Number one in extent, number one in population. The world’s largest continent is also the most populous with approximately 3,8 billion inhabitants, 60% percent of the world’s population. China and India are the dominant countries in the Asian market, but when it comes to vacations the southeast part of the continent is more popular: Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Lately, South Vietnam and Cambodia have emerged as upcoming destinations for restless travelers, while Tokyo in Japan is always a must-go place for people that want to live, even for a few days, in a “Megalopolis”. India on the other hand offers other kind of thrills: busy big cities, curry smell and the sacred river of Ganges. The Great Wall in northern China and the Taj Mahal in northern India are sights you shouldn’t miss.
Asia is home to several language families and many language isolates. Most Asian countries have more than one language that is natively spoken. For instance, according to Ethnologue, more than 600 languages are spoken in Indonesia, more than 800 languages spoken in India, and more than 100 are spoken in the Philippines. China has many languages and dialects in different provinces.
Asia is too massive and diverse to conceptualize as a single digestible travel “destination”. Continue reading