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Asia

Asia is the world’s largest and most populated continent. Since the 1700s, the border between Europe and Asia generally considered to go through the Ural Mountains, Ural River, Caspian Sea, Caucasus, Black Sea, Bosporus, the Sea of Marmara and the Dardanelles. The border between Asia and Africa is normally considered to be the Suez Isthmus and the Red Sea. About 60% of the world’s population lives in Asia, of which only about 2% live in the north and the innermost part, ie, Siberia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Qinghai, western Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

Countries

This is the place to experience the rhythm of rural life and timeless landscapes of dazzling rice paddies and swaying sugar palms. The South Coast is fringed by tropical islands, with just a handful of beach huts in sight. Inland from the coast stretch the Cardamom Mountains, part of a vast tropical wilderness that provides a home to elusive wildlife and is the gateway to emerging ecotourism adventures. The mighty Mekong River cuts through the country and is home to some of the region’s last remaining freshwater dolphins. The northeast is a world unto itself, its wild and mountainous landscapes a home for Cambodia’s ethnic minorities and an abundance of natural attractions. Despite having the eighth wonder of the world in its backyard, Cambodia’s real treasure is its people. The Khmers have been to hell and back, struggling through years of bloodshed, poverty and political instability. Thanks to an unbreakable spirit and infectious optimism, they have prevailed with their smiles intact. No visitor comes away without a measure of admiration and affection for the inhabitants of this enigmatic kingdom.

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Quick facts: Cambodia

Continent
Asia
Population
Approx. 14 million
Capital
Phnom Penh
Currency
Riel (KHR)
Visa required
Yes, at arrival
Time zone
UTC+7
Country calling code
+855
Languages
Khmer

Antique yet up-to-the-minute, familiar yet unrecognisable, outwardly urban but quintessentially rural, conservative yet path-breaking, space-age but old-fashioned, China is a land of mesmerizing and eye-opening contradictions. China is the world’s fourth largest country by surface area with more than one billion inhabitants. It holds everything from ancient traditions and world famous structures, to a society and economy that is growing at a light speed. Here you can find a mixture of skyscrapers and sheds made of corrugated iron, both connected with never-ending crowds of people on bicycles.

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Quick facts: China

Continent
Asia
Population
Approx. 1.3 billion
Capital
Beijing
Currency
Yuan (CNY)
Visa required
Yes
Time zone
UTC +8
Country calling code
+86
Languages
Mandarin

In terms of population, India is the largest country in the world after China. It is a country where all world religions have been represented for centuries, but Hinduism is by far the largest, making Hindi the official language of India (together with English), as approximately 80% of its people are Hindu. India, known as the world’s largest democracy, gained independence from Britain in 1947, yet despite this still have many old British touches in their culture and country even today. India boasts incredible natural wonders and wildlife, with beautiful varieties of birds and other animals not found anywhere else. In the north are the Himalayas, a well-known mountain range, while in the south beautiful beaches stretch for miles. In the north-west are deserts probably unlike any you have seen before, that you can explore by camel. India is an extremely colourful country, in people, culture, food and scenery. India is also unique in that it has 6 seasons with the additional, summer monsoon and winter monsoon.

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Quick facts: India

Continent
Asia
Population
Approx. 1.2 billion
Capital
New Delhi
Currency
Indian rupee (INR)
Visa required
Yes
Time zone
UTC +5.30
Country calling code
+91
Languages
Hindi, tamil, english etc.

In south-east Asia the fascinating island kingdom of Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 large and small islands of which only 6,000 are inhabited. The landscape is magnificent with its beautiful volcanic scenery, snow white beaches and tropical jungles to its snow-capped peaks of West Papua. Indonesia has the world’s second largest rainforest with unique flora and fauna, including the amazing primates, the Orang-utans. This country can be described as one of great diversity, where the people, customs and practices vary considerably in each and every province, making each state feel like you are traveling to a new country. Indonesia has 215 million people inhabiting its islands – from more than 200 ethnic groups!

Rainforest devastation is a big threat to all the animals and plants in Indonesia, with over 140 species under threat of extinction. With the rise in illegal trade of rare species, the situation has worsened. Several areas have been established as nature reserves under the UNESCO to try and lessen the plight of many of Indonesia’s animals.

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Quick facts: Indonesia

Continent
Asia
Population
Approx. 238 million
Capital
Jakarta
Currency
Rupiah (IDR)
Visa required
Yes
Time zone
UTC+7 to UTC+9
Country calling code
+62
Languages
Indonesian

Malaysia

Malaysia is like two countries in one. It’s the Malaysian peninsula, squeezed in between Thailand and Singapore, but also the Malaysian part of the island Borneo. While the peninsula flaunts with thriving cities, colonial architecture, foggy tea plantations and quite islands, Malaysian Borneo parades with a wild jungle and spectacular diving.
In Malaysia you will find everything from shining skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, to traditional longhouses in Sarawak.
Even though there is a lot of people living in a not so big country, there is huge areas with rampant jungle and mountain regions where few people live. About 85% of the population lives at the Malaysian peninsula.

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Quick facts: Malaysia

Continent
Asia
Population
Kuala Lumpur
Capital
1,6 billion
Currency
Ringgit (MYR)
Visa required
Check with the embassy regarding your citizenship
Traffic
Left hand side
Languages
Malay

Situated between the Indus Valley plains and the Himalayan mountain ranges, you will find the little spiritual kingdom of Nepal. The country is one of the poorest, but the generosity, warmth and joy of the Nepalese people is what touches your heart. In Nepal, there are plenty of cultural treasures, ancient temples and some of the best hiking trails. The country has an amazing landscape with a tropical jungle in the south and the Himalayas in the north, including Mount Everest – the highest mountain in the world.

The capital Kathmandu is in itself a minor miracle – an almost medieval town surrounded by fascinating mountains. The city fascinates people with its charm, temples, cobbled streets, bustling markets, amazing scenery and a pleasant climate. It is the political, as well as cultural capital of Nepal.

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Quick facts: Nepal

Continent
Asia
Population
Approx 29 milllion
Capital
Kathmandu
Currency
Rupee (NRs)
Visa required
Yes, at arrival
Time zone
UTC+5:45
Country calling code
+977
Languages
Nepali

Sri Lanka or Ceylon is an island nation situated just south of India on the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka is also called the pearl of the Indian Ocean and is one of the world’s largest tea producers. Emerald green tropical forests, aqua blue seas and white sparkling beaches are just some of the things that Sri Lanka is known for. This beautiful landscape together with the rich and colourful culture and culinary characteristics make Sri Lanka a great country to visit.

The Portuguese discovered the country in the 1500’s, colonizing the island. The British took over in the 1700’s until 1948, where it became an independent state. During the first decade as a free nation, tensions increased between the country’s two main ethnic groups: the Sinhalese and the Tamil. In 1972, the country became a republic under the name of Sri Lanka. After continued clashes between the two ethnic groups, war ended in 2009 where the Tamil were defeated. Since then the situation has returned to being peaceful, with most of the refugees returning home and the country was able to become prosperous again.

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Quick facts: Sri Lanka

Continent
Asia
Population
Approx. 20 million
Capital
Colombo
Currency
Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Visa required
Yes
Time zone
UTC+5:30
Country calling code
+94
Languages
Sinhala, tamil och engelska

Friendly and fun-loving, exotic and tropical, cultured and historic; Thailand beams with a lustrous hue from its gaudy temples and golden beaches, to the ever-comforting Thai smile. Beyond the beaches, there is a fascinating country with a great culture and tremendous hospitality. The celestial world is a close confidant in this Buddhist nation, where religious devotion is a colourful and ubiquitous spectacle. Gleaming temples and golden Buddha’s frame both the rural and modern landscape with exuberance. With Thailand’s exotic beaches and tropical forests there is no time for being bored, with too much to explore and discover.

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Quick facts: Thailand

Continent
Asia
Population
Approx. 67 million
Capital
Bangkok
Currency
Baht (THB)
Time zone
UTC+7
Country calling code
+66
Languages
Thai

Vietnam is a country filled with life. The country has around 7million visitors per year and no matter what you are looking for, you will find it here. Vietnam has a unique culture, the Vietnamese cuisine that is loved all over the world, waterfalls, rainforest, beaches and much more.

The country is located in Southeast Asia. It is only a country with a total area of 332,698 km2, but what it offers is so much.
A trip to Vietnam will be a good memory for life!

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Quick facts: Vietnam

Continent
Asia
Population
90,7 million
Capital
Hanoi
Currency
Dong
Visa required
Yes, if you are staying longer than 15 days
Country calling code
84
Languages
Vietnamese