Recently CNN has just published an article on the Asia’s Top 5 Tropical Island Paradise after an interview session with Herman Ho, Boat Asia 2012 managing director, and Stuart McDonald, founder and editor of Asian travel website, travelfish.org. They were asked to give the lowdown on Southeast Asia’s most spectacular coastal spots.
So are you excited enough to know all the 5 spectacular coastal spots? Okay folks, without further delay let dive into the heart of world’s finest adventure sailing spots in Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia has a vast expanses of sparkling blue ocean, remote dive sites teeming with marine life and thousands of uninhabited tropical islands ripe for exploration.
Top 5 Tropical Island Paradise in Southeast Asia You Must Not Miss!
Anambas Islands, Indonesia
Anambas Islands is located 200 nautical miles from the east of Batam Island in northeastern Indonesia or southern part Singapore. According to Herman Ho, it is one of the must for island for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.
Ho further claimed that the Pulau Bawah, an uninhabited island which is the main island in the Anambas chain offers a naturally protected lagoon with beautiful clear blue waters and corals for divers. And one of the thing you couldn’t miss is the giant waterfall that offers a great enclosed picnic spot.
Two of the shipwrecked vessels “Seven Skies” and “Igara” have become a main habitat for variety of indigenous marine life and offer the perfect opportunity for a dip.
Koh Chang Islands, Thailand
Koh Chang Islands is situated near Thailand’s maritime border with Cambodia. According to Stuart McDonald, the Koh Chang archipelago offers a wealth of secluded tropical islands that are perfect for exploration by sea.
Furthermore the tropical marine national park which consist of 70% virgin rain forest is one of the best preserved tourist holiday destination in Thailand.
With hundreds of deserted beaches, Koh Chang islands will definitely be one of the greatest experience for beach lovers that like to get their feet on the sandy and shallow waters. It will also provide you with a fantastic snorkeling opportunities.
But McDonald do warn that the ‘Maldives of Thailand‘ can get extremely wet during the rainy season (usually between June and October) and advises all the divers to check the weather forecast before planning for their journey.
Langkawi Islands, Malaysia
Langkawi Island in Malaysia has one of the most gorgeous sandy beaches and fertile fishing grounds in the region. With an archipelago that made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast or the maritime border between Malaysia and Thailand, Langkawi offer numerous marinas that cater for guests cruising the surrounding Malacca Strait.
If you’re intent on carting off duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and chocolate, then this is the place to be. Still, Nature-lovers will find the island just as agreeable as the shoreline is fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees.
Besides the beautiful beaches, visitors can just hop on a cable car to the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang mountain — 2,300 feet above sea level — where they are offered with the wonderful views of the island.
In short, Langkawi is an electrifying locale that keeps visitors coming back for more.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay or Vịnh Hạ Long in Vietnamese, “descending dragon bay” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. According to McDonald, the northwestern island is one of the most stunning boating destinations anywhere in the world.
The bay consist of a vast coastal waterway of roughly 2,000 islands over an area of 1,500 square kilometers. So you shouldn’t have any problem if you planning to carve out your own sailing space. You could find it to be a pleasurable experience if you going for swimming due to it tranquil waters all year round.
McDonald refuted that, the mysterious limestone caves on Halong Bay’s bigger islands and the “incredible sunsets” are two sights activity you shouldn’t missed if you happen to go there.
Similan Islands, Thailand
Similan islands is located at the southern part of Thailand, 50 kilometres west of Khao Lak. It consist of a group of nine small archipelagos that have been declared as a marine nature reserve by the Thai government.
“Similan” is derived from the Malay sembilan, which means “nine”. And each of the Similan Islands has a number as well as a name assigned to them.
The nationally protected wildlife area which located at the country’s west coast in the Andaman Sea is one of the best-known island group in the Andaman Sea because it offer one of the most spectacular islets with crystal clear blue waters that surrounded it.
According to Ho, sailing around the Similans are still allowed, even though those who venture there might threaten the turquoise blue waters full of marine life.