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Pakistan
Surrounded by India, China, Afghanistan and Iran, Pakistan is truly a blend of east, west and anything between. The nation itself is only 60 years old, but the history of its land goes back to the dawn of time.
Pakistan: Lahore Badshahi Mosque



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China
It's home to 20% of the world's population, and one of the oldest civilizations. For many years China was closed to the outside world, but now everyone is invited for a look.
China: Qixia Temple in Nanjing

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Laos
Mountaineous and landlocked, change is taking its time to arrive in Laos. It's probably the most laid-back country in Southeast Asia, with the most well-kept culture in the region
Vientiane: Pha That Luang (national symbol of Laos)

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Asia: Diversity Now

It's impossible to summarize Asia in one paragraph, and even defining the borders of this continent is difficult. It covers 30% of the world's land surface, and 60% of the world's current population call it their home. It also houses the highest point in the world (Mt. Everest), as well as its lowest one (the Dead Sea). From ancient monuments in South-East Asia, to desert ruins of the Middle East, to the high-tech mega-cities of East Asia, it offers the full spectrum of both sights and experiences. Scratching just the surface would take a lifetime.
China: Great Wall at Badaling

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Japan: Hiroshima Miyajima Torii Japan: Lost in Translation

Getting to grips with Japan takes a lifetime, and still some more. See mega-cities that will take your breath away, but make sure you don't miss the calm of the countryside and mountains as well. To see it all you are well off with a Japan Rail Pass. A few trips on the shinkansen and you have already gotten your yen's worth. And don't forget your pocket phrasebook! Learning a few words and characters in Japanese will take you a long way.

Iran: Axes, Schmaxes

Iran has gotten a bad reputation over last 25 years, mainly due to its conservative ruling clerics. First-time visitors to Iran are in for a big surprise! The bruteness of the regime is in stark contrast to its friendly population. Persian hospitality is second to none. Other reasons to visit Iran are its amazing historical monuments, and its impressive nature. Iran ranges from the historical cities of the dry south, to the snowcapped Alborz Mountains (known for skiing) and the Mediterranean-like Caspian region of the north. Iran has it all!
Iran: Afif Abad Gardens in Shiraz

Thailand: Beach in Kho Phi Phi Thailand: Land of Smiles

With its tropical climate, exotic culture, amazing food and some of the best beaches in the world, Thailand is a sure competitor on the list of the world's best holiday destinations. It sits in the geographical heart of South-East Asia, and escaping an otherwise hectic world is as easy as leaving its capital Bangkok. Explore its sandy beaches along its (not one but) two coastlines in the south, or the mountainous jungles of the north. Tourism in Thailand has matured over many years, making it an easy destination to explore on your own.

North Korea: Hermit World

North Korea is by far the most closed nation in the world, and not much is known about life inside the Hermit Kingdom. It is surrounded by myths and rumors, many having been created by its government. Even inside the country it is impossible to know where reality ends and fantasy (and lies) begins, a distinction even more difficult to make for the local population who have been isolated from the outside world for over 60 years. A visit to North Korea is a journey like no other, and will for sure leave you with an experience to be long forgotten.
Pyongyang: Kim Il-Sung in bronze on Mansudae (Mansu Hill)

Singapore: Skyline Singapore: Powerhouse

In Singapore work is not just a word, it's a way of life. In just three decades the island-state has grown to become one of the world's most prosperous countries. No wonder some Singaporeans say that size doesn't matter. Singapore is a hot-pot of Chinese, Malays, Indians and farangs (foreigners), all driving the economic locomotive ahead at full speed. Being less than 150 km north of the equator, visitors to Singapore can enjoy sun and heat all year around.



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Malaysia
From dense jungle to paradise islands, to the hustle-and-bustle of its capital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a melting pot of races and cultures, with with diverse natural surroundings to match.
Kuala Lumpur: Petronas Towers

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Sri Lanka
For a country of its size, it packs an astonishing range of attractions. The Arab name for the island has even given English the word serendipity.
Indonesia
By size Java is not Indonesia's biggest island, but with 130 million inhabitants you'll have ample opportunity to meet the smiling Javanese.
United Arab Emirates
The UAE is a crossover between the traditions of the Bedouin lifestyle and the fast pace of the 21st century modern life.
South Korea
It is the quiet neighbor of China and Japan. Even its multi-million cities sometimes make you feel like you've just stepped into a highrise village.

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