The largest part of the world, washed by three oceans and containing 53 states, Asia on the world map is like a motley carpet of cultures, languages, nationalities. Perhaps there is no region on Earth that is more diverse and rich in all kinds of wonders. From Israel to the Philippines, from Mongolia to India, stretched its lands mercilessly scorched by the sun. Although man came from Africa, it was here that he learned to sow and reap, invented the wheel, writing and philosophy. Over the millennia, Asia has seen a lot: the flourishing of great civilizations and bloodthirsty hordes of nomads, magnificent pearls of creativity and primitive cruelty, devastation and fertility, millions of wars and the birth of religions. It is not surprising that Asia is the subject of the most intense tourist interest today. Here are such pillars of the industry as Turkey, Thailand, Maldives, India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and a lot of developing countries in the tourism sense – Vietnam, South Korea, Oman, etc.
What is he, a portrait of an “Asian” tourist? Let’s start with the fact that the main thing that people go to Asia for is, of course, exoticism, moreover, its own exotic, authentic and not at all similar to, say, African. Whether it’s the temple complexes of India or the fiery tom-yam soup in a Pattaya diner, the calls to prayer pouring from the minarets of Damascus, or Orthodox Jews marching in the July heat in fur hats through the streets of Jerusalem – everything is permeated with an Asian flavor: bright, always unexpected , a little discouraging and stays in memory like a frozen frame from a film. Pictures of Asia – a whirlwind of variegated colors, a combination of incongruous, crazy beauty and an excess of lines, shades, shapes.
By the way, in terms of climate, Asia is more than diverse: on its territory you can find weather for every taste. If you wanted snow – welcome to the northern coast of Mother Russia, if you like the heat – please proceed to the July Emirates, if you want humid tropics – you have a direct road to the Philippines. In addition, God himself ordered rock climbers to go to Asia – to Everest and for those who prefer more than calm sea spaces – to the Dead Sea. And for those who want to stay in the very center of Asia, we recommend going to Irkutsk: this city bears the title of the geographical “navel” of the region.
In addition, Asia is visited in order to touch spirituality. The largest world religions once emerged on its territory: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam. So the number of religious monuments is appropriate here: numerous Buddhist monasteries, pagodas and stupas, and places associated with the earthly life of Christ, and the most significant mosques.
Last but not least, it is worth mentioning the “idle” advantages of Asia, which include the coasts of several oceans and numerous seas, pristine beaches with fine sand and other near-beach amenities – in the form of hotels, restaurants, discos and other developed infrastructure. Well, and, of course, gourmets will not remain deprived of vivid impressions: the world has never seen such a number of spices, aromatic plants and hot peppers that Asian housewives use! Whether it’s Rajasthani chicken with curry sauce or Tajik khash, an unforgettable experience is guaranteed!
- Western Asia: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bahrain, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Qatar, Cyprus, Kuwait, Lebanon, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey
- South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
- Southeast Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Brunei, Timor Leste, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia
- East Asia: China, Taiwan, Japan, DPRK, Republic of Korea and Mongolia
- Central Asia (aka Central or Front): Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan