Have you been dreaming of travelling to those beaches in Southeast Asia for that wonderful, relaxing holiday? Do you close your eyes and imagine untouched, white sand beaches that stretch out into the sunset? Such idyllic places are harder and harder to find but allow us to take you on a wonderful journey to some of the most stunning and serene beaches we uncovered in Asia with our top 5 secret white sand beaches.
1. Belitung Island, Indonesia
A beautiful island, Belitung is blessed with some of the best beaches in Indonesia, and is also one of the most enchanting islands in Southeast Asia. Situated off the east coast of Sumatra, the pearly, white sands of Belitung Island are as soft as palm sugar and the seas are as clear as glass. The beaches of Belitung are unique for their particularly intriguing landscape of magnificent granite stones that rest like giant pillars within the shallow, azure waters. Some of these incredible rock formations are the size of a house, and even have short tunnels running underneath them. Fringed with long sandbars and healthy coral reefs that are perfect for snorkeling, Belitung is a relaxing and exciting escape for sunbathers and adventurers alike.
More information about Belitung island, here.
2. The Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
The Mergui Archipelago
Off the south coast of Myanmar, located in the Andaman Sea, the Mergui Archipelago is one of the most remote and unspoiled archipelagos in the world. Made up of over 804 islands, the region offers spectacular marine life and pristine, healthy coral reefs. There are so many sights and activities to enjoy, including hiking through tropical valleys, kayaking through mangroves, and superb scuba diving adventures; the possibilities are limitless. The magic and mystery of Mergui is enhanced by the Sea Gypsies, also known as Moken or Solone. The Moken are one of the last people in the world to still live a nomadic life on the sea, coming to reside on land only during the monsoon period. And for those who are just seeking a serene beach-side holiday, you can enjoy wandering along any of the hundreds of deserted soft sand beaches or simply jump from your boat into the warm, blue waters and go swimming. Pure bliss.
More information about The Mergui Archipelago, here.
3. Maenam Beach – Koh Samui, Thailand
With enviable views of the neighboring island of Koh Phangan and bright turquoise waters, Maenam Beach in Koh Samui allows you to relax with a degree of privacy unavailable elsewhere on the island. Away from the busy noise of the big, commercial resorts, connected by long, winding pathways you will find the island’s most private and secluded beach. Due to the unusual lack of large resort hotels, Maenam Beach is the perfect choice for those looking for a quiet alternative, and while it is popular with backpackers, it also features some unique and more luxurious places to stay. Take a romantic sunset walk along the 7km stretch of tranquil sands, etched with swaying coconut trees and embrace a picture postcard Thai holiday.
More information about Maenam beach, here.
4. Flower Island – Palawan, The Philippines
Surrounded by 2,000 kilometers of coastline and roughly 1,780 islands and tiny islets, Flower Island is nestled within the island province of Palawan. This stunning region is known to have some of the most spectacular seascapes in the world and Flower Island’s exquisite paradise offers nature lovers a true escape from bustling city life. Secluded, powdery white sand beaches, rich foliage, crystal waters and vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life make Flower Island a true piece of tropical heaven.
More information about Flower Island, here.
5. Tioman Beach – Tioman Island, Malaysia
If you are looking for the perfect island holiday getaway in Malaysia, this little bit of tropical paradise greets visitors like a movie set. Located just off the east coast of the peninsula with its twinkling beaches, warm breeze and endless sunshine, Tioman Island is a stand out destination for travelers. Luscious green hills and dense tropical forest overlook the shining blue ocean and beautiful white coral reefs. Journeying inland along the jungle trails allows those with a more adventurous spirit to experience the unique and abundant wildlife, and if you are lucky you will also see the magnificent (and very large) Monitor Lizards that are famous in the region.
More information about Tioman island, here.
By Kat Johnston
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