Almost all of Southern Asia is tropic. This, other then being an item for a general knowledge quiz, is extremely important to us as tourist, because Asia’s tropic climate gives us one the continent's most treasured resources: thousand of Kilometres of beautiful, refreshing sandy beaches: Thailand’s Phuket, Vietnam's Non Nuoc, South Korea’s Busan or Sri Lanka's Mount Lavinia are only a few in a list of many hundreds of magical Asian beaches. The underwater riches of The Maldives lure sun worshippers and scuba enthusiasts from around the globe, and Sri Lanka is nicknamed ‘the Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ for its natural beauty and gorgeous beaches.
Foodies follow their five (and some say, six) senses in search of culinary masterpieces like Indonesia’s national rice dish of Nasi Goreng or Thailand’s famous Pad Thai flat rice noodles stir-fried with egg, spices, and meat or shrimp. Vietnam’s delicious noodle soup Pho is made with bones and meat, and served with basil leaves, chili and lime wedges. Indian dishes are an art to themselves, be it the Biryani - done with basmati rice, spices, and meat, fish, eggs or vegetables, or the marinated yoghurt and spices Butter Chicken. Then there’s the ever-popular vegetarian dish Palak (spinach) and Paneer (cottage cheese) in a curry sauce.
Modern Asia is not less beguiling and attractive. Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur and the city of Bangkok, for example, have a proud trading history, dating back to the 15th century and they remain major regional financial and business hubs, as well as centres of the arts, fashion, entertainment, and, need we add, shopping!