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Top 10 Islands in Asia

The top 10 islands in Asia as voted by our readers in the T+L World's Best Awards 2020.

Aug 3, 2020

This year’s World’s Best Awards survey closed on March 2, just before widespread stay-at-home orders were implemented due to COVID-19. The results, therefore, reflect our readers’ experiences before the pandemic. We hope that this year’s honorees will inspire your trips to come—whenever they may be.

1. Palawan, Philippines

Palawan last snagged world’s No. 1 island in 2017, and its return to the top of the heap this year certainly is timely as we are all daydreaming about greener, farther-flung destinations. The limestone karsts of El Nido are this Philippine isle’s most iconic landmarks, but there’s plenty to discover up and down the coastline, whether you’re snorkeling the abundant reefs, diving shipwrecks, swimming with sea turtles, or cruising the underwater river. Birdwatchers note: there are more than a dozen endemic species and, since Palawan sits in the middle of the East-Asian Australasian Flyway, 170 migratory ones to be spotted.

Score: 94.83

Turquoise waters, white-sand beaches and striking limestone formations make this archipelago a magnet for nature-loving travelers.

2. Sri Lanka

Score: 90.00

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3. Koh Lanta, Thailand

Score: 89.41

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4. Langkawi, Malaysia

Score: 88.76

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5. Boracay, Philippines

Score: 88.22

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6. Bali, Indonesia

Score: 88.14

* On the list for the past 10 years

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7. Koh Samui, Thailand

Score: 87.56

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8. Phuket, Thailand

Score: 85.72

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9. Maldives

Score: 85.11

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10. Lombok, Indonesia

Score: 80.00

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