Top 5 Asia Beach Destinations To Soak In Winter Sun

Do you feel like ditching the snowy and dull days for a week or so, and spend Christmas at a sunny beach? Well, I think I can offer you some help! If you have been craving for a beachside holiday that would be liberal to your pockets as well, you can choose to travel to any of these top 5 Asia beach destinations and soak in the sun this winter.

Top 5 Asia Beach Destinations

Sri Lanka

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Fishing Boat on a Sri Lanka Beach

With India and Thailand as its neighbors, this tiny teardrop-shaped country on the Indian Ocean is often missed out! But Sri Lanka, to say the least, is one of the most gorgeous Asian countries. Your time there would just pass by the wink of an eye! Whether you want to go hopping from Bentota to Mirissa and then to Galle; or just stay at one place and enjoy the beach vibes – Sri Lanka will surely not disappoint you! The weather is pleasant and the shores are more calm than usual. The beaches would be a perfect escape for families in the winter months.

If you are seeking some adventure exploring the top 5 Asia beach destinations; then Sri Lanka would be perfect for trying out several watersports like jet skiing, scuba diving, cliff jumping etc. There is usually very little rain and the beach bumming can get no better during this time of the year. Have a cold beer or king coconut while relaxing on the beaches. And of course, don’t miss out exploring the cultural hubs of the country, which are also prominent UNESCO Heritage Sites.


Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Thailand,Top 5 Asia Beach Destinations
Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Thailand

A holiday in Thailand can never go wrong! The Thai Islands are the ultimate destination for sun-seekers who wish to ditch the chilly winds for some time. Whether you are a solo traveler seeking a retreat or planning to travel with your family to beach destinations in Asia during the Christmas holidays; Thailand should be there on the top of your list. Drop dead gorgeous landscapes, endless tourist activities, a laid-back vibe, natural wonders and lush jungles paired with crystal-clear beaches and top-notch resorts leave visitors with little to be desired.

Leave all your worries behind and dive into the crystal clear water. Get closer to the marine life and gorge on delicious seafood and Thai curries while soaking in the sun! While most of the travelers flock to Pattaya or Krabi, you can rather choose to spend some relaxing days at the not-so-popular yet extremely gorgeous beaches in Thailand like Koh Lanta, Koh Lipe etc.


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Well, Cambodia seems to be like a place on the history buff’s bucket list. But will you be extremely surprised if I tell you that this country beholds some breathtaking beaches bordering the Gulf of Thailand?

Whether it’s the turquoise waters or the white sandy beaches, the quaint & slow life or the pocket-friendly resorts with infinity pools – Sihanoukville, Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem & Rabbit Islands of Cambodia will leave you baffled! If you wish to ditch the crowd of Thailand, yet get similar vibes, binge on authentic Southeast Asian cuisine and feel the warmth during the winter months, then perhaps booking a vacation to Cambodia won’t let you regret in any way!

You can go snorkeling around the islands; try out scuba diving; or just spend some lazy days – not worrying about anything else in the world.


Salted fishing drying on a beach in Malaysia,Top 5 Asia Beach Destinations,fishing boats
Salted fishing drying on a beach in Malaysia

Move beyond the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Cameron Highlands. Malaysia is a country boasting beautiful beaches which can be absolutely a delight to explore during the winter holidays! Have you heard of the Perhentian islands off the northeast coast of Peninsular Malaysia? They have achieved an iconic status on the backpacker trail. And for good reason – the waters here are so clean that you can snorkel right off the beach and still see a diverse array of aquatic life! If you are looking for a more luxurious holiday, then there can be no better option other than exploring Langkawi.

Soak yourself in the beach vibes, get tanned and make the most of your Christmas holidays, living in a secluded resort away from the chaos & cacophony! You can also choose to spend a couple of days in the tiny island of Layang-Layang,  located some 300 kilometers northwest of the Sabah capital of Kota Kinabalu. Surrounded by pristine waters that drop to 2,000 meters; Layang-Layang is often ranked as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world due to its remarkable array of marine life.


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Gunung Kidul, Central Java

With over 10,000 tropical islands, Indonesia can be perfectly termed as ‘The Beach Capital of the World’! And let me tell you that Indonesia has much more than just Bali! Indulge your senses in the natural beauty and exotic charm that is Komodo Island. Take a dip in the blue waters of Pink Beach and watch the marine beauty including the amazing corals. Go diving at Merah Beach, Batu Bolong and Tatawa islands.  You can also go for climbing up the Ijen volcano and be amazed by blue flames that spring out among the yellow sulphurous rocks at Banyuwangi, and watch baby turtles take their first steps to the ocean at Sukamade Beach.

Go sailing and diving at Pulau Ai, Batu Kapal, Hatta Reef, and Nusa Laut. Watch the awe-inspiring sunrise at Gunung Api and take a leisurely stroll through the charming town of Banda Neira. A trip to Indonesia is not complete without a trip to the tourist capital Bali, complete with its beautiful temples, wildlife, and breathtaking beaches. No matter whether you are looking forward to a backpacking trip to Bali or a luxurious getaway, you won’t be disappointed! Get sun-soaked at the beautiful Kuta beach followed by surfing at Uluwatu.

So, which of the top 5 Asia beach destinations would you be going to?

About Riyanka Roy


I’m an ordinary girl with some extraordinary dream. I love to believe in the miracles of destiny, and I want to travel all over the world, spend time with the natives, binge on local food and absorb their culture. I feel I’m born with gypsy blood, and stagnation makes me feel claustrophobic. Life, for me, is like a book and whatever we do adds more chapters to it. I enjoy writing about whatever I come across, for each and every bit helps in making the chapters more and more colorful. You can follow my footsteps on Instagram.

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