubes offered to take us to Ngwesaung the next day for 16,000 kyats per motorcycle. (Note: the price doubles during peak season but still a very reasonable price in my opinion.) He said he knows the back roads and could take us there in a little over an hour one-way. My cousin actually researched about going to Ngwesaung and it would take approximately three hours one-way if we were to take the main roads. Three hours is just too much for my bum but an hour, of course we agreed! One of the best decisions made!
|he is not riding a zebra, just a horse painted with stripes...|
|we are ready for some tubing action!|
|I can sit here the entire day~ |
(with plenty of sunscreen, young coconuts and a big umbrella for shade)
|the tube shop owner helped us bought these young coconuts, |
so delicious! Say bye-bye to tourist traps!
|kid flying his kite|
|all kids, but very different lives...|