5 Most Affordable Yet Amazing Beaches of South-East Asia

With world famous beaches, Southeast Asia offers a tonne of opportunities to enjoy the endless coastlines of the region. Become a beach bum and spend your days lazing on the sand, taking in the sun followed by a dip in the clear waters. If planning a beach vacation in the region, consider one of the following places for an amazing time

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Surrounded by white-sand beaches and undeveloped tropical islands, Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s most happening beach destination. If you are looking for something less crowded than this is the place for you. While here definitely make a trip to the Otres Market, the late night market with live music shows and food stalls and the popular rocky strip of Ochheuteal Beach. Visit for 3 nights to get a complete experience of the islands.

Indulge in the spicy Mexican food at Mick and Craig’s restaurant and the fabulous seafood at Noh Kor Phnom which has over two hundred options in the menu.

Koh Thmei Resort – Part of Ream national park, the bungalows here provide outdoor activities like snorkelling, kayaking and wildlife-spotting to make the trip exciting.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Ringed by a necklace of hills and with a sweeping crescent beach, Nha Trang enjoys a stunning setting. Offering some of the best scuba diving in the country it an ideal destination for a memorable beach holiday. Check out the Bao Dai Villas here for a terrific view of the bay. Also visit the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam for the sharks, turtles, coral reefs, lionfish, sea horses and Long Son Pagoda for the 79 feet tall white Buddha statue. Visit for 4 nights to enjoy a complete vacation with your family.

Eat at Lac Canh Restaurant for its table top barbecue and Nha Trang Xua for the classic Vietnamese fare. Lip smacking good!

Where to stay?
Phu Quy 2 Hotel – Offers modern rooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi access is available at all areas.
Violet Hotel – Great location and facilities, makes this a value for money for its guests.

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Liberally sprinkled with picture-perfect white sand beaches and cloaked in dense, impenetrable jungle, Phu Quoc is the best beach in Vietnam. Spend you day trekking through the Phu Quoc National Park, visit the beautiful Cua Can and Ong Lan Beaches and the Dinh Cau Night Market for delicious range of Vietnamese Street food. Visit for 3 nights for an amazing getaway from your regular life.

Indulge in the traditional Spanish tapas and Western-style breakfasts at Mondo. Another great option is Oasis for its great shepherd’s pie, shrimp spring rolls, apple pie and all-day breakfasts.

Where to stay?
Bamboo Cottages – With the Vung Bau Beach all to yourself, relax here for a memorable holiday.
Mai House – Consistently ranked the best resort on the island, it offers high quality thatched villas dotted around immaculate gardens for a refreshing holiday experience.

Mui Ne, Vietnam

The adrenalin capital of southern Vietnam is a perfect place for a fun filled vacation with your family. Indulge in Kitesurfing on the coast or surf on the massive waves over here. Mui Ne is also famous for its enormous red and white sand dunes where you can ride an ostrich. Or if you are a little more traditional than the usual quad bikes and dune buggies. Also see Suoi Tien, a beautiful stream with interesting sand and rock formations. Visit for 4 nights for a great family vacation.

Grab some food at Joe’s – The Art Cafe for cheap sandwiches, steaks and fajitas and Santimatti pizzeria for the best pizzas in town.

Where to stay?
Thai Hoa Mui Ne Resort – Attractive bungalows and a spacious garden makes this a great stay.
Mui Ne Resort – Relax here, at the attractive pool surrounded by lush foliage for an amazing holiday with your loved ones.

Tioman Island, Malaysia

Get lost in the lush jungles, clear streams, and dazzling white-sand beaches of Tioman Island. An idyllic spot for a leisurely vacation, see the multi-hued coral and tropical fish and spot butterflies, monitor lizards and deer on the island. Also visit one of several villages around the coastline which make for an excellent day’s trip. Visit the lush green Genting Village, go rock climbing at the legendary Gunung Nenek Semukut and visit the Juara Turtle Project to spend a day with sea turtles. Spend 5 nights to get a wholesome experience of the islands with your family.

Eat traditional Malayan fare at Arini’s Family Restaurant and lip smacking Thai food at Thai Fun Restaurant.

Where to stay?
Coral Reef Holidays – Next to a private beach, it combines great facilities with an amazing view.
Bamboo Hill Chalets – Overlooking the sea, this is a popular place to stay on the islands.