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Philippines, Boracay island, White Beach
Boracay - island in the Philippines. White Beach is one of the best beaches in the world. Crowds slightly spoils the experience. However, the island has some more secluded beaches, though not so beautiful. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (202 votes)

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Thailand, Samui island, Maenam beach, view to east
Samui - island in the Gulf of Thailand. Remarkable for abundance of palm trees, which are both on the beaches, and in the center of the island. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (140 votes)
Thailand, Ko Kood isl, beach
Ko Kood is one of the most beautiful islands, - not in Thailand only, but also in the whole world. The beaches are with white sand and palms hanging over the water. The island has no many tourists and no nightlife. This leads to a surprising effect: some people reported that being a week on Koh Kood they spent less money in comparison to one day in Pattaya. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (321 votes)
Malaysia, Perhentian Islands, Blue Lagoon, white sand
Perhentian Islands - two small islands with best beaches in Malaysia. Tourist infrastructure is relatively undeveloped, which contributes to the conservation of nature in its original state. However you will find everything you need for a perfect holiday. The best beaches are on the Big Island, while Small Island is more funny. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (690 votes)
Indonesia, Kai Kecil island, fallen palm
Kai Kecil - island with the best beaches in Indonesia. White sand, high palm trees and almost no tourists, - it's a best recipe for a tropical paradise. Keep in mind that in 1999-2003 there was a civil war between Muslims and Catholics. Now only segregation reminds about that. There are purely Muslim or purely Catholic villages. Almost all of the best beaches are located near the Catholic settlements. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (581 votes)
Singapore, Sentosa island, beach
Sentosa - the island of entertainment in Singapore. There are beautiful beaches and theme parks. It makes no sense to get here from the other end of the world. But for residents of Singapore - this is a great place to relax. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (108 votes)
Indonesia, Bali, temple on the lake
Bali is a popular tourist island in Indonesia. However, the beaches are not so good here. The main problems are either strong waves, or a long walk to the depth. Therefore Bali beaches can be recommend for surfers only. Island is popular mainly due to a large number of cultural and natural attractions (temples, mountain lakes, etc.), as well as due to a good tourist infrastructure. Many tourists usually go to the neighboring Gili islands in search of a good beach. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (126 votes)
Thailand, Phi Phi Islands, hotel beach
Phi Phi - located in the Andaman Sea in Thailand. The islands are beautiful, with good beaches, and the atmosphere is quite like Ibiza. The only drawback here is a huge number of tourists. However, that doesn't spoil the positive feeling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (86 votes)
Singapore, Bintan island, pool
Bintan - Indonesian island, which is a vacation destination for Singapore residents. There are good beaches and hotels. Unfortunately, black oil often can be found on the coast, due to the relative proximity to the port of Singapore. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (394 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao island, beach
Koh Tao is an island with the most clear water in the Gulf of Thailand. So there are some beautiful beaches with huge boulders, but the main attraction is a snorkeling. In addition, due to the relatively small size of the island, there are many spectacular mountain trails, allowing to walk from one coast to another. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (84 votes)
Philippines, Panglao island, Dumaluan beach
Panglao is a small island in the Philippines known for its great beaches. Of course, it is not so good like Boracay, but in general it's almost the same. There are discos and snorkeling as well. In addition, there is an interesting island of Bohol nearby (connected with Panglao by bridge) with chocolate hills and pretty tarsiers, - these are little animals on the trees. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (8 votes)
Thailand, Ko Chang island, beach
Ko Chang is an island in Thailand located relatively close to Bangkok. The beaches are almost as good as in the more popular resort areas of the country. But there are not so many tourists due to the poor transport accessibility, as the island has no airport. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (77 votes)
Thailand, Koh Mak isl, beach
Koh Mak is a small island in the Chang archipelago of Thailand. Though few sources claim that there are almost the best beaches in the world, in reality it's not like that. Even the big Chang island is more beautiful than Koh Mak. However, if you have noting to compare, you'll definitely be happy with the local beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (42 votes)
Indonesia, Lombok island, Tanjung Aan beach
Lombok is an island in Indonesia. Unlike the neighboring Bali, it has a lot of excellent beaches with white sand and palms. However, all other things are not so perfect. You will find volcanoes, mountain lakes and surfing. But definetely it can't compete with those in Bali. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (49 votes)
Thailand, Koh Lipe island, boats
