The boundaries of Asia are rather vague, but it is roughly the land east of Europe, and north and east of Africa. Asia is the largest and most populous continent, covering almost 25% of the world's land area. and having more than half of the world's population, nearly 60% in fact. The border of Europe and Asia is especially vague, as much of Eastern Europe could be considered Western Asia, and vice versa. Asia also includes the islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Although parts of the Middle East lie in Asia, it is significant enough that it has its own exclusive section here.
Brief Travel Highlights
Some of the most recognized travel destinations in Asia are China, Japan, Thailand, India, and Indonesia. Asia has much to offer, and if you include all the countries, you can find almost everything. The mountains in and around Nepal, beaches and cheap island living in southeast Asia, or one of many other areas and cultures that exist there.
Asia has was in the news in December 2004 because of the earthquake and tsunami which caused massive destruction and took over 100,000 lives, originating in the India Ocean, 100 miles off the western shores of Indonesia.