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Asia is the largest and most populated continent in the world. It comprises 30% of the Earth’s total land area, or 8.7% of the total surface. It is home to almost four billion people, which accounts to 60% of the total human population. China and India are the two most populous Asian countries, both with more than one billion people as of July 2012.

Located to the north of Asia is the Arctic Ocean, to its south is the Indian Ocean, and to its east is the Pacific Ocean. It is connected to Europe, and is sometimes referred to as the “eastern 80% of Eurasia.”

Asia is divided into five sub-regions. They are Central Asia, which is the nucleus of the continent and includes the countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan; East Asia, which consists of countries like Japan, China, Mongolia, South Korea, and North Korea; North Asia, which consists of the Asian part of Russia; South Asia, which includes Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan; Western Asia, which covers 18 countries including Iraq, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, and Armenia; and Southeast Asia, which is made up of 11 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore.

The continent’s massive size enabled the existence of various diverse regions, cultures, history, and ethnic groups. Asia is home to numerous languages and dialects, and many Asian nations use several native languages. For example, in India, there are over 800 languages used; in Indonesia, they have more than 600; and in the Philippines, there are more than 100 that are natively spoken.

Located to the north of Asia is the Arctic Ocean, to its south is the Indian Ocean, and to its east is the Pacific Ocean. It is connected to Europe, and is sometimes referred to as the “eastern 80% of Eurasia.”

Asia is divided into five sub-regions. They are Central Asia, which is the nucleus of the continent and includes the countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan; East Asia, which consists of countries like Japan, China, Mongolia, South Korea, and North Korea; North Asia, which consists of the Asian part of Russia; South Asia, which includes Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan; Western Asia, which covers 18 countries including Iraq, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, and Armenia; and Southeast Asia, which is made up of 11 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore.

The continent’s massive size enabled the existence of various diverse regions, cultures, history, and ethnic groups. Asia is home to numerous languages and dialects, and many Asian nations use several native languages. For example, in India, there are over 800 languages used; in Indonesia, they have more than 600; and in the Philippines, there are more than 100 that are natively spoken.

Countries & Regions:

Central Asia: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan), Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan), Tajikistan (Tajikistan), Turkmenistan, & Uzbekistan.
East Asia: China (including Hong Kong , Macao and Taiwan ), Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, & Taiwan.
Middle East: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, & Yemen.
The Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, & Sri Lanka.
Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, & Vietnam.
Russia and the Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, & Russia.

Siem Reap, located in northern Cambodia, literally means ‘Siam Defeated’. The place is most famous for its beautiful and well preserved temples as well as Angkor Archeological Park, which is quaint and laid back village that is a pleasant place to visit while visiting the temples. The city offers many other forms of entertainment besides these main attractions, including various restaurants, new hotels and nightclubs.

The most popular places among tourists are the temples of Angkor. Some of the more popular temples include Wat Bo, which is the oldest temples interspersed with glittering new artwork that is a complete mismatch to the

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original Angkor artwork and Wat Preah Prom Rath, a temple with modern grounds with a hint of its five hundred year old history. The architecture of the temple is the theme of the lotus, reflecting the styles of the other

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Little Known Langkawi Malaysia

by WCC on March 5, 2013

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Langkawi, located about thirty kilometers off the coast of northwestern Malaysia, contains a chain of ninety nine islands in the Andaman Sea, five of which appear temporarily during the low tide. The influence of Thai culture and food can be seen in the city from the brief period that it was under Japanese occupation during World War II. Kuah is the Langkawi’s capital as well as its largest town, whereas the largest island in Langkawi is Pulau Langkawi.

2592x1944 Langkawi Sky View Bridge Little Known Langkawi Malaysia

Langkawi features various attractions for various types of tourists including Telaga Tuju Waterfalls, also known as Seven Wells, which gets its name from the seven natural pools that run along its path. Tourists can slide down

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Pattaya Thailand

March 1, 2013

Pattaya, a popular city of Thailand, is southeast of Bangkok, and primarily famous for its wide beaches, attracting family and single visitors alike.  The city offers a wide variety of activities to its visitors, including different land and water sporting opportunities, sightseeing, modern shopping centers, and other leisure activities for all members of the family. […]

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Beautiful Semarang Indonesia

February 28, 2013

Semarang is the capital city of Central Java, which is located in Indonesia. The city itself is located in the Northern part of Central Java. The name of the city is derived from the Javanese words ‘arang’ and ‘asem’, meaning ‘scarce tamarind. Although the city is more of business destination than meant for tourism, it […]

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Tioman Island, Malaysia

February 26, 2013

  Tioman Island is a small island located about thirty Kilometers off the east coast of Malaysia’s peninsula in the South China Sea. The only way to reach the island is by boat. The dragon-like appearance of the island gave birth to a legend about the island itself housing a sleeping dragon princess. That legend […]

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Jakarta Barat Indonesia

February 24, 2013

Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia. Jakarta Barat, also known as West Jakarta, is one of the districts of the city. It is a part of the Old Batavia town and is also home to Glodok, which is the city’s Chinatown. This area offers various areas of interest for tourists including street hawker food, […]

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