Koh Lipe is a small island in the south of Andaman coast, Thailand. The beaches are rather mediocre by Thai standards, and all of the sweet legends about the island goes back to that happy days, when it was almost unknown. As for now, there are too many tourists and too many hotels. So the place was completely spoiled. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (363 votes)
Malaysia, Tioman island
Tioman is a popular tourist island in Malaysia. Despite many good reviews, the beaches are far from the best, - for example Perhentian islands are much better. So Tioman can be only interesting to the people of Singapore, as the distance between that points is very short. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (77 votes)
Thailand, Koh Wai island, beach
Koh Wai is a small island to the south of Koh Chang island in Thailand. Despite its paradise status, the beaches are not better than Chang beaches. So it makes sense to get here only if you stay for a long time in Koh Chang and want to see something more. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (51 votes)
Thailand, Pattaya, Ko Samet island, water edge
Ko Samet - is the closest to Pattaya nice island. Most of travelers are Bangkok residents coming here for the weekends, as well as tourists from Pattaya. Beaches are pretty good, but not so good as beaches of Phuket/Samui/Chang. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (106 votes)
Indonesia, Biak island, Wari beach
Biak is an island in Indonesia, located just to the north of West Papua. Good beaches can be found on uninhabited islands only - far from Biak. It is best to hire a boat with an overnight stay on that small island (from US$100 per boat). In Biak itself, you will find authentic Papuan culture, waterfalls, diving and spectacular ruins of abandoned five-star resort. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (75 votes)
Thailand, Phuket island, Kata beach
Phuket - is the most popular island in Thailand. All good beaches are located on the west coast, and they are generally quite the same. Day trips to the nearby small islands are also popular in Phuket. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (243 votes)
Indonesia, Gili Islands, water edge
Gili Islands - a group of islands to the east of Bali island, which are positioned as a place with excellent beaches suitable for swimming (in contrast to Bali, where beaches are very bad). In fact, local beaches are rather mediocre. The main advantage of Gili is eco-vacation, as the island has no cars or motorbikes. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (67 votes)
Malaysia, Langkawi island, Cenang beach
Langkawi is the most popular island in Malaysia. The tourist infrastructure is well developed, and there are few relatively good beaches. However, you should clearly understand, that many of the neighboring Thailand' islands are much better and cheaper. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (117 votes)
Vietnam, Phu Quoc island, Dao Ngoc
Phu Quoc - island with the best beaches in Vietnam. Also famous for its pearl markets. However, the beaches here are good only by Vietnam standards. But the choice of seafood here is just excellent. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (120 votes)
Cambodia, Koh Rong island, Long Set beach
Koh Rong - the most popular island in Cambodia. Local beaches are featured by white sand and a small number of tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (309 votes)
Myanmar (Burma), Lanbi Kyun island, view from water
Lanbi Kyun - is a large island in the Andaman coast of Myanmar. Tourists are attracted by untouched wild nature, but beaches are rather mediocre here. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (460 votes)
Thailand, Pattaya, Ko Lan island, Tien beach
Ko Lan - is the closest to Pattaya island. In fact today it is same as Pattaya, but without skyscrapers near the beach and with a more clear water. Island beaches are rather mediocre, and it is hard to point out some particularly good one. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (1746 votes)
Singapore, Batam island, ship
Batam - industrial island in Indonesia, located near Singapore. If you will some business here, there are few relatively good beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (197 votes)
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In Koh Kood island, the best beach for me was Ao Phrao. But to be honest, I haven't been to Soneva …

Da Nang town has also good beaches. I'd recommend expensive hotels with good private beach, as publ…

Don't take group boat tours to Maya Bay, or you'll find it overcrowded! The better option is to hir…

Moalboal beach on Cebu island is great. Sure it is worth to be mentioned on your web site.

60 RM per day is really very old fares. As for now, you should be ready to pay 75-100 RM per day. P…

Mergui islands are missing off your list. This is near Thailand. Boat dive tours are possible from …

If the fares are really cheap, I think you should try. While there's a rain somewhere in Bali, it m…

Avoid rainy season in Borneo! It's serious! It may be rainy 7 days of 7 days.

As for touristic places Siem Reap is safe, while Sihanoukville is not quite safe.

Usually there lots of jellyfishes in Pattaya in April-May. Be careful!

I was surprised knowing that camping is possible in Singapore. Moreover there are few campsites. Bu…

There are many places with fluorescent water in Ko Rong. The best is in Saracen Bay.

There are more chances to meet dragons in Rinca. But Komodo has more beautiful nature. My advice in…

There's no surfing at Bintan. But beaches are much better than in Bali.

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