Saturday, 2 March 2019

Boracay is voted Asia’s 9th best beach in online survey

Boracay’s White Beach is the 9th best beach in Asia, TripAdvisor’s readers say.

The newly reopened island, famous for long stretches of white sand and beautiful sunsets, lands in the top 10 of a 25-point list that also includes El Nido’s Nacpan Beach (#13) and Las Cabanas (#22). Boracay’s Puka Shell Beach, a cove away from the famous White Beach is also in the list at #25.

India’s Radhanagar Beach on Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is voted the best beach in Asia.

See the list below:

1.Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
2.Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida, Bali
3.Nai Harn Beach, Thailand
4.Agonda Beach, India
5.Bentota, Sri Lanka
6.Phranang Cave Beach, Ao Nang, Thailand
7.Varca Beach, Varca, India
8.Karon Beach, Thailand
9.White Beach, Boracay
10.Ngapali, Myanmar
11.Cavelossim, India
12.Kata Beach, Thailand
13.Nacpan Beach, El Nido
14.Mirissa, Sri Lanka
15.Nusa Dua Beach, Indonesia
16.Thong Nai Pan Noi, Surat Thani Province
17.An Bang Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam
18.Benaulim Beach, India
19.Passikuda, Sri Lanka
20.Haeundae, Busan, South Korea
21.Pandawa Beach, Kuta, Indonesia
22.Las Cabanas, El Nido
23.Hikkaduwa Beach, Sri Lanka
24.Selong Belanak, Indonesia
25.Puka Shell Beach, Boracay

Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in Asia:

1. Radhanagar Beach – Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar, India

Radhanagar Beach, also known as Beach No. 7, lies on the southern coast of Havelock Island. Stretching over two kilometres, the beach is loved by both foreigners and locals for the colourful contrast between its clear blue seas, white sands and verdant trees on the beachside. Travellers are recommended to go early morning, to avoid the crowds or late evening, to catch the “mesmerising and picturesque” orange sunset.

2. Kelingking Beach – Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia

Popularised for its “T-Rex shaped rock formation”, Kelingking Beach on Nusa Pedina Island is truly like no other. While travellers come mainly for the photo opportunity from the top of the cliff, those who make the steep journey down to the foot will be rewarded by an “incredibly untouched and naturally beautiful beach”.

3. Nai Harn Beach – Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Tucked between green hills and tiny islands on south Phuket, Nai Harn Beach is a great spot for those looking for “some quiet time, away from the noise and commercial establishments.” Beachgoers can easily rent affordable umbrellas and mats or opt for a rejuvenating massage and enjoy a lazy afternoon under the sun. There is also plenty of street food and restaurants nearby for a taste of local cuisine.

4. Agonda Beach – Agonda, Goa, India

Located on the south of Goa, Agonda Beach is perfect escape for travellers looking for serenity. The north end of the beach has a “laid back atmosphere” whereas the south end is lined with plenty of sea view shacks, villas and restaurants and bars. The beach is kept in pristine condition, with loud music prohibited and strict regulations on property development to ensure it remains a good breeding ground for sea turtles.

5. Bentota Beach – Bentota, Southern Province, Sri Lanka

Bentota Beach is simply “divine” – a clean beach with no crowds, very few vendors and a long, wide golden strip of sand. During the dry season between December and April, the beach is great for swimming and snorkelling with the opportunity to “see all kinds of fish”. Adventurous travellers can also enjoy plenty of activities such as jet skiing, banana boating and parasailing.

6. PhraNang Cave Beach – Ao Nang, Krabi Province, Thailand

Travellers to PhraNang Cave Beach will be mesmerised by the soft sand, emerald waters and “sweeping views of limestone cliffs”. Due to the lack of road access, the beach is only accessible by walk or a traditional long tail boat ride. The beach is also located near to a renowned cave that houses a shrine dedicated to an ancient deity, worshipped for harvest and fertility.

7. Varca Beach – Varca, Goa, India

Varca Beach is deemed by travellers as one of the cleanest, most tranquil and least crowded beaches throughout South Goa. The beach is best experienced on an early morning walk, where visitors can “comb for marine life such as star fish and sea anemones”. Travellers can opt to stay at one of the many resorts, a number of which has direct access to the beach.

8. Karon Beach – Karon, Phuket, Thailand

Located on the west coast of Phuket Island, Karon Beach has a more chilled out atmosphere compared to neighbouring beaches in Patong. The beach is close to the city centre, where travellers can easily find dining, shopping and nightlife entertainment options. Family travellers love that there is plenty of activities such as parasailing and jetskiing.

9. White Beach – Boracay, Visayas, Philippines

White Beach lies on the western side of Boracay, extending five kilometres with powdery sand and clear turquoise waters. Due to rehabilitation works, water activities are temporarily suspended and drinking and smoking are no longer allowed. However, recent visitors lauded these efforts as it has resulted in a “paradise reborn”, preserving the natural beauty of the beach and preventing overcrowding.

10. Ngapali Beach – Ngapali, Rakhine State, Myanmar

Ngapali Beach is an unspoilt paradise with clear waters and a fine golden sand shoreline fringed by palm trees. The beach is loved for its laid-back vibe and rustic charm, “untainted by overwhelming crowds”. Travellers can find medium-to-high-end resorts along the beach and a number of local restaurants offering fresh and affordable seafood at the northern end of the beach.

Source: TripAdvisor’s


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