A Dummy’s Guide to South East Asia’s Most Iconic Beaches

Slap on some sunscreen and grab those beach flip-flops as we head to South East Asia’s favourite and most iconic beach destinations....

Calling all you beach bums! Endless stretches of sun kissed beaches, clear seas and the blue skies overhead—South East Asia’s beaches have all this and more to offer. Slap on your sunscreen and grab those beach flip-flops as we list South East Asia’s favourite beach destinations.

1. Bintan – Batam, Indonesia

Located 45 minutes away from Singapore by ferry, the Indonesian island of Bintan provides an instant getaway from the city. The tourist-friendly Bintan Resorts section of the island (jokingly referred to as a Singaporean outpost) allows you to relax in carefully manicured surroundings.  Head to Indonesia’s Batam Island, known for its wild partying, if you want a more riotous holiday.

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2. Phuket, Thailand

Thailand’s Phuket has become a regular stopover for those wanting to enjoy the sand, sea and surf. From quiet, untouched beaches to beaches bursting with a carnival-like atmosphere, Phuket has it all. Patong Beach is famous for its wild nightlife, while Banana Beach is home to rainforest birds and other wildlife. Nai Han Beach located in Southern Phuket is perfect to enjoy a quiet, cozy sunset. Read: Date A Girl Who Travels

3. Tioman Island, Malaysia

With rolling green landscapes and virgin beaches, Malaysia’s Tioman Island is paradise. Tioman’s beach coast is divided into North and South by a small rocky hill. Local folklore demands that tourists stand on this hill (and perhaps pose for the camera) as it is believed to be the oldest area of the island. North Beach is popular with tourists, bustling with shops and tiny cafes, while South Beach is relatively peaceful. Read: 9 Awesome Spots For The Best Afternoon Nap Ever

4. Bali, Indonesia

With its irresistible mix of beautiful temples, colourful festivals, endless beaches and adventure sports, Bali packs in something for everyone. Culture junkies will enjoy touring the island’s many temples, with their towering pagoda-shaped roofs with multiple tiers. Every Balinese temple is unique, which adds to their beauty. Adrenalin junkies can trek to the top of Mt. Batur, an active volcano situated in North Bali. Read: A Peak Into 5 Super Exclusive Private Islands

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5. Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

It is not only the white sand beaches, picturesque fishing villages and marine adventures that bring tourists to Koh Pha Ngan. This Thai island is best known as for its infamous Full Moon Parties – Haad Rin beach is converted into a swinging, dancing blur of decadence and merriment. With pulsing music, guests from all over the world, fire eating, flashing lights and sand below your feet, this is one heck of a party!

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6. Mui Ne, Vietnam

This extremely unexplored beach in South Vietnam (near Ho Chi Minh City) is perfect for travelers looking for a relaxed, cosy holiday. Do visit the Sand Dunes, a short drive from the town. Slide down the dunes if you’re up for an adventure, else admire the coastal view from your sandy vantage point. Don’t miss the sunset from the dunes! The Mui Ne fishing harbour is a delightful place – Watch the bay with hundreds of colourful boats happily bobbing.

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Boracay, Philippines

The beautiful island of Boracay is popular with travelers for its serene sights and sweeping beaches. A rite of passage for those looking to experience the best beaches of South East Asia. Read: Dine at the edge of a waterfall In The Philippines.

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This piece was originally written for Mumbai Mirror Online

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