If you are a beach lover and want to discover new interesting destinations that are not too busy, the list of 5 best islands in Southeast Asia below with natural, idyllic beauty would be your perfect choice.
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1. Koh Rong, Cambodia
If you have ever dreamt of a place where there are blue beaches, long piers out to the sea, small tree houses hiding behind foliage or swings overlooking to the sea, do not hesitate to pick your backpack up and travel right to Koh Rong Island in Cambodia.
A lot of tourists are surprised by the beauty of the island. The clear blue water is surrounded by extended pristine white sand shore will definitely bring the relaxation to tourists.
Koh Rong Island in the Gulf of Thailand, 20 km away from Sihanoukville coastal city, is the most famous island in Cambodia with the wild and dreamlike beauty remained perfectly. Koh Rong is known as an interesting and attractive tourist destination thanks to its tranquil, poetic beauty and fresh air which made it a suitable place to go enjoy after busy daily life. Especially, Koh Rong island was voted as 1 in 45 most worthy destination to visit in the world in 2012 by The New York Times and named “Hawaii of Asia”.
Tourists can participate in a lot of activities such as snorkeling, trekking through the forest, going along on a fish boat, playing volleyball, or simply lying on the beach reading books.
2. Palawan, Philippines
Palawan island – located in the southwest of the Philippines, separating the South China Sea with the Sulu Sea is the biggest island of Palawan Province and the fifth biggest island in the Philippines. Being called an island, however, Palawan has the length up to 450 km with 3 airports.
Palawan is famous for its topographic and geological diversity. It attracts tourists by islands with steep cliffs, mysterious caves, sharp stalactites, dense forests, and ranges of mountain covered by fog.
Palawan is considered as “paradise island” of the Philippines tourism. The place owns beautiful landscapes with stunningly colorful coral reefs, dense tropical forests, and a very diverse ecosystem both on the land and in the sea.
Getting to the Philippines and visiting Palawan, tourists will not have a chance to be “bored” thanks to the number of activities they can join in for good experiences.
3. Bali, Indonesia
With beautiful natural scenery, maritime climate, and a very unique culture, Bali has been favorably named the “tropical paradise” by many tourists all over the world and is a must to come at least once for every travel fan. The attraction of Bali comes from stunning beaches, lush green terraced fields, or green-covered tropical forests which are cool all year round. These features created a unique point for Bali that tourists hardy find anywhere in the world.
Moreover, known as the land of temples, Bali has more than 20.000 temples of different sizes from big to small. Coming here, tourists could not miss Uluwatu and Tanah Lot Temples because they are evaluated as the two most beautiful Temples in Bali. The very original location of them – on the steep cliffs overlooking to the sea – made them the favourite for tourists.
4. Krabi, Thailand
Krabi island, with peaceful, not too busy beaches; wild and secluded nature, has become a new target destination for tourists.
Situated on the west coast of the Southern Thailand peninsula, Krabi has sunny beaches, pristine white sand, blue clear water, and rock islands far offshore. Mangroves forest, tropical greenery, rivers, and hot springs make tourists all “busy” discovering with lots of activities during their stay in Krabi.
There are two famous spots in Krab: Krabi Town and Ao Nang. Tourists normally prefer to gather in Ao Nang as it is closer to the beach, make it easier and convenient for their sightseeing.
The central of Krabi is surrounded by special limestone range of mountains along the coast, looking like magnets. This place is fascinating for hikers, mountaineers, scramblers all over the world to come, experience and challenge themselves. The spots for mountain climbing focus mainly in Ton Sai, Railay and Phra Nang, where steep limestone cliffs brings a viewing angle which cannot be more stunning toward the offshore Andaman Sea.
5. Pulau Ubin Island, Singapore
Pulau Ubin, offshore in the north east coast of Singapore, is a rather untouched and secluded island that a few tourists knew and came out to visit. Visistors who come to the island are mostly local. However, the government recently has started to put forward investment policies in order to develop the tourism in Pulau Ubin.
Although the location is rather close to the in land Singapore, nevertheless, going to Pulau Ubin will give tourists a feeling of discovering an ancient Singapore. Most of the island’s land is remained as lush green forest and a lot of houses on the island are traced back to the ancient architecture.
A cycling or walking trip to explore the natural surroundings of the island will be a unique and unforgettable experience for tourists. To make the best use of the fresh air, tourists can walk or hike a bicycle with the rental places easily found on the island. The trails that used to be cycled on now have been upgraded with facilities such as rest stops and toilets along the roads. Here tourists have a choice of a tour to explore the nature or overnight camping, listening to birds singing, taking photo of wild animals, fishing, flying skite, hiking, etc.