Asia Travel Guide

Map of Asia

Overview

Capital City: No Capital
Language Spoken: There are tons of different languages spoken throughout this continent but the most commonly spoken language is Mandarin.
Climate: The climate varies a lot throughout Asia. For example, the southern sections of Asia are commonly mild to hot while the northeastern areas of Asia are very cold.
Safety Rating: 7.5/10 - While there are an increase in concerns for terrorism and natural disasters, Asia is a very popular tourist destination, especially popular among budget travelers, and you should be generally safe in most places that you go
Transportation: Airplanes, buses, taxis, Ubers, trains, helicopters, rental cars, shuttles, and rental bicycles.
Currency: Varies by country
Expensiveness: Varies by country
Cost of Exit/Entry: Varies by country
Visa Required: Varies by country
Vaccinations Required: Varies by country

An overlook at the city of Tokyo at night Tokyo: This is the busy capital city of Japan and has a very unique blend of modern and traditional styles. Tokyo is the core of the most populous city in the world. The different sections of the city vary wildly from one another so there are cultures within a greater culture just within its own city. With so much going on and a lot to offer, it is definitely a city to add to your Asia bucket list.

The Burj Al Arab building in Dubai Dubai: This city is a rising tourist destination largely due to its incredible infrastructure and liberal policies (in comparison to the rest of the region). It is best know for its shopping, partying, beaches, fine dining, and sporting events.

An overlook of the city of Hong Kong at night Hong Kong: Although it is largely known as a packed and bustling city, Hong Kong offers a fairly rural landscape for its reputation, with its rocky islands and cloudy mountains. As one of the larger cities in China, Hong Kong offers a lot to do such as shopping, eating, nightlife, art, history, and few hidden nature spots.

A grassy hill with palm trees in Bali Bali: This island is best known for it varying landscapes including mountains and hills, sandy beaches, rice terraces, and volcanic hillsides. This region is also world famous for its surfing and diving. With its pure beauty and low price point, it is a budget traveler/digital nomads paradise.

The Bahai Lotus temple in New Delhi Delhi: This is India's capital city. It is well known for its arts, entertainment, and food scenes, that make it a popular destination for tourists.

Things To Do

The walkway at the Great Wall of China Walk Along the Great Wall of China: The Great Wall of China is 5,500 miles long with around 3,800 miles of actual wall (the rest is natural barriers and trenches). It is recognized as one of the greatest architectural feats in history. If you're going, be sure to pack a comfortable outfit as it does take some physical endurance to trek a section of the wall.

The floating lanterns at a festival in Thailand Experience Thailand's Floating Lantern Festival: The official festival name is Loi Krathong and it is a festival celebrated every year throughout southwestern Tai cultures. It takes place on the night of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, so the exact date of the festival changes slightly every year. During this festival, thousands of paper lanterns are released into the air. A great video of what you can expect can be found here.

One of the gleaming trees in the gardens of Singapore See the Gleaming Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay: Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning more than 250 acres. The Supertrees in this park are vertical tree like structures, that are 25-50 meters tall. They're used for vertical gardens and are solar powered to light up at night.

A view of the Taj Mahal in India Check Out the Beautiful Taj Mahal: This is an ivory-white marble mausoleum located in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is recognized as one of the most beautiful buildings in the entire world.

A view from the base camp at Mount Everest Trek the Everest Base Camp: The tallest peak in the world is Mount Everest at just over 29,000 feet tall. While you probably aren't into risking your life to get to the top, you might be interested in hiking to the base camp, which has some incredible views and stops along the way. Lonely Planet has some good insight on this which can be found here.

Food/Drinks To Try

Xiaolongbao: A type of steamed bun common to certain regions in China.

Jawain Butter Paratha: A warm butter flatbread that is popular in India.

Egg Tarts: Made from an outer pastry crust and filled with egg custard which is then baked.

Laksa: Made of rice noodles with chicken, prawn, or fish, served in a spicy broth.

Hainanese Chicken Rice: One of the national dishes of Singapore, it is chicken and rice commonly served with a side of dipping sauce.

Chicken Curry: Made from chicken that is stewed in an onion and tomato-based sauce, flavored with ginger, tomato puree, mango chutney, garlic, chili peppers, and spices.

Mango Sticky Rice: Thai dessert made with rice, fresh mango, and coconut milk.

Tips

  • If you're on a budget, eat some street food. It is usually delicious and inexpensive.
  • Take into account, that you'll have some serious jet lag. Don't prepare too much for your first day of traveling with that in mind.
  • Make sure you do your homework on if you need a visa for certain countries, especially if you'll be hopping from one country to the next.
  • Take some time to admire the many beautiful temples in the area.
  • Carry some toilet paper with you. It isn't uncommon for public bathrooms to not have toilet paper available.