Not only Phuket and Bali: impressive underrated islands of Southeast Asia worth visiting

By TravelWiseJan 24, 2024 18:33 PMNews
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Koh Kood Island
Koh Kood Island. Source: Getty

Leaving the city life behind and heading to the islands is a rite of passage for everyone traveling to and through Southeast Asia.

It's worth noting that there's a lot to see there, not even counting the popular tourist destinations of Phuket and Bali. InsideHook offers several equivalent alternatives to the most favorite destinations of travelers.

Not only Phuket and Bali: impressive underrated islands of Southeast Asia worth visiting
Pink beach in Komodo National Park. Source: Getty

Pangkor Laut, Malaysia

Far from most tourists' radar, the island of Pangkor Laut is located halfway up the coast between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. It is an islet off the coast of Pangkor Island and offers much of the landscape, climate and style that travelers are looking for from Thailand's Andaman Sea northward, but from a destination within the Straits of Malacca, which is accessible by car from the Malaysian capital.

The entire island is home to the 300-acre privately owned Pangkor Laut Resort, which boasts villa accommodations, including spacious overwater bungalows with stone bathtubs overlooking the sea. The drive from your likely starting point, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, takes about three and a half hours, and the resort will provide you with a shuttle to the waiting room at their private jetty, where you'll board a speedboat to head ashore.

Palawan, Philippines

Palawan refers to an island in the Philippines, as well as its province. The only name on the archipelago you should definitely know is Amanpulo. The stunning Aman property, located on the private island of Pamalikan, has some of the whitest sands and most vibrant sea hues found anywhere on the planet.

You will reach the island on daily flights aboard a 14-seat turboprop aircraft departing from Manila. Pamalikan looks like an artist's palette with four shades of almost neon water, jungle greenery and white sand. Pamalikan and Amanpulo are a tropical paradise.

Ko Kood, Thailand

It is located near the coast of Cambodia, south of the larger island of Koh Chang and far from most other places on the Thai island route. But this place is also easily accessible via Bangkok.

Komodo, Indonesia

Komodo Island is part of Indonesia's Komodo National Park along with neighboring islands such as Rinca and Padar. The park was established to protect its namesake, the Komodo Varan, with several thousand varanas found throughout the region that grow to approximately 150 pounds. As well as being able to see these fascinating animals, Komodo and the surrounding islands are a renowned diving destination and offer an incredibly rich biodiversity above and below sea level.

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