While every other group of tourists wants to visit the world-famous James Bond or Koh Phi Phi islands, the true beach lovers are ditching such mainstream islands for some of the lesser-known beach destinations. The unadulterated beauty of these not-so-famous islands of South East Asia tempts the solitude lovers to drop the famous ones. These islands let you have the feel of being on a deserted private island without actually spending a whopping amount to buy one. Check this list of offbeat beaches of South East Asia and plan your winter trip to a few of them.
Panampangan Island, Philippines
If you want to get lost on an island filled with fine white sand and rustic cottages with splendid views then Panampangan is just custom-made for you. This island is encamped by the military groups and also has the longest sand bar. This can ensure the much-needed solitude with security. It is just 45 minutes away from Bongao from where the speed boats bring you to this piece of heaven on earth. Along with Panampangan, the tourists also prefer to visit other islands in the province of Tawi Tawi. Simunul, Sanga-Sanga, Panguan, and Sibutu Island are a few to name. Swim, walk on the shore, relish the gorgeous views or explore the ancient mosques, these islands wouldn’t let you rest if you are a curious wanderer. This makes Panampangan one of the best of the lesser-known islands in South East Asia.
Mcleod Island, Myanmar
Trek in the hills to reach this secluded island or take a cruise all the way from Thailand, your journey to this no man’s land would thrill you either way. A Jetty near the Kawthaung airport in Myanmar runs regular boat trips to Mcleod Island that looks insanely beautiful with the green hill ranging along the shore. If you had ever dreamt of a day on a private island then your dream would come true in Macleod. Swim, Snorkel or scuba dive to explore the aqua wonderland of the Andaman Sea here. The rich flora and fauna of the uninhabited island is also a great exploratory option for nature lovers. Apart from Mcleod Island, it is also possible to explore other of the total 800 islands in the Mergui Archipelago in the Southern Myanmar region.
Gili Island, Indonesia
While Bali is one of the most visited islands in Indonesia, the group of Gili islands has been much frequented for its surreal views and turquoise waters. The Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno make the whole of Gili Island but each of them also ensures to offer totally different vibes to the visitors. Gili Trawangan is the most happening one with the best night clubs and imported spirits. On the other hand, Gili Meno offers a laid back vibe for those who wish to stay away from the party nuisance. Luxury boutique hotels of these islands now lure more tourists who want to skip Bali and enjoy the silent shores.
Recently, Langkawi has been the most popular among honeymooners. Dirt cheap alcohol to buzzing nightlife, Langkawi rocks it all. Among the effortless thrills offered by this island is the 125 meter-long Sky Bridge set up at the height of 700 meters above the sea level. A cable car drops the tourists at the top of this pedestrian bridge from where they can enjoy the astounding view of the valley flanked by waterfalls. Posing at the Eagle Square with 12-ft tall eagle sculpture and getting familiarized with the sea creatures at the Langkawi Underwater House are a few of the must-do activities on this island. Wildlife and adventure enthusiasts can venture into Gunung Raya, the highest peak of the region that is inhabited by exotic birds and fierce wildlife.
Con Dao, Vietnam
This group of islands floating on the emerald waters of the southeast coast of Vietnam is best known for their coral reefs, marine life, and boundless sandy beaches. In addition to cruising, diving, hiking, and soaking in the art of nature, exploring the tropical forests of this island is an exciting adventure for curious wayfarers. Tiger Cages, Phu Hai Prison, Bai Dat Doc, Bay Canh are a few of the top attractions on the list of things to do on these islands. While most tourists flock towards Halong Bay, cruising through this lesser-known island of Con Dao is the best thing to do on your trip to South East Asia.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
The eastern-most island of the Indonesian Archipelago, Raja Ampat, lures tourists with its striking beauty. Diversity of marine life, wild animals, dancing birds and abundance of nature has brought this island on the wish-list of most travellers. Wayag in Raja Ampat is a paradise of scuba divers. The colourful coral reefs and a variety of vivid sea creatures bring hundreds of divers to these narrow islands.
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