Asia, The Best Travel Destination

By: Brian Bees

If the time has come for your vacation or a holidaygetaway, read this article before making your plans.? There are many places of great beauty andinterest to be seen in the USAand Europe.?But, whether transportation, touring, theme park, or food and lodging,it is expensive.? This article is writtenfor every traveler, whether a backpacker on a budget, or a first class - fivestar traveler.

Travel in Asia isinexpensive and opens the door to different cultural experiences.? Planning can be for a short holiday, anextended stay, or choices of laying the groundwork for the ultimate stay,retirement.? Nowadays, with so manyopportunities to make money using the Internet it is not out of the question to"retire" early.

Medical Tourism in Asiagrowing in popularity.? It is highquality and affordable.? Just one ofInternational standard hospitals in Bangkokserves 400,000 international patients annually,?In the USA cataract surgery for one eye runs around $8,000.?? At a prestigious International hospital in Thailandcataract surgery can be performed on both eyes for around $2,500.? It is possible to have quality medical care,and an Asian holiday, for a fraction of the cost of the same procedure in the USA.

Let us take a tantalizing glimpse at just some of thecountries.

Thailand- Land of Smiles.?Often referred to as the most exotic country in Southeast Asia.? A visit to the Grand Palacein Bangkok forsure.? Trips to a floating market or tothe Bridge on the River Kwai.? Frompristine beaches in the Southern Islands tothe Northern mountains with its waterfalls, elephants bathing in mountainstreams, and Hill Tribe villages.

India -Delhi is one ofthe oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.? India Gate, an imposing structure, hasemerged as one of the most popular tourist spots in Delhi.?The Red Fort Delhi, a masterpiece of architecture, is a popularspot.? A trip to India would not be complete without a visit to Agra, famous as the siteof one of the world's most romantic, graceful and photographed buildings, theTaj Mahal.

Cambodia,Vietnam, Laos - Three small countries neighboring Thailand.? Each opens a different world ofexploration.? Cambodia - the highlight isvisiting Angkor Wat, an architectural masterpiece constructed in the jungle inthe early 12th century.? Vietnam - is a varied country, offering beaches,mountains and hundreds of years of history from the ancient Cham Towersto remnants from the Vietnam War. Laos - savor the crafts, culture andhospitality of Laoswith a river trip, visits to ancient temples, gorgeous palaces, and traditionalvillages.

Nepal- Adventure, travel, trekking, birding, wildlife, and cultural & overlandSafaris.? Take an air flight along theHimalayas and view magnificent Mount Everest.? Nearby, discover the serene beauty of Tibet, thecountry which inspired the Dalai Lama.? .

Indonesia- Jakarta, thecapital city of the world's fourth most-populous nation.? Bali is Indonesia's main holidaydestination.? Floresis a pretty lush green island with forests, palm and banana trees, rice fieldsand many volcanoes.? Highlights are thethree small offshore islands of "Gillis" that invite snorkeling,diving and relaxing.? For hikers, a climbto the top of the volcano Rijani.

Philippines- An island nation comprising over 7,000 islands in the western Pacific Ocean.

Manila,the bustling capital has powerful reminders of the country's past, along withattractive parks, fine museums, and exhilarating nightlife.? The Ifugao Rice Terraces

are a testimony to the early technological advancement ofthe Ifugao people.? Take a jeepney rideto the market.? Be brave, try balut, aPhilippine delicacy.? Go diving in theVisayas.?

Singapore- Shopping on famous Orchard Road,the dream of every woman.? The NightSafari at Singapore Zoo is fabulous.? Chinatown, a little glitzy, but you can buy all thesouvenirs you want there.? Interestingly,one of Singapore's mostbeautiful Hindu temples is smack dab in the middle of Chinatown.? Decide if a Singapore Sling is worth the hypein the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel.?There's more to Singaporethan urban glitz, like rambling in the rain forest of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Japan -Tokyo is thecapital city and home of the Imperial Residence and Emperor's Palace.? Select a popular destination or region in Japan andexplore its attractions.? Ride the BulletTrain to the magnificent city of Kyoto.? Visit Hiroshimaand the Peace Memorial Park.? Castles, temples, gardens, the list of topdestinations in Japanis too long for this article..

Taiwan - Taipei, the country's booming, vibrant capitalremains steeped in Chinese, Japanese and native Taiwanese cultures.? Some of its most impressive sights includethe Grand Hotel, topped by the largest Classical Chinese roof in the world, theShihlin Night Market, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial with the National Theaterand Concert Hall located directly across from each other on the grounds.? A popular day trip is Tailuge (Taroko Gorge),considered one of the natural wonders of the world.?

Hong Kong - the Pearl ofEast and jewel of The Orient.? Nathan Road islined with shops, restaurants, nightspots and cheap places to stay.? If you're in Hong Kong with the little ones,they'll probably appreciate Ocean Park (aquarium), Water World (swimming pools andwater slides), and of course Disneyland.? If you're in Hong Kongfor more than a few days, then there's plenty of outlying islands to discover.

It is often said that for the traveler that has seen itall and done it all, there is still Katmandu, Nepal.? And, that too is in Asia!

If you do not visit Asia,you will be missing not only a paradise of affordable travel, but the chance tosee an alternative living location.? Forretirees, it is luxury living for pennies, not just getting by on theirpension.? Asia,a paradise experience is waiting for you.

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