Can’t decide whether or not to take that trip to Asia? Are you having so many doubts that you’ve unpacked and packed your bags too many times to count? Well, let me pack your bags for you. Just like the hundreds of North Americans who’ve traveled to Asia and loved it, you’ll end up developing a relationship with it too – how loving will be up to you. But don’t worry. I won’t judge *wink*.
12 Reasons Why North Americans Enjoy Traveling in Asia
In Asia, you can travel for as cheap as $15 per day. And yes, that includes your food, accommodation and even drinks. In super cheap places, that amount will even include your city tour! Beat that!
The landscapes in Asia are breathtakingly diverse from one country to another. The Mekong River in Laos provides an awesome place to watch the sunset. Pai in Thailand has gorgeous mountain ranges. Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines offers the view of a beautiful blue-green lake, hugged by karst mountains in the midst of a horror site. Every scenic view will be worth your time.
Every Asian country has its own different culture. It may be slowly Westernized, like the Philippines, or truly protected like Bhutan and Myanmar. Visit the tribes in each country and you’ll learn a little bit about the people. The Karen women in Thailand wrap gold braces to lengthen their necks. The Khmer people survived a seriously harrowing past. Each new discovery will make you love Asia more.
Feeling lonely? No problem. One smile from these friendly Asians and you’ll feel your problems floating away. Sometimes, they’ll even offer to host you in their houses and feed you for free!
Boracay, Koh Phangan, Bali. These are just some of the places in Asia that offer the most amazing parties. From all night to sunrise full moon parties in Koh Phangan, to gorgeous Bali sunset parties and watching the moon set, drunk and dance-happy at 3am in Boracay, you’ll never find yourself bored. But parties are never complete without booze. Luckily, in Asia, beer can cost as cheap as $0.50 (Siem Reap).
For most of Asia, you can get around easily. Tourism has grown immensely, resulting in the increase of bus lines, boats and low cost airlines flying to various destinations. You can take a train from Singapore to Bangkok. You can take a bus from Vietnam to Thailand. If you have time, take the long trail. If not, low cost airlines in Asia are abundant.
Blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Asia simply glows with the many options you have to catch the sun.
The entire country of Maldives offers clear blue-green waters and white sands.
Palawan in the Philippines is a rising tourist spot and its gorgeous beaches in El Nido are a must see.
Andaman and Goa have beautiful beaches in India. Pulau Tioman in Malaysia has some of the clearest waters in Asia. What more can you ask for?
Scuba Diving And Snorkeling Sites
Beaches are not the only pride and joy of Asia. The marine life is magnificent. With diving spots from Maldives to the Philippines, from Malaysia to Indonesia, you’ll never run out of a new place to go explore the underwater.
Besides, the Tubbataha Reef in Palawan is still one of the biggest and most magnificent reefs in the world. In addition to that, the diving costs are also much cheaper than anywhere else in the world.
Hamburgers may be popular in North America, but you’ll find them a little short in Asia. If you’re open to experiencing delicious, drool-worthy food porn in various cuisines, Asia is the best place to go.
Try Chili crabs in Singapore. Go for Adobo in the Philippines.
The Khmer Red Curry in Cambodia. If you’re a little more adventurous, you can also try scorpion and cockroaches in Thailand, boiled fertilized duck (balut) in the Philippines, snakes and spiders in Cambodia or even a fetus in China.
Hate the cold? Well, most of Asia is at the center of the equator, making it mostly a tropical continent. In Asia, sometimes, the heat is normal at 35 degrees Celsius (95 F.).
There’s just something about ancient sites that make it creepy, but beautiful. Places like the Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Yogyakarta in Indonesia, the Great Wall of China and Hwaseong Fortress in Korea, these ancient sites have been declared as World Heritage Sites and must-see places in Asia.
Most Speak English
Not every country in Asia knows how to speak English. However, there is a huge part of the continent that considers English an important language, especially because tourism is their main livelihood. If they want to get customers, speaking understandable English is a must. Because of this, you won’t have to worry about language barriers – at least, not all the time.
What are you waiting for? Book that flight and start your adventure!
Brenna Bustamante is a lover of travel, learning and culture. In between her full time Internet marketing job she finds herself wandering in South East Asia and her home country, the Philippines. Find out more about Brenna and her travels at The Philippine Travelogue.