With one-third of the world’s land mass and 60% of its people, Asia is beyond big. When it comes to travel destinations in Asia, there are many popular choices. At the top of many travel bucket lists are Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, Nepal, China, and India. However, there are 40 more countries to explore in Asia.
While English is the second most commonly spoken language in Asia, there are hundreds of other languages spoken. So if you plan to visit a travel destination in Asia, check out these tips on overcoming language barriers. Even when you can communicate in English, knowing these few, key phrases in the local language will enhance your experience when you travel abroad.
Fun Fact: China and India are the only countries in the world with more than a billion (yes, with a “b”) people.
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- Everyday Postcard – Muslim Market in Xi’an, China
From the beaches of Goa to the snowy peaks of the Himalaya Mountains, India is full of diversity making it one of the more popular travel destinations in Asia. In addition to its topography, India is also culturally diverse. Its 1.3 billion residents speak more than 150 languages with 22 of them recognized as official languages. Female travel blogger and breast cancer survivor, Bisa, from Myles to Travel has a fantastic photo essay titled The Many Faces of India that beautifully illustrates her travel experiences in India.
Learn more about India via these Everyday Postcards shared by fellow travel bloggers:
- Everyday Postcard – Snake Charmer in New Delhi
- Everyday Postcard – Taj Mahal
- Everyday Postcard – Varanasi, India
The island nation of Japan has more than 18,000 miles of coastline and six different climate zones. The four largest of its more than 6,800 islands make up more than 95% of the country’s landmass. Second in size to Japan’s capital city, Tokyo, Osaka is known as the “nation’s kitchen” due to its historical importance to the rice trade. Today it’s also known for buzzing arcades, flashing canal barges, and larger than life neon billboards.
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- Everyday Postcard – Osaka, Japan
Most recently known for hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea is home to more than 51 million people. The capital city of Seoul, South Korea is one of several popular travel destinations in Asia. Seoul is home to the five grand palaces from the Joseon Dynasty that reigned for more than 500 years.
Learn more about South Korea via these Everyday Postcards shared by fellow travel bloggers:
- Everyday Postcard – Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea
- Everyday Postcard – Chocolate in Seoul
Known for its tropical beaches, Thailand is one of the most popular travel destinations in Asia. Phang Nga Bay lies between Thailand’s mainland and Phuket Island. Female travel blogger, Neha, sent an Everyday Postcard from her day trip by boat to explore the bay’s limestone cliffs and small islands.
Turkey is an interesting travel destination in Asia because it spans two continents. Istanbul, the country’s largest city, straddles Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus Straight. Home to the massive Hagia Sophia church-turned-mosque-turned museum, Istanbul was featured in Dan Brown’s thriller Inferno. Other Turkish sights incorporated into the novel include the Galata Bridge and Basilica Cistern.
Fun Fact: Istanbul was known as Constantinople during the Byzantine period. (And now the They Might Be Giants song is stuck in my head…)