Asia

Asia. Rice. Poverty. Slit-eyed people. Prostitution. Corrupt police. Bamboo.

For a long time, this enumeration of words was how I viewed Asia, therefore not having ever had the slightest interest in visiting the continent. Obviously, this view was, stupid, dumb and ignorant. While living in Australia, I heard many people who would fly to South-East Asia for their holidays, it being one of the closest destinations to Australia, with a very cheap cost of living.

Knowledge provoked my curiousity, photos opened my eyes and even back in Europe I started speaking to more and more people who had been travelling in Asia and loved it.

Khmer (Cambodian) child at Angkor Wat

Khmer (Cambodian) child at Angkor Wat

About two years later, there I was… ready to board a plane to Bangkok and moving onward to Cambodia from there. The enthousiasm of my Australian friends had been legit, I have not for a second been disappointed. What I found in the short time in Asia were many slit-eyed people; the friendliest people you could ever imagine, or that I have ever met at least, temples and religion; this goes hand in hand with meditation as Buddhism is the main religion, rice; and a lot of it, poverty; but still everybody seemed happier than the average Westerner, different alphabets; none of which I could slightly decipher,  bamboo; in the middle of a beautiful jungle, surrounded by breathtaking waterfalls, history; a shocking and recent one & corrupt police; pretty much anything is legal, as long as you have a few dollars in your pocket. The only thing negative was the prostitution, undeniably related the human trafficking that I, as I realised afterwards, have involuntarily supported by seeing one of the ping-pong shows that I now regret going to. More about this will follow on the Bangkok page.

For more stories about the Asian countries that I have had the privilege of visiting and having my eyes opened concerning the beauty of this continent, check out the overview below!

Asia

Countries in Asia (03/50)
*bold, underlinded, italic countries I have visited
*linked countries have got their own page already
*countries in brackets are transcontinental states. Partly in Europe, partly in Asia

Afghanistan
Armenia
(Azerbaijan)
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
China
Cyprus
(Georgia)
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Japan
Jordan
(Kazakhstan)
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar (Burma)
Nepal
North Korea
Oman
Pakistan
Palestine
Philippines
Qatar
(Russia)
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
(Turkey)
Turkmenistan
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yemen


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