Introduction to Asia
Equal parts infuriating and intriguing, a holiday to Asia is a rite of passage that will both test you and make you fall in love with its exotic ways. Whether it’s your first trip overseas, a stopover to your far-flung destination or an extended and intensive backpacking sojourn through Asia, each and every trip will uncover a new insight and surprise even the most jaded and seasoned traveller.
With huge populations and vast countries within the world’s most diverse and massive continent, Asia is hard to distil into a single bite-size destination. The geography ranges is diverse to say the least. From the world’s highest mountain ranges of the Himalayas to the Gobi desert in China and Mongolia, from the twin oceans of the Indian and the Pacific and its ensuing weather conditions to the sun-drenched tropical islands of Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, East Timor, Malaysia and the Maldives. Within the interior, mega metropolises and the so-called ‘tiger economies’ of East Asia are juxtaposed against villages eking out the same agricultural existence as they have for centuries.
City-wise, for sheer frenetic pace and tech-fuelled energy, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, Mumbai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore are a showcase of wealth and the modern age, while lesser known destinations like Bhutan, Pakistan, Brunei and Myanmar (Burma) offer supreme bragging rights for intrepid travellers.
Depending on how much time you’ve got and what your holiday desires entail, visitors to Asia won’t want to miss the once-in-a-lifetime sights like the Great Wall of China, Angkor Wat, Taj Mahal, Mount Fuji and stunning ancient temples in Bali, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand for a life-affirming holiday that’s not soon forgotten.