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Cambodia’s first seaside resort was, from the early 1900's until the 1960's, a thriving town for the rich French elite. Following independence from France, Kep became the most exclusive and prestigious beach town in Cambodia. Many large and luxurious villas lined the beach front.
Ancient ruins and tropical forest amidst palm fringed golden beaches, Tayrona National Park is simply breathtaking and a fitting end to any trip to Colombia! Close to Santa Marta where the Sierra Nevada coastal range plunges into the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, Tayrona covers some 150km² of Colombia’s most spectacular coastline.
Magnificent golden beaches fringed with tropical rainforest, Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula in the north-west corner of the country was once the destination of choice for hippies and surfers. Today, large resorts dot much of the coastline yet travel away from the towns and you will find gorgeous boutique hotels tucked above miles of unspoilt beaches.
One of the world’s most beautiful islands, namely Langkawi, is situated just off the North Eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is one of a cluster of 99 islands with many of the worlds’ most beautiful beaches, mangroves rich in flora and fauna, ultra-cheap duty-free shopping and fascinating legends.
Many experienced travellers argue that Pulau Perhentian, meaning 'stopover islands', are the most beautiful of Malaysia’s many islands. Covered by unspoilt jungle, windswept palms, powdery white beaches and surrounded by sapphire blue waters, Pulau Perhentian is a sanctuary for fishermen, migratory birds and of course, discerning holiday-makers.
Redang is located 45km off the Northeast coast of Peninsula Malaysia and is the biggest of a group of nine protected islands scattered in the South China Sea. The island offers crystal lucid waters and numerous dive sites. Sheltered within the Pulau Redang Marine Park, the waters here are rich in marine life.
Diving in the Mergui Archipelago
Searching for an unconventional destination for world-class diving? The unexplored remote waters of the Mergui Archipelago could be just the thing for you. There are a choice of live aboard boats to suite most budgets and experience levels.
The beautiful Ngapali Beach stretches for over 3 km along the northern coast. During the dry season from October through May Ngapali becomes a popular beach resort for locals and visitors alike, offering clean sand and clear water and peace and quiet for all. Easily reachable via daily flights from Yangon, you can fish, swim, horse ride, play golf or just relax on the fantastic beach.
Myanmar’s newest beach resort is located a 5 hour drive through the Ayeyarwady Delta from Yangon. Despite the long journey to get there it is well worth the effort as a 15 kilometre stretch of pure white sand and clear waters await you. There a couple of boutique resorts here but not a lot else, making Ngwe Saung one of those few places in Asia a true beach escape.
Bentota is a small beach front town less than two hours drive south of Colombo, located on the southern tip of the Galle District of the Southern Province. Made up of several beautiful beaches it is a popular destination to partake in watersports such as wind surfing and water skiing.
Once the chief port of Ceylon, Galle is a city rich in history and oozes colonial charm. It is heavily influenced by the Dutch who controlled the city during the 17th century. Galle has both old and new parts with the old dominated by the majestic Galle Fort which spans over 90 acres and is home to many churches, mosques, temples as well as both residential and commercial buildings.
Originally a popular traveller’s hangout, Hikkaduwa has transformed over recent years and experienced much regeneration to its beaches and coral gardens. More luxurious resorts and boutique hotels have spring up alongside the restaurants, bars and shops that line the main streets.
Trincomalee is an interesting town that is once again beginning to flourish after being out of bounds due to Sri Lanka’s civil war. Since the end of the conflict the eastern cities and beach areas are once again open for tourism with new boutique hotels opening up along the coast.
Remote but accessible aptly describes the Thai island of Kood, on which Soneva Kiri is set amidst the lush tropical rainforest, off the south-east coast of the Gulf of Siam. International guests are personally met on arrival at Bangkok’s airport and transferred to the resort’s own airplane for the one-hour flight to the Soneva Kiri airfield.
Nestled halfway between the busier resorts of Phuket and Krabi are the Koh Yao islands. Located in Phang Nga, world famous for its distinctive limestone formations and unspoiled beaches the bay has achieved global acclaim through the James Bond movie "The Man with the Golden Gun" and the more recent movie "The Beach" staring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Con Dao is a chain made up of 16 islands in south east Vietnam. It is best known for its soft golden sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, lush mangrove forests and beautiful coral reefs.
With its cobbled back streets full of small tailor shops, cafes, old merchant houses and temples Hoi An is quite simply a must see on any itinerary to Vietnam! So many towns in Vietnam were destroyed in various wars but the ancient town of Hoi An, in the past also referred to as Faifoo, Faicfo or Hai Pho, managed to remain largely in tact.
Nha Trang is best known to the Vietnamese as being one of their largest fishing ports. Now however it is better known for its fine beach and being the resort of choice for well heeled locals.
The quiet fishing town of Phan Thiet has a colourful harbour full of boats and a bustling market but the main reason to visit this area is for the fine beaches on the Mui Ne peninsula, which stretch for more than 16 kilometres. Situated just a four drive from Ho Chi Minh City, the peninsula is host to a number of small, quiet, charming resorts.
Situated close to the Cambodian border, the island of Phu Quoc offers an alternative beach option for those wishing to get off the beaten track. Although the island is beginning to see more visitors, development is slow and the beautiful sandy beaches and pristine waters remain unspoilt.
Located in a serene bay on the island’s west coast, Chen Sea Resort & Spa is an idyllic retreat from which to relax and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.
Located just over an hour’s drive south of Cam Ranh Airport and about 2 hours from Nha Trang, Vinh Hy Bay is ideally situated on a spectacular part of coastline on the edge of Nui Chua National Park.
Located around an hour’s drive south from Nha Trang airport in the spectacular conservation area of Vinh Hy Bay, the Amanoi is a very welcome addition (Sep 2013) to Vietnam’s luxury hotel scene. Backed by a national park and overlooking a marine nature reserve, Amanoi embraces nature while providing a serene beachside retreat.
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