According to the US department of commerce, the US outbound market in 2011 was about 55 million, with Asia receiving around 4 million visitors.
Asia is located in the eastern and northern hemisphere covering 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area. It covers 30% of the land area on earth and consists approximately 4.3 billion people.
Asia continent also has the Suez Canal and the Ural Mountains, and south of the Caucasus Mountains (or the Kuma-Manych Depression) and the Caspian and Black Seas.
The continent has on the east side Pacific Ocean, on the south by Indian Ocean and Arctic Ocean in the north.
There are many countries in Asia that are renowned worldwide as top tourist destinations.
Travel Health Insurance
While health care has improved in most Asian cities, it is still not comparable to the United States.
Quality health care in some Asian countries are as expensive as in the US, and should not be ignored.
The US Department of State strongly advices Americans to confirm with their domestic insurance provider before starting their journey to confirm whether their current policy provides cover in Asia.
Medicare coverage is nominal outside the US and does not provide cover for hospital or medical costs while in Asian countries.
If your domestic insurance coverage is not satisfactory it is strongly recommended that you buy Travel Health insurance.
Along with the cost of health care itself, it is very helpful to have a professional organization make informed decisions during any unexpected medical conditions while in a far-away location.
Tips for US citizens Visiting Asia
The conditions for the US citizens entering Asia could be varying from region to region. Most of the Asian countries allow fairly easy visa or visa upon arrival for those who are staying from 2 weeks to 3 months. (Vietnam requires US passport holders to get prior visa from the consulate).
Check whether your cellphone provider has international roaming facility in Asia. Or it is easy to buy GSM sim cards and use it to make international calls from Asia.
Pack right clothing for your Asia visit. Loose cotton clothing clothes will do for the most of Asian countries. While visiting temples, church and mosques you consider wearing clothes covering your shoulder and legs.
Take necessary precautions against bird flu or H1N. While visiting the affected countries take necessary precautions to avoid chances of catching bird flu.
Travel health insurance coverage is one of the important tool that could come to your rescue in case of a medical emergency. Travel to Asia insured with a proper insurance coverage.
Do prior reservation of rooms at hotel/resort as per your travel dates.
Popular destinations in Asia
India is an extremely interesting country for tourists. Given its immense diversity both in natural beauty ranging from beautiful beaches, desert landscapes, lush tropical forests and icy Himalayan mountains as well as with its man-made traditions be it religious, linguistic, cultural diversity or culinary, visiting India is like seeing several countries at once. People visiting India would be aware of Taj Mahal, Lotus Temple, India Gate and other few places to visit. There are however myriad more lesser known but as interesting tourist attractions such as Hampi, Goa, Madurai, Kerala, Karnataka, Amritsar, Jaipur, Rajasthan... The itinerary can be planned by distinguishing places as religious, historical and adventure. There are much more things to do in India like camel trekking in the deserts, elephant rides..
American travelers coming to China can visit many places and experience the rich history of the country. Some of the most visited destinations in China are The Great Wall, The Terracotta Warriors in Xian, Karst Mountains in Yangshuo, Hangzhou, Potala Palace in Lhasa, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau...
Visit Malaysia and explore some of the beautiful sight seeing places and do activities to refresh yourself. Some of the places you can visit in Malaysia are Sandakan, Langkawi Mangrove Forest, Island Paradise, Kuala Selangor Fireflies Phenomena, Kiulu River White Water Rafting...
While at Thailand you can visit places like Hua Hin, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Bangkok... Plan your itinerary well so that you can cover most of these places.
Visit place like Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath, Dakshinkali, Boudanath, Swayambhunath, Nagarkot, Patan... and spend a nice holidays in Nepal.