Take a deep breath and let your senses explode. From ancient farming villages in India to the futuristic cityscape of Tokyo, Asia provides such variety and contrast it would take many lifetimes to even start scratch the surface.
Above all, Asia is a spiritual place - infused with the gods of past and present: the ancient spirits of the land and the family, the teachings of Buddhism, the deities of Christianity and Hinduism and the rules of Islam. Across the region, scented smoke swirls from millions of joss sticks placed in offering at the many shrines and temples the faithful use to meditate and pray.
But, Asia is far more than its past. A frenetic buzz surrounds the cities: the fashion, culture and business in Hong Kong, Singapore and many others easily challenges the biggest European and American cities for their status as global hubs.
From sublime coastlines to snow capped mountains, the majestic Mekong River to wildlife infested jungle; Asian landscapes hold an immediacy and vibrancy that captivates and enchants. In a land where tigers still roam free (though far from noisy tourists) nature is still the driving force in many peoples’ lives.
And that’s without mentioning the food. The freshness and flavour of Asian cuisine is famous the world over; now imagine actually tasting the real deal. With so many cuisines to choose from the only answer is to dive straight in and be prepared for a taste-tingling joy that will take your breath away.
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Best places to stay in Asia
The Dragon's Back and beyond: the best hikes in Hong Kong
You’d be forgiven for thinking that hiking isn’t among the must-try activities in Hong Kong – that the only place you’ll cop an eyeful of green is in Yau Ma Tei’s Jade Market.
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India bristles with an eclectic melange of ethnic groups; an intoxicating cultural cocktail for the traveller.
Off the beaten piste: winter sports in weird locations
Alpine huts, chocolate crêpes, outdoor hot tubs and gallons of glühwein. These things probably spring to mind when you conjure up images of ski or snowboarding resorts.
Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar
A classic trek through Sherpa villages to the base of Mount Everest and Kala Pattar
Best of Burma (Myanmar)
Travel to Burma and discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest folk you’ll ever meet. From golden-gilded Buddha’s in Yangon and the magical temples of Bagan to the tranquillity of Inle Lake, Burma will excite, impress and intrigue you.
Most action-packed jungles
Make like Tarzan and take on one of these truly original rainforest adventures. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Adventures. Battlefield crossing, Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea Hiker on the Kokoda Track. Image by Andrew Peacock / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images.
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Friendly and fun-loving, exotic and tropical, cultured and historic, Thailand beams with a lustrous hue from its gaudy temples and golden beaches to the ever-comforting Thai smile.