List of Beaches in Southeast Asia
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It’s no surprise that Southeast Asia is absolutely alive and thriving with some of the most beautiful and visited beaches in the world. It seems every country has their own answer for the sand-seeker, and so it depends on what each individual traveller is looking for as to the country or type of beach they are looking for. In the article below, I have listed some of the best beaches in Southeast Asia that you may want to explore.
Best Beaches in Southeast Asia
Thailand for example has many beaches which vary in quietness and seclusion, party atmosphere and crowds. The beaches of Koh Lanta for example are significantly quieter and less party-heavy than those of Koh Penang, Koh Phi Phi or Koh Samui where any traveller looking to revel at the full, quarter, half moon, no moon, blue moon, black moon, any moon parties can easily find something going on.
Beaches in Southeast Asia like Ao Nang are a good mix of party and quietness – with the parties typically kicking off around sunset, but by day the lazing around, snorkelling and swimming are the key activities. Almost every beach around the Thai islands also offer half and full day snorkelling trips which will take you around several of the islands to enjoy the different diving and snorkelling sites, often times with lunch and dinner included on the full day trips.
Of course for travellers who want something more off the beaten trail and a bit more adventurous, countries that are more opened up now like Myanmar (formerly Burma) also have beautiful, unspoilt strings of beaches along the western edge. Keep in mind though that there is very little in the way of tourist infrastructure on many of these beaches, so you will be lucky to have a beach hut offering barbecues, much less a party heavy atmosphere.
Malaysia is also a haven of beaches that are relatively unspoilt, and due to the extremely heavy taxation on alcohol, the beaches here are much more low key than in neighbouring Thailand.
However, for the person who is really looking for something almost bordering on explorer-level beaches, Indonesia is your mecca. Some of the beaches here literally take days to get to, but once there you’re rewarded with true, unspoilt, cultural experiences featuring homestays for accommodation as well as all food. These are places where power is almost a luxury, so don’t expect any frills, including internet in many places.
Lastly, If you are looking for unspoiled and less crowded beaches, save the best for last and head to the Philippines. Boracay is definitely the most popular beach destination in the country but it may not be appealing for people who hates loud music and party places. If you want to experience more adventure and total relaxation, beaches in Coron and El Nido in Palawan should definitely on top of your list. With more than 7,000 beautiful islands, the Philippines will surely surprise you.
So there you have a couple of great suggestions on beaches in Southeast Asia. There is a great mix of beaches, and so any traveller to the region should have no issue at all finding the perfect beach for their individual tastes and preferences. Enjoy, and stay safe!