Travel Guide Asia
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From the vast frozen stretches of Siberia to the steamy jungles of Borneo and the dramatic peaks of the Himalayas in the northern part of the Indian sub-continent or the vast deserts of the Arabian Peninsula, Asia is a diverse region that defies categorisation. Modern cities like Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore herald a growingly urban landscape, but this move towards modernisation is negotiated with the desire to maintain cultural tradition.
The Asian land mass is huge and with almost 45 million square kilometres it covers around 30% of the world's land area (just under 9% of the total surface of the planet). This section focuses on the area most travellers know as Asia, not the Middle East and Europe, which many geographers consider part of greater Asia or the Eurasian continent. The Asian land mass goes from the frozen dry Arctic in Siberia to the lush and wet jungles of Indonesia and Malaysia. Most of Northern Asia is plains and steppe that gave birth to many amazing empires like the Mongolian Empire. Between North and Central Asia are the Gobi and Taklaman deserts, the latter bordering the Tibetan Highplains. Central Asia is a series of high mountain ranges like the Himalayas, Tianshan and the Hindu Kush with deep depressions that stab way below sea level, making for some very remote cultures and people.
Further south are mountains covered with dense jungles, home to fascinating peoples that live along side wild elephants, tigers and rhinos, although not always in a good way given the extinction of the Java and Bali tiger. Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks in India are two of the best parks to see the great Bengal tiger in the world. Asia's geography gives birth to some of the most densely populated places on earth and some places that see a person once every few hundred years. The diversity on this land mass allows any traveller to find what they want.
|Central Asia||Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan|
|East Asia||China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Tibet), Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan|
|South Asia||Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives Republic, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka|
|Southeast Asia||Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam|
|West Asia (Main article: Middle East)||Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen|
|Brunei||Bandar Seri Begawan|
(including Hong Kong and Macau)
Note: For countries in West Asia, see main article: Middle East
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Asia is home to some of the largest and fastest growing cities in the world. Many of these cities have upwards of 15 or 20 million people living in or around them. It is expected that in China alone during the next 15 years, about 150 cities will have an additional 2 million inhabitants each! A visit to a massive Mega-Asian city can be a bit overwhelming especially on a first trip. Although seeing that many people living, working and operating in such a close area is truly stunning. Many of the cities have great public transportation systems in them making it easy to get around. Here is a list of some of the major cities in Asia:
See also: Famous Landmarks
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How do you create a short list of the most amazing landmarks on the largest continent and one of longest inhabited places on earth? Asian landmarks range from modern buildings to ancient temples, some abandoned and some that have been used for thousands of years. Then on top of the human accomplishments are some of the most stunning natural beauty the world has ever seen. Therefore no matter where you visit in Asia there is some sort of landmark to be experienced. Here is a short list of just a fraction of what Asia has to offer:
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Asia is one of the most popular continents for travellers and as a result, flight connections to other areas are extremely good, especially to India, South East Asia, China and Japan, which all have direct flights from Europe, North America and Australia. There are few, if any, ferry options to get to Asia from North America or Australia, other than hoping for a ride on a cargo boat or yacht. Popular overland routes usually start from Europe, either through Russia by Trans-Siberian Railway towards Mongolia and China (the northern route) or by taking the popular overland route from Istanbul through Turkey and Iran to India (southern route).
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Ask vanbest a question about Asia
I spend 8 month backpacking in Asia, Nepal - India - Sri lanka - Malaysia - Thailand - Cambodia - Laos - Vietnam - Indonesia - China - South Korea - Japan - Phillipines - Mongolia - Russia Kazakhsthan.
I can advise lets say pretty much about anything usefull you need to know, local transportaion, connection between countries, safety, general questions, etc
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I spent 8 months travelling all on my ownsome in South East Asia in 2006/2007. I can help (or try at least!) with any questions about Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, north Laos, the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Bali & the Gili Islands.
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Hi...I have travelled extensively in India and would love to share my experiences , give any suggestions....whatever you want to know of this beautiful country.....
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Hey, my name is Hong. I’m from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. I’m a humorous girl with an eagerness to practice English, my English is not good. When you come to Ho Chi Minh, please contact me. I will be your free tour guide. You will be shown a different Hanoi which’s never been seen on TVs, magazines, books, v.v.v… My phone no. is 0989771220, my email is [email protected]
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I am deen from Sri Lanka and i am a trekking nature guide for last fifteen years
We are in the central hills the trekking country of Sri Lanka; we are many years experience in the field of trekking, as a trekking guide and trekking organizer we have worked for many tour companies for their clients in Sri Lanka. you see real srilanka.with me Not experienced by everyday tourists .i try as much as possible to keep away from the more popular places visited by every day tourists. We want you to visit a place whir you see sri lankans and Sri Lanka.hope you will have a wonderful holiday in Sri Lanka
and if you like to know any thing about sri lanka you can aske me and the trekking & Hiking many travel guide books say thire are no organized trekking in sri lanka it is not true we have very well organized trekking and hiking in sri lanka also you can see me trekking photos sri lanka the garden of eden
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