Unknown to many, Southeast Asia is home to some of the most incredible beaches in the world. From Thailand, to Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines, white sand and warm turquoise water are commonplace, yet nevertheless, amazing. Below I’ve listed my favorite beaches across the region:
- Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi Leh, Thailand
Situated between Phuket and the Thai mainland, Maya Bay came to fame after being used as the location for Leonardo Dicaprio’s The Beach. The island, Ko Phi Phi Leh, is accessible via road or boat connections from airports in Krabi, Trang and Puhket. If you’re looking for a little slice of paradise, this is the place go.
2. White Beach, Boracay Island, Phillipines
Although a little more developed and luxurious than Maya Bay, Boracay’s White Beach is just as beautiful. So beautiful in fact, that it was awarded Travel + Leisure’s Best Island in the World in 2012. Not a bad feat if you ask me. Also, in addition to being one of the world’s top destinations for relaxation and leisure activity, Boracay has also recently developed a prominent nightlife scene. So, if you’ve still got energy after 18-holes, a few dips in the ocean, and a wind surf or two, don’t worry, the bars await you.
3. Tioman Island, Malaysia
Tioman Island is a small island, 39km long and 12km wide, situated off of the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. According to legend, Tioman Island is the resting place of a beautiful dragon princess, who, while flying to visit her prince in Singapore, became enamored by the crystal clear ocean waters and took the form of the island, offering shelter and comfort to passing travelers. Take the dragon princess up on her offer and book yourself a Tioman Island vacation rental, you deserve it!
4. Phra Nang Beach, Railay, Thailand
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Phra Nang Beach is undoubtedly one of the must-visit beaches in Railay. Situated between forested cliffs and crystal blue water, it’s not unordinary to catch the glimpse of a swinging monkey when relaxing in this island paradise.
5. My Khe Beach, Da Nang, Vietnam
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Da Nang is the fifth largest city in Vietnam and the home to some of the regions most beautiful beaches. My Khe, without a doubt, is at the top of that list. Only 6km east of Da Nang city, My Khe boasts 9km of smooth white sand and pristine blue waters. The small waves and host of restaurants make it an ideal location to catch some sun, relax, and enjoy some great food.
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