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6 stunning beaches getaways around Asia

Let's visit some of the best beaches around Asia this summer. There are 101 things you can do on the beach and it's not just about the sand.

  09/05/2019 16:31
There’s something about feeling the press of sand between your toes and hearing the slow undulation of the waves that creates a mood of tranquility that’s hard to beat. Oh, and then there’s the excitement of actually swimming out into those waves too!

1. Bai Dai Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Phu Quoc is being fashioned as the "next Phuket" and will soon be turning in a pretty profit for the Vietnamese government and resort operators.

But if unspoiled charms are what you're after, there's still time for you to check out the island and find out why the government finds it bankable in the first place.

Phu Quoc is frequently touted one of Vietnam's most beautiful islands and the Bai Dai Beach, which squats in a Viet military area, is blissfully secluded with white sands and expansive vistas stretching to the horizon.

2. Pulau Derawan, Indonesia

Tourists seeking to escape corporate comforts can't go wrong with the Indonesian island of Pulau Derawan. Tourist accommodation is no-frills, and locals are unassuming and chatty. The luckier visitors will be able to spot turtles wading about on the island's spotless silvery beaches.

The waters surrounding Derawan are known to be a top-notch spot for splashing around with mantra rays and green turtles.

3. Phra Nang Beach, Railay, Thailand

With Dali-esque limestone structures, hundreds of challenging cliff-side climbing routes and Tiffany-blue waters, the peninsular of Railay is the seasoned rock climber's dream. Phra Nang, the area's fine-grained main beach, offers a sweeping view of the area's rugged beauty and is flanked by stalactite-rimmed cliffs that tourists can jump from.

Although Railay is only accessible by long-tail boat from Krabi and Ao Nang, it can get crowded during tourist peak seasons.

4. Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

With its political woes apparently easing, Sri Lanka's efforts to become known as a tourism hotspot rather than a terrorism hotbed are no doubt aided by its world-class surf spots.

Surf Mecca Hikkaduwa, one of Sri Lanka's most popular beach destinations, has close to a dozen reef breaks that stop short of being life-threatening, and plenty of sea corals to keep snorkelers happy.

To complete the Asian getaway experience, Hikkaduwa has sumptuously spicy local fare and Buddhist cultural spectacles for vacationers to write home about.

5. Mui Ne Beach, Vietnam

Thrill-seekers will not want to miss out on Mui Ne, Vietnam's de facto adrenalin capital. It's famous for kite-surfing for its strong winds and clear skies, and is also generally considered a prime surfing and wind-surfing spot.

Mui Ne has looks, too -- parts of the beach consist of massive sand dunes, like a section of the desert crazily juxtaposed next to the sea.

6. Gaya Island, Borneo, Malaysia

Travelers will have a hard time resisting the Gayana Eco Resort, even if they're not enviro-warriors. The luxury resort, which is erected above water on stilts, has a 130-million-year-old prehistoric rainforest for a neighbor. The resort provides guides for jungle-trekking -- if you're lucky you might even spot the Megapode, a native bird that looks like a chicken but meows like a cat.

For those looking for underwater action, Gaya Island is an excellent dive spot for its corals, warm waters and exotic fish.

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