1. Pulau Weh, Indonesia
The horseshoe-shaped island of Pulau Weh stands at the most northerly point of the Indonesian archipelago. Its extraordinary underwater life of manta rays and whale sharks draws divers and snorkellers from around the world each year, though beach bums will be equally happy lazing beneath the swaying palms.
Getting there: Hop on a fast ferry from Banda Aceh (1hr, RM25/IDR75,000)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM750Cheap flights to Banda Aceh
Dawn breaks over beautiful Pulau Weh. Photo credit: Ben Bland Flickr
2. Koh Phi Phi Don, Thailand
Koh Phi Phi Don is touted as one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful beach, with plenty of underwater adventures for all. Besides its gorgeous blue inviting waters, it does also offer quality budget accommodation and a thriving nightlife scene.
Getting there: Daily boats from Phuket (2hrs, RM32/THB250)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM800Cheap flights to Phuket
Come to Koh Phi Phi Don to vacation in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Photo credit: Getty
3. Pantai Cenang, Langkawi, Malaysia
One of Malaysia’s best-known beaches, this budget traveller’s hotspot is located in the stunning Langkawi archipelago and is also renowned for its duty-free shopping, lofty green peaks and UNESCO Geopark status.
Getting there: Taxi from the airport RM20
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM800Cheap flights to Langkawi
Enjoy Langkawi’s mountainous exterior after a morning on the beach. Photo credit: Getty
4. Hua Hin, Thailand
Chill like a royal at Thailand’s original beach resort which offers the perfect mix of city and beach life. Explore the bustling night markets and spicy street eats, together with its cosmopolitan population and an endless sandy beach.
Getting there: Take the VIP bus from Suvarnabhumi Airport (3.5 hrs, RM39/THB305)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM850Cheap flights to Bangkok
In Hua Hin you can experience the best of city life and beach life. Photo credit: Getty
5. Manukan Island, Malaysia
Stay in Kota Kinabalu and take a 20-minute boat ride out to Manukan Island for some of Sabah’s most accessible snorkelling and diving experiences. More adventure? Get in touch with nature and go on a hike in its densely forested interior.
Getting there: Return boat fare from Kota Kinabalu is RM23
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM850Cheap flights to Kota Kinabalu
The end of another tropical day on Manukan. Photo credit: Cjames Fotografia Flickr
6. Krabi, Thailand
Beach bums can revel on the sands of Ao Nang or hop on a boat to gorgeous Rai Leh (also spelt Railay) and join the rock climbers on the precipitous karst before feasting on the best and freshest seafood at the markets in Krabi Town.
Getting there: Buses run from the airport to Krabi Town (RM6.50/THB50). From there you need to transfer to another local bus to Ao Nang (RM6.50/THB50).
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM900Cheap flights to Krabi
Enjoy the crystal clear waters off Rai Leh when you visit Krabi. Photo credit: Getty
7. Kep, Cambodia
Seafood fans flock to this beach for its rustic ambience, friendly locals and cheap fresh crabs cooked on the beach and smothered in fragrant local Kampot pepper. What better way to feast!
Getting there: Kep is a four-hour bus ride from Phnom Penh (RM18/US$4)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM900Cheap flights to Phnom Penh
Crabs are taken pretty seriously in this part of the world. Photo credit: James Antrobus Flickr
8. Mui Ne, Vietnam
One of Asia’s best-known destinations for kiteboarding and windsurfing, pretty Mui Ne is backed by towering sand dunes and it’s long sandy beach sees a steady stream of weekenders snatching a break from Saigon.
Getting there: Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh City (6 hrs, RM24/VND120,000)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM900Cheap flights to Ho Chi Minh City
Feel like you are in the Sahara at Mui Ne. Photo credit: Eric Borda Flickr
9. Padangbai, Bali
Padangbai is an attractive Balinese beachfront town surrounded by a series of gorgeous sandy bays with crashing waves, offshore diving and fishermen grilling their daily catch at dusk.
Getting there: Shuttle bus from Denpasar Airport (2 hrs, RM20/IDR60,000)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM900
Enjoy Balinese peace and quiet in Padangbai. Photo credit: Getty
10. Cua Dai, Vietnam
Hop on a bike for a 5km cycle from the charming historic town of Hoi An to this long stretch of beach. Keep up your exploration until you find your own slice of paradise!
