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Best Beaches in Asia

September 10th, 2007 by

Asia is a vast continent covering many tropical areas with plentiful sandy beaches. From India to the Philippines to Indonesia, there are so many beaches to choose from that naming a few as “the best” is a difficult task. Selecting the best beach really depends upon personal criteria. For me, I’m considering the natural beauty of the area, pristine qualities, agreeable weather, and sparse crowds. The last qualification is most difficult to find as just about every good beach on the planet has been developed extensively.

SeminyakOver the last 10-15 years development on the once-remote locale of Bali, Indonesia has exploded as international tourists have discovered the exotic island. While the rest of Indonesia is 93% Muslim, Bali remains under the influence of Balinese Hinduism and compose a unique culture not found anywhere else in the world. But, to follow my criteria and seek out the best beach in Bali we have to journey north of Kuta away from the crowds to Seminyak. Seminyak is one of the few beaches left in Bali where you can feel like you have the whole beach to yourself. The wide, sandy beach is bordered by lush greenery and few hotels. But hurry, development is picking up here.

Palawan BeachPalawan is a group of islands belonging to the Philippines and is home to several of the world’s most beautiful and most pristine beaches. It is not unusual to stroll alone on the beaches next to the crystal-clear sea. Roads have largely gone undeveloped here and the islands consist largely of rain forest and white sand beaches. Flora and fauna are abounding also, during your stroll you may see monkeys and parrots among the cherry blossoms blooming in the area. Palawan is truly a tropical paradise like few others left in the world. Once again, better journey there before development kicks into high gear and the crowds roll in.

Kata BayThe beaches of Phuket in Thailand are also a wildly popular destination with international tourists. Considering Phuket is home to some of the finest beaches on the planet it’s easy to understand why. Finding seclusion here can be difficult, but the best chance is at Kata bay, south of the main Phuket beach of Patong. Kata is quite developed, the most developed of all the beaches I’m mentioning here, but there is a much more intimate feel to the area within a protected bay than there is among the throngs at Patong. There is plenty of lush greenery and the ocean is a beautiful greenish hue in the bay that merges into a dark blue out in the open ocean.

MaldivesOur final stop on this tour of the world’s best beaches is the Maldives, an island nation 435 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. Island hopping here can remind you of Robinson Crusoe’s islands in Treasure Island. Many beaches remain undisturbed here and you can stay in a bungalow on the soft sand within a crystal blue lagoon. The Maldives’ government has capitalized on the booming tourist industry – Europeans have been traveling here for years, but the government stresses quality over quantity. That means the beaches aren’t overdeveloped and you’re likely to have some personal space on the beaches here for years to come.

20 Responses to “Best Beaches in Asia”

  1. More Of The Best Beaches In Asia Says:

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  2. Lauren Says:

    Hello,
    I like your list. However Havlock Island in Andman India should also feature in this list. It is one of the most peaceful and beautiful beach in the world.

  3. Poll: Top 5 Romantic Spots In Asia Says:

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  4. Marco Says:

    try Boracay, amanpulo, el nido in the philippines!

  5. Ray Says:

    Nice beach in asia.

  6. Indy Says:

    Thailand’s beaches are some of the best i’ve visited.

  7. rene Says:

    How I wish I could share some of my photos of an unexplored beach in southern Palawan. . .

  8. jecho Says:

    try CORON, PALAWAN
    EL NIDO, PALAWAN
    BORACAY ISLAND
    AMANPULO ISLAND
    PANGLAO, BOHOL
    CARAMOAN
    PAGUDPUD
    MALAPASCUA ISLAND
    BANTAYAN ISLAND

    best white sand beaches here in the Philippines!!! …a thousand more to go to be discovered

  9. jb Says:

    The Philippine Beaches like Boracay, El Nido, CamSur, Guimaras Islands and even the shores of Iloilo , in which i have visited year after, its really amazing and breathtaking, its tropical atmosphere which nothing comparable with the beaches in world-round. . just try to visit those to be amused.

  10. Mrinal Says:

    Radha Nagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman & Nicibar Islands, India.
    Rated as the best beach in Asia 2004.

    Apart from this the beaches of Lakshadweep,Goa and Diu in India are one the best

  11. Maxwell Says:

    The best un polluted beach I ever visited was in Sri-Lanka, the east coast NILAVELI BEACH, this place is paradise, white sand beaches, crystal clear water, you can walk deep into the sea, its shallow and becomes deep gradually, but the best season to go here is April to September!! Hotels abd fresh sea food is really cheap too!!

  12. Jones Says:

    Best beaches in the world is Boracay, Philippines. Wow…..I’ll be back soon.

  13. Bournebourne Says:

    Try BORACAY, PAGUDPUD and EL NIDO, the Philippines’ and the WORLD’S BEST!!! Please check other Philippine beaches like in Bohol and Palawan! Truly magnificent!

  14. marlon Says:

    The province of Palawan was voted as the tourist destination with the Best Beaches Overall in Asia by American magazine Conde Nast Traveler in its Great Asian Beach Finder review.

    In Conde Nast Traveler, the beaches of Palawan bested other first-rate
    destinations in the Asian region including Beach No. 7 in Havelock Island, India ,
    the Nihiwatu Beach in Indonesia , and the Laem Tong Bay in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
    which was made famous by the Hollywood movie “The Beach.”

    Palawan also bested the shores of Baa, North Ari and North Male Atolls in Maldives.

    Jacques Cousteau remarked that Palawan was the most beautiful place he ever explored. Renowned underwater explorer Jacques Costeau has described Palawan as having one of the most Beautiful Seascapes in the world.

  15. prameet Says:

    RADHANAGAR BEACH ,HAVELOCK;is asia’s best beach according to TIME magazine ..

  16. rizwan Says:

    PAKISTAN GOT WORLD BEST BEACHES LIKE GAWADER OR SEAVIEW IN KARACHI

  17. rodz Says:

    .PALAWAN is the BEST!!!come to PALAWAN, and you’ll see the MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES you’ve ever seen in your whole life!!! VERY WONDERFUL!!!!!

  18. Ronzy Herrera Says:

    Palawan is truly blessed with world-class beaches! El Nido, Coron, Amanpulo.. all of these were already top-listed in various international publications worldwide!

  19. Rene Callueng Says:

    Cagayan North boasts of undiscovered and already developed beaches. Sta. Ana boasts of well developed beach resorts with world-class CASINOS and pristine , unexplored beaches, perfect escape for the weary and the adventurous. The islands north of Luzon, contrary to popular belief that typhoons frequent these areas,enjoy clear blue and sunny skies for most of the year. Top that with fine white sand beaches of Fuga Island with a thousand or more year old burial site of ancient islanders; the volcanic islands of Calayan, perfect for whale watching, and the mystifyingly tranquil Batanes. These strand of islands between Luzon and Taiwan are truly a haven in a part of the world still waiting for your discovery.

  20. rose Says:

    COME AND SEE THE BEAUTY OF PALAWAN, AND YOU WILL APPRECIATE THE VIVID PICTURES OF HOW THE GARDEN OF EDEN COMES ALIVE…

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