You’ve seen photos of the Maldives before: picture-perfect private villas suspended over striking blue waters, alabaster white sand beaches and spectacular sunsets dipping into the horizon. The scenic beauty of the Maldives is something to behold, something you can’t quite understand until you’re there in person.
2. Ubud, Indonesia
The amazing natural beauty of Ubud makes it the perfect destination for a restorative “Eat, Pray, Love” style vacation. You can’t help marveling at the towering rice fields of Tegallalang.
Aside from art, Ubud is a great destination to witness many of the island’s visual arts in their purest form. On any day of the week, visitors can attend traditional performances of gamelan, Kecak dance and traditional ball puppetry and if you are lucky enough to be visited during the Hindu festival, the local temples become living with traditional rituals makes for a performance not to be missed.
3. Lombok, Indonesia
Lombok is a bit smaller than Bali across the strait but considerably more peaceful. Its stunning beaches have long attracted international surfers, but now this well-preserved surfer’s paradise is becoming an increasingly popular stopover in Indonesia. . The island is truly a nature lover’s dream, boasting lush jungle terrain, one of Indonesia’s best volcanoes and world-class diving spots.
4. Ladakh, India
Ladakh, The Land of High Passes, is breathtaking, both materially and culturally. Located in the northernmost part of India between Pakistan, Tibet and Himachal Pradesh, it forms the eastern part of the states of Jammu and Kashmir. Located at an altitude of more than 3,500 meters (11,500 ft), the secluded plateau is surrounded by soaring snow-capped mountains and vast valleys, and deep turquoise lakes scattered across the desert in this high. This pristine and awe-inspiring ancient land is often called Little Tibet and is home to one of the best preserved Tantric Buddhist societies that still exist. Like Tibet before the Chinese invasion, impressive monasteries sit high on rocky peaks, creating astonishing vistas of the milky green Indus River and colorful apple and apricot gardens dotted along along the riverbank.
5. Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
The largest town on Sri Lanka’s burgeoning east coast, Trincomalee spans several cliffs that surround a beautiful harbor and bay. The Portuguese, the Dutch, the King of Kandy, the French and the British were all constantly vying for this strategically located harbor, eventually even serving as a base for Allied fleets during WWI two. Some of the best beaches in the country can be found here, especially in the northern stretch of ‘Trinco’, known as Nilaveli, where shallow beach goes up to half a mile into the sea.
6. Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
The vast ancient city of Anuradhapura was filled with romantic terraced pools and bell-shaped towers, or lagoons (some as high as 60 meters high and 340 meters in circumference), many of them sparkling white, while others have faded because of the brick trees. It was first established in the sixth century BC in the fertile undulating countryside irrigated by many tanks. A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the holiest places in Buddhism – partly due to the 2200-year-old Sri Maha Bodhi tree, planted from the cut of the Indian tree below that the Buddha became religion – it is also in the Hindu Ramayana. The walled, planned city, with palaces, monasteries and cemeteries, was the capital for 1300 years from 377 BC. Archaeological Museum is great and worth to visit.
7. Nha Trang, Vietnam
The sunshine town of Nha Trang sits on the impressive coastline of South Vietnam and offers a Mediterranean feel of its vast streets and seaside promenades, reminiscent of the French Riviera.
This idyllic location is surrounded by pristine islands with soft white sand, turquoise water filled with rich marine life and unspoiled jungle: pure happiness for those after in complete seclusion in a breathtaking setting. The 7 km long palm-shaded beach makes Nha Trang a Vietnamese beach destination loved by locals and visitors alike.
8. Uluwatu, Indonesia
Uluwatu in Bali’s southwestern tip is drier than the rest of the island. Still relatively undeveloped, it was covered by a scrub-like steppe that suddenly ended up in giant limestone cliffs 70 meters high above the bubbling wave surface below. The view of the ocean and the serrated coastline was superb. Uluwatu is also home to one of the most important temples of Bali Pura Luhur Uluwatu.
9. Sumba Island, Indonesia
Often referred to as ‘The Lost Island’, the monopoly Sumba Island is one of the very few spots in Indonesia where the majority of the population stays the way of their tribal ancestors. One has a feeling that time has passed on this remote island and it is only just beginning to adapt to today’s modern world: paradise.
10. Tioman, Malaysia
The beaches in Tioman are very beautiful with blue water and white sand. Visitors can snorkel in the high seas in the Juara area. Located on the east side of the island, this small village has a wonderful beach and wooden rooms overlooking the sea. The river stretches into the sea at Nipah, where salt water and fresh water merge to create beautiful blue sea foam is also an ideal swimming place. In addition, you will also find golden sand on the northwest coast of the island, Salang. This friendly land is famous for its curious iguanas and late night parties.