Asia's top five tropical island paradises

Story highlights

  • The 20th annual Asia Boat Show will take place in Singapore this weekend
  • Southeast Asia's coastal waters offer some of the world's top adventure-laden sailing destinations
  • Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia all play host to spectacular coastal beauty spots
With vast expanses of sparkling blue ocean, remote dive sites teeming with marine life and thousands of uninhabited tropical islands ripe for exploration, Southeast Asia is home to some of the world's finest adventure sailing spots.
It's apt then that luxury boating manufacturers will this weekend drop anchor in Singapore, one of the continent's most vibrant harbor cities, to take part in the 20th annual Boat Asia show.
Specialist shipbuilders display the latest yachts, speedboats and ocean-going gadgets during the four-day jamboree.
With this spirit of maritime adventure in mind, CNN asked Herman Ho, Boat Asia 2012 managing director, and Stuart McDonald, founder and editor of Asian travel website, travelfish.org, to give the lowdown on Southeast Asia's most spectacular coastal spots.
Anambas islands, Indonesia
Situated 200 nautical miles east of Batam Island in northeastern Indonesia, the Anambas islands are a must for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, says Herman Ho.
The Anambas Islands, Indonesia