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Asia is one of the most affordable travel destinations. It’s full of unique attractions and adult-only experiences you’ll definitely want to try.

Uswitch has recently published a survey to discover which villages are the most beautiful in Asia by assessing their popularity across social media.

The List of Top 10 Most Beautiful Villages In Asia





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1.Ha Long Bay









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4.Ko Phi Phi









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10.Cua Van








Which are the 10 Most Beautiful Villages in Asia?

1.Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Photo Bao Quang Ninh
Photo Bao Quang Ninh

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam is the most beautiful village on this continent. With just over 1.1 million social media appearances, it is easy to see why this tops the list and is Vietnam’s number one tourist hub. Towering pillars of limestone and tiny islets of forest rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin making this a site of ethereal beauty.

Ha Long does not only have marvelous and mysterious caves and islands, it also consists of a long-standing culture, which is hidden deep inside every monument, every traditional festival and every generation of people. Among these unique features, the traditional beauty of the floating villages in Ha Long Bay has left a long-lasting impression on both domestic and international tourists, making those who have had the opportunity to explore the culture remember forever.

Remaining fishing villages in Ha Long Bay:

Cong Dam Fishing Village

The beauty of the majestic, poetic mountains of the sea, the heart of the people in Cong Dam. This is an area of the outdoor geological museum that features a rocky park area with mountain ranges formed from overlapping rocks in a perfectly natural, but also man-made manners.

The area is home to many coral reefs, lakes in the limestone mountains and underwater caves. This is also the area with many large beaches, small white sand, with clear water.

Hoa Cuong Fishing Village

Halong bay fishing village with crab fish market, seafood market, the introduction of aquaculture techniques, supplies, and catering services.

Ba Hang Fishing Village

Located in Hung Thang commune, Ha Long city, Ba Hang fishing village is a floating village floating on the sea with about 50 households living. Travel here you will certainly be surprised because nature here is extremely wild and simple.

Vung Vieng Fishing Village

Vung Vieng is a large floating village with long-standing inhabitants living in the northeast. Located 1 hour from the mainland cruise from Bai Chay port, Vung Vieng is the second largest fishing village on Ha Long Bay after Cua Van fishing village. With unique features in the landscape, customs and tourism services, Vung Vieng is increasingly attracting domestic and international tourists with a new type of tourism - travel experience.

READ MORE: Top 10 Most Delicious Foods in Vietnam

2.Göreme, Turkey

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Photo Pinterest

Göreme has been voted one of the most beautiful villages in the world by several travel magazines.The village is half-buried into the hill. Its stone house facades hide a maze of cave-rooms below. For most visitors, hot-air balloon tours are the main activity here.

Balloons take to sky above Göreme every morning, swooping over the lunarscape of valleys on the outskirts of the village. The fresco-adorned El Nazar Kilise (Evil Eye Church) and Saklı Kilise (Hidden Church) are both on Müze Caddesi, a short walk from the centre on the way to Göreme Open-Air Museum.

3.Shirakawa-go, Japan

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Photo Unplash

Shirakawa-go is another magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its gassho-zukuri style triangle-roofed farmhouses that resemble the hands of Buddhist monks folded in prayer. The 60-degree slopes are effective in sliding snow off easily, and the warm attics are often used to cultivate silkworms in winter.

Hemmed in by gigantic mountains covered with pine trees, topped with the lush greenery of the ground, or perhaps the snow-covered surroundings, the village could possibly be your ideal countryside getaway.

4.Ko Ko Phi, Thailand

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Photo agoda

Ko Phi Phi is fourth on the list. For film fans out there, you will recognise this as the setting for the 2000 Leonardo Di Caprio movie ‘The Beach’. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, it is a site of contrasts. Phi-Phi Don is a hedonistic paradise, with bleached beaches and warm, azure seas during the day and a rich party scene in the evening. Ko Phi Phi Leh is, by contrast, an underdeveloped, naturistic haven with stretches of coral reefs in crystal-clear waters overlooked by jagged cliffs.

READ MORE: Top 15 Best Places to Visit in Thailand

5.Stepantsminda, Georgia

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Photo Freepik

Another village located on this geographic, half-way point is fifth place Stepantsminda in Georgia, with 27,867 social media appearances. Located about 5,000m above sea level in the Caucasus Mountains, this village is situated in a valley overlooked by historic churches and the snowy cone of Mount Kazbek.

Stepantsminda is one of Georgia’s most popular mountain destinations. With the postcard-like scenery of Mount Kazbegi and Gergeti Trinity Church at its base, the town attracts many travellers. Moreover, it’s quite close to Tbilisi, so it makes a perfect one-day getaway from the capital. The road that leads to Stepantsminda, the Georgian Military Highway, is also full of beautiful views, while the hike towards the church is spectacular.

