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A continent full of wonders: the best travel destinations in Asia

Asia is not only the most populous, but also the largest continent in the world in terms of area. In addition, you will find an infinite number of dreamy places here that it is really difficult to make a decision about where to travel next. That's why we sent two passionate travel fans out to make this decision a little easier for you. Travel bloggers Alex Waltner and Christine Wedberg traveled through Asia for three months and came back with the 25 best recommendations for you.

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Bali, Indonesia

Bali is probably the closest place to paradise. With its beaches, surf and diving spots, yoga retreats, temples, traditional places and the wonderful landscape, Bali is the perfect place to simply switch off and recharge your batteries.

Discover the island away from the tourist areas and let yourself be enchanted by the spirituality in small villages.

Here: you can find even more tips about Bali from an insider

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Jeju-do, South Korea

A dreamy tropical island in South Korea? You think that doesn't exist? Then you should definitely get to know Jeju-do. Here you will find heavenly beaches, endless fields of rapeseed, countless waterfalls and a park that is exclusively dedicated to the male sexual organ. No, that's not a joke. Be sure to try the hallabong fruit that is typical of the island, a seedless, sweet type of tangerine.

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Phuket, Thailand

Fantastic sandy beaches and countless islands await you here. Phuket continues to enjoy great popularity as a travel destination. Accordingly, you will encounter all the tourist stereotypes you can imagine here. Nonetheless, Phuket is just wonderful. In places like Phi Phi Island or Hong Island, on the endless white sandy beaches, in the nature reserves and national parks, you can discover and experience something new every day. If you want to enjoy yourself in a luxury hotel while on vacation, Phuket is exactly the right place for you.

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Kyoto, Japan

In Kyoto, you can still feel the touch of old Japan today. Here you will find magnificent temples such as the Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, breathtaking Zen gardens, traditional teahouses and numerous torii, the famous gates that mark the entrance to a temple.

Kyoto is also the center of traditional handicrafts in Japan. In the historic Gion district, there are numerous shops selling handmade paper, lacquer artifacts, cast iron teapots, kimonos, green tea and many other Japanese handicrafts. You can find the best souvenir in the Kyoto Handicraft Center.

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Sa Pa, Vietnam

The picturesque mountain village of Sa Pa is located high in the north of Vietnam, surrounded by countless rice terraces. The place is particularly popular with hikers. Many organizers have recognized the trend and offer guided hiking tours with very different degrees of difficulty. It is best to combine your hike with a homestay to enjoy your trip to Sa Pa in a very authentic way with dinner and an overnight stay with the local residents.

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Tokyo, Japan

Few places are as fascinating as Tokyo. The largest metropolis in the world always manages to surprise you. On the one hand you can get infected by the chaos of the big city, on the other hand you will also find incredibly quiet areas in the city where there is a lot to discover. Here you will find robot restaurants, Shinto shrines, narrow streets, megamalls, noodle bars in lantern light, small, individual craft shops, amusement arcades, anime shops and starred restaurants - all in the same city ...

If you can only visit one place in Asia, it should definitely be Tokyo.

More info: explore the capital of coolness in our city guide for a week

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Hanoi, Vietnam

The capital of Vietnam is a jumble of scooters, street vendors and people making their way through the busy streets, while the French colonial-style houses of the old town transport you to another time. Use your vacation to visit the countless temples and enjoy a little break on the shores of the Hoan Kiem Lake.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most important financial centers in East Asia and, with its port, a hub of the world - the global identity of the metropolis is primarily reflected in the varied cuisine. Taste the delicious dishes with Cantonese, Sichuan, Japanese and French influences. Whatever you fancy, you are sure to find it in Hong Kong ..

Take the double-decker tram to the next market and try the culinary delights, from wonton soup to smelly tofu.

You can find more information here: Free activities for your city trip - experience Hong Kong for free

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Bangkok, Thailand

The food stalls more than live up to their reputation. At the Streefood stands you can indulge in intense aromas from the full range of flavors: hot, sour, sweet and salty. In the streets of Bangkok you can find all the regional dishes of Thailand and if you are brave enough you can try some of the spiciest curry dishes you have ever tasted here. Let the evening end in a relaxed manner in one of the many rooftop bars, visit the old temples or simply immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the old town, from which this pulsating metropolis emerged.

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Osaka, Japan

The residents of Osaka are known to spend a large part of their money on food - as a Japanese saying goes: "Dress until you drop in Kyoto and eat until you drop in Osaka". Good food is simply a part of Osaka and nowhere else in the city do you see it like in Dotonbori. Street food reaches new dimensions here. In the evening, people flock to the restaurants to enjoy takoyaki (small dough balls filled with squid), okonomiyaki (cabbage pancakes with flour, eggs, yams and various toppings) or kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers with meat or seafood).

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Angkor Wat & Siem Reap, Cambodia

A visit to Angkor Wat is on every Cambodian traveler's must-see list, and it's easy to see why. The size of the temple complex alone - four times larger than the Vatican - is overwhelming. Combine your visit with a detour to Siem Reap, the paradise for backpackers, where you will find party locations and a great nightlife as well as excellent restaurants and wellness temples.

