Welcome to week 222 (09/04/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. Last week I had readers lusting over Korea’s beautiful spring flowers. Well the flowers are still around, but we are now into that fickle time of the year where the temps go up and down. Right now they are down, way down. Of course there is a remedy for that …let’s go to the beach. Here are some of my favorite Asian beaches, and all with lovely toe warming sand and bathing suit temps!
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Langkawi’s Cenang Beach…
Believe it or not I ended up getting a flight from either Bangkok or KL on Air Asia for a penny! I’m not sure if Air Asia still offers their penny specials, but back in 2009 and 2010 I managed to snag a couple. If Cenang Beach was a person, I would say it has multiple personality disorder. Go to the left and you are on the side with all the normal, everyday holiday folks. The right side of the beach definitely has a well worn feeling. At least I thought so back in 2009. Take a wander to the right and it’s ritzville all the way. There were lots of expensive hotels, and comfy beach chairs stretching for a half mile or so, and not a person in sight. The shot below was on what I dubbed the ritzy side. I love this strange looking tree right smack dab in the middle of the pristine white sand. I was also extremely tempted to hijack one of the comfy beach chairs, but I was too chicken! One of the prettiest Asian beaches I’ve had the pleasure to visit.
Several hours later I managed to catch this awesome sunset…
Koh Lanta’s Long Beach…
Back in 2007 I got to wriggle my toes in the sand on this beautiful stretch of beach for two glorious weeks. The beach walking and swimming were also some of the best I’ve experienced in Thailand. I even flitted with the idea of getting ‘ship wrecked’ here for a few years!
Hua Hin, summer home to the Thai royal family is another fantastic beach option, and it is only a couple of hours out of Bangkok by train or bus. You can even catch a bus from the airport, which I’ve taken. The bus was clean, modern, fast, and cheap!
Stunning sunrises at Hua Hin Beach, and the added bonus of watching the fisherman at work.
I’ll never forget beautiful Mabul Island in Malaysia. This is a divers paradise, and I did one of the best snorkeling trips of my life to world famous Sipidan. Even though I am not a diver, I hung out on the island for ten days. I snorkeled and enjoyed the beautiful beaches.
Last but not least, Krabi’s Maya Beach, where Leonardo’s “The Beach” was filmed. All of the snorkeling boats in Krabi make a stop at Maya Beach. I’ve been on this little strip of beach a few times. Sadly, last time I was there someone had started charging about $7US for the honor! It’s still a gorgeous spot and the best vantage point for taking a gorgeous photo is from the boat (at least I think so)!
Other than Maya Beach I have never been charged to enter an Asian Beach. Beach chairs are almost always available, at very cheap rates.
What gorgeous Asian beaches have you had the pleasure of visiting? Please, tell us in the comments.
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