Barefoot & Free a Christmas by the sea » Exotic Voyages

Imagine yourself sitting on the soft blanket on a silky sand beach instead of the sofa at home. Imagine the ocean waves tapping on your feet and feel the warm sunshine instead of standing on the carpet and preparing the holiday feast. Why not choose a holiday getaway to the Southeast Asia instead of an ordinary day off at home by the TV? For us, we are totally captivated by these 4 amazing beaches that any beach-lovers should have in their bucket list.

 Raja Ampat, Indonesia


 The island chain situates near Sorong city, and comprise about 1000 islands of sublime scenery.You can visit the jungle-veiled islands, white-sand beaches, hidden lagoons, mysterious caves, or look for mushroom-shaped islets and pellucid luminous turquoise waters. Raja Ampat is also blessed with diverse marine life and bird stocks of whichspecies of paradise bird reside. It deserved to be one of the most beautiful archipelago in Southeast Asia.

Raja Ampat is a dream come true for a diver. It wasn’t famous until recent years, when people discover the diversity of marine life and the large coral reef systems. Some scientists even claim that Raja Ampat’s reef actually helps restock reefs across the South Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The four major islands of the archipelago are Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. The Dampier Strait between Waigeo and Batanta is a host ofbreathtaking dive sites, so most accommodations can be found here.

Ngapali Beach, Myanmar


 Ngapali is Myanmar’s premier beach destination. Ngapali is the most famous destination in a collection of beautiful palm fringe beaches that belong to the Bay of Bengal coast. Its iconic feature is theheavenly stretch of white sand against turquoise blue water, with 5-stars resorts next to traditional fishing villages.

Ngapali not only provides normal activities like kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving, but you can go cycling along the beach and some local villages, or visit the 18-hole golf course situated between the beach and the airport. Surfing is a specialty of the beach on the monsoon season, which is the quieter time of Ngapali.

Staying at Ngapali, be sure to visit some of its fascinating attractions, such as the Standing Buha Standing Buddha on the Ahmata Hill for an appealing panoramic views of the surrounding areas, Zalat Htone the black sand island, hand-weaving tradition of Rakhine longyis, or clay pottery at Kinmaw village

 Koh Rong, Cambodia


Koh Rongis the second largest island of Cambodia. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, the island has 43 km of beaches.The Survivor season 31 and 32 of the American reality game was filmed in Koh Rong as the island is scarcely populated and remains pristine due to the eco-sensitive development of Cambodia.

There are no roads but beaten tracks here, so to explore the amazing jungle and the beach you can only travel by foot or boat. As there is no electricity line but only generator, you are recommended to enjoy the real starry sky with your lights off, or watch the enchanting site oflights plankton by the shore every night.

 Island hopping and archipelago explorationis a must when you come to the beautiful Koh Rong. And from thecharter boat you can try fishing with the local experts. Enjoy a massage or wellness activities from local traditions thataim at relaxation and pain relief besides the normal yoga treatment.

 Phu Quoc, Vietnam


 This pristine tropical paradise also surrounded in the azure waters in the Gulf of Thailand. All it takes is just a 50 minute flight from Saigon straight to this natural haven. Phu Quoc is gradually becoming well known for its cluster of exquisite white-sand beaches, coral garden offshore,virgin forest, or the laid back atmosphere, friendly locals who always seems to smile, and fantastic diving site.

Most part of Phu Quoc belongs to the National Park including the marine environment, so you are welcome to participate in an eco-tourism trip here that provides an authentic experience, with plenty of activities and attractions to keep a whole family entertained.

The government is highly conscious about the development the island into anenvironmental-friendly and tourism centre in near future. For the time being, tourists visiting Phu Quoc can still enjoy the experiences of finding a remote beach lined with coconut trees and calm blue waters, eat up the back-road miles on a motorbike, or indulge in a massage and dine on fresh seafood.

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