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There’s no denying it, the East boasts a plethora of places to discover, each treasuring centuries of rich history, unique traditions, cultures, languages, cuisine, architecture, well, everything. And those who’d like to visit this continent are often confused about which country to go to first. In this piece, we share information about the countries which you can pin on your map to begin your acquaintance with Asia if this part of the world is on your travel plans.

The Kingdom of Thailand

This outstanding kingdom has won over the hearts of thousands of tourists and visitors. In fact, many Europeans tend to spend entire winters there, thus, escaping the cold months back at home. And when it goes down to beach travel, the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Samui Island, and even western Phuket have incredible beaches and high-class resorts for a good rest, especially when coupled with traditional Thai massages and tasty local cuisine.

Thailand proudly carries the achievement of never having been a colony, unlike practically all of its surrounding neighbors, and it is often described as a perfect blend of the old and the new. Both mainland Thailand and the islands offer much to explore, starting from the capital city, Bangkok, which has of recent become one of the most popular destinations in entire Asia, noted for its lively nightlife. As for history and architecture, Thailand’s Si Satchanalai Park as well as hundreds of its incredible temples of red and gold, adorning the entire country, will surely surprise you.

Admirers of nature will love this tropical paradise, the charming traditional Thai boats along the coastlines, and rich wildlife. Moreover, the enormous number of tiny Islands of Phang Nga Bay and its famous bottle-shaped James Bond Island make for an outstanding day trip to surely remember.


A country with 22 official languages, dozens of recognized religions, and a population of more than 1.3 billion people, India is an often chosen destination by globetrotters. The capital of India, New Delhi, sees thousands of travelers who come there every year to marvel at the stunning Taj Mahal. The building and its surrounding territories are among the country’s most recognizable sights, tempting not only with its beauty but also with its story of true love.

Of course, the more traditional, at times “no-name”, layered Hindu temples will leave you with the impression that you’re by something extraterrestrial yet remarkable as such temples have unique shapes and rows of hundreds of colorful statues and flowers. Apart from the capital, those interested in a relaxing beach getaway come to the state of South Goa for a warm stay by the Indian Ocean. Traditional local dances, Himalaya beauty treatments, spicy dishes, and splashes of color just about around every corner, are certainly something you won’t see anywhere else in the world.


The world’s biggest country, located both in Europe and Asia, has recently become one of the most trending travel destinations in the world. People check Russia off their bucket list and choose to explore the most popular cities, including the northern capital, St. Petersburg, famous for its imperial tsars’ architecture, and, of course, dazzling Moscow and it’s mighty Kremlin and Red Square. Of course, the opportunities for sightseeing in Russia are endless as the country boasts numerous historical UNESCO-listed sights and lots to see.

Those travelers who prefer to spice up their trip, set off on more adventurous itineraries, including week-long cruises along the Volga River. Without a doubt, the world’s longest railroad, the Trans-Siberian, is somewhat a cliche for “rail adventure of a lifetime”, crossing Russia from one end to another from Moscow all the way to Vladivostok, and passing one-third of the planet and nine time zones. The highlight of such a trip is indeed time spent in Siberia checking out the deepest lake of our planet, Lake Baikal. Some travelers take a step further and go on Moscow to Beijing train tours which combine the best of the Trans-Siberian route in Russia with an itinerary extension to Mongolia and then further on to China.


A mix of the ancient and the modern, China undoubtedly can’t be left unmentioned when speaking about top unmissable places in Asia. The iconic Great Wall of China, stretching for more than 13 thousand miles, is a definite highlight. The Forbidden City in Beijing is for sure a place not to miss; this imperial palace complex was home to dynasties of Chinese emperors, is a real architectural gem, located within Beijing.

The city of Xian is another reason why many people choose to travel to China. This town houses one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors. This army of figures is more than 2 thousand years old and counts hundreds of figures of soldiers made life-size. The city itself is like an open-air museum with the Big Wild Goose Pagoda being a favored tourist attraction.

South Korea

Last but not least, petite South Korea and its mind-boggling capital, Seoul, are a great point to begin your Asia journey. Although relatively small compared to the other countries that were mentioned earlier in this post, South Korea has much to stun you with.

The country is home to large parks, lovely gardens, mouth-watering cuisine, and numerous one-of-a-kind towns and places, such as the Gyeongbokgung Palace. Among the best and time-saving ways to see the whole country in a quite short time is by taking the high-speed KTX train which provides not only great amenities on board but has record travel times, for example, connecting Seoul to Busan, set on different ends of South Korea, in as little as 2 hours 35 minutes.

Summing up, one thing’s for sure: you won’t be able to see entire Asia in just one trip. And that’s actually the best part about it, as wherever you go, be it Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan or even Singapore, there will always be a reason to set off to Asia once again.

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