Ten beach shots to warm you…………………………………………………….
Mowan Beach, Lombok is definitely off the beaten track To sink you toes into its powdery white sand you’ll need your own transportation. I hired a driver for a day, and spent most of the afternoon at this stunning, deserted beach. A popular surfing beach with the locals, the surf was tame that day. There is no shortage of locals who will offer their driving services. Ask the hotel for a recommendation; especially if you’re female. Let them know when you do go out touring, and an idea of when you’ll return.
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Gili Meno is the second largest of the Gili Islands. The cheapest way to get there from Lombok is a five dollar boat from the local dock. The entire island is a sandy beach; a sun worshipers paradise. You’ll also find good snorkeling, with equipment for rent at prices that won’t break the budget.
Koh Wai, Thailand is a little piece of paradise off of the coast of Koh Chang. Most of the snorkeling trips stop here for an hour or two of fun in the sun.
Located in Krabi, Southern Thailand, this beach is also a popular stop for snorkeling tours leaving from Koh Lanta. A beautiful spot to spend an hour or two just laying in the water and basking in the sun. I don’t think the beach even has a name!
“Maya Beach”, Krabi Thailand; where “The Beach” was filmed. I took this shot on my first trip to Thailand. I was there during the low season, so as you can see there were no crowds. Several years later I stopped there again (another snorkeling trip), and the beach was packed. Some enterprising person was also charging 200 baht (about $6.00), if you wanted to actually walk on the beach. I recommend you visit during low season; few people, and probably no cover charge. Deserted or overflowing with people, it is an awesome beach. Most snorkeling trips leaving Ao Nang beach will stop here.
Mabul Island, off of the coast of Sempora, Malaysia, is a divers and snorkelers paradise. When you want a rest from being below the water take the time to explore and catch some sun on the pristine white sand beaches.
Ko Kradon, off the Trang coast, is famous for its underwater weddings. There is one resort on the island, and it definitely does not cater to the budget traveler. However, the powder white sand beach is public, with free access.
Two hours outside of Bangkok is the sea side town of Hua Hin. This is where Thai’s royal family has their summer residence. The beach is fantastic for beach walking from early morning to night. You can rent a chair for a couple of dollars for a siesta in the sun. Horses are available. There are a number of sea view restaurants with good food at reasonable prices. Hotels range from budget to five star. There’s also a great downtown night market, if you want to do some shopping.
White Sands Beach, Koh Lanta………………This is an awesome beach for swimming, walking, and lounging.
These are my ten favorite beaches in Asia. Do you have a favorite?