Top beach destinations in South Asia

Beaches have always been a favorite holiday spot for tourists around the world. The natural blue waters and the gushing waves brushing past the sandy beaches and the natural aura enables you to relax and unwind both physically and mentally. Although there is an abundance of beautiful beaches in the west in North and South America, Europe and the Caribbean, the beaches in Asia have their own distinctive vibe. Asian beach destinations are known for their vibrant culture, delicious food, and lush green rainforests. Here are some of the top beach destination in South Asia that should be on your travel bucket list.


The Maldives is one of the most popular beach destinations in the world. It is primarily an island country that is home to about 2000 islands, of which quite a few are inhabited. The country is known for its beautiful atolls and reefs, sandy white beaches, clear blue waters, Beautiful water villas, and Serene and calm environment in general. The Maldives is a tropical destination that is quite popular among people around the world, especially western travelers. Besides lounging at the beach you can also indulge in numerous water sports activities such as scuba-diving and explore nearby islands.

Perhentian Islands

Located in the western Coast of Malaysia The Perhentian islands are also often referred to as the Maldives of Malaysia. The islands are dominated by gorgeous reefs, pristine beaches, and wooden water villas. The islands have a very exotic vibe to it and offer a secluded Destination for those who wish to unwind and relax away from the crowd of the of touristy beach destinations. The little economic activity and negligible motor activity makes the place very close to nature.


In the eastern coast of Malaysia, Langkawi enjoys huge popularity among tourists from both Asia and the west. The island of Langkawi was developed specifically with an aim of becoming a world-class tourist destination with beautiful sandy beaches, International beach resorts, attractions such as jungle trekking and wildlife parks, cable cars, and Sky Bridge, and other water sports activities. The island also offers a lot of attractions for kids such as the crocodile farm, Aquarium, and an interactive Zoo.

The island is easily accessible from the Malaysian capital with a short flight or can also be accessed via fairies that operate from three different foods. Langkawi also souls as the transit board for bruises international cruises and Freddie that connects the island to the neighboring Beach destinations of Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is located in Thailand and has gained huge popularity in the recent past. Although the island is commercially well developed, it is planned in a manner that the natural beauty of the island is can be sustained as much as possible. Unlike other touristy beaches in the country, the beaches in Koh Samui are more exotic and calm, with world-class beach resorts built on the edges of the cliff overlooking the Andaman Sea and lush green forest in the backdrop. You can also book multiple tours in Samui to explore some of the attractions such as temples and waterfalls on the island.

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