There was a time when tourists use to head to destinations such as Caribbean, Bora Bora, Cape Town, and St Torrini when they wanted a beach holiday. However, lately, beach destinations in South Asia have emerged as one of the hottest tourist magnets. Most of these destinations have come to limelight after the respective governments have started to take interest in tapping tourism potential. Most of these destinations now have good connectivity in terms of airports and internet and exotic beach resorts. Asian beach destination has its own distinct culture and flavor that will impress and excite travelers who are yet to explore this region. Here are some of the hottest South Asian beach destinations that you must visit.


The Maldives is by far the best beach destination not only in Asia but in the world. The milky white soft sand and crystal blue waters with a rich and diverse range of atolls and coral reefs is something that you can rarely find elsewhere in the world. If you are a luxury traveler with minimal budget constraints, book yourself a water villa on a private island. While the Maldives does require a bit of a heavy budget, it does have quite a few options for budget travelers if you plan your trip smartly and book well in advance. The country has some of the best diving spots in the world and is a paradise for diving and snorkeling fans.

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Koh Samui, Thailand

If you are someone who wants an exotic beach destination that offers something more than just a beach, Koh Samui is your best bet. Koh Samui is one of the more luxurious islands in Thailand. The island has a beautiful airport that will give all the beachy town and rainforest vibes. This tropical island is dominated by a diverse topography driven by emerald waters of the Andaman, pristine sandy beaches, majestic cliffs, and lush green rainforests. You can book Samui tours to enjoy sightseeing, watersports, and activities around the island.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is yet another beautiful island destination located in Indonesia. Despite being a part of Indonesia, over the years Bali has earned an identity of its own and most leisure tourists who land in Jakarta specifically target Bali as their base. This island is surrounded by mesmerizing coral reefs, iconic volcanic mountains, beautiful rice paddies, and dense forests. The scenic beauty and the romantic seclusion that Bali offers makes it one of the tops picks for honeymooners.

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Riley, Thailand

Riley is yet another hidden gem in the Andaman waters, yet it is nothing like what you see elsewhere in Thailand. It is an exotic motor-free island, which means you will not find cars or bikes around the island. Moreover, it is not very touristy, and you will not find the usual nightlife and party scene here in Riley. Despite the absence of the modern facilities, living in a wooden chalet on this sandy white beach secluded by jaw-droppingly gorgeous limestone formations makes this island unbeatably romantic and is worth every penny.