Personally, I don’t mind the beach life at all. The sun on my face, cool breeze through my hair, sound of waves and umbrella cocktails. I don’t think there are many things in life that can beat a nice day spent lazing around at the beach. But this is just me.
I’m aware that for many out there beach life can get pretty boring sometimes. Itchy feet can’t just stand the beach. The unbearable heat, the sand stuck to your skin, the sweat… What a nightmare! Who wants to do that?
For those of you who can’t stay still for an hour under the sun, Asian beaches offer some incredible activities that you won’t forget easily.
Dive in Phi Phi island, Thailand
Snorkeling and scuba diving are pretty common in Southeast Asia. And how could it be any different? With a sensationally various wildlife and breathtaking views, diving has never been as fun as when it’s done here.
One of the favorite spots is the Thai island of Phi Phi. Here you will find dramatic limestone walls decorated with healthy soft corals, colorful walls and coral gardens where all manner of marine life frolic among the soft corals and sponges.
Phi Phi Islands diving adventures promise sightings of delightful small creatures such as pipefish, seahorses and razorfish as well as their larger cousins like leopard sharks, reef sharks, crocodile long-toms and turtles. The combination of convenient sites which suit all skill levels, its beautiful movie-set beaches and the laid-back charm of the location make Phi Phi a paradise for divers.
Sounds intriguing? You cannot know until you try it.
Kayak in Halong Bay, Vietnam
The kayak experiences in Asia are often more extreme as well as satisfying than elsewhere. From the extreme altitudes to total isolation, from mangrove forests to breathtaking bays and beaches, going through local communities and backpacker villages, kayak trips are made to last in your memory.
A must-try kayak experience is for sure Halong Bay in Vietnam. The Limestone Mountains, dark caves and craggy rocks jut out of the South China Sea in this UNESCO world heritage hamlet that legends say were created by dragons. With more than 3,000 small islands spread out over 930 square miles, you have more than a lifetime’s worth of paddling to do to cover every route.
Thanks to the bay the waters are calm, making kayaking great and enjoyable for everyone. Explore the breathtaking beauty of Halong Bay paddling your way through islets, hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches and floating fishing villages. As kayaks go where other big boats cannot, there is no better way to visit the bay than boarding on a kayak.
Surf in Bali, Indonesia
Bali isn’t just a tropical paradise where you can have lazy afternoons at the beach, climb some of the most suggestive volcanoes on earth, regenerate body and mind with some yoga and party until the dawn; Bali is a pretty great surfing spot too. This island and the one surrounding have some of the greatest surf beaches in Asia, with beach breaks for beginners and huge barrels for the pro’s.
And that’s probably what makes Bali so great. Doesn’t matter if you’re a first timer or if you were born on a board, Bali has got some spectacular waves to offer everybody. As the sunset approaches the horizon, you can see lines of young Balinese men approaching the beach on their surfboards, controlling them with the same gracefulness as in their traditional dances, mastering the waves and penetrating the tubes.
For those who really can’t stand the beach, grab a board and attempt to surf (also many places offer surf lessons) will be an unforgettable experience and great memory of your time on the island. Bali is a magical place with infinite adventures to offer, trying to master some waves is definitely one of them.
Yoga in Thailand
Thailand, a country with a fascinating culture and millennial religious traditions, is rapidly becoming the main destination for those who seek body-and-mind retreatments and spiritual self-discovery. Many travelers believe that a journey through Thailand is also a journey through yourself, a life changing experience.
Meditation and yoga are even greater in Thailand. Not only because the quality of the instructors available in the county is great and the spiritual atmosphere that surrounds you is galvanizing, also because the background of limestone crags, white sand and blue clear water is pretty amazing and tempting
Experiencing yoga on a tropical Thai beach is for sure something you can’t do every day. But that you wish you could. The impressive landscape around is even too great to be explained. Time slows down on the islands, the nature surrounds you and the warm temperatures help you loosen up and feel at ease. Joining a yoga class on a beach in Thailand, or simply practicing yourself, is a must try experience. Your heart will be thankful.
Sunset in the Philippines
Different kind of activity, same great experience. Enjoying the sunset from a beach in The Philippines is one of the most amazing things that your eyes will ever witness. In the moment in which the sun kisses the horizon the sky seems to be on fire; an explosion of sensational shades of the blue of the sky and the red of the sun mix together creating a breathtaking view that can only be seen in this part of the world.
The amazing thing is that you can be anywhere in the wild Philippines and still get to see such a wonderful beauty. Any spot on this wonderful land becomes perfect for you to enjoy this magic moment. The dark silhouette of the distant land and the other islands around become smaller minute after minute to then disappear in the dark of the night.
Experience this amazing event with the company of beer and seafood to perfectly end a sweet day spent lazing around the beach and to kick off the night with style.
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