Asia Travel Tips – (Ultimate Guide) to Traveling in Asia
ASIA TRAVEL TIPS
After more than 15 years of traveling and living in Asia, I am definitely an expert in travelling in Asia. I have travelled extensively in Asia, mainly in India and is fully qualified to give you some Asia travel tips.
But I have been to only 5 Asian countries. I have had countless trips to Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines cancelled due to various reasons. I used to call it my Asian jinx and I definitely plan to travel to Asia more in the coming years.
These Asia travel tips are great for anyone planning their first trip to Asia and you can find all my Asia travel blogs here.
ASIA TRAVEL GUIDE
Even though my posts about India are few, these are some of my favourite posts when it comes to traveling in Asia. I have written many posts about Bangalore which is where I live. This personal one about the Bangalore itinerary has been a favorite of everyone. Also, my Malaysia visa for Indians is one of the most-read pieces on my blog and is a must as being a part of your Asia travel advice. Another post about how Indian travel is different has also been a really popular post. Hopefully, this travel guide for Asia will make your first time visiting Asia a breeze. You can find a ton of travel tips for Asia below.
SOME COOL TRAVEL TIPS FOR ASIA
After spending almost half my lifetime traveling all over India, I have still not managed to scratch even a surface. So multiply that by 50 and you can try to understand how big Asia is. Instead I have been to the same places in India /Asia multiple times and I still love to include that in my Asia itinerary
Unfortunately, different countries have different visa rules for Indians. Some like Thailand give visa on arrival for Indians while some like Malaysia have eNtri visa while some like Nepal don’t require visas while some like UAE give you visa on arrival if you have a valid US visa or Schengen visa. There are some countries who have complicated procedures like Israel visa for Indians.
South-East Asia and India are two popular choices when it comes to both western tourists as well as local tourists. But Asia is so much more than that. For e.g, for me Israel quickly became a favorite after one visit.
Again, it varies from country to country. Many countries in South Asia have a tropical climate throughout the year. But there are many countries including India where some parts receive a good amount of snow every year. Choose appropriate luggage based on where you want to visit in Asia.
That is the beauty of Asia. There are so many places in Asia where you can spend less than 10$ a day and still have a comfortable travel time. On the other end, there are many luxury experiences in Asia which can cost a bomb. But backpacking in Asia for a gap year after college has been popular with many students from Western countries.
Lots of people do the mistake of enlisting the help of travel agencies to do their Asian trip planning. Even though there are advantages to this, it can get expensive. But if you don’t like planning your own Asia trip, this is a comfortable option.
This is different in different countries. Again most cities in Asia are well connected by public transportation. However, if you are visiting some remote parts of India or in Asia, public transportation may be negligible.
Most international operators fly daily to Asia from major US and European cities. I prefer Emirates and Lufthansa. Cathay Pacific and Singapore airlines are also a favorite when it comes to traveling to Asia.
If you take the example of tropical places like South East Asia or India, summer is not a good time to visit. Monsoon in some parts of India like Kerala are a delight but you may find it difficult to visit some parts of Asia during Monsoon time. Anytime between October and March is ideal for most parts of Asia if you are a beach baby like me.
Most visitors to India do not require an additional driving license but it can be chaotic to drive in India for most first-timers to Asia. In Thailand, Malaysia and Israel, I did not require an IDP to drive. However, UAE is very strict when it comes to driving and you may find it difficult to drive there without an IDP. I have been there at least 50+ times (my sister lives there) and I haven’t driven till date even once.
Some countries do have this rule. But thankfully many do not have this issue.
You can choose different types of accommodation styles. I have done it all from staying in a 10-bed hostel dorm room to some of the most luxurious stays in Asia. I also stay in a lot of luxury hotels when I am traveling within Asia.
You can travel between various places in South East Asia by bus. But you need to catch a flight f you want to travel between most cities in Asia.
MORE TRAVEL TIPS TO ASIA
Some easy guides for reference if you are traveling to Malaysia, Israel or UAE within Asia. The Indian visa for other passport holders can get quite complicated sometimes and you need to do a lot of paper work.
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