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 â€œthe bestâ€ is a difficult task. Selecting the best beach really depends upon personal criteria. For me, Iâ€™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.
Over 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 is a group of islands belonging to the Philippines and is home to several of the worldâ€™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.
The 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 itâ€™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 Iâ€™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.
Our final stop on this tour of the worldâ€™s best beaches is the Maldives, an island nation 435 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. Island hopping here can remind you of Robinson Crusoeâ€™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 Maldivesâ€™ government has capitalized on the booming tourist industry â€“ Europeans have been traveling here for years, but the government stresses quality over quantity. That means the beaches arenâ€™t overdeveloped and youâ€™re likely to have some personal space on the beaches here for years to come.