5 underrated beach destinations in Southeast Asia (And where you can buy property)

With many countries across the world making plans to reopen travel, people have already begun thinking about the places they wish to visit after nearly two years of being cooped up. And while there is nothing wrong with the usual spots, the most underrated beach destinations in Southeast Asia offer truly unique experiences.

Look, this is no disrespect to places like Phuket and Bali which are wonderful in their own right. But those wanting something new or different would be wise to explore the opportunities on this list.

One thing to note about what we mean by underrated. The focus here is on locations that are reasonably accessible but don’t always receive the attention or traffic they deserve. We chose beach destinations where there are developed amenities and infrastructure.

Without further ado, here are five underrated beach destinations in Southeast Asia and a look at buying property in each location. Because once you visit, you may never want to leave.

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5 underrated beach destinations in Southeast Asia


Lombok investment
Lombok’s amazing beaches are popular with everyone who has visited

It’s only a matter of time before Lombok is no longer considered one of the most underrated beach destinations in Southeast Asia. Anyone who has ever visited speaks glowingly of the island’s pristine beaches, laidback lifestyle and unspoiled beauty.

The Indonesian government has worked to promote the island over the past decade while carrying out work on key infrastructure projects, including the international airport. These days there are now direct connections to Singapore, Perth and Kuala Lumpur from Lombok. There are also numerous flights between Bali and Lombok.

However you get there, a seemingly endless supply of white sand beaches featuring sparkling, bluish green waters awaits. What more could possibly want?

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Where to buy property in Lombok?

Villas are all the rage in Lombok and these come in various shapes and sizes. One of the most unique projects comes from Singapore-based developer Selo Group who launched a collection of Luxury Surf Villas. Located next to the developer’s Selong Selo Resort, this collection of 20 exclusive residences has been carefully designed for surfing enthusiasts.

Bang Saray

Bang Saray is known for both its beautiful beach and laidback lifestyle

Bang Saray has become one of Thailand’s best-kept secrets. Situated along the country’s Eastern Seaboard, it is a seaside destination boasting pristine beaches and a relaxing ambiance with that quaint, community feel people love. The town’s humble beginnings as a small fishing village are still evident to this day.

Situated just 90 minutes from Bangkok and 20 minutes from the resort city of Pattaya, Bang Saray is easily accessible. Additionally, all of the conveniences and entertainment options of the Eastern Seaboard are nearby but the town itself retains a peaceful charm.

Where to buy property in Bang Saray?

Sisaran Group is the leading developer in Bang Saray. The firm focuses on lifestyle to create resort condominiums that connect with buyers while providing strong returns. One of the homebuilders most notable projects is ECOndo Bang Saray.

The boutique condominium boasts a sleek, environmentally friendly design with units specially created to reduce the negative impact inhabitants have on the environment. This is paired with healthy features, such as low-density living spaces that offer tranquility and exclusivity. Meanwhile, forward-thinking amenities like a co-working space ensure the needs of modern residents are cared for.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang in southern Vietnam boasts a beautiful, six-kilometer beach

Vietnam has plenty of outstanding beaches that are all worth visiting. And Nha Trang is certainty up there with the country’s best. The city boasts a beautiful stretch of coastline that spans six kilometers. There is nothing quite like an evening stroll along the promenade.

But what makes Nha Trang one of the most underrated beach destinations in Southeast Asia is the wealth of sights and activities to explore. You can visit Buddhist temples and gothic churches. There are hot springs and waterfalls to checkout. And, of course, Vinpearl Amusement Park is among the region’s best fun centers.

Where to buy property in Nha Trang?

Inspired by the integrated resort model that is popular around the world, leading developer Sunshine Group created Sunshine Marina Nha Trang Bay with the goal of establishing a new era of holiday travel in Vietnam. The 5-star resort combines international-level standards along with cutting-edge technology that utilizes the Internet of things (IOT).

The development has a condotel element that’s well suited for those looking for both a hands-free investment and holiday home. When completed, Sunshine Marina Nha Trang Bay will be the place to stay when visiting the region.

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Desaru offers numerous recreational opportunities in addition to a great beach
Desaru offers numerous recreational opportunities in addition to a great beach

Desaru has become a go-to weekend getaway location for residents of Singapore and Johor Bahru. It offers beautiful beaches, low-density living and plenty of recreational opportunities. And even though it feels like you’re a million miles away, it’s actually only a 30-minute ferry ride from Singapore. Its underrated status may not last much longer, however. Time Magazine included the Desaru Coast in its 2021 list of World’s Greatest Places.

Apart from splendid beaches, Desaru is home to a wide range of biodiversity and outdoor excursions as well. There are your traditional options, like golf courses and waterparks. But there are also several interesting nature retreats, such as eco-tours at Belungkor Mangroves, learning more about endangered wildlife in the Sedili Wetlands and trips through Kota Tinggi Firefly Park, a protected firefly habitat.

Where to buy property in Desaru?

Anantara Desaru Coast Residences boast a unique blend of luxury beachfront living and family-friendly activities that allows it stands out when compared to other residential villas in Malaysia.

The project is managed and serviced year-round by the adjacent Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas which provides award-winning services. There are 20 three- and four-bedroom pool villas in total. These residences are set upon an expansive sanctuary with some offering direct access to the pristine South Sea beach.


You can get from airport to beach in Mactan in 30-ish minutes
You can get from Mactan Airport to the beach in 30-ish minutes

The Philippines has no shortage of underrated beach destinations. However, not all of these are as easy to get to as Mactan Island. It is home to Mactan-Cebu International Airport which means you go from terminal to sands in no more than 30 minutes.

A lot of activity has taken place across Mactan in the past five years and the island has no shortage of entertainment options now available. These will increase further in 2022 with the opening of Emerald Bay Resort & Casino. Meanwhile, the close proximity to both Cebu and smaller islands opens up many other recreational opportunities for visitors.

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Where to buy property in Mactan?

The real estate options in Mactan are limited by and large to condominiums with the most well-known development being the 30-hectare Mactan Newtown which has 1,655 units spanning four projects. You will also find other residential towers across the island but finding a property here does require you to search for it.