By Miles with Smiles, Kolkata
Southeast Asia is a paradise for tourists and the beach destinations there are especially popular with tourists from India. In this Snapshot Touriosity has listed the top 25 beaches across various countries in the Southeast Asia.
1. Maya Bay, Phi Phi islands, Thailand
This stunningly beautiful bay, enclosed on three sides by 100 metre high cliffs, has been one of the main tourist attractions in Phi Phi since the release of the blockbuster Hollywood movie The Beach, starring Leonardo Di Caprio in 2000. The main beach is about 200 metres long with silky soft white sands, colourful coral, exotic fish and exceptionally clear waters. The best time to visit Maya Bay is when the seas are calm and access to the bay is easy between November and April. May to October gets rough seas but access is rarely a problem. However, due to it being a popular tourist attraction, the place tends to get crowded as you will see lots of boats ferrying visitors in and out of the bay and lots of speedboats and long tail boats and ferry boats carrying snorkelers and visitors. One must visit early in the morning or at evening to avoid the crowds.
2. Padang Padang Beach, Bukit, Bali, Indonesia
Locally known as Pantai Labuan Sait, Padang Padang beach is located in the north-western coast of the Bukit Peninsula and just a kilometer south-west of the Antara Bali Uluwatu. This beach features a stunningly exotic one hundred meter long stretch of sand that is accessible down a flight of stairs through a unique hollow rock entrance. It is a popular surfing spot as well, attracting surfers from all over the world. It is a regular spot for International surfing events among which the Rip Curl Padang Padang is the most frequent. This region has developed in the recent years and is now lined with shops, surf lodges and western style cafes targeting the surfing crowd. This beach was even featured as