There are some interesting facts when it comes to planning Asia vacations. In the west, we know Asia as “the Mysterious East.” Indeed, all of the world’s great religions have originated somewhere in the realm of Asia.

A visitor from the west soon realizes that the cultural antecedents so familiar from Europe’s origins are absent here, and the resulting confluence of sights and sounds wash over the mind like a dream.

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  • Geography: Complex, comprising dozens of countries, multiple sub-regions and islands.
  • Economy: The strongest economies include China, Japan, India, Indonesia, and South Korea.
  • Language: Asian languages and dialects number in the hundreds.

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The continent’s borders shift as we contemplate both geography and geopolitics. From the Black Sea in the west to China and Japan in the far east, Asia holds one wonder after the next to experience and see.

Its highest point is Mount Everest, rising 8,848 meters (29,028 feet) above sea level. The continent’s lowest point is the Dead Sea, the surface of which is approximately 400 m (1,312 feet) below sea level. Asia’s longest river is China’s four-thousand-mile Yangtze.

Within Asia’s borders is the vast Caspian Sea, surrounded by several central Asian nations. The sub-continent of India, the vast nation of China, and the smaller industrial powers of Japan, South Korea, and Thailand all figure into the amazingly complex matrix that is Asia.

Be prepared for sacred temples, feats of architecture, and wondrous sights, smells, and sounds culminating from the centuries that have gone before. Your Travel Insider is the first person you should consult to be sure it is an unforgettable delight throughout.

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