THE Movement Control Order (MCO) has left most of us longing to be somewhere — anywhere else than stuck at home. And for some reason, most of us are probably in need of some Vitamin Sea!
Well, you can feast your eyes first with the Tripadvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards for Beaches. Highlighting travelers’ favourite beaches across the globe, from sweeping white sand and turquoise waters in tropical climates, to dramatic cliffs and pounding surf in some of the most secluded spots on Earth, the awards are based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from Tripadvisor travellers for beaches, gathered over a 12-month period.
New for 2021, the Best of the Best Beaches also takes into account the volume of “saves” for beaches on Tripadvisor, reflecting the position that many travellers were in for much of 2020 — unable to travel, desperate to travel, lusting after the beaches they wished they could visit.
Whether your preferred kind of beach is preened and pristine or rugged and rough, this list of travellers’ favorites is just the inspiration you need to get planning your next beach break. Here’s the top 10 beaches in Asia you probably want to put in your bucketlist.
AGONDA BEACH, INDIA
Located in Canacona in South Goa district, Agonda is famous for its stunning beach. In fact, it is one of the only four beaches designated as turtle nesting sites for olive ridley sea turtles. The stretch of white-sandy carpet dotted with vibrant shacks gives the beach an authentic Goan vibes. Plus, it is said to be one of the cleanest beaches of Goa.
Travellers say: The vast expanse, its clean bright teal waters, its calmness – it has to be my favourite beach in Goa so far.
CAVELOSSIM BEACH, INDIA
Also located in Goa, Cabelossim Beach is known for its contrasting black lava rocks and white sand. It is a peaceful beach that attracts lots of tourist. Best part is you can also go for dolphin sighting boat trips in the sea around the area.
Travellers say: Quiet, beautiful & romantic beach in south Goa. Ideal for those who want relaxation at a serene beach unlike the noisy north Goa beaches laring high volume music.
NGAPALI BEACH, MYANMAR
Ngapali, or as the local pronounce it with silent ‘g’ (Na-pa-li), is a famous seaside resort in Myanmar, located about 300km northwest of Yangon. It is a peaceful and quiet beach as nighlife is not such a big thing at the area. It’s actually a romantic spot for couples to marvel at beautiful sunsets.
Travellers say: Clean warm water, gorgeous surroundings, people are so warm and open, very safe.
KELINGKING BEACH, INDONESIA
Located in Nusa Penida in the beautiful island of Bali, Kelingking Beach is a famous secret point beach with the cliffs form view in the shape of T-Rex. However, visiting the beach isn’t doable for everyone as you probably have to go down a super steep sand path with bad wooden fence. It is said that the full hike down takes at least an hour.
Travellers say: One of the best views is the view from top of Kelingking beach, you can also hike down the cliff where you can experience the white sandy beach.
RADHANAGAR BEACH, INDIA
Radhanagar Beach is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the Andaman Islands which is located on the western coast in the Havelock Island. It’s a romantic island with breathtaking sunsets and mesmerizing sunrises. The long stretch of beach makes it ideal for nature lovers wanting some peace or honeymooners looking for a private spot.
Travelelrs say: Lovely beach in Havelock Island, worth visiting; sun set is gorgeous & safe beach also; kept very clean & nice; changing rooms available after sea bathing.
YONAHA MAEHAMA BEACH, JAPAN
The 7km slice of paradise is located on Miyako Island in the west coast part of Okinawa, Japan. The beach hosts the swimming section of an annual “Strongman” triathlon at the end of April. Best thing about the beach is the facilities which provides sun parasols and deck chairs. There are also jet skis and banana boats to rent, and showers and toilet facilities nearby.
Travellers say: Amazing beach close to the city centre with fantastic turquoise water and white sand. A must place to go in Miyako!
COX’S BAZAR BEACH, BANGLADESH
Cox’s Bazar Beach is located at Cox’s Bazar is actually the longest natural sea beach in the world running 150km! It is the top tourist destination in Bangladesh.
Travellers say: It is the top tourist destination of Bangladesh. It is a very healthy beach, food paradise and very safe place for foreigners.
BENTOTA BEACH, SRI LANKA
Located 45 minutes away from Colombo along the Southern express way, is the Bentota Beach. It is one of the most popular premier resort town in Sri Lanka. Known as the water sport capital of Sri Lanka, hoteliers in the area actively promoting water sports from adrenaline filled speed boat and jet ski riding, wind surfing, boogie boarding, water skiing, kite surfing, to a leisurely ride on a banana boat for the family and kids.
Travellers say: Wonderful beach to watch the sun set, or just laze in the warm water or just sit back and relax.
KHLONG MUANG BEACH, THAILAND
Klong Muang Beach located in Krabi province in the southern part of Thailand is very tranquil and relaxing, compared to the bustling Ao Nang. The 1.5km strecth of calm beach offers romantic accommodations with views of limestone islands.
Travellers say: Beautiful long sandy beach. Safe for children as no sudden drops and local fishing boats.
COCONUT BEACH, THAILAND
Offering long sandy beaches, Coconut Beach located in Khao Lak, Thailand is a stunning beach with the view of turquoise blue water of Andaman. The coast of Khao Lak is about 30km long and numerous lonely and quiet beaches can be discovered.
Travellers say: This is an amazing beach, plenty of sun beds, pure clear warm sea, white sand, lovely beach restaurant, perfect food and drinks at brilliant prices and friendly staff.