ASIA TRAVEL GUIDE
Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia and Central Asia. It has a population of approximately 32 million.
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 tourist attractions include archaeological sites, historic mosques and monuments, resorts, beaches, picnic spots, forest and wildlife.
Bhutan is a unique country both culturally and environmentally. Perched high in the Himalayas, it is the world’s last remaining Buddhist Kingdom.
Brunei offers some great diving. In addition to coral and fish, Brunei is home to several shipwrecks and many species of nudibranch.
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 has a population of over 15 million. The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, practiced by approximately 95 percent of the population.
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 offers a rich cultural heritage spun from tens of thousands of years of human habitation, the Portuguese and Indonesian colonial periods.
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 has 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Both nature and culture are major components of Indonesian tourism.
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.
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 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 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 is home to around 100,000 archaeological and tourist sites. Some very well preserved historical cities include Petra and Jerash.
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, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a transcontinental country in northern Central Asia and Eastern Europe.
One of the most popular destination in Kyrgyzstan is Issyk Kul Lake. Numerous hotels, boarding houses and sanatoriums are located along its Northern shore.
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 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 is a mix of the modern world and a developing nation. With its investment in the high technology industries and moderate oil wealth.
Most visitors in Maldives come to enjoy the countless plush resorts, excellent beaches and stunningly colourful under water life.
Mongolia is a big country that has been beyond the reach of travelers and the normal trappings of civilization until very recently.
Nepal has a diverse ancient cultural heritage. The name Nepal is first recorded in texts from the Vedic Age, the era that founded Hinduism.
All tours in North Korea are accompanied by a government minder, who will decide what you can and cannot see.
Oman has one of the most diverse environments in the Middle East with various tourist attractions and is particularly well known for cultural tourism.
The territory that now constitutes Pakistan is considered a cradle of civilization which was previously home to several ancient cultures.
The Philippines rich biodiversity is one of the main tourist attractions with its beaches, mountains, rainforests, islands and diving spots.
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 is widely accused of having one of the worst human rights records in the world. Human rights issues that have attracted strong criticism.
Singapore is a microcosm of Asia, populated by Chinese, Malays, Indians and a large group of workers and expatriates from all across the globe.
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 has stunning beaches all along its coastline, great wildlife and biodiversity and a rich culture and heritage dating back several millennia.
A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups.
Taiwan is home to a large number of impressive scenic sites, and Taipei is a cultural center of entertainment and leisure activities.
Tajikistan was previously home to several ancient cultures, including the city of Sarazm of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age.
Thailand's attractions include diving sites, sandy beaches, tropical islands, nightlife, museums, flora and bird life, palaces, Buddhist temples.
North Korea may get all the press, but even Kim Il cult of personality fades when compared to the surreal totalitarian Turkmenistan.
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 has preserved a rich architectural heritage. The construction of monumental buildings was seen as a matter of prestige.
Few countries are blessed with landscapes as captivating as those of Vietnam. Inspiring limestone scenery, perfect beaches, islands, mountain ranges.
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 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 is a getaway for Arabs and expats residing in the 'alcohol banned' Arab countries. Tourists, particularly , come to Bahrain mainly for the nightlife.
Modern Dhaka is a thriving, colourful and congested metropolis. Being one of the most densely populated places on the planet.
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 formerly known as Brunei Town, is the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Brunei.
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 is slowly gaining high rise buildings and traffic lights. The beauty that made it a "Paris of the East"
In a land with thousands of years of history, Sihanoukville is a colourful but tragic upstart. Sihanoukville also known as 'Kompong Som'
Siem Reap literally means "Siam Defeated". This once quaint village has become the largest boom town and construction site in Cambodia.
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 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 is the capital of Guangdong Province.Guangzhou appears less as a city that is developing than one that is about to explode.
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 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 is a place with multiple personalities; the population is mainly Cantonese Chinese but British influence is quite visible.
Nanjing is one of the most beautiful cities of mainland China with lush green parks, natural scenic lakes, mountains, historical buildings and monuments.
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.
Major tourist attractions of Shenzhen include the China Folk Culture Village,Window of the World, Happy Valley, Splendid China, the Safari Park.
Tianjin (literally "Heaven's Ferry") is a metropolis in northern coastal China and one of the five national central cities of China.
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 is known for its beautiful long coastline, waving palm trees, open spaces, low population density, and its many islands.
Dili was the classic backwater during colonial times, being the main city of a remote colony in a remote part of the world.
Ahmedabad is a good example of materialistic attitude and spirituality of self-renunciation. Ahmedabad is one of the fastest growing city in India.
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.
With temples, beaches and centres of historical and cultural significance, Chennai is one of the most visited cities in India.
