Asia

Travel Guide
Mount Fuji featuring mountains, snow and landscape views
Experience new flavors, smells, sounds and vistas in this continent that offers everything from horse riding on the plains of Mongolia to swimming at Thailand’s beaches.

Stretched out between Turkey in the northwest and Singapore in the southeast, even reaching as far as eastern Russia, Asia is huge. As the world’s biggest and most populated continent, this is a place of endless possibilities.

It’s not just the affordable travel that makes Asia such a tourism hotspot. Its ancient history shines through in ruined forts and temples, its religions and rituals are as diverse as it gets and its eclectic cuisine is a feast for the senses.

Of course, what is means to discover Asia is different for everyone. For many, walking over theGreat Wall of China, stepping into theTaj MahalinIndia, or cycling among the moss-clad ruins ofAngkor WatinCambodiafeatures high on their bucket list.

Others are saving up for a photography course inSri Lanka, a yoga retreat in India or a foodie tour ofJapan. Meanwhile, the more adventurous types may dream of an eco-tour ofVietnam, tubing down a river inLaos, climbing a volcano inSumatraor even climbingMount EverestinNepal.

Some will look no further than lazy beach sessions on the stunning islands ofMalaysiaorThailand, which also happen to be great for scuba diving. And for those looking to party, there is always the nightlife inTokyo,Bali,BangkokandKoh Phanganto delve into.

Long-overlooked regions, such asTaiwan,South Korea, and the Caucasus region are now attracting hordes of curious travelers as well. Even poorer Asian nations such asCambodia,MyanmarandEast Timorare making the list and doing splendidly. It’s here that you can still find the authentic villages and a genuine curiosity towards visitors.

It’s worth noting that most “Westerners” experience a culture shock on their first trip to Asia, especially in vast countries such as India, China and the Asian part of Russia. Just prepare to be happily lost in translation, look for the beauty in the chaos and be sure to try something new every day.

Popular cities in Asia

Sukhumvit which includes landscape views, central business district and night scenes
Bangkok
Known for Shopping, Castle and Temples
Revel in the color, noise and history of Thailand’s frenetic capital, a city that welcomes its visitors with a clash of old and new.

Reasons to visit

  • Khaosan Road
  • Lumphini Park
  • Erawan Shrine
Seoul showing a river or creek, a high-rise building and a city
Seoul
Known for Shopping, Castle and Cultural activities
This South Korean metropolitan capital city is a mix of busy markets and thumping nightlife, sitting happily alongside palaces and peaceful teahouses.

Reasons to visit

  • Lotte World Tower
  • Seoul City Hall
  • Olympic Park
Shibuya showing signage, street scenes and central business district
Tokyo
Known for Shopping, Temples and Urban
The world’s largest city is an experience in superlatives: stunning cherry blossoms and towering skyscrapers; ancient history and ground-breaking technology.

Reasons to visit

  • Shibuya Crossing
  • Tokyo Dome
  • Tokyo Sky Tree
Singapore
Singapore
Known for Shopping, Gardens and Chinatown

Reasons to visit

  • Marina Bay Sands Casino
  • Marina Bay Sands Skypark
  • Singapore Flyer
Moscow Kremlin which includes a river or creek, night scenes and a city
Moscow
Known for Historical, Theatres and Museums
Visit the capital of Russia, a large modern city that combines dazzling architecture with cultural riches and a fascinating history.

Reasons to visit

  • Red Square
  • Moscow Kremlin
  • St. Basil's Cathedral
Forbidden City featuring a fountain
Beijing
Known for Shopping, Cultural activities and Temples
Beijing is the beating heart of China’s political, cultural and historical heritage, surviving invasion and revolution to shine once more on the world stage.

Reasons to visit

  • Wangfujing Street
  • CCTV Headquarters
  • Forbidden City