Anyone who has traveled from the United States to Asia’s islands will confirm that it is worth the time and effort to take in those spectacular landscapes and lovely seas. Even experienced tourists claim that even on well-known islands, there are always fresh discoveries to be found.
Islands were scored by visitors based on their amenities and vistas, beaches and natural attractions, cuisine, friendliness, and overall value.
Koh Samui (No. 7) and Koh Lanta (No. 3) are perennial favorites in Thailand, and this year they’re joined by Phuket (No. 8), a tropical location that appeals to budget-conscious tourists as well as those looking for the indulgence of top-tier resorts like Amanpuri, a decadent, 40-villa Aman resort that sits on a private peninsula.
Langkawi is an archipelago of around 100 islands in the Andaman Sea that is renowned for its white sand beaches, clear waterways, and lush rain forests. The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, which boasts 29 beautiful villas, each with an own pool, and 90 suites tucked away in the rain forest and along the beach, is popular with tourists eager to splash out.
But the Philippine island of Palawan was the one that tourists adored the best.
1. Palawan, Philippines
After two years at Nos. 2 and 5, respectively, Palawan, the principal island in an eponymous cluster of approximately 1,800 islands between the South China and Sulu seas, has reclaimed the top place. Palawan, which has also been named one of the greatest islands in the world, is well-known for its national parks, which safeguard both the mountainous island and the emerald-green waters that surround it. While beach lovers may be pleased to merely gaze out at the great horizon, hikers and divers will find Palawan to be a popular location.