top beaches in asia

Top seven beaches in Asia

Being the largest continent, Asia is surrounded by water on three sides which make it a home for several exotic shorelines. Most of the best beach fronts are located in South East Asia due to the warmer climate and the abundance of marine life. These beaches not only offer the pleasures of sun and sand but are some of the most happening places with tons of parties and adventure sports that have attracted merry makers and thrill seekers for years.

While it is common for most tourists to visit the standard, ‘tried and tested’ beach locations around Asia, there are those who want to experience something fresh and more tranquil. As harsh as it might sound, visiting overcrowded beaches can be a good thing for a couple of days but experiencing the true beauty of an unspoilt location is totally unparalleled. So let’s take a look at some of the most picturesque yet largely unspoilt beach locations in Asia.

1.Ko Lipe, Thailand

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Located in the south-western region of Thailand, Ko Lipe is an exotic beach island placed in the Andaman Sea. It also lies in close proximity to the famous Tarutao National Marine Park which is also famous for being the location of Survivor: Thailand. The Island is one of the most beautiful tropical beachfronts in Asia and comprises of three main beaches. The entire island can be covered on foot in about an hour, which makes it a perfect location free from traffic and pollution. The waters are crystal clear and the warm temperature makes them perfect for swimming and snorkelling with a wide variety of tropical fishes and marine life that can be seen around the island.

2. White Beach, Philippines

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Currently know as the best beach in Asia, the White Beach forms the shoreline of Boracay Island in the Philippines. The island is located at a short distance of 300 kilometres from mainland Manila surrounded by the Sulu Sea and the Sibuyan Sea from the eastern and western sides. As common with most tropical South-Asian beaches, the White Beach as the name suggests, boasts of its Azure waters and white sands. You can also find several snorkelling, boating and surfing activities offered near the beachfronts to experience the true beauty of the island.

3. Yalong Bay, China

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Also known as the Yalong Bay National Resort, the beach is a 7.5 kilometre long seashore located in the Hainan province of China. The crescent shaped shoreline is known for its remarkably pleasant climate that is nowhere to be found in any other Asian beach. The beach is never crowded despite China being the most populous country in the world and the clear waters provide visibility as deep as eight meters. The bay is also nicknamed as the Asian Dragon bay owing to its unusual shape that resembles a dragon. The beach is usually lined with several recliners and straw umbrellas that provide picturesque tropical look to the shores.

4. Kuta Lombok, Indonesia

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One of the major beach locations in Indonesia, Kuta is a small village on Lombok Island. Known for its exotic beachfronts and low number of visitors, Kuta is surely an unspoilt tropical paradise. The white beaches of Kuta are lined with a few restaurants and are also favourite destinations among the surfers. The crystal clear waters also allow the viewing of the various reefs that are abundant with a thriving population of tropical fishes and other marine life forms. You can either try your hands on snorkelling or experience the marine life up close and personal while deep sea diving from the several diving spots across the village.

5. Radhanagar Beach, India

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Considered to be the best beach of India, Radhanagar Beach was also ranked as the best by Time magazine in 2004. The beach is located in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is only accessed via a ferry. The beach is largely unspoilt and has very few commercial activities like beach shacks and restaurants. The beach is relatively small, stretching to a short distance of just 2 kilometres yet it is one of the most beautiful beaches you will ever visit. It is also a much preferred destination for the people who want to get away from the overly crowded beaches of Thailand.

6. Yonaha Maehama beach, Japan

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Those of you looking at South Asian beaches might have totally missed this great vacationing spot. Located in Japan, the Yonaha Maehama beach is the pride of the Okinawa Island and offers an exotic subtropical paradise to its visitors. The white sands and the turquoise waters are as pleasant as the South Asian beaches, minus the crowd and commercial activities. The Yonaha Maehama Beach is also one of the best beaches in Japan and also offers activities like swimming, snorkelling, watersports and beachside camping.

7. Ngapali Beach, Myanmar

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One of the few known exotic beaches of the Bay of Bengal, the Ngapali Beach is indeed the most fascinating beach in the erstwhile royal kingdom of Burma. The beach is located in a quaint fishing hamlet of Ngapali and is largely unspoilt with only a handful of visitors. There are only a few accommodation facilities in Ngapali; nevertheless, where to stay is not a major issue of concern due to the lack of visitors. The blue waters and white sands of the beach is complemented by the natural surroundings which are totally undisturbed by any commercial activities.

This list of the best seven beaches in Asia is subject to opinion and listing down the most unexplored beaches is a herculean task! These beaches, however, are indeed some of the most picturesque and largely unspoilt locations that you can visit across Asia.

About our guest blogger:

Rohit Agarwal is a travel enthusiast and an architect. His love of discovering new places with their vibrant cultures regularly takes him to new places. He also writes about his journeys in his blog and several other travel-related websites.


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