Asia is a vast continent, with a coastline that is a little more than 62,000 km in length.
It is no surprise, therefore, that Asia offers a wide array of beaches, lagoons, and coastal lakes for all types of watersports (as well as other water-based activities).
Whether you are an avid surfer – or love to seek underwater adventures through diving and snorkeling – Asia has a beach that is perfectly suited to your needs.
Because Asia is so massive and diverse, however, it is almost impossible to explore the whole of it during a single trip.
Therefore, if you want to go on a beach vacation to Asia, you will need to choose your destinations carefully, so as to make the best possible use of your time.
If you want to explore the many stunning and expansive beaches of Asia in the near future, it is time to start planning your route and destination(s).
The beaches you end up visiting will depend on the time of year, your favorite beach activities, your budget, etc. After all, whether you want to take long, leisurely walks along a palm-lined seashore or indulge in a range of thrilling watersports, will determine your choice of beach.
Even for SUP enthusiasts, the type of paddleboarding they prefer will have an impact on their choice of beach. Do you enjoy surfing large waves on your SUP board, or would you rather explore the nooks and crannies of a remote beach for hours on end? Do you want to participate in SUP races with your fellow paddleboarders, or would you prefer the tranquility of a solitary paddling session?
The answers to these questions will help you determine which Asian beach is ideal for you.
So, let’s learn some more about the best beaches to visit, when holidaying on the world’s largest continent!
A small group of islands situated just off the southeast coast of Vietnam, Côn Đảo is replete with soft, sandy beaches, exotic marine life, and colorful coral reefs.
The islands boast a number of excellent dive sites, surrounded by clear, turquoise waters. When visiting the Côn Đảo islands, you will also get to see several huge turtles and an exquisite, colonial-era lighthouse offering panoramic views of the surrounding lands and seas.
Among the most popular of Côn Đảo’s beaches is the Bãi Đầm Trầu, which is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and stand-up paddleboarding. While exploring the different islands on your paddleboard might be less efficient than taking a speedboat, it is a more adventurous and satisfying experience.
The Radhanagar Beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which are located in the Bay of Bengal. Slightly more than 2km in length, it is a quiet and picturesque haven of soft white sands and pristine blue waters.
If you want a vacation that will help you relax, unwind, and de-stress, then this remote paradise of thick tropical vegetation, thatch-roof cottages, and gorgeous sunsets is just what you need. Its calm waters and tranquil ambiance make Radhanagar Beach the ideal destination for a bit of SUP yoga.
If you are looking for something chic, modern, and glossy on your Asian beach vacation, then the futuristic skyscrapers, unique architecture, and giant observation wheel of Marina Bay should do it for you.
Marina Bay is gorgeous, well-maintained, and super-modern, providing a training ground for some of Singapore’s most famous watersport athletes, such as Li Xingfu Roy.
Recreational paddleboarders from around the world are drawn to Marina Bay, thanks to the mesmerizing views and world-class facilities that it offers. Kayaking, jet-skiing, diving, windsurfing, and wakeboarding are some of the other watersports you can try at Marina Bay.
Friendly locals, scenic coastlines, and mouthwatering cuisines are some of the factors that draw paddleboarders to Thailand, the aptly-named Land of Smiles. Endless white-sand beaches – lined with towering palm trees and dramatic limestone cliffs – provide the perfect backdrop for some thrilling SUP adventures.
If you want a fun and lively paddling session with your friends, then Patong Beach is the destination for you. Speckled with a wide array of pubs, cafes, and restaurants, this beach attracts young, party-loving tourists from various parts of the world.
Home to the renowned Miyajima Shrine, the Itsukushima Island is located in the Hiroshima Bay in the southern part of Japan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Miyajima Shrine draws tourists from Japan and elsewhere, thanks to its unique design and location.
The shrine was built on the seabed and is surrounded by water. As a result, it provides paddleboarders with the unique opportunity to see it up close, navigating the waves on their SUP board until they’re meters from the shrine.
In this way, you can explore the shrine from all angles, take aesthetic pictures, and go through the traditional Shinto torii, which marks the passageway from the mundane to the sacred world of the shrine.
To make the most of your beach vacation in Asia, be sure to choose a suitable destination and pack a high-quality SUP kit, including an inflatable paddleboard, ankle leash, wetsuit, and adjustable paddles. These items will allow you to have safe and memorable SUP adventures during your trip to Asia.