Find out what the best beaches in Asia are as awarded by millions of real travelers.
At only 4.5 miles long, Boracay is small enough to navigate by rented bicycle or motorbike. But don't let its small size fool you—you'll have several excellent beaches to choose from. Yapak Beach is known for beautiful white shells; White Beach has picture-perfect sunsets; and Balinghai Beach is a secluded spot, perfect for honeymooners. As long as you visit during dry season, you'll agree this is one of the best beach destinations in the world.
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
Most of this limestone island is a protected marine reserve… which means you’ll enjoy unspoiled beaches, as well as fantastic diving and snorkeling. Several local dive shops get great reviews from our travelers. When you’re back on dry land, chill out even more with a session of yoga on the beach.
Ko Lanta, Thailand
Ko Lanta is a gorgeous island where you'll be certain to find an uncrowded beach. Located in the Krabi Province, one of the southern provinces of Thailand, Ko Lanta offers fantastic scuba diving with exotic marine life and grand coral reefs. The sunsets, too, are legendary—watch one over a glass of wine with someone you love.
Koh Phangan, Thailand
We're guessing they don't have a werewolf problem in Ko Phangan, because every month on the full moon, thousands of people take part in the Full Moon Party's all-night festivities, including music on the beach. By day, you'll find a lovely island with coconut trees and plenty of sandy white beaches. If you're a diver, visit Sailrock for a spectacular wall dive.
Koh Tao, Thailand
Drifting serenely in the Gulf of Thailand, the palm-fringed island of Ko Tao takes its name from the abundant sea turtles that reside on its shores. The scuba diving and snorkeling here is sublime, allowing for close encounters with black-tip reef sharks, abundant tropical fish and a wooden shipwreck. Busy Sairee Beach is bursting with bars and nightclubs, while palm-lined Haad Thien (or Rocky Bay) is a quiet escape from the chaos.
Kata Beach, Thailand
Just to the south of Karon lies Kata, a laid-back town with two stunning beaches. Kata Yai is the bigger beach, and if you’re not the type to lounge on the sand all day, you can rent practically any type of water-sports equipment here. Kata Noi, on the other hand, is quieter and smaller—ideal for a lazy day.
Candolim, once a fishing village, is now a popular resort destination. It is perfect for travelers looking for a relaxing vacation filled with fine dining, souvenir shopping and beachcombing. Candolim offers a soft, sandy beach with deep blue water, ideal for swimming. Masseurs are available for any sunbathers in need of a massage. The beach is lined with interesting shops, hawkers, cafes and restaurants, while boat tours are available for dolphin watching.
Paradise by day, party central by night, Chaweng is a favorite destination for sun-seekers and night owls alike. Choose Central Chaweng if you love nightclubs, music and fireworks. Head toward North Chaweng and Chaweng Noi for a more peaceful stay. Sands are fine and white, and the water is warm year-round.
Nusa Dua, Indonesia
Luxurious accommodations, including several golf resorts, abound at Nusa Dua on southern Bali’s Bukit peninsula. Surfing and diving are popular activities for adventure seekers. The white sands beckon sun junkies and those in pursuit of breezy relaxation. Geger Beach is safe, clean and popular with both vacationers and locals.
Bophut is a beach village undergoing the development of new hotels and villas. It is becoming popular due to its optimal white sandy shoreline, swaying coconut palms and traditional Sino-Thai environment. The Fisherman’s Village, located on the east side, remains unspoiled, with quaint wooden shops and ancient buildings. The main road is lined with pubs, fine eateries, spas and trendy shops. Manicures, pedicures and Thai massages are inexpensive attractions for many visitors, as are the hypnotic sunsets.