Discovering the Untouched Beaches of Southeast Asia

Three boats floating in the water near steep cliffs
Phi Phi Islands, Krabi, Thailand. Photo by M o e on Unsplash

Searching for a perfect, untouched beach—somewhere you can lay back, undisturbed, with just the sound of waves for company? Well, it’s time to turn that dream into a reality. Southeast Asia has several hidden coastal paradises that remain under the radar. Let’s set off on a sandy adventure to beaches where the only footprints you’ll see are your own.

Koh Tonsay, Cambodia

Also known as Rabbit Island, Koh Tonsay is located just off the coast of Kep in Cambodia. This small, serene island is a throwback to simpler times. Here, you’ll find rustic thatched huts and hammocks swaying under the shade of palm trees. 

Siquijor Island, Philippines

Siquijor is often overlooked in favor of the Philippines’ more famous destinations like Boracay and Palawan. However, this mystical island has some true gems, like Salagdoong Beach, where the turquoise waters are just as inviting as any of the country’s more popular shores. 

Koh Bulon Lae, Thailand

This tiny island in the Andaman Sea is a gem among Thailand’s tourist-heavy destinations. With no cars, no roads, and a very small local population, Koh Bulon Lae is the perfect peaceful escape. The beaches here are tranquil, with fine white sand and shallow, clear waters that are perfect for snorkeling.