The beaches of SE Asia are not really the best ones in the world, SE Asia is known for other fun activities and definitely not a destination for beaches! Think of SE Asia as a secondary choice for beaches, plan a beach holiday here if budget is one of the main constraints for your vacation. SE Asia is a backpacker’s destination that gives you the convenience of having access to cheap hostels, food and cheap transportation. Most beaches in SE Asia have pristine crystal waters, white-sands, palm trees, surfing spots, incredible underwater life. So what fun things can you do on these beaches? Well, you can expect these 1) Relax yourself while lying on these serene beaches 2) get mesmerized by them while relaxing, 3) you can explore marine life and sometimes ship wreckages in some select beaches 3) indulge in snorkeling and scuba diving activities 5) you can do sea surfing.
Let’s now try to get some insightful information about the best beaches along the banana pancake trail of SE Asia!
Similan Islands, Thailand
Similan Islands is a group of 11 archipelagos located off Thailand’s west coast in the Andaman Sea. This beach destination is ideal for snorkeling, just dive into the waters to explore the underwater paradise beneath the sea, filled with tropical fish, gorgeous corals and imposing boulders.
Pehrentian Islands, Malaysia
Pehrentian Islands is another beach delight for tourists interested in diving and snorkeling activities. The destination is located in the Malaysia’s east coast, considered by many as ideal for relaxation because of its serene location. Just turn on your best music and groove to its rhythm while sipping a cocktail for experiencing the best moments.
Pom Pom Island, Malaysia
Pom Pom Island is part of the Semporgna Archipelago off Malaysia’s East Coast. The Island is a very tiny piece of land with almost no settlements and a very few resorts. The island is surrounded by turquoise waters and infested with coral reefs, a large number of fish species and hawksbill marine turtles. We recommend Scuba diving to explore the underwater life of the surrounding waters.
Macleod Island, Myanmar
This is the best SE Asian beach destination if you are looking for a secluded beach for your relaxation. Experience the beauty of its pristine waters, mesmerizing diving spots and the surrounding marvelous nature. The best part about this beach is there’s only one resort on this entire Island- Myanmar Andaman Resort. This must be a top choice for honeymooners and for those who want to stay away from the noise of the usual hustle and bustle of a beach.
Cat Ba Island, Vietnam
Cat Ba Island is located inside the Cat Ba National Park which also houses UNESCO’s world heritage site: Ha Long Bay. The main attraction of this island is it has many karaoke bars scattered all along and is frequented mostly by Vietnamese weekenders. There is a lot of choice when it comes to beaches and boat rides on this island. Surely this destination is best for breath taking views of the lush green landscapes and its dense jungles, indulge in trekking to explore its mountainous terrain.
Komodo is an island known for being home to the Giant Komodo Lizards and is Indonesia’s most popular tourist attraction. It is located between the islands of Flores and Sumbawa in Eastern Indonesia. This is another paradise for divers, go scuba diving to explore the beautiful coral reefs underneath its waters.
Palawan, The Philippines
Palwan is known for its pristine beaches, lush green jungles, white sands and crystal clear waters. Most travelers visit Palawan to explore the Japanese ship wreckages underneath its waters. Go ahead and explore Palawan for one-of-a-kind under water ship wreckage experience.
Cebu Islands, The Philippines
Cebu Islands are located in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Discover Cebu Islands for its upland areas which offer stunning views of neighboring mountains, seas and islets, the island has some very good resorts in the nearby areas of Malapascua, Badian and Comotes.
Baron Islands, Maldives
The beaches circling the Baron Islands are ideal for relaxing and sunbathing. The beach has facilities like a dive center, Spa center and Yoga center. Get here for relaxation, scuba diving and for taking Yoga classes from trained instructors.