Island life: Asia’s best kept secrets

Island life: Asia’s best kept secrets

Summer is without a doubt, the best time to travel. If you’re looking for a getaway comprising of some sun and fun, here are 5 island paradises on Earth to visit—and they can all be found in Asia!

1. Phú Quốc Island, Vietnam

Despite being the largest island in Vietnam, Phú Quốc island has slipped off the world’s radar for a long time. Lined with beautiful white-sand beaches that will make you want to lounge on them all day, it should be top of your list if you ever visit the country. Sunset-seeking travellers would find Long Beach, one of the most popular beaches, perfect to catch the sun dip below the waves. If you’re up for an adventure, there are other uninhabited remote islands nearby that are equally alluring in beauty.

2. Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia

The province where the Raja Ampat Islands are found is also known as the Amazon of the Oceans. The reason behind this name is due to it having one of the highest diversity of marine life in the world. With more than 1,000 tropical fish species and 250 species of exotic bird sightings, this hidden treasure of Indonesia is a diver and bird lover’s paradise. Making the trip down to these islands is definitely worth it, especially when you come face to face with the untouched and undisturbed coral reefs.

3. Koh Kood Island, Thailand

On the eastern side of the Thai Gulf lies the lesser-known Koh Kood Island, as compared to the much-heralded Phuket Islands. With hardly any crowds and the absence of night life, this is the place to be at if you’re looking to relax and unwind. About 70 per cent of the island is covered by lush tropical rainforests. If you venture into the middle of the island, you’ll find the beautiful Klong Chao waterfall—along with the opportunity to swing on hanging vines into a refreshing cool lake.

4. Lamma Island, Hong Kong

Whenever Hong Kong is mentioned, it is common to think of a concrete jungle. But just 20 minutes away from Central Hong Kong lies a completely peaceful world of sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and emerald green hills. The free-spirited and multi-cultural vibes that emanates through this island makes this a true gem. Go on one of the many hiking trails to clear your thoughts, or visit Lamma Winds, Hong Kong’s very first wind turbine.

No matter the activity you chose to partake in—be it plunging into lakes from hanging vines or diving into the sparkling blue waters—be sure to keep yourself covered with a comprehensive travel insurance plan. That way, you can enjoy your well-deserved vacation with a peace of mind.

 

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