South East Asia is an incredible blend of unique Asian cultures and luxurious beach lifestyles. A South East Asia holiday gives travellers the chance to experience an exotic, tropical vacation and a wonderful reason to visit some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. While Phuket is often at the top of tourist lists, here are some other spectacular beaches to visit on your South East Asia holiday.
Mui Ne Beach, Vietnam
The rising popularity of this fairly new tourist beach has marked it as an up-and-coming leading destination for all South East Asia holidays. The active traveller can tackle kite surfing and windsurfing, while those seeking relaxation can unwind at the many bars and clubs. Anyone after a new skill can also indulge in a beachside Vietnamese cooking class! The beautiful sandy shores of Mui Ne Beach are lined with stunning boutique hotels and resorts, all of which offer outdoor pools enclosed by landscaped gardens, where poolside dining services are readily available.
White Beach, Philippines
This 4km beach provides a chilled out sandy experience for any South East Asia holiday. Fine white sand and clear blue shallow waters provide a breathtaking scene that you would probably find on a postcard. White Beach is filled with resorts, hotels, eateries, water sport services, bottomless boat rides and much more. On the promenade, visitors can grab a drink at a bar, dine at a restaurant and relax with a massage or a couple of hours of shopping.
Mai Khao Beach, Thailand
If your South East Asia holidays are focused around Thailand, Mai Khao Beach is sublime. Part of the Sirinat National Park, this beach is a largely untouched piece of natural paradise. Unlike bustling Phuket, Mai Khao is mostly empty, meaning you can enjoy a remote and quiet beach experience with your family or your significant other. There are a number of 5-star beach resorts and spas available on the beach, as well as elegant restaurants that offer world-class seafood. The new Turtle Village is a retail shopping haven and the Splash Jungle Waterpark, a $4 million attraction, has rides and slides to keep everyone entertained.
Senggigi Beach, Indonesia
Though Bali is a common destination for most South East Asia holidays, many find it overdeveloped and too ‘touristy’. Lombok, Bali’s underdeveloped counterpart, possesses the same long, pristine beaches as Bali but without the hordes of tourists. Senggigi is located in Lombok and is the area’s most popular travel destination. Activities on offer include scuba diving, spear fishing, snorkelling and hiking. There are numerous high-class resorts and hotels to choose from, along with a variety of exquisite restaurants where you can try anything from local Indonesian cuisine to contemporary European specialities.
Tanjung Rhu Beach, Malaysia
Tanjung Rhu Beach is one of Malaysia’s best shoreline treasures. This fantastic beach resort, situated on the north coast of Malaysia, provides travellers with a luxurious beach experience. Tourists can indulge in an assortment of activities including swimming, snorkelling, sunset cruising and beachside (or poolside) relaxing. Natural adventure is also common in Tanjung Rhu and cave exploring tours to Gua Langsiar (Cave of the Banshee) or Gua Kelawar (Bat Cave) are popular. For those after a more active South East Asia holiday in Tanjung Rhu, a number of rainforest and mangrove hiking trails are also available.