10 Most Amazing Beaches in South-East Asia you must go !

With world famous beaches, Southeast Asia offers a tonne of opportunities to enjoy the endless coastlines of the region. Become a beach bum and spend your days lazing on the sand, taking in the sun followed by a dip in the clear waters. If planning a beach vacation in the region, consider one of the following places for an amazing time:

1. Railay, Thailand
Railay is Thailand’s beach paradise on the Andamans. When here, visit the breathtaking Phra Nang beach, arguably the finest beach in Thailand, if not southeast Asia. Relax on the broad strip of white sand staring at the massive cliffs that frame each end of the beach. Also make a trip to Ton Sai to indulge in some rock climbing and go to the viewpoint to get a spectacular view of the islands. Visit for 3 nights to make the most of this wonderful beach destination.

Hungry ?
Check out the amazing Thai food at Railay Phutawan Resort Restaurant and Mangrove Restaurant.

Where to stay?
Railay Beach Club – Rent a private beach house here for a comfortable stay.
Railay Great View Resort – Away from the hustle and bustle, this resort provides gorgeous views with very well-designed cottages.

sunset at Railay island


2. Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Surrounded by white-sand beaches and undeveloped tropical islands, Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s most happening beach destination. If you are looking for something less crowded than this is the place for you. While here definitely make a trip to the Otres Market, the late night market with live music shows and food stalls and the popular rocky strip of Ochheuteal Beach. Visit for 3 nights to get a complete experience of the islands.

Hungry ?
Indulge in the spicy Mexican food at Mick and Craig’s restaurant and the fabulous seafood at Noh Kor Phnom which has over two hundred options in the menu.

Where to stay?
Koh Thmei Resort – Part of Ream national park, the bungalows here provide outdoor activities like snorkelling, kayaking and wildlife-spotting to make the trip exciting.

3. Nha Trang, Vietnam

Ringed by a necklace of hills and with a sweeping crescent beach, Nha Trang enjoys a stunning setting. Offering some of the best scuba diving in the country it an ideal destination for a memorable beach holiday. Check out the Bao Dai Villas here for a terrific view of the bay. Also visit the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam for the sharks, turtles, coral reefs, lionfish, sea horses and Long Son Pagoda for the 79 feet tall white Buddha statue. Visit for 4 nights to enjoy a complete vacation with your family.

Hungry ?
Eat at Lac Canh Restaurant for its table top barbecue and Nha Trang Xua for the classic Vietnamese fare. Lip smacking good!

Where to stay?
Phu Quy 2 Hotel – Offers modern rooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi access is available at all areas.
Violet Hotel – Great location and facilities, makes this a value for money for its guests.

4. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Liberally sprinkled with picture-perfect white sand beaches and cloaked in dense, impenetrable jungle, Phu Quoc is the best beach in Vietnam. Spend you day trekking through the Phu Quoc National Park, visit the beautiful Cua Can and Ong Lan Beaches and the Dinh Cau Night Market for delicious range of Vietnamese Street food. Visit for 3 nights for an amazing getaway from your regular life.

Hungry ?
Indulge in the traditional Spanish tapas and Western-style breakfasts at Mondo. Another great option is Oasis for its great shepherd’s pie, shrimp spring rolls, apple pie and all-day breakfasts.

Where to stay?
Bamboo Cottages – With the Vung Bau Beach all to yourself, relax here for a memorable holiday.
Mai House – Consistently ranked the best resort on the island, it offers high quality thatched villas dotted around immaculate gardens for a refreshing holiday experience.

clear waters at Phu Quoc island

5. Mui Ne, Vietnam
The adrenalin capital of southern Vietnam is a perfect place for a fun filled vacation with your family. Indulge in Kitesurfing on the coast or surf on the massive waves over here. Mui Ne is also famous for its enormous red and white sand dunes where you can ride an ostrich. Or if you are a little more traditional than the usual quad bikes and dune buggies. Also see Suoi Tien, a beautiful stream with interesting sand and rock formations. Visit for 4 nights for a great family vacation.

Hungry ?
Grab some food at Joe’s – The Art Cafe for cheap sandwiches, steaks and fajitas and Santimatti pizzeria for the best pizzas in town.

Where to stay?
Thai Hoa Mui Ne Resort – Attractive bungalows and a spacious garden makes this a great stay.
Mui Ne Resort – Relax here, at the attractive pool surrounded by lush foliage for an amazing holiday with your loved ones.

colorful fishing boats are a distinctive icons

6. Tioman Island, Malaysia
Get lost in the lush jungles, clear streams, and dazzling white-sand beaches of Tioman Island. An idyllic spot for a leisurely vacation, see the multi-hued coral and tropical fish and spot butterflies, monitor lizards and deer on the island. Also visit one of several villages around the coastline which make for an excellent day’s trip. Visit the lush green Genting Village, go rock climbing at the legendary Gunung Nenek Semukut and visit the Juara Turtle Project to spend a day with sea turtles. Spend 5 nights to get a wholesome experience of the islands with your family.

