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“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” 

–Miriam Beard

Explore beautiful Asia, the Earth’s largest continent. Covering more than 30 % of the planet’s land surface, Asia is the most populous region. It has a unique blend of many first civilizations. Asia’s history is vast and the continent is abundant with diverse ethnic groups, cultural heritage, traditions and religious beliefs; all worth learning more about.

The countries within beautiful Asia include: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, North, Korea, South, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor Leste (West), Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam


Darkness descends gently over Rakkh Resort with the inly blue Shivalik Range in the backdrop

Exploring Kangra Valley from Rakkh Resort

By Sugato Mukherjee

A mountainous land in the Northwestern part of India, the state of Himachal Pradesh has long been a paradise for travelers. Colonial-era hill stations, idyllic rural settlements and verdant valleys dot the expanse of this North Indian state that was once a part of undivided Punjab. However, Kangra Valley, in … Read more   Read more

India Off the Beaten Path
Coral Rehabilitation Maldives | Coral Reef project in the Maldives. Photo courtesy of Beybe

The Coral Rehabilitation Project Reviving the Maldives Reefs

By Bianca Caruana

The Maldives islands are home to more than a thousand coral reefs, vibrant ecosystems that provide a home for marine life.   Read more

Asia Volunteer Travel Preservation
Yamadera Temple in Japan

Yamadera – A Japanese temple experience with a special view

By Thomas Später

At the end of my backpacking trip through Japan, I had three days to spare with no idea what to do. I had already explored the very south (Hiroshima) as well as all major landmarks around the central part of this beautiful Asian country (Mount Fuji, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo).   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path
Inside the Stairway to Heaven in the Phillippines. Photo: Len Cristobal

Climbing A Stairway to Heaven in The Philippines

By Len Cristobal

Growing up in the Philippines, an intensely Catholic country, I have seen the extremes that people sometimes go to in the name of religion. “Stairway to Heaven,” a giant, outdoor stairway leading to a breathtaking replica of heaven, or how heaven looks according to traditional beliefs.   Read more

Asia Experiences Religious Travel
Tourists in Cambodia

5 Ways to have a more cultural experience in Cambodia

By Derek Cullen

When you think of Cambodia, first impressions can come with some very negative connotations.   Read more

Asia Experiences
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Locals of Licin, East Java

By Ziba Redif

The sleepy village of Licin is situated in the Banyuwangi regency of East Java, Indonesia. It’s a 30-minute drive from the town of Banyuwangi – Java’s easternmost tip – and an hour from the slopes of Kawah Ijen, the legendary volcano famous for its electric blue flames.   Read more

Asia Agritourism Indigenous Sustainability
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The Risk of Rabies is Real: Here’s What Travellers Need to Know

By Melissa Hobson

While rabies occurs in more than 150 countries and territories and causes around 59,000 deaths worldwide each year, many travellers don’t fully understand the risks.   Read more

Asia Health & Wellness Insights
The Great Wall of China

Historic Places in China You Absolutely Need to See

By Jennifer Raskin

China was a place I wound up in much by accident. It’s a place that tends to give most people intense culture shock, but once it wears off, you’re left to marvel at this beautiful place surrounding you.   Read more

Asia History
Meghalaya - Ri Kynjai is built into the forested slopes of a hill adjacent to the lake

Ri Kynjai — The Abode of Clouds in Misty Meghalaya

By Bandita Mukherjee

Blessed with rich biodiversity and dramatic terrains, this North-Eastern state of India with Assam to its north and Bangladesh to its south is a paradise for nature lovers. The matrilineal state has decked herself up wonderfully for adventure seekers and laid back travelers across the globe.   Read more

India Adventure Architecture
A traditional yurt with a view of Mongolian mountains.

Longing for isolation: A demanding journey through Mongolia

By Thomas Später

When I was desperately searching for a new place to explore without hundreds and thousands of other tourists around me, I came across a mysterious and equally attractive country called Mongolia.    Read more

Asia Experiences
Author on a deserted and unrehabilitated part of the Great Wall of China

One Night on the Great Wall of China

By Thomas Später

I have already traveled most of Asia, but never really had the chance to see the Great Wall of China. It was the end of May, when I touched down in Beijing after traveling both Japan and Mongolia for 8 days each. Using Beijing as a 3-day layover on the … Read more   Read more

Asia Experiences
Backpacker facing a mountain in Asia

An Adventurous Backpacking Route Through Southeast Asia

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

The Southeast Asian region, particularly Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos has become increasingly popular among adventure backpackers. Travelers visiting the region, however, are frequently faced with a dilemma: which path to take.   Read more

Asia Adventure Backpacking & Camping
A view of Mount Kinabalu.

There’s More to Kundasang, Borneo than Mount Kinabalu

By Ziba Redif

Farfetched as it may seem, the tiny Malaysian mountain town of Kundasang is sometimes compared to the pastoral villages in the Alps. S   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path
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The Myths, Legends, and Magic of Malacca

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Southeast Asia is filled with cultural diversity, unique cuisine, and the most unbelievable panoramic views, such as tropical rainforests and seas. Located in the Southern region of the Malay Peninsula is the state of Malacca, and the capital is Malacca City which UNESCO named a world heritage site in 2008.   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path History Preservation
Quiet flows the blue waters of Jia Bhoroli on the banks of Nameri National Park. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

Wild Mahseer of Assam: In Harmony with Nature

By Bandita Mukherjee

Blessed with serenity and tranquility, Wild Mahseer, named after one of the toughest game fishes, offers unique natural and cultural experiences to visitors. Spread over 22 acres of land, the heritage bungalows with antique furniture and colonial décor provide the opportunity to relive history and it is a perfect place … Read more   Read more

Asia Conservation