Southeast Asian beaches dominate list


SINGAPORE, 28 February 2017: India’s Radhanagar beach on an island in the Andaman Sea emerged as the top rated beach in the region by TripAdvisor reviewers.

Released Monday, TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for Beaches in Asia identified Radhanagar Beach, on Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar in India as the Asia’s number one beach based on reviews.

Two Indian beaches made it to the top 10 list along with a beach in Sri Lanka, but Southeast Asia dominated with seven of Asia’s top-ranked beaches.

Radhanagar Beach

White Beach on Boracay, Panay Island, Philippines took second place confirming the growing popularity of the Boracay beach for TripAdvisor reviewers.

For the first time, Ngapali Beach in Rakhine State, Myanmar, was placed higher than beaches in neighbouring Thailand, taking the third place on the podium.

It hints of a growing trend that will open up Myanmar’s beach resorts to international travel on a bigger scale over the next few years.

The highest placed beach in Thailand was Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, in fourth place, while two other Thai beaches were identified in the top 10 list; Phra Nang Cave Beach, Krabi in seventh place and Kata Noi Beach Phuket in eighth place.

White Beach

Non Nuoc Beach in Danang, Quang Nam province, Vietnam came in at 10th place.

Like Myanmar, Vietnam’s beach resorts are strong contenders for future top listings. Both countries have vast potential to introduce beach resorts that have not been commercially exploited.

TripAdvisor, Asia Pacific communications director, Janice Lee Fang, said: “Travellers can use TripAdvisor to decide on top-rated places to stay that are also near good food and fun activities, so they can be confident that they will make the most out of their beach holidays.”

List of top 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in Asia:

  1. Radhanagar Beach – Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar, India
  2. White Beach – Boracay, Panay Island, Philippines
  3. Ngapali Beach – Ngapali, Rakhine State, Myanmar
  4. Nai Harn Beach – Rawai, Phuket, Thailand
  5. Agonda Beach – Agonda, Goa, India
  6. Nacpan Beach – El Nido, Mimaropa, Philippines
  7. PhraNang Cave Beach – Ao Nang, Krabi Province, Thailand
  8. Kata Noi Beach – Karon, Phuket, Thailand
  9. Bentota Beach – Bentota, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
  10. Non Nuoc Beach – Da Nang, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

TripAdvisor tips for beach trips

  1. Radhanagar Beach – Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar, India is well-loved for its seclusion and its cleanliness, thanks to the Andaman locals who are known for enforcing strict cleanliness guidelines for maintenance. The clean waters at Radhanagar are “proven by the abundance of fish, crabs and other wildlife present.”
Ngapali Beach

The closest place to use as a base as recommended by TripAdvisor users is the main town of Havelock Island, where you can stay at the Wild Orchid hotel from USD167 per night and tuck into chicken tikka pizza at Something Different – A beachside cafe.

  1. White Beach – Boracay, Panay Island, Philippines

With turquoise waters “fringed by coconut palm trees” and powdery sand, White Beach is a must-visit for travellers to Boracay. From parasailing, helmet diving and paddle boarding, the beach is full of activities for the adventurous traveller. Beachgoers can also “enjoy a drink and watch the world go by” at one of the many nearby restaurants.

Stay at Coast at USD204 per night, refuel with a Chori burger at The Sunny Side Cafe and end the day with breath-taking views of the sunset at Willy’s Rock, a unique volcanic formation topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary.

  1. Ngapali Beach – Ngapali, Rakhine State, Myanmar

Located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, Ngapali beach is famous as it unspoilt environment with reviewers saying it is “wonderfully quiet and peaceful with no jet skis or banana boats, no music or televisions in the beach shacks, just fabulous seafood and amazing sunsets.” Commercial developments are scarce and “blend harmoniously” with the surrounding nature. Travellers can get a taste of local life by visiting traditional fishing villages, going cycling in the countryside or taking a boat trip to explore nearby islands.