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's many epithets include the City of Pearls, the City of Nawabs, the Biryani City and, because of its high-tech industries, Cyberabad.
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 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 (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 is known as a microcosm of India and is a leading world city in arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, tourism.
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..
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 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.
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 is a major tourist destination in Indonesia. Being one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, Yogyakarta has many heritage buildings and monuments.
Almost everything about Mashhad relates to its role as the holiest city in Iran, even its name (literally:burial place of the martyr).
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 is a cosmopolitan city, with great museums, parks, restaurants, warm friendly people. It deserves at least a few days of your Iranian itinerary.
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 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 is an affluent city in the central coast of Israel, known for its robust start-up and entrepreneurial culture.
Located in the Judean Mountains, Jerusalem is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
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 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 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 is a modern city, divided historically by the central river into two separate cities, Hakata (博多) and Fukuoka (福岡).
Although many visitors, especially Americans, may feel apprehensive about visiting Hiroshima, it is a friendly, welcoming city.
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 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.
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 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 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 has many commercial centres for shopping, eating and simply wandering around for experiencing the modern Japanese urban phenomenon.
Yokohama developed rapidly as Japan's prominent port city following the end of Japan's relative isolation in the mid-19th century.
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 is a bustling metropolis of high-rise office buildings, luxury hotels, wide boulevards and well-tended parks and gardens.
As an important hub, not just for Kazakhstan but for Central Asia as a whole, Almaty has a moderately large expatriate community.
Astana presents an interesting blend of old Soviet architecture with the modern designs.It is home to many futuristic buildings, hotels and skyscrapers.
Bishkek is a city of wide boulevards and marble-faced public buildings combined with numerous Soviet-style apartment blocks surrounding interior courtyards.
Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, on the banks of the Mekong River The city contains many temples and Buddhist monuments.
Before the Lebanese Civil War, Beirut was widely regarded as "The Paris of the Middle East, often cited as a financial and business hub.
Tourism in Kuala Lumpur is driven by the city's cultural diversity, relatively low costs, and wide gastronomic and shopping variety.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Foreign visitors have described Pyongyang as one of the most beautiful cities they have seen.
Muscat is home to a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society, and receives the largest number of foreign visitors to the country.
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 offers a variety of attractions and activities,from sunny, sandy beaches and old colonial buildings to traditional bazaars and modern shopping malls
Founded in legendary times, and a cultural centre for over a thousand years, Lahore has many attractions for the tourist.
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 is a tropical island about an hour's flight from Manila in the Philippines. It has superb long white sand beaches.
There are significant number of Filipino-Spanish heritage buildings in Cebu City which includes the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Fort San Pedro...
There are many beautiful white sand beaches in Coron, mostly tiny and surrounded by large limestone cliffs and wildlife.
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 or just simple Makati is known for its upscale shopping malls, and is also home to high fashion brands, restaurants and hotels.
In Manila you'll find Spanish colonial churches, old-fashioned museums and neo-classical buildings versus modern shopping centers, stylish art museums.
Panglao Island is one of the main tourist destinations on the Philippines. Alona Beach is the most popular tourist spot on the island.
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 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 or Makkah, the holiest city in Islam, is the place where the Prophet Muhammad was born and raised.
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.
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.
You can find a place to practice nearly any sport in Singapore city — golfing, surfing, scuba diving, even ice skating and snow skiing.
Busan not only features a variety of antique and souvenir shops, but also unique restaurants, attractions and accommodations.
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 Kotte is the official capital of Sri Lanka. The name translated into English means "the blessed fortress city of growing victory".
Established between 10,000 to 8,000 BC, Damascus is credited with being the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.
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 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 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.
Founded in 1296 CE, Chiang Mai is a culturally and historically interesting city, at one time the capital of the ancient Lanna kingdom.
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 is an island off the Central Gulf Coast ,known as a land of coconut trees and the world-(in)famous Full Moon Party.
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.
The expansion of tourism in Ko Samui has resulted in growth of building resorts, bungalows, and luxury private villas on the island.
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,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 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 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.
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 features large gardens and parks, sophisticated high-rise buildings, international luxury hotel chains and opulent shopping malls.
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 is developing as a tourist destination. The dry desert air makes it a welcome retreat from the coastal humidity of the larger cities.
Dubai is a cosmopolitan metropolis and global city, but human rights organisations have heavily criticised violations of human rights in Dubai...
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 is the third largest and third most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, forming part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area.
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 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 (also "Halong Bay") is famous for its scenic ocean karst topography and is often included on lists of natural wonders of the world.
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, formerly named and still also referred to as Saigon,is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings.
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.
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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