The 10 Most Magical Places in Asia


10 Kashgar in China.

The ancient oasis town of Kashgar was the Silk Road’s most strategic position. The storey of the Silk Road still lives on: in the old town of Kashgar, with its twisting lanes, hawkers, donkey carts and proud Uyghurs provided by the majority of the people. But most notably, at the iconic Sunday fair. Thousands of peasants gather here in the early hours, taking their carts to the exotic world fair. Anything is equally sold here, whether saddles, silk, sword, jewels, pots, clothes, old radios and televisions or fresh fruits and vegetables.

9 Siem Reap.

A mystical spell like this hardly attracts a monument of the earth-even though one of Angkor’s temples now has to share with crowds of visitors, especially the sunrise besieging Angkor Wat ‘s main temple. You will also find the harmony and mysticism that researchers must have encountered when they found the world’s largest temple complex here in 1860. And there are many to wonder at: in addition to the main temple of Angkor Wat, the more prominent temples such as Ta Prohm, which was almost found original as left by the Temple of the French or the Temple of Bayon, which is several metres tall carved into a stone.

8 Sapa in Vietnam.

The sleepy nest that was Sapa a few years back. Every guide book now contains the village in northern Vietnam. People from the mountain villages have become used to tourism, and with their colourful and unusual alien-looking outfits, business-minded people market their merchandise. Nonetheless, Sapa is also a special location, since most Vietnamese are still the people of mountain rice: they have beaten thin layered rice terraces slice by slice on the steep slopes of the mountains that reach for miles in all directions.

7 Hunza Valley in Pakistan.

In the desolate high mountains of the Karakoram Mountains, the Hunza Valley is a green, verdant oasis. Down in the gorge, the blue-gray river Hunza has dug deep into the sandy bottom of the untamed mountain. Blooming apricot trees, poplars, and birch avenues lined with terraced fields that have been reclaimed from nature are at the top of Karimabad village. A little idyll has been built by the people of Hunza Valley, living in small wooden houses with balconies and vibrant flower beds-in the Alps, one almost imagines himself. There are snow giants over 7,000 metres high that mock any mountain in the Alps: Diran, Golden Top, Muztagh Hispar or Rakaposhi.

6 Varanasi in India.

Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in India and, according to the Indian census of 2011, Varanasi has 1,201,815 inhabitants and is considered the holiest city of Hinduism. Varanasi has over 200 major Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples, and there are about one hundred swimming and burning sites (Ghats).

5 Guilin-Yangshuo in China.

For travellers, Guilin and Yangshuo are paradise. The image is surrounded by restaurants , hotels, bars and souvenir shops. With limestone cones and mist-shrouded peaks that rise sharply from the earth, pierce rice fields, rivers and meadows, the scenery around is beautiful. The Li River river cruise, which makes any tourist fall in love with the place. Indeed, it makes it more magical and worth visiting, particularly early in the morning, when you feel like part of an Asian fairy tale when the mist hangs over the river.

4 Bagan in Myanmar.

There are over 40 square kilometres of several thousand pagodas and temples, of which about 2,000 are still intact. Some can still see rubble, some have thick cracks from the last earthquake, but many pilgrims and monks are still praying every day. Be sure that when everyone is already sleeping, you visit early in the morning, to get a beautiful view.

3 Lhasa in Tibet.

The most mystical location in Asia remains Lhasa: the confidence and piety of the people here will formally breathe; their loyalty and modesty are profoundly touching. Take the time, along with thousands of Tibetans, to explore the hidden corners and temples of Lhasa, and particularly at dawn, to the sound of prayer wheels and the murmur of pilgrims.

2 Bhaktapur in Nepal.

Here, vehicles are banned. The streets are lined with red bricks, dilapidated homes, rice, women in glamorous saris holding large jars on their heads, corn cobs and garlic cloves hanging on the houses; the clocks appear to stand still here and have been around for decades. The impression of time travel is heightened by the majestic mosques , palaces and pagodas, such as the 55 windows and 99 courtyards of the Royal Palace.

1 Luang Prabang in Laos.

In a valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Luang Prabang Province in northern Laos, is situated. Inhabited for thousands of years, until 1975, it was the country’s royal capital. It is renowned for its various Buddhist temples, including the 16th century gilded Wat Xieng Thong, and Wat Mai, once the residence of the head of Laotian Buddhism.