Asia Map: Asia, the continent east of Europe, west of the Pacific Ocean and the north of the Indian Ocean. Note that geographically the ‘Middle East’ is actually West Asia and so are large parts of Russia.
Asia is the largest and most heavily populated continent on Earth, that’s 4 billion folks ( 60% of the planet’s people), many of them embedded in fantastic landscapes, strange housing, kaleidoscopic traditions and living off bizarre foods.
China is the biggest Asian country with a population rapidly approaching 1. 4 billion and a distinct possibility that they will be the world’s greatest super power in the not-too-distant future, though India and its 1 billion people beg to differ. They and their technological prowess are advancing rapidly in this new world of IT and out-sourcing.
We at Bugbog have visited all of these Asian countries and feel like forcing our opinions on you, the helpless reader, about the most interesting places we’ve seen in Asia. Unfortunately, as it happens, some of these countries are less safe than they were a few years ago so don’t just jump on the nearest plane. Some research is worthwhile.
Also, it should be mentioned that we happen to like experiencing bizarre cultures and customs, not lying senseless on a beach, so Papua New Guinea, West Papua’s Baliem Valley (Indonesia), Myanmar, Yemen, and Nepal fit the bill perfectly for us, at the time. Yemen is definitely off the safe visit list now thanks to military intervention by Saudi Arabia, while PNG men, always ready for a fight, have become erratic and unpredictable in their ways of late – tho’ to tell the truth we did have a little threatening axe waving during our trip there. However, if you’re keen on bizarre lifestyles check on the current situation with a travel agent.