There’s nothing quite like the presence of crystal clear waters and warm fine sand to make you feel like you don’t have a care in the world.
Which is why it’s so great that Singapore is so close to many of Asia’s best beach destinations! A short(ish) flight can land you in some seriously breathtaking locales, where you can truly wind down and relax.
Find your happy place in these 6 destinations in the gallery, below. Then, check out our smart hacks to spend less, travel more!
This secluded beach is just a longtail boat ride away from Ao Nang, one of Krabi’s main towns. Don’t expect to find any five-star resorts here — Tonsai Bay is a welcome escape from the overly connected world. Spotty reception, warm people and laid-back vibes are all part of its charm. Did we mention, it’s a world renowned spot for rock climbing?
A long stretch of beach on Hainan known for silky white sand and premiere resorts with private beaches. If you haven’t experienced Sanya’s clear blue waters and warm ocean breeze yet, then you’re missing out on one of Asia’s most underrated vacation spots. (Tip: It’s a great place to head after a fun, family trip in Shanghai, just a few hours’ flight to the Sanya airport.)
Nature’s infinity pool and not-so-secret hidden beach are just a ferry ride away from Bali. It’s a pretty rugged trek to the beach, but the views of the untouched coastline are well worth it. Enjoy the scenery and take lots of Instagram-worthy pictures, but use caution when you swim as the sudden waves are known to be quite forceful. (P.S. There’s also a beautiful pink beach near Bali, if that appeals.)
Surf’s up at this Sri Lankan beach getaway! Start the day with an epic sunrise, catch some waves, do some whale watching and end the day by sipping on a coconut while watching the sunset. Starting your trip in Colombo? Check out these unique sights, too!
The beaches around this part of Jeju are known for their clear emerald waters. To fully appreciate the island’s claim to fame, rent transparent kayaks so you can peer down into the crystalline ocean as you explore the coast.
Japan isn’t usually the first country that comes to mind when planning a beach getaway, but it should be. With its silky white sand and endless clear waters, Okinawa’s Nishihama Beach is essentially heaven on earth. Foodies will love this destination too — the region’s restaurants serve only the freshest seafood.
By Claire Soong, September 2018 / Additional Reporting: Sara Lyle Bow
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