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Asia’s best beach breaks for 2016

Published December 18th, 2015

Feel like maybe a tropical beach break is on the cards in 2016? See yourself sunning on some beautiful white sandy beach sipping on an exotic cocktail or two? Lucky for you, Asia is just a hop, skip and jump away, offering the well-priced idyllic beach getaways that you’ve been dreaming of.

Bali Bound

With direct flights from most major airports, the highlife of Bali is a short and easy plane ride away. Head to the bright lights and hustle of Kuta if you’re all about the nightlife and cheap accommodation. There’s surf lessons down Kuta Beach, and lounging by the hotel pool to keep you occupied by day, and parties aplenty for all night long entertainment.

If you’re looking for a more serene high-end experience, swanky Seminyak is a good option, with its blissful spas and upmarket cocktail bars. Sandwiched right in the middle you can chill out and live the good life in the cruisy beachfront setting of Legian, which lacks the noise of Kuta and the price tag of Seminyak.

Why not see some more on a Bali Island-Hopping Tour with Contiki, that takes you on an 8-day beach lounging, sight-seeing, Indonesian cuisine dining trip of Bali, the Gili Islands and Lombok.

Escape to Thailand

Totally Thailand

Prepared to be wowed by Thailand’s beaches and islands, which are up there with the best in the world. For the ultimate beach resort break head to the pretty island of Phuket, which is blessed with abundant warm sandy beaches, rainforests, and dramatic mountains. Patong is the place to head for all-night parties and daytime beach hangs, or for a more laid-back vibe, Rawai on the southern tip of Phuket is a great place to hang, with sandy beaches surrounded by picturesque forested hillsides.

Koh Samui is another one of Thailand’s top destinations. The coconut-palm fringed beaches, all-night beach bar parties, and authentic road-side cuisine attract flocks of fun-seekers from all-round the world. Stay in a rustic beachside bungalow, or live it up in a fancy resort, Koh Samui has it all. After lounging the days away at the beach, why not hop aboard a Thai Adventure tour with Busabout, and visit the Northern hill tribe territory of Chiang Mai and Pai.

Philippines for the intrepid traveller

Philippines Perfection

For an Asian getaway with a difference, why not put the Philippines on your radar? Beautiful Boracay is less well-known than some other Asian beach destinations, but it’s quite possibly one of the best. The multi-award-winning tiny island paradise is brimming with natural beauty, with picture-perfect white sand beaches, sky high palm trees, and turquoise waters. This is the ideal place to kick back and relax and swim in the ocean, or if you’re feeling active try windsurfing or kiteboarding, diving or snorkelling. Boracay is a one-hour flight from Manila.

Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.