ASIA TRAVEL GUIDE

AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia and Central Asia. It has a population of approximately 32 million.

Bahrain

Bahrain is the smallest of the independent Persian Gulf states, and has often had to walk a diplomatic tightrope in relation to its larger neighbours.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh tourist attractions include archaeological sites, historic mosques and monuments, resorts, beaches, picnic spots, forest and wildlife.

Bhutan

Bhutan is a unique country both culturally and environmentally. Perched high in the Himalayas, it is the world’s last remaining Buddhist Kingdom.

Brunei

Brunei offers some great diving. In addition to coral and fish, Brunei is home to several shipwrecks and many species of nudibranch.

Burma (Myanmar)

The most popular tourist destinations in Myanmar include big cities such as Yangon and Mandalay, religious sites in Mon State, Pindaya, Bagoand Hpa-An

Cambodia

Cambodia has a population of over 15 million. The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, practiced by approximately 95 percent of the population.

China

China built its first civilisations,around the same time as the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians,and for many centuries stood out as a leading civilisation.

East Timor

East Timor offers a rich cultural heritage spun from tens of thousands of years of human habitation, the Portuguese and Indonesian colonial periods.

India

Several Indian states by themselves are bigger and more populous than most of the countries in the world, and there are 29 states and 7 Territories in India.

Indonesia

Indonesia has 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Both nature and culture are major components of Indonesian tourism.

Iran

According to UNESCO and the deputy head of research for Iran Travel and Tourism Organization (ITTO), Iran is rated 4th destination in the Middle East.

Iraq

Only hope that this great and ancient region soon sees increased security , for it makes a fascinating travel destination for anyone interested in history.

Israel

Israel is home to some of the most famous religious monuments in the world and both its lands and its main sights are holy to millions of people.

Japan

Japan is an island country in East Asia. Also known as the "Land of the Rising Sun", Japan is a country where the past meets the future.

Jordan

Jordan is home to around 100,000 archaeological and tourist sites. Some very well preserved historical cities include Petra and Jerash.

Kuwait

Kuwait is the largest leisure boat market in the Gulf region. The modest level of tourism is attributable to difficult visa conditions and alcohol ban.

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a transcontinental country in northern Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Kyrgyzstan

One of the most popular destination in Kyrgyzstan is Issyk Kul Lake. Numerous hotels, boarding houses and sanatoriums are located along its Northern shore.

Laos

The key attraction of Laos is its undoubted status as the least westernised, the most relaxed and thereby the most authentic of all Indochinese nations.

Lebanon

Lebanon is a country rich in natural scenery from beautiful beaches to mountains and valleys.Lebanon comprise a wide variety of ethnic groups and religions.

Malaysia

Malaysia is a mix of the modern world and a developing nation. With its investment in the high technology industries and moderate oil wealth.

Maldives

Most visitors in Maldives come to enjoy the countless plush resorts, excellent beaches and stunningly colourful under water life.

Mongolia

Mongolia is a big country that has been beyond the reach of travelers and the normal trappings of civilization until very recently.

Nepal

Nepal has a diverse ancient cultural heritage. The name Nepal is first recorded in texts from the Vedic Age, the era that founded Hinduism.

North Korea

All tours in North Korea are accompanied by a government minder, who will decide what you can and cannot see.

Oman

Oman has one of the most diverse environments in the Middle East with various tourist attractions and is particularly well known for cultural tourism.

Pakistan

The territory that now constitutes Pakistan is considered a cradle of civilization which was previously home to several ancient cultures.

Philippines

The Philippines rich biodiversity is one of the main tourist attractions with its beaches, mountains, rainforests, islands and diving spots.

Qatar

For a comparatively small peninsula in the Middle East, there is quite a lot to see in Qatar. A number of forts and towers exist around the country.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is widely accused of having one of the worst human rights records in the world. Human rights issues that have attracted strong criticism.

Singapore

Singapore is a microcosm of Asia, populated by Chinese, Malays, Indians and a large group of workers and expatriates from all across the globe.