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For many travelers, Singapore is just a stopover on their flight. But the city deserves a lot more attention. The small island state manages to find the perfect balance between the concrete desert of a big city and nature. Look up as you stroll through the streets and enjoy the view of wonderful gardens on the roofs or on the walls of the skyscrapers. At the gates of the city you will find the green lung of Singapore - the UNESCO World Heritage Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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Nagarkot, Nepal

Most of us probably only associate Nepal with the Himalayas, the breathtaking mountains with the highest peaks in the world and source of the famous Ganges. Nagarkot is known for its fantastic views of the peaks of the Himalayas. The village, 32 kilometers from the capital Kathmandu, has countless hotels that are lined up like a string of pearls on the mountain ridge. From the balcony of your room you have a magnificent view of the famous eight-thousanders, including Mount Everest.

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Seoul, South Korea

K-pop, hip boutiques and the latest technology trends - new impressions await you on every street corner in Seoul. In the past ten years the city has undergone a transformation from an industrial city to a modern, innovative metropolis, which is particularly evident in places such as the Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park, the new City Hall and the parks along the Cheong-gye River and the Han River Rivers shows. Despite the modern atmosphere of the city, you will always find traditional and historical buildings, such as the Bongeunsa Temple or the Gyeongbokgung Palace.

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Laos is one of the few places where ancient traditions are still upheld. Luang Prabang, the place with imposing wats, gilded towers and Buddhist monks, picturesquely situated against the backdrop of a majestic mountain range, is the ideal place to escape everyday life for a while. Buddhism is prevalent in this region and is practiced as a way of life. If you are interested in the practices, you have the opportunity in Luang Prabang to take part in the "Tak bat" ceremony, the monks' almsgiving in the early morning.

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Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa is the Japanese version of Hawaii. Even Pikachu wears a Hawaiian shirt here in the Pokemon Store. Dreamy, palm-fringed beaches, turquoise blue water and coral reefs await you on the tropical island ... simply the perfect place for your diving and surfing adventure. Okinawa is best known for its famous, mineral-rich salt, which for some is the reason for the islanders' long life expectancy. Be sure to try this miracle salt: it tastes best perhaps in the form of the island specialty - salted ice cream.

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The Maldives is the ultimate honeymoon destination, and there is a good reason for that. The beaches and the sea are just breathtakingly beautiful. Your vacation really couldn't be more dreamlike. If you prefer to stay in luxury resorts, the Maldives won't disappoint. White sandy beaches, turquoise blue sea and a wonderful underwater world - no matter which of the many islands you choose, these three things are guaranteed. Each resort is its own private island, and there are over 100 to choose from. Now all you have to do is make up your mind.

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Koh Rong, Cambodia

If you are craving a beach vacation, you should check out Koh Rong Island. With its pristine beaches and crystal clear waters, you could almost think you landed in the Maldives. The only difference is that you won't find any water bungalows here. Oh, and of course that the vacation here is visibly cheaper. What are you waiting for?

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Boracay, Philippines

Boracay may be a very small island, but it has thirteen beautiful white sandy beaches. If you long for sand between your toes and hip beach parties, Boracay is the perfect place for you.

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Chiang Rai, Thailand

Do you want to experience the original Thailand? In the north of the country, this is still possible to a large extent. Even if Chiang Rai is now a popular place for tourists, you can still get to know the authentic Thailand here, for example at the city's famous night market. The prices are much cheaper here than in the north and for less than 5 € you can get a really tasty meal.

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Cebu & Bohol, Philippines

If you are looking for diving and kayaking spots or relaxing on sandy beaches off the beaten track, the islands of Cebu and Bohol in the Philippines are your ideal travel destination. You also have the opportunity to see one of the most adorable animals there is - the tarsier.

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Penang, Malaysia

Penang Island is a melting pot of cultures and an absolute dream destination for foodies. The center of the island is the capital, George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and famous for the old Chinese shop houses, churches, Indian shrines, Buddhist temples, mosques and British colonial architecture. The best way to explore this multicultural center is by cycle rickshaw.

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Varanasi, India

Varanasi is one of the holiest places in Hinduism and is the place of pilgrimage for all believers who wash themselves of their sins while bathing in the Ganges or carry out cremations for their loved ones. Since these religious rituals take place publicly in Varanasi, there is always the opportunity to attend them. But not only death plays an omnipresent role in Varanasi. The city is also home to large yoga and vegan communities. Varanasi is the ideal place for everyone who longs for a balance of body, mind and soul.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Rooftop pools and bars with a sensational view of the city ... who doesn't dream of it? Kuala Lumpur is the perfect destination for a short break during a layover. Spend a few days in the city stocking up on the latest designer pieces from one of the megamalls, or enjoying the delicious food in the traditional kopitiams (the typical Southeast Asian coffee shops). You can then end the day relaxing in the pool.

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Kerala, India

The slogan of Kerala is “God’s own country” for good reason. The network of waterways in the backwaters leads through palm groves and lagoons to nature reserves where elephants, exotic bird species and even tigers live. Let yourself be enchanted by the elaborate costumes and expressive performances of the dancers at the Kathakali performances, which are typical for Kerala.

Add a little cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, and ginger for your perfect vacation recipe.

Extra tip: Travel Tips for South India: From Goa to Kerala

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