As the end of the year is approaching, many have started to plan your year-end vacation to countries with colder climates. But there are many of us who cannot withstand the cold and rather travel to warm destinations. There are many hidden gems in Asia and they are the perfect answer for those seeking moments of relaxation and freedom out of the hustle and bustle of cities. Here are some of the exotic islands in Asia to add on to your bucket list!
Similan Islands, Thailand
Under the crystal-clear waters of this marine nature reserve lies a paradise for divers and snorkelers. With warm weather all year, this is the perfect spot to see gorgeous corals, imposing boulders and beautiful tropical fish in a peaceful setting. The islands attract an increasing number of visitors annually, particularly during the high season months between December to March, when the visibility of waters surrounding the islands is at its best. The fastest way is by plane but you can also reach the islands via boat. Similian Islands are located on 570 kilometres south from Bangkok but are fairly good accessible by road and boat.
El Nido, Philippines
El Nido is one of the hidden destinations of Asia, the beaches there offer white sand and turquoise water as well as adventure activities such as snorkelling and rock climbing on the limestone cliffs. Apart from enjoying the Philippines'´ crystal clear water and vibrant marine life, the resort offers special activities such as guided sunrise and sunset hike tours, boat trips to the nearby lagoons and caves, as well as snorkelling excursions with the local fish.
Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Liberally sprinkled with picture-perfect white-sand beaches and cloaked in the dense, impenetrable jungle, Phu Quoc is the best beach in Vietnam as well one of the most beautiful beaches of South-East Asia. Spend your day trekking through the Phu Quoc National Park, visit the beautiful Cua Can and Ong Lan Beaches and the Dinh Cau Night Market for delicious range of Vietnamese Street food.
Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
Located off the east coast of Malaysia, the Perhentian Islands are the most laid back range of islands to be found in the area. They are the perfect spot to relax, remain barefoot and listen to music while watching the sunset and sipping on a cocktail. To get there, you need to either take a domestic flight or travel eight hours by road from Kuala Lumpur.
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