You don’t have to travel the world to find a slice of tropical paradise for yourself; a trip to Asia is all you need. The continent has some truly stunning stretches of sun, sea and sand; from beaches for those who are looking to party, and beaches perfect for water sports and discovering marine life, to beaches that are simply good to unwind, laze around in. To help you further, we have a selection of top 5 beaches in Asia for you to consider for your next tropical getaway.
1. Haad Rin Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand
Home to the original Full Moon Party, Haad Rin is the place to be if you like beaches and partying. Even when you are not dancing on the sand till the wee hours, this beach has a lot going for it. Dotted with plenty of bars and resorts, the beach town is spacious enough for everyone to find a location to chill out. If you don’t want to party, spend time laying on soft, white sand working on that tan or just read a book next to the pool — drink in hand — for a change of scenery.
2. Pasir Putih, Bali, Indonesia
Pasir Putih is located in Bali’s eastern Karangasem Regency. It may not have the amenities (or fame) of Haad Rin, but Pasir Putih is decidedly unspoiled. Rightly also known as the “Virgin Beach” and “Hidden Beach”, there are very few tourists to be found on this secluded slice of sea and sand. Nevertheless, there are few local eateries (locally called warung) around and some nice hotels in town.
3. Long Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
If you are craving for a paradisiacal beach, Long Beach in Malaysia will fulfill your needs and give you some more. Set on the stunning Perhentian Islands, this beach can get busy with party-loving backpackers in high season, but for nature wanderers, the sandy beach offers scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities in the gleaming turquoise waters just off the coast.
4. White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
As you might be able to tell from its name, White Beach is known for its soft, icing sugar sands. A place of stark, white beauty fringed with leaning palm trees on one side and jewel-like turquoise seas on the other, choosing to spend a few days (or a few weeks) on White Beach means having constant access to tropical paradise on your doorstep. Add to this the convenience of restaurants and nightlife, and here’s a formidable destination.
5. Long Beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Another Long Beach! This one is located on the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, just off the south coast of Cambodia. This dreamy destination is great for those who have spent time exploring mainland Vietnam and want to end their time in a relaxed setting, or for anybody looking for one of the best beaches on their holiday in Vietnam. Owing to recent developments, there are large resorts here, but somehow the beach retains an authentic atmosphere.
There is clearly no shortage of beautiful stretches of coastline in Asia. Whether you’re want to chill for a week in the sandy beaches of Philippines or complement water activities with late night partying in Thailand, there should be no trouble finding the beach retreat that suits your style.