South Korea

Known as the "Land of the Morning Calm", South Korea has for a long time served as a cultural bridge between its neighbors, China and Japan.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has stunning beaches all along its coastline, great wildlife and biodiversity and a rich culture and heritage dating back several millennia.

Syria

A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups.

Taiwan

Taiwan is home to a large number of impressive scenic sites, and Taipei is a cultural center of entertainment and leisure activities.

Tajikistan

Tajikistan was previously home to several ancient cultures, including the city of Sarazm of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age.

Thailand

Thailand's attractions include diving sites, sandy beaches, tropical islands, nightlife, museums, flora and bird life, palaces, Buddhist temples.

Turkmenistan

North Korea may get all the press, but even Kim Il cult of personality fades when compared to the surreal totalitarian Turkmenistan.

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a modern and dynamic country. To some, it is an advanced and clean country, to others a touristy "Disneyland".

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan has preserved a rich architectural heritage. The construction of monumental buildings was seen as a matter of prestige.

Vietnam

Few countries are blessed with landscapes as captivating as those of Vietnam. Inspiring limestone scenery, perfect beaches, islands, mountain ranges.

Yemen

Yemen is a difficult country to get around, but the rewards for the persistent visitor are an unforgettable experience, with very friendly and open hosts.

KABUL

Kabul is the capital of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as well as the largest city of Afghanistan, located in the eastern section of the country.

Manama

Manama is a getaway for Arabs and expats residing in the 'alcohol banned' Arab countries. Tourists, particularly , come to Bahrain mainly for the nightlife.

Dhaka

Modern Dhaka is a thriving, colourful and congested metropolis. Being one of the most densely populated places on the planet.

Thimphu

Thimphu is the capital and largest city of Bhutan.Thimphu, as the political and economic center of Bhutan, has a dominant agricultural and livestock base.

Bandar Seri Begawan

Bandar Seri Begawan formerly known as Brunei Town, is the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Brunei.

Naypyidaw

Naypyidaw, also spelled Nay Pyi Taw, is the capital city of Myanmar, also known as Burma.Naypyidaw is rather unique in this entire region.

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is slowly gaining high rise buildings and traffic lights. The beauty that made it a "Paris of the East"

Sihanoukville

In a land with thousands of years of history, Sihanoukville is a colourful but tragic upstart. Sihanoukville also known as 'Kompong Som'

Siem Reap

Siem Reap literally means "Siam Defeated". This once quaint village has become the largest boom town and construction site in Cambodia.

Beijing

At the historical heart of Beijing lies the Forbidden City, the enormous palace compound that was the home of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Chengdu

Chengdu is located on the edge of the fertile plains of the Red Basin Due to its agricultural wealth, Chengdu is called the "Land of Milk and Honey".

Guangzhou

Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong Province.Guangzhou appears less as a city that is developing than one that is about to explode.

Guilin

Guilin is a beautiful city. Guilin and the surrounding region are among the most scenic areas in China and the most popular tourist destinations.

Hangzhou

Hangzhou is renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. It is one of the most beautiful cities in China,also one of the most scenic cities.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a place with multiple personalities; the population is mainly Cantonese Chinese but British influence is quite visible.

Nanjing

Nanjing is one of the most beautiful cities of mainland China with lush green parks, natural scenic lakes, mountains, historical buildings and monuments.

Shanghai

Shanghai is the largest and most developed city in China, the country's main center for finance and fashion, and one of the world's most important cities.

Shenzhen

Major tourist attractions of Shenzhen include the China Folk Culture Village,Window of the World, Happy Valley, Splendid China, the Safari Park.

Tianjin

Tianjin (literally "Heaven's Ferry") is a metropolis in northern coastal China and one of the five national central cities of China.

Wuxi

With rich natural and cultural heritage, Wuxi is one of the top ten tourist cities in China.It has both natural and man-made places of interest.

Zhuhai

Zhuhai is known for its beautiful long coastline, waving palm trees, open spaces, low population density, and its many islands.

Dili

Dili was the classic backwater during colonial times, being the main city of a remote colony in a remote part of the world.

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is a good example of materialistic attitude and spirituality of self-renunciation. Ahmedabad is one of the fastest growing city in India.

