The 8 Asian Beaches Supposedly Better Than Boracay, According to TripAdvisor

For your summer beach getaway.
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If you still haven’t decided on your summer beach getaway, travel website TripAdvisor has a number of suggestions that you should consider.

In its latest ranking of the Top 25 Best Beaches in Asia, TripAdvisor users voted the newly rehabilitated White Beach of Boracay at No. 9. That means that across Asia, there are eight other locations that ranked higher than the Philippines’ best beach.

So if you want to take advantage of the seat sales and go abroad this summer, these eight Asian beaches should be at the top of your list:

8| Karon Beach, Thailand

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This Phuket beach is one of three Thai beaches you’ll see on this list. Many online reviews point out the location as a quieter and calmer alternative to other nearby beaches, owing to its very wide beachfront that’s described as one of the largest in Thailand.

7| Varca Beach, India

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One of the three Indian beaches in this Top 8, Varca Beach is found within the country’s Goa state, a favorite destination for both local and foreign tourists. TripAdvisor users praised the beach’s cleanliness and safety.

6| Phra Nang Cave Beach, Thailand

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A boat ride away from the Ao Nang district, this Thai beach is praised for the various activities available in and around the location. Among these is a visit to its namesake, Phra Nang Cave—a shrine that features phallic offerings to the local goddess Phra Nang.

5| Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka

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In the southwestern part of Sri Lanka is Bentota Beach, which attracts foreign visitors as a summer destination as well as Sri Lankan tourists as a weekend getaway. A scroll through TripAdvisor reviews of the location describe it as clean and beautiful.

4| Agonda Beach, India

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Another destination in India’s Goa state, Agonda Beach was favored by TripAdvisor’s users as a great place to relax when compared to other beaches in the district. Other websites also point out how the beach is a nesting place for sea turtles.

3| Nai Harn Beach, Thailand

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The second Phuket beach in this Top 8, Nai Harn Beach is one of the most popular beach destinations in Thailand. Some TripAdvisor reviewers also pointed out how the beach is a great option for families with little kids.

2| Kelingking Beach, Indonesia

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A ranking of Asia’s best beaches wouldn’t be complete without an entry from the Indonesian tourist capital of Bali, and Kelingking Beach is one of its best offerings. Many TripAdvisor reviews pointed to its picturesque scenery and Instagrammable cliffs as among its main attractions.

1| Radhanagar Beach, India

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This year’s title of “Best Beach in Asia” belongs to Radhanagar Beach, one of the many beaches on India’s Havelock Island. Also known as “Beach No. 7,” the location is praised for its clear water and scenic views.

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