Best places to surf in Asia: Bali, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Vietnam

Best places to surf in Asia: Bali, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Vietnam

Catch the wave

Text: Janice Sim

It's safe to say, surfing isn't really a valued sport here in Singapore — after all we don't have much of a choice when our waves amount to be as big as a motorised children's pool. Cue the excuse to travel — with a spontaneous surf trip out to the stunning destinations (mostly plotted around Asia). After all, there's no limit to conquering the deep blue. Even if you don't own a board of your own, this could be your big break to venture into the unknown. Surf camp or not, it's time to get out there and roll wherever the tides take you. Here are the best spots: 

Where to go: Nusa Penida, Kuta, Medewi

Sure, Bali might be known for its abundance of food and R&R; but it is also a wave-riders' playground. Mainly because it's a place perfect for both pros and beginners who are new to the sport. Those with experience can head to the outer reef breaks of the Southern Bukit Peninsula, while amateurs should opt for the smaller waves down in the lagoons. 

Surfing in Bali

Where to go: Puraran, Pagudpud, La Union

When you're surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Celebes Sea, the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, it's a island free-for-all. 7,107 to be exact, in The Philippines. Where each of them opens the gateway to a ideal surfing spot. Add to that: White sand beaches and the country's laid back modus operandi and you'll have the perfect vacation.

Surf The Philippines

Where to go: Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Weligama

Sri Lanka is a place of unbridled, raw beauty but there's also never a bad time to surf here. It all depends on where you go during that time of the year. Unlike the massive ones you see in Hawaii or Western Australia, Sri Lanka's take on a smaller, but longer drift. 

Surf Sri Lanka

Where to go: China Beach, Vung Tau, Nha Trang

It might sound like an unlikely choice, given the aforementioned options; but visit between November and March to really discover the surfing potential here. The country boasts of 3000km of coastline, where you'll find the best waves down at South Central Coast. 

Vietnam surf

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