If your idea of the perfect holiday is soaking up the sun on a sandy beach or resting under the shade of swaying palm trees while enjoying the breathtaking sea view, then check out TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in Asia. It is based on the quantity and quality of traveller reviews and ratings on the travel planning and booking website over a 12-month period.
1. Ngapali Beach – Ngapali, Rakhine State, Myanmar
A picturesque palm-lined paradise offering breathtaking views of golden white sands meeting the pristine waters of Bay of Bengal, Ngapali Beach is the perfect spot to unwind and rejuvenate. Beach resorts and restaurants nearby provide the necessary bustle, but travellers agree that they do not impinge on the overall tranquillity of the beach.
2. Nacpan Beach – El Nido, Mimaropa, Philippines
A stunning coastline with spectacular views of nature, Nacpan beach offers kilometres of soft sand and crystal clear waters glistening under the sun. While challenging to go to due to undeveloped dirt road, travellers agree that the beach is a paradise for beachgoers looking for solitude.
3. Kata Noi Beach – Karon, Phuket, Thailand
Located on the southwest of Phuket, Kata Noi beach is a quaint and idyllic oasis with incredibly clear blue waters, an ideal retreat from frenetic Phuket. Swim, snorkel, read a book or watch the waves hit against the sandy shoreline, Kata Noi offers the opportunity to relax and recharge.
4. Agonda Beach – Agonda, Goa, India
Agonda’s beach is simply divine – wide, quiet, picturesque and perfect for sunbathing and relaxing with relatively few tourists around. Even though the waters here might not be the most ideal for swimming, Agonda definitely encapsulates romantic Goa at its very best.
5. Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Bech) – Boracay, Visayas, Philippines
Located on the tropical paradise of Boracay, Yapak beach provides a welcome intimacy and seclusion relative to the tourist-filled hotspots scattered across the island. Puka seashells, often used to create trinkets and accessories, are found aplenty on the shore, thus its other name – Puka Shell Beach.
6. Nai Harn Beach – Rawai, Phuket, Thailand
A quaint gem in hot favourite Phuket, Nai Harn beach boasts panoramic beauty overseeing other tiny islands. Beachgoers can visit shacks offering delicious bites, exotic fruits and even rejuvenating massages.
7. Sunrise Beach – Koh Lipe, Satun Province, Thailand
Stretching out along the eastern side of Koh Lipe, Sunrise beach is an ideal seaside getaway promising – true to its name – stunning sunrise and sunset views. Visitors can expect to see clear views of amazing corals when they snorkel during low tide.
8. Palolem Beach – Canacona, Goa, India
A stunningly beautiful beach, Palolem is famous for its beach hut accommodations. Stretching between two magnificent headlands, the beach is lined with towering coconut palms. It is largely unspoiled and is inhabited by both local fishermen and foreign tourists alike.
9. Otres Beach – Sihanoukville, Sihanoukville Province, Cambodia
Promising laid-back and leisurely vibes, Otres beach is a gem located south of Serendipity area. The beach is divided into a more developed Otres 1 boasting lines of beachshack bars and restaurants, and Otres 2 which offers a quieter retreat.
10. Radhanagar Beach – Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar, India
Travellers visiting Radhanagar beach can experience a stunning shoreline that is great for swimming and incredible coral reefs perfect for snorkelling. Head to the nearby restaurants for fresh seafood while witnessing an unparalleled sunset view.
Just in case you’re wondering for the Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in the World, first in the list is Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
For the complete list of winners in the 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Beaches, go to: www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches. – Ming Teoh