Coming from Southeast Asia myself, I could confidently say that the best beaches in Southeast Asia are also the best in the world. In this beautiful region, you will never run out of beautiful beaches to visit, because 10 out of all the 11 countries in the region have beach areas (well, with the exception of Laos being a landlocked state). If I were to spend my lifetime visiting the best beaches in Southeast Asia, I will die without visiting all of them because there’s just a lot! Another challenge would be the difficulty of recommending just one best beach in Southeast Asia, let alone in individual countries, but this article is my attempt.
So without further ado, I am presenting the best beaches in Southeast Asia, on every country:
But before that, you might want to see the BEST CAT CAFES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, on every country.
BEST BEACH IN BRUNEI: Tanjung Batu Beach
A personal favorite of mine, Tanjung Batu beach is the best beach in Brunei Darussalam because it provides a very nice shade during sunset which is a perfect spot for running (it has a good concrete pathway a few meters from the beach, and it is not frequented by people so it’s usually empty and you can have it by yourself.
BEST BEACH IN CAMBODIA: Ream Beach
BEST BEACH IN INDONESIA: Seminyak Beach
Indonesia has so many beaches you can choose from, and the island of Bali alone can offer you the most beautiful ones. I consider Seminyak beach as the best beach in Indonesia because I love the chill nightlife scene here with the colorful umbrellas and bean bags. In some restaurants, there are live bands which could perform every possible song you will request. And oh, the cost of food in the restaurants here are relatively affordable and the service staff are very good and accommodating. You can choose from any restaurants along the strip (La Plancha is the most popular one I guess), but I found myself coming back to D’joglo over again.
BEST BEACH IN MALAYSIA: Tanjung Rhu
BEST BEACH IN MYANMAR: Ngapali Beach
BEST BEACH IN THE PHILIPPINES: Puka Shell Beach
Ahhhh, Boracay Island! Considered as the best in the world! The island is very popular tourist destination as early as the 70s and 80s, and is still the best there is. The White Sand Beach is the most popular area but there are a lot of other beaches all over the island. The island of Boracay underwent a rehabilitation to restore its natural beauty (therefore it was closed for several months), but the wait was worth it. I was able to visit the island right after it reopened. Puka Shell Beach for me is the best beach in the Philippines. It is located at the northern part of the island and therefore less crowded.
BEST BEACH IN SINGAPORE: Changi Beach
BEST BEACH IN THAILAND: Railay Beach
BEST BEACH IN TIMOR LESTE: Jesus Backside Beach
BEST BEACH IN VIETNAM: Cua Dai Beach
BEST BEACHES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: Your recommendations are welcome!
Whew! That was so tough! But let me know if I should do a list of the best beaches on every country in Southeast Asia, so that I can include more of them. When the pandemic ends, I hope to visit the ones I haven’t visited and visit as many beach as possible in the future. In the meantime, I hope I was able to inspire you and help you plan your future travels to Southeast Asia. I assure you that these are definitely the best beaches in Southeast Asia, and therefore the must-sees!