Solo Travel in Asia
Asia is the largest continent and is divided into several regions from the Stans in Central Asia to Indonesia in the South. Buddhist culture and temples can be found all over South East Asia and this region is by far the cheapest and easiest for solo travel in Asia.
Only recently opened to tourism, Burma is one of the world’s best kept secrets. A relatively undiscovered country drenched in rich Buddhist culture, Burma forms part of the Golden Triangle and borders Thailand. Islands surrounded by limestone karst, made famous by the movie The Beach have a party atmosphere which will satisfy the hardest clubber in Thailand. If it’s tranquility that you need, head to the lesser known islands south of Bangkok.
Head north to the land of Genghis Khan and get a taste of nomadic life in Outer Mongolia or experience real Chinese cuisine, tranquil gardens and majestical landscapes along the Yangtze River in China. Trek along the Great Wall, see the Terracotta Army or just get back to nature at Tiger Leaping Gorge. Enjoy the nightlife of South Korea, the buzz of Tokyo and the many islands of the Philippines.
Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon is an oasis of calm with rivers, forests and monasteries dotted throughout the tiny country. Here you can find the magnificent Himalayan mountain range that runs along Bhutan, India, Nepal and Tibet. Once a former residence of the Dalai Lama, Tibet shares the World’s tallest mountain; Mount Everest with its neighbour Nepal, a country famed for trekking. Many people come to India to experience its diverse world of colour, spices and spirituality and for many it is a life changing experience. Whether it’s spotting tigers in the wild or practicing yoga at an ashram, India is a delight to all the senses. Just south in the Indian Ocean is the island of Sri Lanka, a country of tea plantations, elephants and untouched beauty.
Kazakhstan is the largest of the Central Asian states and is relatively poor and underdeveloped but is home to welcoming locals, tasty cuisine and the oldest nature reserve. Hike in Kyrgyzstan or explore dinosaur prints in Turkmenistan, in some of the other ‘Stans.'
There are so many places to see that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Visit Cambodia for Angkor Wat, Vietnam for Halong Bay, Laos for Vang Vieng, marvel at the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, visit orangutans in Borneo and take a river cruise in Singapore. Asia is a melting pot of cultures and travelling solo in Asia will definitely leave you wanting more.