Thandwe, a thriving seaport on the west coast of the Rakhine State, is just a one-hour flight from Yangon. There have been plans to expand the airport to allow international flights and large jets, but for now it is suitable only for regional turboprop aircraft. As a result, the Andaman Sea’s coastline remains unspoiled and the hotels are mostly low-rise and hidden among the palms. Located a few miles away from downtown Thandwe, Ngapali’s palm-lined, white-sand beach provides a fine place to relax. This small fishing town has numerous casual restaurants and is an ideal base for snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, boating and biking. The northern part of the Rakhine State has become notorious for the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya people. Thandwe, in the south, is approximately 300 miles from the affected area.