Penang & 3 Other Best Asian Islands For A Happy Retirement In 2021
Make sitting on a deserted beach listening to the roar of the rolling waves, feeling the ocean breeze in your face, and enjoying the warmth of the sun on your skin as you sip on your favourite cocktail a part of your retirement plan. Here are some of Asia's best islands to retire on, according to International Living.
1/4 Penang, Malaysia
Coming out on top is our one and only Pearl of the Orient. According to International Living, Penang has been a firm favourite among savvy expats for decades–and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why. Fondly regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, the island is home to heritage buildings, interactive street murals, cafes and bars, and sandy beaches, perfect for those with plenty of time to spare and prefer to have a variety of things to do minus the hustle and bustle.
2/4 Bali, Indonesia
Surf's up because the paradise island of Bali has also been included on the list (we'd be shocked if it wasn't). The 'rockstar' of Indonesia's archipelago of over 17,500 islands, Bali offers the best of the highs and the lows: towering volcanic mountains, sprawling rice terraces, lush green forests, stunning temples, beaches of sorts, beautiful turquoise waters, and colourful coral reefs. Not forgetting, it's trademark Balinese culture that's unlike anywhere else in Indonesia, a tradition that's steeped in rich history, and the warmest people you'll ever meet.
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3/4 Koh Samui, Thailand
If hitting up the chillax-and-spa lifestyle post-retirement has always been your dream, then say no more. Koh Samui, Thailand's second-largest island, is home to some of the most luxurious spas in the Southeast Asian region. Doze away in a hammock on a palm-fringed beach, find your centre at a wellness retreat, be spoilt for choice with food and eat to your heart's (and tummy's) content, and maybe revive the party animal in you as you explore Koh Samui's nightlife.
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4/4 Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Tucked away off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand is Vietnam's best-kept secret, Phu Quoc (pronounced 'foo kwok'). This untapped, hidden gem offers unspoilt powdery white sand beaches, year-round warm weather which is perfect for traversing Phu Quoc National Park, a colourful underwater world filled with marine activities begging to be discovered, mouthwateringly delicious food that's authentically Vietnamese, and a community of locals who are easy to befriend.
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