One of the best parts about Teaching English Abroad is the flexible schedule. Most teachers wind up spending 25-35 hours a week, and there’s typically a fair amount of vacation time throughout the year )it’s not uncommon to have several weeks or even a month off at a time.)
While teaching in Southeast Asia, thanks to a strong job market and low cost of living, it’s very possible to save a good chunk of money after covering your basic living expenses – perfect for traveling!
So as the winter quickly approaches in New England, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of some of the most striking beaches in Southeast Asia. I have been lucky enough to see a few of these in person, but I’d gladly take a trip to any of them right now!
1. Railey West Beach – Krabi, Thailand
Krabi, in the south of Thailand, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia. Perhaps the most spectacular is Railey West, also known as “sunset beach.” In addition to hosting some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Krabi is also one of the best rock climbing in Thailand!
Thanks to Chris, a former LanguageCorps teacher for the photos!
Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay) – Cambodia
One of the best little gems in Cambodia is Koh Tonsay, often referred to as Rabbit Island. It’s a bit off the beaten path, so it’s usually not over run by tourists, but it offers two pristine white sand beaches, and some of the best scuba diving in the region. It’s about a days trip from Phnom Penh by car or motto and a ferry, so it’s a popular getaway spot for people who are teaching English in Cambodia.
Granite Beach, Koh Tao, Thailand
Another excellent rock climbing spot, Granite Beach, on the island of Koh Tao in Southern Thailand, is also home to some beautiful, secluded beaches. Its’ rare granite rock formations also make it one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world!
Thanks again to Chris for the photo!
Koh Rong, Cambodia
Photo: Linda Goldberg/CNNGO
Koh Rong, an island about 40 miles off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the gulf of Thailand. It’s about a 3 hour ferry ride from Sihanoukville, so you won’t be fighting off a lot of tourists. On the Southwestern side of the island you’ll find a beach with about 5,000 meters of practically untouched white sand. Sometimes referred to as monkey island, this is one of the best places you can find to escape the hustle and bustle of teaching English abroad for a bit.
An Bang Beach, Hoi An – Vietnam
One of the more popular beaches in Vietnam, An Bang Beach is well known for it’s warm water and spectacular sunsets. It’s about a days trip from Ho Chi Minh City, but An Bang Beach can make a great long weekend for those that are teaching English in Vietnam. It’s become a popular tourist/ex pat hang out in recent years, so the area is a little bit more built up than some of the others on this list, but it’s still well worth a visit!