Southeast Asia has a vast coastline which makes it the number one destination for beach lovers and island tourism. Here are 5 best unknown islands to visit in Southeast Asia this holiday season.
1. Coral & Raya Islands, Thailand
These are twin islands located off the coastline of Phuket. They are havens for scuba divers, swimming enthusiasts and adventure freaks. Both the islands have resorts on them which provide all amenities for a perfect holiday. Of the two, Coral island is more commercial. White sandy beaches enchant the day tourists. The front end of the resort is a clean spot to try out snorkeling. The other beach activities on these islands include: boat rides, diving and parasailing.
2. Ko Adang, Thailand
Located in the farthest part of Thailand, this is an isolated island untouched by human development. With abundance of forests in the surrounding peaks, hiking tours are a common activity around here. The ocean and its beaches provide spectacular views of the scenery around. Snorkeling and secluded showers in the waterfalls are other attractions of Ko Adang. The corals around here are very clearly visible due to the pristine waters. They exhibit various shapes with some of them even resembling flowers and animals. Snorkeling may be fun but watch out for the sea urchins; a poke can leave you in a lot of pain for a long time. The two famous waterfalls to visit here are: Ratana and Pirate’s Falls.
3. Koh Russei, Cambodia
This is an island off the Sihanoukville coast of Cambodia. Golden sands, fishermen’s boats and antique Russian guns are all a part of this unique beach setting. The island is also referred to as the Bamboo Island because Russei means Bamboo in the local language. This was a navy base in the earlier times and now is open to tourists. There are 3 island boat tours to be enjoyed while in Koh Russei. If you are looking for a time of secluded tranquility then choose a resort at Koh Russei and explore its wilderness.
4. Don Dhet, Laos
The island is best known for its scenery and serenity. The sunset and sunrise are so stunning that even after a week’s stay you will want to experience them all over again. The island is a wealth of activities such as boat trips, cycling tours, hiking and shower under waterfalls. If you make a trip across the French Bridge you can witness the Irrawady dolphins. Lying in the hammocks is another favorite pastime of the visitors to this island.
5. Con Dao Islands, Vietnam
The Con Dao is an archipelago comprising 15 islands located in the South China Sea. You can reach these islands by frequent road or flight trips from the capital city of Ho Chi Minh. Earlier during the French rule, this island housed prisoners of the freedom movement. Now most of the island’s population is of the Vietnamese soldiers from the American war. The islands are covered in dense forest and mountains, and hence popular for hiking and wild camping. As with other islands, even these are famous for their swimming and snorkeling spots.