Traveling to Asia
Asia is the largest continent on Earth and is home to dozens of countries. Each are of the region has its own energy and history to experience. With everything Asia has to offer, the real question isn’t, why should you go? It’s why wouldn’t you go?
China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mongolia, South Korea, Taiwan
South East Asia
Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Asia?
Visas are generally required for U.S. passport holders before traveling. Your consultant will advise you on country specific visas and will assist you in obtaining them. Most countries in Southeast Asia (except Vietnam) will allow easy visa-free entry for vacations lasting two-three months.
Photo: East Java, Indonesia
Is Asia Safe?
While no where in the world is 100% safe. On a broad scale, Asia is considered a very safe place to travel. Southeast Asia specifically, is actually one of the safest regions in the world to travel to.
You’ll face little to no physical danger, it’s rare to even get mugged. The majority of the time you will find that people are nice, respectful, and friendly.
The safest places in Asia to visit as a solo traveler is any popular city. Although, don’t let that deter you from visiting some of the more remote areas. You may receive various reactions the further away you venture. As the locals aren’t accustomed to seeing tourists every day.
For the most part, Asia is very safe to travel if you belong to the LGBTQ community. The laws can be a bit confusing and complicated. At the same time, some countries are more tolerant than others.
Taiwan became the first Asian country to pass same-sex marriage laws in May 2019 and is a fantastic country to experience.
For more useful travel advice check out our Trips Tips section. You’ll find useful information designed to save you time, keep you safe, and show you what being a good global citizen looks like.
When is a Good Time to Visit Asia?
The best time to visit Asia will depend on which part of the region you travel to. Asia is large and is subject to different weather patterns. Keep in mind that regardless of the time of year, Northern Asia will typically be cooler in temperature than Southern Asia. The least humid period is typically December – March).
Generally speaking, the Spring (March, April, May, June) and Fall (September, October, November) are great times to visit East Asia.
South East Asia
Southeast Asia lays in the tropics close to the equator, which means it is hot and humid. Seasons are better known by the rainy season (June – October) and dry seasons (November – February). The hottest time of the year lays between February and March. The only exception is that Malaysia and Indonesia’s dry seasons fall from April – October.
South Asia has about 3 seasons; winter, summer, and monsoon. We recommend traveling during their winter months (October – February). This is the driest and coolest time to travel.
Will I Have Trouble With The Language Barrier?
Don’t worry. You’ll find that there is quite a bit of English available in most tourist areas throughout Asia. You may experience a friendly, English-speaking, local who will offer to help you out when you purchase tickets or order food.
There will be a bit more language barriers if you travel to the more remote areas. Most rural areas will speak little to no English. Even then, you’ll find it surprisingly easy to communicate through using hand motions.
Is Asia a Good Place to Travel to With Children?
Absolutely! There’s a lot of emphasis placed on families in Asia, especially kids. Regardless of a difference in language, tourist children and local children tend to get along famously.
Of course, the logistics of traveling with children and getting around can be more chaotic, there are lots of family-friendly towns, beaches, properties throughout Asia.
Each country has its own currency. You don’t have to stock up on cash or pay high exchange fees before traveling, though. If you require cash, ATM’s are widespread throughout Asia so you can get the local currency from the source. You might want contact your bank and order yourself an extra debit card, in case a machine eats one. In some cases, the US dollar carries some weight and there are places that will accept them instead of the local bills.
Do I Tip?
Every culture is different. While tipping is considered a rule and/or an act of generosity in America, Asia does not have the same opinion. Tipping is not traditionally a steadfast part of Asian culture. Though it is becoming more common due to western tourists. Everyone likes to be appreciated.
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