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.
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!
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
United Arab Emirates