Along the Telok Pandan Besar and the Kecil beach in the Bako National Park, Malaysia, there are seven different floristic compositions and many wild animals living in mangrove swamps and untouched beaches. A 30-kilometre hiking path goes through various types of terrain, from the desert to the palm forest.
Phang Nga bay, which covers an area of 400 km2 is the combination of romance and hazard. There are many high and steep limestone mountains, large caves full off rock-tops as well as interlaced mangrove swamps. These are ideal places for kayaker to advance their skills. Hat Lo Paa Raet with a long line of coconut trees and Hat Tiikut with casuarina trees are the two most famous beaches in Phang Nga bay.
Lan Ha bay, to the north of Cat Ba Island in Vietnam, are famed for the most beautiful limestone mountains which can be compared to the ones in Halong bay. Since visitors tend to visit Halong bay, Lan Ha manages to remain its wildness. Visitors can choose to visit any island in the bay and snorkel to see colourful schools of fish. The Great Lake of the bay is wonderful scenery of blue ocean and white sand. The hiking path there is also a challenge anyone who wants to conquer the limestone mountains.
The attractiveness of Mui Ne does not lie in the beautiful beaches but also in the sand dunes. The White Sand Dune is suitable for visitors who would like to go sightseeing and take photos while the Red Sand Dune is a nice spot for sand-boarding.
In spite of being located in a remote area, the Balekambang beach is packed with visitors almost every day. People visit the Balekambang beach to see the bridge that connects the Winsanggeni Island and an offshore rock formation named Ismoyo where a small Hindu temple with beautiful architecture lies on. Tourists can also walk towards the north to visit the calderas in the Bromo National Park.
On the Matinloc Island in the Bacuit bay, the Philippines, there is a lake surrounded by steep cliffs. The only way to access it is swimming through a keyhole after sailing and docking in such a narrow space between two cliffs.
From the Koh Themei beach in the south of Cambodia, visitors can hike to the mountain; explore the mangrove swamp or the coastal jungle on the same island. They can also snorkel to see the colourful coral reef or swim in the crystal clear river. However, the most common activity there is bird watching. From the small cabin by the beach, visitors can see up to 150 kinds of birds including bald and white-bellied sea eagles. Once in a while, visitors may happen to see dolphins swimming very close to the shore.
The Red Islands of Indonesia is not only famed for its Komodo dragons living in barren hills but also for the rich aquatic biodiversity. Beside the coral reef, there are red snappers, parrotfish, skate fish, turtles, sharks, dolphins or even dugongs that co-exist in this area. The broken red coral changes the colour of the sea as well as explains the name of the island and the beach there.
There are more than 800 islands and numerous charming beaches in Myeik Archipelago, in Burma. However, the beach in front of the Ma Kyone Galet village is not only beautiful but also an interesting place where visitors can meet the Moken – known as the gypsies of the sea.
Before, the Moken spent almost their whole life offshore. They only came to land when the weather was too severe. However, recently hundreds of Moken have settled in the Ma Kyone Galet village. Visitors can walk along the beach to visit Buddhist temples or watching the fishermen coming back home at dawn with their boat full of fish.
The Toba Lake in the Indonesia island of Sumatra is occupying a caldera. The hospitable local are always willing to introduce their culture which is a combination of Christianity, animal worship, puppetry and a cannibal clan which came to extinction in the 19th century.
The Turtle Sanctuary is 30 minutes away from Perhentian Besar, Malaysia. Every year, volunteers come to this area to join a project aiming at protecting the endangered turtles. At night, they guard the beach to ensure the safety for mother turtles laying eggs in the sand. During the day, the project team conduct a research to study the behaviours of the turtles there, which involves diving and swimming with them.