Getting Around in Asia

Asia Travel

Asia Travel

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.

Asia Travel Basics

This section includes sites offering an overview of Asia’s best: cities to explore, sights to ... read more »

Travel Requirements for Asia

Asia’s complex mix of political systems and religions, coupled with its vastness, can make ... read more »

Asia Hotels

Asia’s accommodation options are as complex and varied as the continent itself. Whether you ... read more »

Getting to Asia

Asia is mainly accessible by air or rail, and both methods of travel can be easily researched and ... read more »

Getting Around in Asia

Covering ground in Asia can take a while, but luckily the continent has no shortage of airlines to transport you from country to country. Travel by land is possible as well. This section provides an overview of the options.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Asia is teeming with discount airlines that are generally less expensive than their counterparts in the United States and Europe. The most prolific carrier in the region is Air Asia, which employs an open seating policy.
  • Be careful when choosing an Indonesian airline. Many have poor safety records; for example, Adam Air recorded a fatal crash in January 2007. This entry on the travel blog Gadling discusses low-fare airlines in Asia, safety issues, and how to research an airline’s reliability.
  • Asia’s size lends well to overnight train travel, and long train trips offering great views of the countryside. For example, the blog “Emmy Rose in Asia” recounts the Thai route from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, which takes about 14 hours. This unnamed blog has photos of the train interior on a route to Chiang Mai.
  • Be careful on overnight train trips through Asia; thieves are not uncommon. Lock up your belongings whenever possible, and keep important documents like your passport close at hand.
  • The following countries have internal rail services: Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, India, Japan, China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Cambodia.
  • Travel by foot offers an intimate perspective on the landscape, can help you feel more at home in a place, and puts you in touch with local people. There are many opportunities to walk, trek, or hike across Asia that are worthy of any traveler’s consideration.

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Asia Travel Blogs and Forums

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