Bengaluru

Called the "Garden City of India" and the "Pensioner's Paradise", these epithets no longer apply to Bengaluru, which is today a large, cosmopolitan city.

Chennai

With temples, beaches and centres of historical and cultural significance, Chennai is one of the most visited cities in India.

Goa

Goa is small by Indian standards. It has a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architecture that attracts an 2.5 million visitors each year.

Hyderabad

Hyderabad's many epithets include the City of Pearls, the City of Nawabs, the Biryani City and, because of its high-tech industries, Cyberabad.

Jaipur

Jaipur,also known as the Pink City, is the capital of Indian state of Rajasthan.The city was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh.

Kolkata

Kolkata is one of the most socially, culturally and politically progressive city in India; Love it or hate it, you definitely won't forget the 'City of Joy'

Mumbai

Mumbai (also known as Bombay) is the most populous city in India and the ninth most populous agglomeration in the world, with a population of 18.4 million.

New Delhi

New Delhi is known as a microcosm of India and is a leading world city in arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, tourism.

Bali

Bali, the famed "Island of the Gods", stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth.Its varied landscape of hills and mountains, and sandy beaches..

Bandung

The varieties of food, the cheaper fashion shops located in factory outlets, golf courses, and the zoo, are some of the attractions of the Bandung.

Jakarta

Jakarta is a shopping hub in the nation and is also one of the best places to shop in Asia. The city has numerous shopping malls and traditional markets.

Lombok

Tourism is an important source of income on Lombok. The most developed tourism area of the island is on the west coast of the island.

Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is a major tourist destination in Indonesia. Being one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, Yogyakarta has many heritage buildings and monuments.

Mashhad

Almost everything about Mashhad relates to its role as the holiest city in Iran, even its name (literally:burial place of the martyr).

Shiraz

Shiraz is the capital city of the Fars province and a treasure trove of Persian culture. It was the capital of Iran during the Zand dynasty's era (1747–79).

Tehran

Tehran is a cosmopolitan city, with great museums, parks, restaurants, warm friendly people. It deserves at least a few days of your Iranian itinerary.

Baghdad

Once a favoured destination on the 'hippie trail' and full of sights,after invasion of 2003, Baghdad has become one of the most dangerous cities on earth.

Eilat

Eilat is the only Israeli city on the Red Sea.Eilat is first and foremost a resort town devoted to sun, fun, diving, partying and desert-based activities.

Herzliya

Herzliya is an affluent city in the central coast of Israel, known for its robust start-up and entrepreneurial culture.

Jerusalem

Located in the Judean Mountains, Jerusalem is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Netanya

Netanya 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) of beaches have made the city a popular tourist resort. In addition, the city is known for its large immigrant population.

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is known as "the city that never sleeps" and a "party capital" due to its thriving nightlife, young atmosphere and famous 24-hour culture.

Aomori

Aomori is the capital city of Aomori Prefecture, in the northern Tōhoku region of northern Japan. The city had an estimated population of 288,029.

Fukuoka

Fukuoka is a modern city, divided historically by the central river into two separate cities, Hakata (博多) and Fukuoka (福岡).

Hiroshima

Although many visitors, especially Americans, may feel apprehensive about visiting Hiroshima, it is a friendly, welcoming city.

Kyoto

With its 2,000 religious places – 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines – Kyoto is one of the best preserved cities in Japan..

Nagasaki

Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan.The city has an estimated population of 446,007.

Nagoya

The hub of the Aichi region, Nagoya is Japan's fourth-largest city after Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka and one of the nation's major economic centers.

Osaka

Osaka is a designated city in the Kansai region of Japan. Historically a merchant city, Osaka has also been known as the "nation's kitchen"

Sapporo

Sapporo is the largest city of Hokkaido.One of Japan's newest and nicest cities, Sapporo's population has grown from seven in 1857 to nearly 2 million today.

Tokyo

Tokyo has many commercial centres for shopping, eating and simply wandering around for experiencing the modern Japanese urban phenomenon.

Yokohama

Yokohama developed rapidly as Japan's prominent port city following the end of Japan's relative isolation in the mid-19th century.

