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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


Mangrove forest in Thailand.

Looking Behind the Funhouse Mirror in Thailand

By Josh Fredman

The dock at Ao Nang in Krabi, Thailand is as nondescript as any western restaurant patio. Wooden slats make up a narrow walkway with benches on either side.   Read more

Asia Sustainability
Drum lanterns light the night sky. Photo: Kirsten Harrington

Central Florida Lantern Festival Shines Light on Chinese Culture

By Kirsten Harrington

The Lunar New Year is celebrated across Asia by gathering with family, decorating the house with red couplets and giving red envelopes with money to friends and colleagues. Also known as Spring Festival in China, this 15-day celebration starts on January 22nd and ends with the Lantern Festival on February … Read more   Read more

Asia The World Events & Festivals
Middle Kingdom. Photo taken by Ji Dong

Traveling in China – under the skin of the culture

By Jon Geldart

Travelling by train in China is not as difficult as you might first think, though buying tickets can be a fraught affair with the many booths and total lack of any language other than Chinese which can confront you.   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path Rail & Road Travel
Orangutang in Sumatra

The positive influence of eco-tourism in Sumatra

By Bianca Caruana

In places like Sumatra, environmentalists are hoping a focus on eco-tourism will influence conservation efforts.   Read more

Asia Eco-tourism Sustainability
Victoria Memorial

Exploring Kolkata’s Colonial Architecture

By Mehk Chakraborty

The British colonized India for over 200 years, and cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai are home to notable Victorian-era buildings. But Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, was the capital of India for 39 years during the British rule, and it remains the top spot to see colonial architecture, a … Read more   Read more

Asia Architecture
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Swat Valley: The Switzerland of Pakistan

By Muzammil Hussain

Swat Valley (Swat) is known as the ‘Switzerland’ of Pakistan because of its snow-capped mountains and beautiful scenery.   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path History
Thanksgiving in Beijing with friends and party favors. Photo: Kirsten Harrington

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Beijing, China

By Kirsten Harrington

It was Fall of 2019 and Beijing was beautiful, with ripe persimmons hanging from trees like lanterns and golden gingko trees glowing in the park. But as the days grew shorter and the arctic chill set in, my spirits sank. Thanksgiving was just around the corner, and I longed for … Read more   Read more

Asia United States Family Travel Events & Festivals
A temple in the Chiang Mai province in Thailand.

Discovering Traditional Arts in Thailand’s Golden Triangle

By Katie Dundas

The Golden Triangle region of Northern Thailand sits at the intersection of three Southeast Asian countries along the Mekong and Ruak Rivers: Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. A visit to this area is an incredible way to learn about the culture, history, and traditional arts of the region, which have been … Read more   Read more

Asia History The Arts Social Responsibility
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