The Cappadocia region of Turkey has become famous for strange looking rock formations. Yet Cappadocia is more than a quirk of geology, it plays an important cultural role in the early spread of Christianity. And any visit to Cappadocia involves a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum.
The largest continent by both area and population, Asia offers a tremendous diversity of places to see and things to do. There is an incredible history in Asia – from the Imperial dynasties of Japan and China to the mystic cultures of the Central Asian countries. Many of the great food cultures are located here: sushi and sashimi in Japan, momo dumplings in Nepal, pho in Vietnam and the bold curry dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh. If there’s something good to eat in the world, chances are good at least part of it can trace its roots back to this massive stretch of land.
For travelers there is so much to do here. Active travelers and adventure seekers can find thrills in the high Himalayas of Nepal and Bhutan, including mountain monasteries and trekking around Annapurna. Skiers should seek out the slopes of Japan. Scuba divers will be treated to amazing diving in Okinawa and Thailand. Intrepid travelers looking to get off the map have incredible opportunities to explore the stans: Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. And foodies will be delighted by the street food in Singapore. There’s a lot to explore in Asia.
Dubai has a reputation as a modern, cosmopolitan city. In Dubai, bigger is better: world’s tallest building, world’s largest mall, etc. However, in Bur Dubai and along the banks of the Dubai Creek, you hear the echoes of the old Dubai. In the heart of this area, we encountered the Dubai Gold Souk and knew we’d stumbled on some something truly special.
The northern coast of the Arabian Peninsula is populated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the nation of Oman. Oman was largely isolated form the world until the 1970s, so it still retains much of the charm that other countries in the region lack. Travelers who come to Dubai are often looking for a more authentic travel experience, which Muscat provides. Here is our ultimate guide to the Mwasalat Dubai to Muscat bus.