Hungry ?
Eat traditional Malayan fare at Arini’s Family Restaurant and lip smacking Thai food at Thai Fun Restaurant.

Where to stay?
Coral Reef Holidays – Next to a private beach, it combines great facilities with an amazing view.
Bamboo Hill Chalets – Overlooking the sea, this is a popular place to stay on the islands.

clear blue waters awaits you

7. Langkawi, Malaysia
One of the most well known destinations in Southeast Asia and home to Malaysia’s most picturesque beaches, Langkawi will leave you wanting for more. Check out the gorgeous Pantai Cenang, one of the most popular beaches in Langkawi, snorkel at the Pulau Payar Marine Park and relax at the pristine waters and lush jungles of Pantai Kok. Another must see is the Gunung Raya, the tallest mountain on the island and Laman Padi, an ecotourism complex for a closer look at rice paddies. To enjoy all the natural and man-made attractions, stay here for at least 5 nights with your family.

Hungry ?
Dig into some Malay style rich curries and grilled fish at Siti Fatimah and Turkish and Mediterranean-style kebabs at Ashkim.

Where to stay?
Azio Hotel – Stylish and in budget, this hotel provides a list of great recreational services for its patrons.
Geopark Hotel Oriental Village – Surrounded with the best of nature Langkawi has got to offer, this hotel is perfect for an unmatched getaway.

langkawi Malaysia

8. Koh Phangan, Thailand
The tiny island has everything, pristine beaches, fun outdoor activities for adults and kids and water-sports. Visit the stunning Ang Thong Marine National Park and the beautiful waterfalls of Nam Tok Than Sadet and Nam Tok Phaeng where you can spot wild crocodiles, monkeys, snakes, deer and boar. Also get a dose of the local culture at the Night Market while nibbling on snacks like Banana pancakes and red snapper over noodles. Stay for 3 nights to enjoy an amazing time at this wonderful beach of Thailand.After the dreamy stay at the beach, spend time in the amazing city of Bangkok.

Hungry ?
Dig into authentic Mexican cuisine at Ando Loco, Stone-cooked pizzas and homemade pesto at Fellini and some traditional curries at Little House.

Where to stay?
Panviman Resort – Set along a hillside overlooking the beach this resort has the best views on the island.
Santhiya Resort And Spa – Located on a stretch of private beach, a great view and an amazing breakfast spread makes this a perfect location for a holiday on the island.

Koh Phangan, Thailand

9. Boracay, Philippines
The laid-back atmosphere of Boracay Island combined with the two-mile stretch of sparkling sand of White Beach, makes this places no less beautiful than the Caribbean. Indulge in water-sports like windsurfing and kiteboarding and also horseback riding at the Bulabog Beach and view the island from Mt Luho View Deck. Drench into the white sands for at least 3 nights to get the perfect getaway.

Hungry ?
Buy your own seafood and get it cooked as per your liking at D’Talipapa. Or dig into some European fare at Chez De Paris Resort. And for some modern Filipino food, visit Titos Resto & Grill.

Where to stay?
WaterColors Resort – Beautiful beachfront property with charming boutique-style rooms.
Boracay Cottage Island Resort – Filipino-inspired design with Banig walls and bamboo furniture.

Boracay, Philippines

10. El Nido, Philippines
El Nido: one of the hidden destinations of Asia, has an idyllic setting of a paradise island. The beaches here offer white sand and turquoise water as well as adventure activities such as snorkelling and rock climbing on the limestone cliffs. Visit the beautiful Nagkalit-kalit Waterfalls and take a guided tour of Balay Cuyonon, a well-preserved traditional Cuyonese home to learn about village life. Also go for overnight island hopping and camp on a deserted island. Visit for at least 4 nights to see the island as well as explore the lagoons, coves and caves it offers.

Hungry ?
Go to Marber’s for Filipino and German fare and Aplaya Restaurant for good seafood, chopsuey, noodles, pizzas and pastas.

Where to stay?
Cliffside Cottage – With porches facing the garden, these cottages combine beauty with a calm atmosphere for a relaxed holiday.Cliffside Cottage
El Nido Overlooking – Perched on a steep hill, it provides a breathtaking view combined with great facilities to make this the stay of choice for its guests.
http://www.el-nido-overlooking.com/El Nido overlooking

El Nido, Philippines

With hundreds of beautiful beaches and endless blue waters, there is a lot to be seen in the whole of Southeast Asia. With new beaches being discovered every year, there are always a new beach you can explore. Share with us your holiday experiences in the region and what you loved about the place.

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