Asia is the world's largest continent by land area and population, home to 4.4 billion people, more than half of the world's population.
The continent is too massive and diverse to conceptualise as a single digestible travel "destination". Travel options range widely, from the desert ruins and modern mega-malls of the Middle East to the magnificent ancient monuments and giant mountains in South Asia, from the beach bungalows and jungle treks of Southeast Asia to the mega-cities and technology capitals of East Asia.
Asia offers intriguing destinations for every type of traveller, be they a novice or an experienced road-warrior. Easier options include modern, prosperous countries like Japan and the East Asian Tigers of Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea, where people enjoy very high standards of living. There are also poor Asian countries with significant levels of malnutrition, such as Cambodia, Afghanistan, Laos and East Timor. Some countries are well-established on the budget tourist trail, including Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, but there are other countries that strictly restrict tourism to certain regions or types of tourism, such as Bhutan and the Maldives.
“Going to Southeast Asia for the first time and tasting that spectrum of flavours - that certainly changed my whole palate, the kind of foods I crave. A lot of dishes I used to love became boring to me”
CELEBRITY CHEF + TRAVELLER