Asia is the largest continent in the world, and has the largest population. Some of the world’s oldest civilizations have their roots in Asia – China and India’s ancient civilizations can be dated back to almost 8000 years BC.
Westerners have long been fascinated with the manifestations of wealth and power to be found in Asia. Consider the Great Wall of China (over 13,000 miles long), and the estimated 7,000 “terracotta warriors” recently discovered in Xian, China. The Taj Mahal in India dates back to the 1600”s, and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in that country. The elaborate temples of VietNam, Thailand, and Cambodia are all witness to the spirituality and mysticism that are integral parts of the Asian culture.
The diversity of cultures in Asia is mind boggling. You can take a course in advanced meditation with a visit to a mountain monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. Or you can shop ‘til you drop in Hong Kong! You can explore the Batu Caves and waterfalls in Malaysia or take in traditional Kabuki theater in Tokyo. From jungle wildlife encounters in Sri Lanka and Borneo to luxury beach vacations on the islands of Bali or the Maldives, a travel experience in Asia is sure to be unlike any other travel destination you’ve experienced.