6.Mawlynnong, India

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Photo Wildlife Zone

Mawlynnong, a small and charming village in Meghalaya, situated at a distance of 90 km from the state capital Shillong, was awarded with a tag of the ‘Cleanest Village in Asia’ in the year 2003 by Discover India Magazine. Also known as God’s own garden, the cleanliness and the stunning beauty of nature will leave you spellbound. Mawlynnong is situated at an altitude of 4,906 ft above sea level.

The tag of the cleanest village in Asia is owing to their good sanitation practices and neat surroundings. They have a toilet in every house and bamboo bin- baskets on each road so that there is no littering.

5 Reasons For Visiting Mawlynnong

One always needs reasons to visit places and these reasons are despite not being enough, always serve as excuses to take your loved ones on a much-awaited grand tour!


Tribal Locals

Living Root Bridges

Places To See In Mawlynnong

Local Dishes

Best Time To Visit Mawlynnong

The weather in Mawlynnong is pleasant all through the year. Still the best time to visit Mawlynnong, Meghalaya is monsoon. During the rainy season, village and its surroundings become lush green and thus turn absolutely picturesque.

You can also visit during the festive times – Behdienkhlam in July, Wangala – between September to December, and Nongkrem Dance Festival in October or November are some of the main festivals celebrated in and near Mawlynnong Village.

7.Hongcun, China

Top 10 Most Beautiful Villages In Asia
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At the foot of the Yellow Mountains, Hongcun is a perfect marriage of the charming beauty of Mother Nature and the cultural architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The design of the village was inspired by feng shui, and is often regarded to be the shape of a cow to most Chinese people. Labourers, who diligently thought of the betterment of villagers, built a water system in that shape to prevent potential spread of fires and, at the same time, water their plants.

This traditional geomancy places the village at, what is called, “the heart of the cow”, that is the Moon Pond. With the use of water, trees and gardens, the UNESCO World Heritage Site often comes across as a Chinese painting, especially with the mirrored reflection of the houses on the clear water of the pond.

Villagers also divert water into their own courtyards, turning them into beautiful house and water gardens.

A little fun fact; this picturesque village was the setting in one of the greatest Chinese films of all time – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

8. Zuluk, India

Top 10 Most Beautiful Villages In Asia
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Located 3000m above sea level on the east of the Himalayan mountains, you will find the tiny village of Zuluk with a population of 700 inhabitants. A former transit point of the historic silk road across Asia, this emerging and offbeat destination will offer majestic views across the rugged, mountainous terrain, plus the opportunity to view some of India’s wildest animals in the dense forests that surround it, such as deer, bear and the red panda.

From its unexplored forests of beautiful flora and fauna to the three-level zigzag roads offering fantabulous views of the Kanchenjunga mountain, the breath-taking beauty of Zuluk is one that can never be forgotten.

There aren’t any hotels in the village, but fret not. You may stay and receive the selfless hospitality of the locals, and immerse yourself into the Sikkimese culture.

9.Palangan, Iran

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Photo Iran Travel Agency

Asia’s ninth most beautiful village is Palangan, found in the Middle East. Situated on the slopes of the Tangivar valley, this beautifully preserved village is the site of historic, stairway architecture that overlooks the meandering river beneath it. Relatively untouched by tourism, this will offer the opportunity to be at one with nature whilst staying with the local inhabitants.

10.Cua Van, Vietnam

Top 10 Most Beautiful Villages In Asia
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Among the dramatic limestone mountains, the floating village of Cua Van is indeed a quaint charm, having preserved the traditional culture of the country through its handful of dock boats and colourful raft houses. It is evident that the lives of the people have not been disturbed by the alluring modernity. More than 200 households have made the fishing village their home, with plenty settling along the edge of the rocks.

It could get romantic here. Well, why not? Take a boat from Ha Long Bay with your better half and row into the middle of the sea while enjoying the scenery of the limestone cliffs above the shimmering waters. All you’d be left with is a wefie against that spectacular backdrop!

Coming to Cua Van fishing village, you can not only immerse yourself in the tranquil, peaceful and charming space but also gain more experience about the cultural life of the hospitable fishermen. You will be immediately fascinated by the beauty of the blue wooden fishing boats, the brown bamboo coracles parked in front of each house, the rafters tied together bobbing on the waves. Not only that, you will have a chance to communicate with the innocent but hospitable fishermen, the dark-skinned children sailing boats on the sea, the housewives washing clothes on the rafts and so on.

When night falls in Cua Van fishing village, you will have a chance to take a boat tour around the village with the fishermen, experience dragging nets, fishing night squid, enjoying the shimmering scenery of Halong Bay at night. It is most exciting when you catch the fish, shrimps, squids and put them into the baskets then reap the fruit of your labour. On the special occasions of Cua Van village, such as village festivals or weddings, there are art performances on boats, with teaser-singing and traditional operetta (a form of performance with many typical folk songs of Halong Bay).

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