Stay at Thande Beach Hotel at USD115 per night, feast on a seafood platter at Pleasant View Islet Restaurant and wander through the countryside on a bike with Ngapali Concierge Myanmar.

  1. Nai Harn Beach – Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Hailed one of the best beaches at the South of Phuket island. Reviewers recommend arriving early to grab a mat and an umbrella, as well as taking walks along the beach. Along the way, travellers can expect street vendors offering local barbecued snacks and tropical fruits and even a rejuvenating massage by the water.

The Nai Harn at USD273 per night and “one of the best tom yum goong” at Mama Seafood.

  1. Agonda Beach – Agonda, Goa, India
Nai Harn Beach

Considered a “gem of South Goa”, Agonda is the definition of a peaceful beachside getaway with reviewers calling it “calm and quiet” and “without the typical hustle”. Loud music is prohibited at the beach, as it is a nesting ground for sea turtles, and the nightlife is limited. Travellers can stay at the beachfront huts, available at various price points, for a “sleeping on-the-beach” experience, and for a convenient look out point for dolphin sightings.

For a step up from the beachfront huts, stay at Anantra Sea View Resort at USD95 per night, get the best views of the sunset at the nearby Rock Formations then make your way to Fatima’s Corner for authentic Goan food.

  1. Nacpan Beach – El Nido, Mimaropa, Philippines

Nacpan Beach is a “hidden paradise” with kilometres of soft golden sand and clear water, accessible only via a 45-minute scooter ride on an undeveloped dirt road. Travellers are rewarded with a “beautiful and sprawling” beach with lovely sand and weather, and without the usual street vendors or souvenir sellers.

After a trip to this “secret beach”, head back to the nearby town centre of El Nido for the local favourites of adobo and fruit shakes at Habibi and retreat to Cadlao Resort at USD214 per night.

  1. Phra Nang Cave Beach – Ao Nang, Krabi Province, Thailand

Phra Nang Beach is located at the southern end of the Railay peninsula and is known for its broad sands and massive limestone cliffs. Accessible by longtail boats, visitors can climb up the Railay Viewpoint for an “amazing view of everything”. Visitors can also take a trip to the Princess Cave at the southern tip of the beach, a shrine dedicated to an ancient deity that brings harvest and fertility.

After a daytrip to Phra Nang, take a boat ride back to Ao Nang city centre and stay at Ban Sainai Resort at USD121 per night.

  1. Kata Noi Beach – Karon, Phuket, Thailand

Located along the south west coast of Phuket, Kata Noi beach is one of the less crowded beaches in Phuket. Kata Noi is “a must” for those looking for a relaxed day in the sun and capped off by “beautiful sunset views”.

Stay at The Shore at Katathani at USD588 per night and tuck into a plate of green Thai curry at Siam Smile Wine & Restaurant.

  1. Bentota Beach – Bentota, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Agonda Beach

“Massive waves from the Indian Ocean” makes Bentota a great beach for surfing. Water sports enthusiasts will be delighted by the wide selection water activities such as jet skiing, parasailing and banana boating while beachgoers looking to something more relaxed can chill at one of the nearby bars whilst taking in the “great long stretches of golden sand” and the “enchanting” Indian Ocean.

Stay at Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa Sri Lanka at USD242 per night, dig into mahi-mahi fish at Malli’s Seafood Restaurant and discover local wildlife on a chartered boat ride of the Bentota River.

  1. Non Nuoc Beach – Danang, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

Non Nuoc beach is located along the coastline of Danang and is acknowledged as “beautiful, quiet and untouched”, and great for walks and sunbathing. Visitors can head north of the beach to witness local fishermen selling their catch in the mornings or feast on freshly caught seafood at one of the many nearby eateries. From the beach, visitors can look out for a breath taking view of a 67 metre-tall Lady Buddha statue on the Bai But mountain.

Stay at Melia Danang Resort at USD152 per night, snack on spring rolls and Vietnamese iced coffee at Laluna Bar & Restaurant and explore hidden caves and see historic hand carved Buddha marble statues with a tour of the Marble Mountains.