Are you planning a Vacation for 2021 ?
There is no harm to start planning for a well-deserved vacation break.
We often see luxury travel destinations on Instagram and get inspired by it.
But you can go to equally stunning islands and beaches in Southeast Asia that will make you feel like just like the Maldives, Bora Bora or French Polynesia?
There are many beautiful places that should totally be on your bucket list without putting a hole in your pocket.
Breathtaking view, crystal blue waters, fewer crowds and beautiful sunsets at a unique island with the chance to travel, it sounds like a dream come true!
So, here are some places in Southeast Asia that you probably didn’t know that looks just like the Maldives, but cheaper!
Palawan – Philippines
Not only will you get the most blue and clear waters and amazing beaches, but you can also enjoy mountains, tropical jungle, cliffs and a vast array of tropical flora, fauna, fish and coral. With daily flights to and from Manila, this beautiful island makes for a perfect, relaxing vacation with many exciting activities to keep you entertained whilst you’re there. It’s a whole lot cheaper than the Maldives, that is for a fact!
Hon Xuong Island – Vietnam
Just off the coast of Cambodia, you’ll discover Vietnam’s best-kept hidden gem. The Phu Quoc area is made up of 28 islands but Phu Quoc is one of the biggest and the one where you will need to stay when you are visiting the island. Hon Xuong is the best place for your Instagram feed, the view of the surroundings, islands and magnificent views. The clear blue waters, beaches and tropical jungle setting of the island are beyond magnificent, just as they should be.
Pulau Weh – Indonesia
A secret gem in Indonesia for beach lovers, this enchanting island paradise is a great place for snorkelling and diving. Picture yourself swimming in crystal clear waters beside the marine life and animals, including whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles
This island north of Banda Aceh is also home to waterfalls and volcanoes, all waiting for you to discover.
So, you can forget the Maldives and visit this equally beautiful and underrated island for your next dreamy vacation!
(PS: you can see more stunning views for your honeymoon in Bali here)
Rawa Island – Malaysia
This beautiful island is actually owned by the Johor Sultans 👑 Located just 16km from Mersing, this idyllic destination is a place for marine life and is part of the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park.
This island has it all: emerald sea, white sandy beaches, remarkable sunsets all in front of you.
There’s also a huge jetty with slides and rocky cliff sides if you’re up for an adventurous jump, or a volleyball net to have a nice game with your pals and many other water activities as well!
Pasir Timbul – Indonesia
In the middle of the sea, surrounded by azure blue waters, prevails a little island that you may not heard of.
Pasir Timbul Sandbar resembles just like a photo taken in the Maldives!
You will be able to have a picnic and snorkel in the waters surrounding the sand bar.
In the middle of nowhere, walking around Pasir Timbul is like floating in the world of your dreams.
With the size of 150 metres square, this fascinating destination is located at Raja Ampat and has shallow waters which are perfect for first-time swimmers.
Perhentian Islands – Malaysia
A paradise for scuba divers, the Perhentian Islands are less than hour boat ride from the east coast of Malaysia. Whether you travel the marine wonderland, relax on the white sand beach or trek the tropical jungle, it’s a budget-friendly way to a tropical escape.
Koh Lipe – Thailand
One of the most underrated beach destinations in Southeast Asia, Koh Lipe is all about secluded dive places, magnificent beaches and some of the best snorkelling spots to see tropical fish!
This small paradise island on the Andaman Coast also has trails leading to viewpoints for you to see aerial views of the island’s natural beauty.
There are no cars but everything you need from chalets to cafes, diving shops and massage huts are all within walking distance!
PS: Please be advised that that there are no direct flights to this island.
Mabul Island – Malaysia
When you hear “Mabul Island” you think of visions of pristine clear water, swinging coconut trees and delightful water bungalows come to mind.
Located off the southern coast of Borneo, Mabul Island could just be the beach heaven that you have been dreaming of.
You can’t even tell that this isn’t The Maldives right!?
If you’re not interested on diving, you can chill by the soft sandy beaches or explore the fishermen villages.
Its also home to the one and only unique diving rig in the world!
Pulo Cinta – Indonesia
Pulo Cinta literally means “ Island Of Love” In Bahasa Indonesia.
So it is safe to say that Pulo Cinta is the beach destination for honeymooners and couples!
You can forget the Maldives, you are sure to feel like you are in a luxurious retreat on this private island! Soft, white sandy? GOT THAT! Pristine, clear blue waters? GOT IT! Beautiful sunsets and astounding marine life? GOT THAT TOO!
So what’s there not to like especially you do not have to be in The Maldives!
Belitung – Indonesia
Well-known for its white sandy beaches and clear blue waters, Belitung has become one of the most famous places in Indonesia.
Indeed, the island (and all the tiny islands surround Belitung island) is gorgeous!
The waters here are excellent even for non-swimmers or first-time swimmers, as there’s almost no current and big waves.
There is more than just island hopping and snorkelling.
You can also explore Tanjung Tinggi beach, go to the interesting colourful Museum Kata and visit the pretty white sandstones at Lake Kaolin!
In conclusion, You do not have to leave Southeast-Asia to experience a luxurious island vacation with soft sand, clear blue waters, beautiful sunsets and get some sun by the beach.
Get ready for some fun in the sun, dip in the beautiful blue waters, witnessing beautiful sunsets without even heading to the Maldives! Your next fun vacation awaits.