A trip through Asia is an experience for the senses. With thousands of years of history, the continent is alive with ancient culture, colourful religious ceremony, historical architecture and, of course, a multitude of dishes to delight the taste buds.

Asia is the world’s largest continent and covers approximately 30 per cent of the earth’s surface. This continent is for the adventurous and inquisitive. From the ancient trade routes that linked nations to great deserts and national parks, Asia is an intricate tapestry of historic tradition and modern growth.

The region is divided into six distinct areas including Northern Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Asia, Western Asia, Southern Asia and Southeast Asia. The climate varies from region to region and includes grassland, rainforests, mountain ranges and desert, to name a few.

Approximately 60 per cent of the world’s population is in Asia with 1.3 billion residing in China alone. There are 53 countries that make up the continent, which extends from Saudi Arabia in the west through to Russia and Japan toward the east, and each country has a unique culture for which it is known.

Japan may be famous for the kaleidoscope of colour that brings Tokyo to life, but beyond the neon lights is sacred ceremony, religious acknowledgement and ancient landscapes, including Mount Fuji.

The Cherry Blossom season in Yoshina, on the other hand, is a constant source of inspiration for artists and travellers alike.

China varies from the busy cities of Beijing to the green rice paddy fields and the captivating Terracotta Warriors in Xian. Here more than 8,000 life-sized models of soldiers were built for China’s first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, to help his passage to the afterlife.

Further south, Vietnam has emerged from civil war and political unrest to become one of the most popular holiday destinations in the region. Ho Chi Minh city is full of life, while Ha Long Bay’s limestone formations are a World Heritage Site that’s worth seeing up close.

This region will delight even the most discerning epicureans, too, so be sure to wear your stretchy pants. From Vietnam’s spicy pho soup to Japan’s freshly prepared sashimi and the hole-in-the-wall Michelin-star meals served on inconspicuous street corners of Hong Kong, the palette will never forget a trip through this region of the world.

I did not tell half of what I saw, for I knew I would not be believed.
Marco Polo
When to Visit
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The main thing to consider when planning a holiday through Asia is monsoon season, which can change depending on which part of the region you’re visiting. Indonesia is best visited during the dry season, between July and October, while Japan has two particularly popular seasons, in March and... view

Travel Cost
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Asia, but particularly Southeast Asia, is a very popular spot for the frugal traveller, as the cost of living here can be quite low. Food in Thailand can be budgeted as low as $40 per day and even more cost effective in Cambodia. The cost of travel in countries like Japan can be on the more... view