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Asia’s Best Awards 2022: Top 10 Islands in Southeast Asia

The votes have been counted for the first ever Asia’s Best Awards 2022 and here we reveal the top 10 islands in Southeast Asia for 2022.

Scenic view of Phuket Island. Photo by aaa187/Getty Images/Canva

Jun 27, 2022

ASIA’S BEST AWARDS 2022:
BEST ISLANDS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

1. Phuket

Phuket Old Town Asia’s Best Awards 2022 islands
Phuket Old Town. Photo by Michael Rafael’s Images/Canva

It is no secret that Phuket has enjoyed the strongest reopening post-Covid, so little surprise that for 2022 the easy-to-access destination was crowned winner of the best islands category in the first ever Asia’s Best Awards. Since the most famous isle in the Andaman Sea hosted the region’s first Sandbox program, which allowed vaccinated visitors to enjoy a more relaxed version of quarantine, the destination off the southwest coast of Thailand was a viable getaway for months when other tropical getaways were closed to tourists or challenging to access.

In addition to the sandy stretches of postcards and the buzz of Patong, Phuket is home to a wide range of neighborhoods – do you want uber-luxury, beach club party vibe, local hipster, family friendly, or yoga and detox? There are plenty of unique accommodations, outdoor activities, and attractions to explore on Thailand’s largest island. And wow, is Phuket Town coming into its own; take a day’s break from the beach for photogenic Sino-Portuguese architecture and a thriving food and bev scene. 

New hotel openings are compelling reasons to return to the island now, as are events like the impending international sailing regatta Phuket Raceweek June 29 to July 3 – and the fact that, minus the pre-Covid group tours that thronged the island, you can see the famed islands of Phang Nga Bay with fewer folks blocking your view… well, for now. Happily, direct flights make it a viable weekend trip from many cities in Asia and perhaps a slightly longer stint from elsewhere around the world. Laurel Tuohy

Koh Samui Asia’s Best Awards 2022 islands
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2

Koh Samui
Thailand

Surfing in Bali Asia’s Best Awards 2022 islands
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3

Bali
Indonesia

Long Beach in Phu Quoc, Vietnam Asia’s Best Awards 2022 islands
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4

Phu Quoc
Vietnam

Langkawi Skybridge Asia’s Best Awards 2022 islands
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5

Langkawi
Malaysia

Volcanic Mountain in Lombok Island Asia’s Best Awards 2022 islands
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6

Lombok
Indonesia

Small lagoon in El Nido Palawan, Philippines Asia’s Best Awards 2022 islands
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7

Palawan
Philippines

Penang Hill, Ayer Hitam in Penang, Malaysia Asia’s Best Awards 2022 islands
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8

Penang
Malaysia

Longtail boat on Loh Samah Bay, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand Asia’s Best Awards 2022 islands
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9

Koh Phi Phi
Thailand

Street at the coastline Con Dao Asia’s Best Awards 2022 islands
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10

Con Dao
Vietnam

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