Koh Phayam, Thailand: Looking for a Thai island without the crowds? Try Koh Phayam, off the coast of southwestern Ranong province in the Andaman Sea.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia: Southeast Asia meets the South Pacific in this exotic Indonesian archipelago, off the west coast of New Guinea.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia: On land, Raja Ampat's dramatic karst topography is ripe for jungle walks and rock climbing.
Ulleung-Do, South Korea: Among Koreans, Ulleung is famed for its culinary traditions. You can try fresh-off-the-boat raw seafood, organic barbecued beef bulgogi from island-bred cows, and "sanchae bibimbap" -- steamed rice served with wilds herbs, vegetables and roots foraged on the island.
Palawan, The Philippines: Surrounded by karst rock formations, Palawan anchors the southwest corner of the Philippines. It's a largely undeveloped island that channels the wild vibe of nearby Borneo.
Con Dao, Vietnam: Reachable by flight from Ho Chi Minh or ferry from Vung Tau, Con Dao offers intact coral reefs, palm-shaded strands, rainforest trails and chic beach hotels like the Six Senses Con Dao.
Hokkaido, Japan: Japan's huge northern island is full of quiet corners, rich in flora and fauna.
Pangkor, Malaysia: Pangkor's gorgeous west coast offers white-sand stretches, turquoise bays and luxury digs like Pangkor Laut Resort.
Tokunoshima, Japan: Tokunoshima is one of the most northerly scuba spots along the western Pacific ocean.
Tokunoshima, Japan: Secluded beaches, weird coastal rock formations and obscure World War II landmarks add to Tokunoshima's offbeat allure.
Lampi, Myanmar: The largest island in a marine national park of the same name, Lampi blends virgin rainforest, secluded beaches and coral gardens with the maritime lifestyle and traditions of the Moken "sea gypsies" who have lived there for generations.
Lampi, Myanmar: The Moken are one of Myanmar's smallest ethnic groups. Within the national park boundaries, there are five Moken villages and several related spiritual and cultural sites.