Sal Eain Tan beach, ideal spot to go on mini-breaks

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Local travellers are seen on the Sal Eain Tan beach during the Thingyan holidays. Photo : Pwint Thitsa

Sal Eain Tan Beach, the closest beach to Yangon, is alive and crowded during the Thingyan holidays.
“I also went there on the third day of Thingyan (Akyat) with my friends,” said a traveller.
“Although I went there two years ago during the Thingyan period, I didn’t have a chance to go there for the COVID-19 pandemic. But, during this year I made a plan to pay a visit to the beach. I arrived at Dala Township at 10 am on Thingyan Akyat. I found only three passenger buses to other townships at the bus terminal and did not find the bus to Sal Eain Tan Beach. According to the suggestion of one resident, I hired a Probox taxi with my friends at K4,000 each to Kawt Dune Village and reached the beach by motorbike at about 11 am,” she recounted.
“We can see more entry and exit of vehicles at about 2 pm at Sal Eain Tan beach. It’s located in Sal Eain Tan Village of Kanyin Kone Village-tract in Kungyangon Township, Yangon Region,” she added.
Visitors and swimmers throng the place, and the restaurants are open in line with COVID-19 health rules.
The beach became famous in early 2017. When the water covers the beach’s sand, the visitors go around the beach by car or motorcycle. When there is no tide, the people play on the sand.
On Thingyan Akyat, the beach offered a picturesque sunset view, and the visitors took photos of such beautiful scenes.
The youths ride horses, speedboats and four-wheel cycles. The people take commemorative photos with the statues of male mermaid and female mermaid near the beach.
More than 50 food stalls at the beach provide famous curries like Nga Tha Lauk Oh Hmauk, crab and prawns.
It is also an excellent place for movie shooting and is always crowded with people, according to the locals.
“There are very few visitors from Yangon to here during this year, Thingyan. Most of the visitors are from Dala and Kungyangon townships. There are only about 50 food stalls this year. The people do not take food so much compared to the previous years. Most of the people play water. The food stalls had good transactions on the weekends and the days of religious significance. We received about K50,000 per table. But now, the people eat only Kyauk Pwint and pickled tea leaf salads. We expect there would be many visitors this year. Due to some travel restrictions of the COVID-19 outbreak, the people mostly go to Khayu beach. It can be supposed as a rival to us. But, the beach is crowded more year by year,” said an owner of the restaurant.
The government also implements development programmes for Sal Eain Tan beach, and so the visitors should not miss that beach.—Pwint Thitsa/GNLM

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