I’ve spent over a year of my life in Asia. It was the first place I went on my first solo travels in 2010 (I spent 3 months in Malaysia completing a divemaster internship!) and I have been back many times since. 

I love the friendliness of the people, the mix of modern and tradition and the food is absolutely out of this world. Its also incredibly affordable for people travelling from western countries which makes it an ideal choice for first time travellers.

Many first time travellers head to Thailand, a country that has more international tourists than any other in the continent (pre covid). It has cheap accomodation, a backpacker vibe, Buddhist temples galore and beaches that will make your friends jealous.

Japan has a unique culture that has barely changed over hundreds of years as well as being one of the most modern countries in the world. And if you haven’y seen the toilets in Japan, you’re in for a treat!

South Korea and Malaysia remain some of my favourite countries on the planet and I can’t wait to go back to both of them! I’ve already been to Malaysia three times but I feel there is still more to see. 

India, China and Vietnam have incredible food, Timor-Leste is one of the newest countries in the world and Singapore is a dazzling city state that make it a destination in its own right, not just a stopover. 

Click the map below for more on a specific country or see a selection of posts to whet you appetite beneath.