Despite its size, the expanse of Asia can be tamed by adventurous travelers, especially by those who use this Web Guide. Embark on Asian travel and you'll discover the world’s largest continent hosts stunning beaches in Malaysia and Thailand, the impressive Angkor Wat ruins in Cambodia and vibrant cities throughout--but that’s only the beginning. With so many possibilities, Asian travel can seem overwhelming but this Web Guide makes it easy to blaze your own trail.
This section includes sites offering an overview of Asia’s best: cities to explore, sights to ... read more »
Asia’s complex mix of political systems and religions, coupled with its vastness, can make orientation intimidating. The sites below offer a pleasant introduction. You’ll get lessons in geography and culture, and learn the necessary technicalities to take care of before embarking on your journey.
- When determining your course, it may be easier to think of Asia as four areas: Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, and North Asia/Russia, and to plan accordingly.
- In your research, you’ll find differing maps of Asia; some include a portion of Russia, while others omit it. Asia also includes parts of the Middle East, as this helpful WorldAtlas.com map shows . Click on a country to zoom in for a better view of cities.
- Southeast Asia includes Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. You won’t need a visa to get into Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, or Thailand; you can obtain a visa upon arrival at most points of entry in Cambodia, Laos, and Indonesia. All except East Timor are members of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
- East Asia comprises China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, North and South Korea, and Mongolia.
- South Asia refers to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan.
- North Asia refers to Russia, the world’s largest country, part of both Asia and Europe.
- Of the world’s five communist states, four are in Asia: China, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam. The rest of the continent is a mixed bag of monarchies, dictatorships, single-party and federal states, and democracies. The National Library of Australia provides a comprehensive list of Web resources for Asian governments.
Asia’s accommodation options are as complex and varied as the continent itself. Whether you ... read more »
Asia is mainly accessible by air or rail, and both methods of travel can be easily researched and ... read more »
Covering ground in Asia can take a while, but luckily the continent has no shortage of airlines to ... read more »