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To tell you everything about just a tiny percentage of Asia would take a lifetime. The largest continent on earth – both in terms of size and population – is full to bursting with gap year experiences, just waiting to be found by the most intrepid of explorers. From ice-cold mountains through to hot and humid rainforests, there’s a place for everyone in this giant landmass. All it takes is a couple of clicks, and you could be on your way to discovering it!

With the giant expanses of Russia to the north, down through the world superpower that is China, and finishing in the hot southern countries of India, Thailand and Vietnam (to name just a few), a journey through Asia can be anything you make of it. Even if you travelled for every day, for the rest of your life, you’d only scratch the surface of some of the amazing sights and experiences here. If you want a bit of a head-start though, here’s some of the continent’s real highlights…

  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Taj Mahal, in Agra
  • Bangkok’s bustling markets
  • Getting a glimpse of the Himalayas
  • Surfing in the pristine waters of the Philippines
  • Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • The beautiful, sandy beaches of Bali

Of course, we could write a list as long as our arm on things to do in all the countries in Asia, but we just don’t have the space! Why not let us know your favourite places on this amazing continent though?

What else is there to say about a gap year in Asia? Well, when it comes to cost, it can offer some of the cheapest gap years around. Of course, places like Japan do require a little extra in the wallet, but visiting India, Thailand or Vietnam is perfect for those on a small budget. And just because the food only costs a tiny amount, it doesn’t mean it’s bad – pad thai from a street vendor in Bangkok will be one of the best things you eat during your time away!

Once you are finished in Asia, Australia is just a short hop away. Or, if you prefer, you could head west and start making your way into Europe. Wherever you go though, you’ll never forget the time you spent in Asia

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