With crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, palm trees and lush green hills, Asia’s beautiful beaches are close to being heaven on earth. Ever dreamt of becoming a beach chum by spending your days lazing on the sand, taking in the sun followed by a dip in the clear waters? Take a look at our list of the best beaches in Asia that should be on every traveler’s list.
1) Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman, India
Radhanagar Beach is a picturesque natural paradise with beautiful white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green trees. The amazing shades of crystal-clear blue and green waters of this beach fringed with the green canopy of the rain-fed forests beckon everyone to enjoy the frolic and fun in the azure sea. The breathtaking sight of sunset on this beach will leave the travelers awestruck and spellbound.
Best time to visit: November to April
2) White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
Situated on the tiny island of Boracay in the Philippines, White Beach is graced with lovely sand, warm waters, and diving spots along its pristine shore. At night, the area plays host to many parties that are accompanied with vibrant live music and fire dancers. What certifies it as one of the best beaches in Asia is the fact that White Beach offers several water sport activities like surfing, sailing, skimboarding and is especially a haven for kite surfers.
Best Time to Visit: December to April
3) Ngapali Beach, Myanmar
With palm-tree-fringed white sand, clear waters of the Bay of Bengal, Ngapali has a justified reputation as Myanmar’s premier beach getaway. Ngapali is about relaxing and enjoying the sun, but other activities include taking trips on local fishing boats; kayaking; scuba diving amongst the brightly coloured fish; and motorcycling down the beach.
Best Time to Visit: November to March
4) Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand
Isolated from the mainland, the peninsula of Railay is surrounded by the warm Andaman Sea, lush jungle, and twisted rocks. Towering limestone cliffs shelter this incredible beach attracting rock climbers from all over the world. Rock caves, crystal blue water and sky with milky clouds with simply add on to make this place a hidden heaven.
Best Time to Visit: Year-round
5) Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka
Picture yourself slipping into a hammock with a coconut in your hand, gently rocking in the breeze and enjoying the last sunset flares. Yep, that’s Mirissa beach in a nutshell! It is a beautiful beach, with a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. Mirissa is famed amongst travelers for whale-watching. Apart from whale watching, this beach offers you surfing and many other water sport adventures.
Best Time to Visit: November to March
6) Non Nuoc Beach, Da Nang, Vietnam
With green water and white sand, Non Nuoc Beach stretches five kilometres along the shore of Hoa Hai Ward, Vietnam. Along the white sandy beach, travelers will find a forest of age-old casuarinas which is shady, green and giving a soothing view all around. Besides swimming and surfing, travelers can also combine their journey by visiting the relic Marble Mountains which boast some ancient pagodas and sacred monumental caves.
Best time to visit: February to August
7) Gili Meno Beach, Gili Islands, Indonesia
The mellowest of the three Gili islands, Gili Meno is certainly a tranquil paradise with a desert island ethic. Travelers can feel a profound sense of peace as they will be captivated by its beauty and magical atmosphere. For divers and snorkelers, the island boasts the popular ‘Gili Meno Wall‘ where during the day, turtles freely swim by and giant gorgonian fans hang amongst the colourful corals.
Best time to visit: May to October
8) Haeundae Beach, Busan, South Korea
Beautiful blue summer skies with energetic beach-goers make this place feel and seem like Hawaii of South Korea. Situated in the 2nd largest city of South Korea- Busan, this beautiful beach will get the best of both worlds! The gorgeous view of the Gwangandaegyo bridge shouldn’t be a miss for for the travelers flocking here. Because of its easy access from downtown Busan, the beach is busy year-round and holds numerous festivals.
Best time to visit: June to August
9) Otres Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Located on the sunny shores of Southern Cambodia, the coasts of Otres are so much more than just a beach. The beach is divided into 2 parts – Otres 1 and Otres 2, however, both are equally great and offer amazing views of the sea. Travelers can take to the seas in style with sailing, skimboarding, sea kayaking and more. A highlight of everyone’s trip to Otres is a late night swim in an ocean sparkling with the seasonal electric-blue bioluminescent plankton.
Best time to visit: November to March
10) Veligandu Island Beach, Maldives
The list of best beaches in Asia could not be complete without a tropical paradise in Maldives consisting of palm trees, white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and colourful coral reefs teeming with abundant marine life makes Veligandu Island a one-of-its-kind place. Holding hands along the beach, snorkelling side by side, a candlelit dinner, a champagne breakfast on a sandbank and water villa jacuzzi, make Maldives a perfect fit for the honeymoon. The place offers a sunset cruise, to view dolphins and baby sharks in their natural habitat. Apart from this, adventure sports enthusiasts can also enjoy surfing on the beach.
Best time to visit: Year-round