Are you looking for your next island paradise? Asia’s tropical seas are filled with little island gems just waiting for you to visit them. However, each place contains it’s own character and culture - some are better for relaxing on the beach while others have a more active party scene. To help you plan your next island getaway, here are some of the best islands the Asian seas have to offer.
The quintessential island retreat, laid-back Bali has just about everything you could want in a holiday. Spend an afternoon surfing at Kuta beach, and then migrate to the clubs that fleck the coastline. Or, for something more relaxing, head inland to the quaint village of Ubud, where you can partake in such calming activities as yoga, Balinese massage, traditional dance classes, or visit a temple. The people are also friendly, and English is widely spoken. For an extra excursion, take the ferry to nearby Nusa Lembongan, for some peace and quiet as well as superb surfing and diving.
This beautiful corner of southern Thailand is truly a slice of heaven. It’s an excellent place to visit if you’re looking for an active holiday. You can swim, dive, parasail, and snorkel in the lagoons that surround the island, or hire a yacht and sail along the coast. Phuket is also becoming a popular destination for weddings, so you will find no shortage of quality hotels, resorts, bars and restaurants that cater toward tourists and special events.
Located in the central Visayas Islands, Cebu is home to luxurious resorts, gorgeous beaches, and vibrant green jungle. The city, also called Cebu, is the oldest in the Philippines. Here you can find great hotels, restaurants, and activities, but don’t forget to venture out to some of the small coastal villages to catch a glimpse of traditional life. You can also partake in such activities as dolphin watching, hiking in the highlands, cage diving with thresher sharks. There are many small islands scattered around Cebu where you can set up a beach umbrella and catch some rays.
This densely-populated island off Malaysia’s west coast is known for its vibrant cuisine and restaurant culture. You can visit the city and sample world-class Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and international cuisine, or head out to one of the smaller towns for a humble yet delicious bowl of noodles. You can also work off those extra calories by visiting the jungles on the west side of the island or strolling along the beaches.
Make It Happen
While visiting an island in Asia is definitely a worthwhile experience, the trip does not come cheap. But there are plenty of ways that you can raise money to fund your dream getaway. For example, you can sell bottles of water at neighborhood events, walking your neighbors’ dogs, or by selling your things online .
No matter what, don’t miss the opportunity to experience paradise found!