Asia has some of the most beautiful islands in the world and there are hundreds of places you could go.

But where is best?

Whether you are travelling solo, with friends or your family, there are options for everyone. To help make this decision easier we have put together a list of some of the most popular islands you really should consider for your next trip.

Get excited for your dream island getaway in Asia today.


1. Maldives

Maldives beach

The Maldives needs little introduction.

This country is home to some of the most stunning island on earth, with white sandy deserted beaches, turqoise ocean waters and luxury resorts including villas foating on the sea.

One common misconception is that this is just a country to visit for honeymoons or romance and reserved for the super wealthy. Okay some Maldives resorts are among the most expensive in the world, but there are lots of ways to visit the Maldives for little cost.

You can stay in budget and mid-range hotels on islands like the capitale Male which are really cheap even by Asia standards. From here island hopping trips to discover the pristine islands can be booked, you'll get photos to make all your friends and family jealous.


2. Bali, Indonesia

Bali view

One of the most recognised names on our list is Bali.

This popular Indonesian island has been a desirable touristy destination for decades and it's easy to see why.

Expect spectacular surroundings, temples, tasty cuisine, white sandy beaches and really incredible resorts. This is a popular island for Australian and New Zealanders due to the short(ish) distance but you will find multiple nationalities here at any one time from all around the world.

Be sure to check out the amazing hotels with infinity pools for somewhere special to stay.

Search tours of Indonesia or for something amazing view volunteer programs in Indonesia.


3. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand 

Phi Phi

There are so many beautiful islands in Thailand, and naming just one to go is pretty impossible.

Phuket is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Asia and here there are lots of hotels and beautiful beaches. But Phuket is on the mainland and one of the main highlights of Thailand is the spectacular islands located nearby.

Popular islands include like Koh Chang, Koh Samui, Koh Lanta, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. But our top recommendation is to visit Koh Phi Phi.

Koh Phi Phi has become very touristy with more and more hotels, restaurants and clubs opening every year, but in terms of scenery and day trips, its unmatched.

Popular places to see include Maya Bay, the location where the Leonardo Dicaprio film 'The Beach' was filmed.

You might want to search tours in Thailand or plan the ultimate gap year in Thailand.


4. Philippines

Balabac, Palawan, Philippines

The Philippines is a stunning country with white sandy beaches, wildlife, jungles, friendly English speaking people and so much more.

The Philippines is one of the most under-rated destinatons in Asia, a real hidden gem that receives a fraction of the number of tourists compared to nearby Thailand for example.

The Philippines is made up of 7,641 islands which are in three major island groups: Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. Over 5,000 are uninhabited, and in pristine condition untouched by tourism and globalisation.

Palawan is an archipelagic province of the Philippines and one of the most beautiful islands in the country.

Palawan is ranked highly with international visitors, and often gets voted one of the best islands in the world.

There is dramatic scenery with limestone cliffs next to stunning white sand beaches, clear blue waters, diverse marine life and shipwreck sites perfect for diving and excursions.


5. Borneo

Orangutans, Borneo

Borneo is the largest island in the world and one of the true last paradises in Asia.

If exotic animals is what you are interested in or you just want to visit a tropical paradise Borneo should be top of your list of places to visit. You need to visit the Sepilok Orangutan rehabilitation centre or the turtle conservation project islands.

Search tours of Malayasia where you can get off the beaten track very easily for an authentic experience and see some of the most pristine beaches and nature spots.

Or check volunteer programs with orangutans if you would like do something really incredible.

Travell to Borneo before the tourist crowds arrive.


Plan a Dream Island Getaway to Asia

There we have it, our top 5 most spectacular islands to see in Asia.

We understand everyone has different opinions, and as there is a lot of choice with hundreds of amazing islands to choose from, just chooing 5 locations was difficult. But if you are planning a first time trip to Asia and wanted to see some of the most beautiful beaches the places featured on our list really are special.

If you want to explore the continent and see as many places as possible search Asia tours. Or if you like the idea of helping conservation efforts or marine animals search volunteer projects in Asia.

 Do you have any recommendations for places we've missed? Let us know in the comments section below.