[AMAZING] Best 7 Islands to Visit in Southeast Asia

Deciding which islands to visit in Southeast Asia is probably one of the hardest decisions of all time. It is understandable to be afraid to make a choice.

However, I am here to shorten the tens of thousands list for you.

Down below are the top 7 best islands and the top activity to do while visiting them.

Let’s get you ready to experience pieces of heaven on earth.

Visit 3 Countries in 1 Trip to Borneo Island

Depending on whom you ask, Borneo is either Indonesian, Malaysian, or it is the whole Brunei territory. Yes, the island is politically divided between three countries, with Indonesia ruling over 70% of the island, mainly its southern part. Malaysia and Brunei both share the 30% left of the island that is on the northern side.

Due to its large size, Borneo is the world’s third largest island. Experts estimate that Borneo’s rain-forest is actually 140 million years old. The island is full of wildlife; there are hundreds of mammals, birds, and fish species, and thousands of plants and tree species.

Enjoy the world’s Best Sunset in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc is Vietnam largest island. It is also just a swim ( 4 kilometers actually) from Cambodia. UNESCO has named the island, along with its neighboring islands, a World’s Biographic Reserve.

The island has wonderful beaches, which are a favorite diving and snorkeling destination for tourists. Locals will also vouch for the beauty of Phu Quoc as they experience it every day. There are waterfalls, national parks, and a lot of natural landscape that will make you fall in love with the island.

Go Party in Ko Samet, Thailand

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Not so much different from the rest of Thailand, the country it belongs to, Ko Samet is well known for its love to party. The island’s most visitors come to have the most enjoyable holiday as fire-juggling shows happen nearby, dancing and singing next to that.

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Ko Samet offers a great opportunity to Bangkok locals, as well as tourists, who are escaping the busy modern life at the city. However, only the northern side of the island is in use. The southern parts of the island remain secluded and full of wildlife, maybe even wild humans.

Dive Deep in the waters of Coron Island, Philippines.

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Part of Palawan Province, and one of many thousands of islands in the Philippines, Coron is one of the pieces of heaven on earth. The second world war has left a number of Japanese ships wrecked and sank in the water of the island. Therefore, divers of all over the world view Coron as a major diving destination.

There are also many attractions and activities to do in the island. Many guests and tourists like to join a tour for island hopping. These tours include many coves and cave sightseeing, as well as deep diving in white-sand beaches and others.

Be One with Nature at Tioman Island, Malaysia

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Once upon a time, Time Magazine considered Tioman Island one of the world’s most beautiful islands. This, of course, is not without reason. The island is immensely popular for its natural beauty that keeps attracting more visitors, both local to the Malaysia, and tourists of the world.

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Tioman has many quiet beaches, where tourists lay in the sun to relax. There are also many spots for more water related activities. Actually, the island attracts many scuba and free divers to its shores. It also attracts forest lovers as they have a huge jungle to discover on their own.

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Surf and Party in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

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A world famous paradise destination since the 90’s, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia attracts more and more party lovers each year. The island is known for its cheap accommodation for backpack travelers, as well as luxury villa for those who wants the first class experience.

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Many visitors to the island choose to have the best time partying at night and surfing during the day. Some even decide to go on boat trips and discover the close attractions spots. There is probably no Gili Trawangan visitor that has come back home unhappy with the experience.

Motorbike Around the Car-Free Island of Boracay

Another island that is part of the country of islands, the Philippines, Boracay allows no cars. The only motorized vehicle in the island is a motorbike, which is not allowed on the beaches. Therefore, Boracay is the perfect destination if you cannot handle car horns.

The Filipino island offers its guests the ability to discover the mountains, forests, and other sides of the island using a motorbike. They are also encourage to jump off Ariel’s Point into the waters, and kite-board in the best kite-boarding beach in Asia.


Read the Islands’ Travel Blogs

I am pretty sure you have selected a travel destination now. Maybe you have selected more than one.

To help you decide on which to make the primary for your next trip, read each island's travel guide, as well as guides for cities near them.

If you are looking for cities to visit in Southeast Asia, how about a full Bangkok travel guide? We have also an article on free things to do in Singapore. There is a lot to choose from!​

If you have any suggestion for islands to visit, please let us know in the comment section down below.


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