2015 Best Beach Destinations in Asia by Tripadvisor
Are you getting tired of spending your summer on the same sandy beach in your hometown every single time? Or, have you been spending your past summer vacations traveling to the same city?
Boracay Island Philippines
If your answer to both of the questions above is positive, then, you just have to know this: your summer vacation doesn’t need to be all boring. It’s summer, so give yourself a chance to relax and unwind! After all, that’s what summer is all about. It’s summer, and you have to know that there is more to it than just spending it somewhere you have visited a thousand times. Summer is about exploring, as well.
Puka Shell Beach Boracay
There are a lot of great places to see in Asia, and the following beaches listed below in descending order are the simply the best of the best for you this summer. The following beaches were ranked according to TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor is a website that allows fellow travelers from around the world to share their experiences, opinions, photos, and so on, on a certain place, sort of like a Facebook for travelers.
15. Yonaha Maehama Beach in Miyakojima, Japan
Yonaha Maehama Beach photo by en.okinawastory.jp
If there’s any beach you plan to see in Japan, it has to be Yonaha Maehama in Miyakojima. This seven kilometer-beach of white sand is known as one of the best beaches in Japan. Its crystal clear waters make it the perfect spot for snorkeling, as well. Yonaha Maehema Beach’s peak season is from April to November. If you plan to book a hotel nearby, make sure to do so before these months.
14. Mandrem Beach in Mandrem, India
Mandrem Beach by Simon Alexander Jacob via Flickr
This humble place called Mandrem sits on the western tip of India. By being there you can expect that its Mandrem Beach would give you an unobstructed and the best view of the sea. This would also be the best beach for you if you’re looking for a peaceful and relaxing summer vacation. You can get there by riding a bus from Mapusa to Arambol. Mandrem is just a short walk away from Arambol.
13. Nusa Dua Beach in Nusa Dua, Indonesia
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
Nusa Dua Beach in Indonesia is a pristine beach that stretches for a distance and is conveniently located near several great hotels where you can stay in. Although it may sound a bit commercialized, the beach is actually very secluded, relaxing, and dotted with trees. Nusa Dua is 40 kilometers south of Denpasar, Bali.
12. Varkala Beach in Varkala, India
Sunset at Varkala Veach by Nikolas Becker – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
The cliffs of Varkala Beach in Varkala, Kerala, India, overlook the Arabian Sea. Just imagine what you would see if you get here. The beach area itself is also a good place for swimming, sunbathing, and food tripping! There are several small restaurants around the area that serve traditional Kerala dishes.
11. Palolem Beach in Canacona, India
Palolem Beach by Martin Frey Martin Frey Own Work via Wikimedia Commons
Palolem Beach in India is busy all year round—with all the restaurants, snack shops, ayurvedic spa houses, and that amazing view of the Arabian Sea, surely you can’t blame anyone! Still, the beach is dotted with all these coconut palms, so it still reserves some spots for your typical, close-to-nature vacation, if that’s what you’re seeking.
10. Otres Beach in Sihanoukville, Cambodia
The Secret Garden at Otres Beach
Clean beach, fresh air, peace, relaxation, Cambodian food—all these you can find on and near Otres Beach in Sihanoukville. And, did you know that Cambodia is also known as the Land of Smiles? Expect friendly locals here.
9. Phra Nang Beach in Ao Nang, Thailand
Phra Nang Beach by kallerna – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
With its massive rock formations and white sands, Phra Nang Beach in Thailand has become one of the best beaches in Thailand and even in the whole world. It is the ideal summer destination for anyone—including all you explorers out there. Phra Nang Beach is about 20 minutes away (via a long tail boat) from the Ao Nang vicinity.
8. Kata Noi Beach in Karon, Thailand
Kata Noi Beach photo Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
Another beach worth seeing in Thailand is Kata Noi. This beach is located on the southwest side of the island of Phuket. It is not very commercialized and developed like most beaches in the country, but Kata Noi nevertheless attracts tourists with its priceless scenery of the sunset, its coziness, and its surf-able waves during the months of May through October.
7. Railay Beach in Thailand
Railay Beach by kallerna – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Limestone cliffs are indeed rare, but you can see a lot of them here in Railay Beach. The beach gets busy all year round, any time of the day, and there are a lot of establishments in the area. To get to the Railay Beach peninsula you have to ride a boat.
6. Agonda Beach in Agonda, India
Agonda Beach by Sobarwiki – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
Summertime’s hot, so it’s only reasonable to want to avoid the crowd sometimes. If a peaceful beach is what you’re looking for, then Agonda Beach is the place to go to. From a fair distance are some apartments where you can stay in.
5. Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) in Boracay Island Philippines
Yapak Beach aka Puka Beach photo by ThedistrictBoracay.com
Boracay is perhaps one of the busiest tourism spots in the Philippines. But, there’s a little place called Yapak Beach that’s surprisingly less crowded, and secluded! Yapak is sometimes also called Puka Shell Beach due to the large number of Puka shells scattered among the white sand.
4. Ngapali Beach in Ngapali, Myanmar
Ngapali Beach by Stephan Fussan. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Ngapali is an unexplored paradise in Myanmar. The beach offers a priceless view of the sunset, and somewhere nearby you can also get a massage by the beach. That’s relaxation in its purest.
3. Nai Harn Beach in Rawai, Thailand
Nai Harn Beach by Miguel Narvaza via Flickr
The waters of Nai Harn Beach are great for swimming and water frolicking and are best enjoyed during the months of November through April. Near the beach area are several snack shops where you can stuff yourself with traditional Thailand food and party by the beach side.
2. Radhanagar Beach in Andaman Islands, India
Radhanagar Beach Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
This white sand beach located away from the bustling streets of the city attracts tourists with its seclusion and cleanliness. The beach area is not large like most beaches, but is nevertheless ideal for unwinding, picnicking, or just contemplating the wonders of life. Radhanagar is found 12 kilometers from Havelock’s.
1. White Beach in Boracay Island Philippines
White Beach Boracay
And now we’re down to the first beach on our list—the White Beach in Boracay, Philippines. Boracay is just an hour’s flight away from Manila. The western end of the Boracay island is where you’ll find White Beach. Being famous as it is, White Beach has plenty of commercial establishments for your convenience here. Avoid coming here during the months of December through May; algal bloom is common during these months.