Getting there: Take a taxi from Danang to Hoi An (RM79/VND400,000)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM950
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Find your slice of paradise at Cua Dai. Photo credit: Getty
11. Ko Tarutao, Thailand
Hidden deep inside the Ko Tarutao National Park, this unspoilt island is covered in pristine rainforest and has stunning clean beaches, together with some of Thailand’s best snorkelling and diving sites.
Getting there: Take a ferry from Langkawi to Koh Lipe (1 hr, RM120) and transfer to Tarutao (45 mins, RM38/THB300)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM1000Cheap flights to Langkawi
The waters off Koh Tarutao are beautifully clean and teeming with fish. Photo credit: Getty
12. Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
Known as the party island among the three Gili Islands, most visitors come to Trawangan not only to dive, but also to enjoy the sprightly nightlife and island hopping adventures under Lombok’s clear blue skies.
Getting there: Hire a taxi from the airport to Bangsal and jump in a public boat to the island (RM117/IDR350,000)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM1000Cheap flights to Lombok
After a night of partying these beach cushions on Trawangan look super enticing. Photo credit: Getty
13. Boracay, Philippines
One of the world’s best beaches celebrated for its pure white sands, crystal sea and glam beachside cocktail bars; a visit to Boracay is definitely a must!
Getting there: Buy a bus and boat combo ticket from Kalibo Airport (RM27/PHP300) for the 80mins trip to Boracay
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM1050
Chase away your city blues on idyllic Boracay. Photo credit: Getty
14. Otres, Cambodia
The new darling of the Southeast Asian beach scene, Otres has an increasingly well-developed tourist scene on its long white beach. It offers exciting mangrove kayaking trips and idyllic offshore island-hopping adventures.
Getting there: Take a bus from Phnom Penh (5 hrs, RM22/CR20,000)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM1050Cheap flights to Phnom Penh
Perfect your backflips on Otres. Photo credit: Daniel Martins Flickr
15. Ko Kut, Thailand
The last island before Cambodian territory, Ko Kut is famed for its quiet and traquil beaches, together with its breathtaking touch of nature and beautiful jungle waterfalls.
Getting there: Take a bus from Lat Krabang Airport Link train station in Bangkok before leaping onto a high speed ferry (around 6 hours and RM151/THB1200 for a bus/ferry combo)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM1100Cheap flights to Bangkok
_Enjoy exploring the waterfalls in the interior of Ko Kut. Photo credit: Sammy Mantis Flickr_
16. Varkala, India
Backed by 15m high rust red laterite cliffs, gorgeous Varakala is Kerala’s prime backpacker beach. Enjoy the spiritual vibes at this temple town and be warned that your hours and days can easily turn into weeks.
Getting there and away: For a real taste of India, take the train from Thiruvananthapuram (RM16.50/IR250)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM1100Cheap flights to Thiruvananthapuram
Lose your sense of time in spiritual Varkala. Photo credit: Getty
17. Covelong, India
India’s best surfing adventures can be found at this fishing village on the endless Coromandel Coast where you can enjoy a day riding waves with some of the best and freshest fish curries on earth.
Getting there: Take a bus for the hour-long trip from Chennai (RM10/IR150)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM1200Cheap flights to Chennai
Join the locals for a surf at Covelong. Photo credit: Wings and Petals Flickr
18. Malapascua Island, Philippines
Head to Malapascua for delightful beaches, extraordinary diving experiences with thresher sharks and a cheery upbeat atmosphere that’ll help you shed your pre-holiday city blues.
Getting there: Take a bus from Cebu and hop on a ferry from Maya (total journey time around 6 hours and costs RM26/PHP290)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM1250Cheap flights to Cebu
_Dive off the shores of Malapascua for a glimpse at amazing underwater life. Photo credit: Tanaka Juuyoh Flickr_
19. Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Come here to surf, snorkel with turtles and enjoy lip smacking seafood curries, extraordinary sunsets and an almost horizontal pace of life.
Getting there: Train from Colombo Fort (1.5 hrs, RM8.50/SRL285)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM1300Cheap flights to Colombo
Swim with graceful sea turtles in the waters off Hikkaduwa. Photo credit: Alaina McDavid Flickr
20. Pulau Bunaken, Indonesia
Dugongs, sea turtles and more! Home to some of the most diverse aquatic life in the western Pacific and clear water visibility of 35 metres, Pulau Bunaken is every diver’s dream come true.
Getting there and away: The speedboat from Manado takes 45 mins-1 hr and costs RM17 (IDR50,000)
Average cost of 3d/2n vacation: RM1300Cheap flights to Manado
Sunset over the coral reef at Bunaken. Photo credit: nickh0I1B Flickr
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