Amman

Amman is considered one of the most liberal and westernized cities in the Arab world. Nightclubs, music bars and shisha lounges are present across Amman.

Kuwait City

Kuwait City is a bustling metropolis of high-rise office buildings, luxury hotels, wide boulevards and well-tended parks and gardens.

Almaty

As an important hub, not just for Kazakhstan but for Central Asia as a whole, Almaty has a moderately large expatriate community.

Astana

Astana presents an interesting blend of old Soviet architecture with the modern designs.It is home to many futuristic buildings, hotels and skyscrapers.

Bishkek

Bishkek is a city of wide boulevards and marble-faced public buildings combined with numerous Soviet-style apartment blocks surrounding interior courtyards.

Vientiane

Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, on the banks of the Mekong River The city contains many temples and Buddhist monuments.

Beirut

Before the Lebanese Civil War, Beirut was widely regarded as "The Paris of the Middle East, often cited as a financial and business hub.

Tripoli

Before the Lebanese Civil War, Beirut was widely regarded as "The Paris of the Middle East, often cited as a financial and business hub.

Kuala Lumpur

Tourism in Kuala Lumpur is driven by the city's cultural diversity, relatively low costs, and wide gastronomic and shopping variety.

Langkawi

Langkawi, is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. On 1 June 2007, Langkawi Island was given a World Geopark status by UNESCO.

Malacca

Modern-day Malacca city is a vibrant old city with a unique historical and cultural background from being the capital of a powerful Malay kingdom.

Male

Malé is the capital of Maldives.With narrow streets, colorful houses, graffiti and a strong communal feel, it may be interesting to stop a little longer.

Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar has a long history, and is only now undergoing an industrial revolution. UB is one of the most drab looking cities on the face of the planet.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the gateway to tourism in Nepal. It is also the hub of the country's economy. It has the most advanced infrastructure in Nepal.

Pyongyang

Foreign visitors have described Pyongyang as one of the most beautiful cities they have seen.

Muscat

Muscat is home to a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society, and receives the largest number of foreign visitors to the country.

Islamabad

Even now, Islamabad remains a city where people come from all over the country to enjoy its peaceful, noise-free atmosphere with a lot of greenery.

Karachi

Karachi offers a variety of attractions and activities,from sunny, sandy beaches and old colonial buildings to traditional bazaars and modern shopping malls

Lahore

Founded in legendary times, and a cultural centre for over a thousand years, Lahore has many attractions for the tourist.

Angelas City

Angeles city is known for its booming nightlife and is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination. The city is rich in history and heritage...

Boracay

Boracay is a tropical island about an hour's flight from Manila in the Philippines. It has superb long white sand beaches.

Cebu

There are significant number of Filipino-Spanish heritage buildings in Cebu City which includes the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Fort San Pedro...

Coron

There are many beautiful white sand beaches in Coron, mostly tiny and surrounded by large limestone cliffs and wildlife.

Davao

Davao City is constantly described by its residents and the national media as arguably among one of the safest cities in the Philippines,

Makati City

Makati City or just simple Makati is known for its upscale shopping malls, and is also home to high fashion brands, restaurants and hotels.

Manila

In Manila you'll find Spanish colonial churches, old-fashioned museums and neo-classical buildings versus modern shopping centers, stylish art museums.

Panglao Islands

Panglao Island is one of the main tourist destinations on the Philippines. Alona Beach is the most popular tourist spot on the island.

Doha

Once little more than a minuscule pearl fishing village, Doha, Qatar's capital and largest city, has emerged to become one of the pearls of the Middle East.

Jeddah

Jeddah is the principal gateway to Mecca, Islam's holiest city, which able-bodied Muslims are required to visit at least once in their lifetime.

Mecca

Mecca or Makkah, the holiest city in Islam, is the place where the Prophet Muhammad was born and raised.

Medina

Medina is the second holy city of Islam. The Prophet Muhammad migrated to Medina from Mecca, and taught there for some years before his return to Mecca.

Riyadh

Known by local wags as the Dead Center of the Kingdom, Riyadh is considered the most straight-laced of the Kingdom's big three cities.

Singapore city

You can find a place to practice nearly any sport in Singapore city — golfing, surfing, scuba diving, even ice skating and snow skiing.

