Nepal is a landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia and lies between China and India. Nepal has a diverse topography, including fertile plains and subalpine forested hills. It is home to 8 of the world’s 10 tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. It has more than 70 ethnic groups and more than 60 diﬀerent languages are spoken in diﬀerent parts of Nepal.
South Korea, an East Asian nation on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, shares one of the world’s most heavily militarized borders with North Korea. It’s equally known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, plus its coastal ﬁshing villages, sub-tropical islands and high-tech cities such as Seoul, the capital.
Mongolia, a nation bordered by China and Russia, is known for vast, rugged expanses and nomadic culture. Mongolia’s nomadic culture is famous – visitors can sleep in a ger (traditional felt camps), help round up the sheep, ride horses and simply ‘get back to nature’. Its capital, Ulaanbaatar, centers around Chinggis Khaan (Genghis Khan) Square, named for the notorious founder of the 13th- and 14th-century Mongol Empire.
Hunza Valley is located in northern Pakistan and is surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. A picturesque town where mountain masses meet, it is famous for its beautiful landscapes and hospitable people.
Bhutan on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses or dzongs and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. Besides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring image of the country for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom.
Samarkand is a city in Uzbekistan known for its mosques and mausoleums. It’s located on the Silk Road, the ancient trade route linking China to the Mediterranean.
Mount Kinabalu is a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is located in the East Malaysian state of Sabah and is protected as Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site.
Lebanon, officially the Lebanese Republic, is a sovereign state in Asia. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south.
Bintan Island is part of Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago in the South China Sea. A short boat ride from Singapore, its northern Lagoi area is an upscale resort destination offering championship golf courses, private beaches and extensive water sports.
Batam is a small island in Indonesia’s Riau archipelago in the South China Sea. A short boat ride from Singapore, it’s a free trade zone with multiple busy ports, known for its beaches, raucous nightlife and malls offering duty-free shopping.
Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple.
Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities.
Uzbekistan is a Central Asian nation and former Soviet republic. It’s known for its mosques, mausoleums and other sites linked to the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean.
Taiwan is a small island nation 180km east of China with contemporary cities, hot springs resorts and dramatic mountainous terrain.
Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), a tiny island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean, is a rugged land of rainforest, diverse wildlife and endless beaches.
The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 coral atolls, which are made up of hundreds of islands. It’s known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs.
India is a vast South Asian country with diverse terrain – from Himalayan peaks to Indian Ocean coastline – and history reaching back 5 millennia.
China, a communist nation in East Asia, is the world’s most populous country. Its vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountain ranges, lakes, rivers and 14,500km of coastline.