Take a second to close your eyes and imagine the perfect beach holiday – what do you see? Relaxing with your toes in the sand? Riding some massive waves? Partying under the moon? This list of the destinations where you will find the best beaches in Asia will help you zoom in on the perfect beach near Malaysia for your kind of holiday where you can bring to life whatever first came to your mind.
For Relaxation and Pampering: Bali Beaches
Steeped in tradition and taking the best from the abundant surrounding nature, Balinese spa rituals make for an unforgettable experience that is hard to beat, as far as pampering oneself goes.
Traditional Balinese massage (and its many variants) can be enjoyed practically anywhere on the island. Along the beach, masseuses tout cheaper, shorter massages for a quick recharge while more luxurious spas provide a thoroughly relaxing experience using age-old rituals and nutrient-rich minerals and salts from Bali’s beaches and volcanic lands.
There’s no lack of choice in the types of spa rituals one can enjoy either. From head to toe, there’s something from everyone – starting from Ayurvedic scalp treatments, to replenishing facials, body massages, scrubs and wraps, to foot reflexology, manicures, pedicures and more. Oh gloriously more.
Expect to glow from the inside out when you return!
For the Adventurous: Beaches in Boracay, Philippines
Philippines has tons of beaches, some of which are considered to be the best beaches in Asia. The pristine beaches here are the perfect backdrop for Boracay’s exciting adventure and water sports activities. Mandatory must-dos include jet skiing, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and parasailing – and that’s just to warm you up for the bigger, better things.
Boracay is famous for its kite surfing season (November to April), when conditions are ideal for beginners to learn, and experts to practice more complicated tricks. And if that’s not enough – cliff diving is another popular activity. You get to jump off cliff platforms, from as low as 3 metres up to 15 metres high.
To get the most out of your Boracay experience, hop on an ATV or a motorbike to explore remote beaches across the island. Keep a lookout for the stables along the way for a spot of horseriding away from the water!
For Couples: Beaches in Langkawi
Stunning sunsets on secluded beaches – what more can you ask for on a romantic retreat?
If you’re looking to get away with your sweetheart in tow, consider Langkawi, where the focus tends to be on nature’s unspoiled beauty. We’re lucky to count one of the best beaches in Asia within our own country. Resorts here tend to feature lots of tranquil, quiet stretches of beach, with coastlines hugging beautiful blue sea.
An array of activities await – from idyllic sunset cruises to island-hopping tours around the Archipelago, a rainforest trek or the popular cable car ride for stunning views atop Mount Mat Chinchang. That being said, the best thing to do at one of the many beach resorts here is simply to spend some quality time lounging by the beach with your better half.
Solo Traveller: Krabi Beaches
If the best way to recharge is to get back to nature, then it might be time to answer Krabi’s call.
Stunning scenery is on full display here, from limestone cliffs (perfect for rock climbing, or simply to marvel at), sandy white beaches, clear blue seas, multitude of corals and marine life (making for amazing scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities), waterfalls and caves to explore, some of the most spectacular sunsets on earth, wildlife and national parks, and more. With over 130 islands on the archipalegos to discover, you’d be, quite literally, lost in paradise – and happily so!
It’s the perfect place to get away solo, immerse in a beach experience unlike any other, and contemplate life.
Party Beach: Phuket Beaches
If it’s good music, beautiful people and dancing on the beach you’re after, you’d be happy to know that party is practically synonymous with Phuket!
International DJ acts make a regular appearances on the beaches here, making it the perfect destination for party-goers around the world to mingle on the beach. Full-moon parties are also popular draws, keeping a regular stream of fun going.
When you’re taking a break from the thumping beats, grab a quick bite from nearby towns – local cuisine is deliciously affordable and tasty, the perfect party fuel.
Best Beaches in Asia
Ultimately, what makes the perfect beach is up to you. You might prefer the quiet and serene, or somewhere that offers a bit more liveliness. The best part of this list though, is that some of the best beaches in Asia are very near Malaysia. In fact, there are quite a few more beaches that a little more remote — maybe that’s closer to your idea of the BEST beach. But they’re all still pretty close by.
So work on your weekend getaway list for the year and put these beautiful Asian beaches on there and make it a point to cover a whole bunch of beach getaways in your vacation time.
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