Busan

Busan not only features a variety of antique and souvenir shops, but also unique restaurants, attractions and accommodations.

Seoul

In recent years, Seoul has become a favourite with tourists from China, Japan, and Southeast Asia, following the success of Korean pop culture.

Sri Jayawardenepura

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is the official capital of Sri Lanka. The name translated into English means "the blessed fortress city of growing victory".

Damascus

Established between 10,000 to 8,000 BC, Damascus is credited with being the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.

Taipei

Tourism is a major part of Taipei's economy. In 2013, over 6.3 million overseas visitors visited Taipei, making the city the 15th most visited globally.

Dushanbe

Dushanbe means Monday in the Persian language. It was so named because it grew from a village that originally had a popular market on Mondays.

Bangkok

Bangkok is one of the world's top tourist destination cities.Bangkok's multi-faceted sights, attractions and city life appeal to diverse groups of tourists.

Chiang mai

Founded in 1296 CE, Chiang Mai is a culturally and historically interesting city, at one time the capital of the ancient Lanna kingdom.

Hua Hin

Popularised as a resort in the 1920s by King Prajadhipok, Hua Hin is closely associated with the Thai royal family and is a relaxing seaside resort.

Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan is an island off the Central Gulf Coast ,known as a land of coconut trees and the world-(in)famous Full Moon Party.

Koh Phi Phi

Ko Phi Phi is one of Thailand's most famous destinations.Tourism on Ko Phi Phi has exploded since the filming of the movie The Beach In the early 1990s.

Koh Samui

The expansion of tourism in Ko Samui has resulted in growth of building resorts, bungalows, and luxury private villas on the island.

Koh Tao

Koh Tao is well known for scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as hiking, rock climbing, and bouldering. The most popular place for tourists is Sairee...

Krabi

Krabi,the capital of Krabi Province, sits a little upstream from the mouth of the Krabi River and is mainly visited en routeto the nearby beaches of Had Yao.

Pattaya

Pattaya is mostly famous for its go-go and beer bars,but local authorities have made some efforts to provide more family-friendly attractions and activities.

Phuket

Phuket is known the world over for its beaches. There is a wide variety of beaches, some calm, some totally ruined by millions of visitors each year.

Ashgabat

Short of Pyongyang, Ashgabat is probably the best example of what happens when a city gets redesigned according to the vision of exactly one man

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi features large gardens and parks, sophisticated high-rise buildings, international luxury hotel chains and opulent shopping malls.

Ajman

Ajman's corniche is a popular evening and weekend destination for families and features a number of fast food outlets, coffee shops and stalls

Al Ain

Al Ain is developing as a tourist destination. The dry desert air makes it a welcome retreat from the coastal humidity of the larger cities.

Dubai

Dubai is a cosmopolitan metropolis and global city, but human rights organisations have heavily criticised violations of human rights in Dubai...

Fujairah

Fujairah is one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, and the only one that has a coastline solely on the Gulf of Oman and none on the Persian Gulf.

Sharjah

Sharjah is the third largest and third most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, forming part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area.

Tashkent

Tashkent is waiting for a boom. The infrastructure, hotels, and shops are there but the influx of people and business has failed to materialise.

Da Nang

Da Nang is a popular vacation spot for those looking to explore the attractions of central Vietnam or soak up sun while hanging out on the city's beaches.

Ha long Bay

Ha Long Bay (also "Halong Bay") is famous for its scenic ocean karst topography and is often included on lists of natural wonders of the world.

Hanoi

Hanoi is a fascinating blend of East and West, with Chinese influence from centuries of dominance, and French je ne sais quoi from its colonial past.

Hanoi

Hanoi is a fascinating blend of East and West, with Chinese influence from centuries of dominance, and French je ne sais quoi from its colonial past.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named and still also referred to as Saigon,is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named and still also referred to as Saigon,is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is one of the most important tourist hubs of Vietnam, thanks to its beautiful beaches with fine and clean sand and the clear ocean water.

Sana'a

One of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world, Sana'a is traditionally said to have been founded by Shem, the son of Noah.

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