• The entire landmass of Asia covers a greater area than the surface of the moon. So no matter where you are heading, keep in mind that it’s only one small step, in one giant land. 
  • With so much room, it’s no surprise that Asia possesses some of the most mind-boggling population figures going around. Asia currently has ¾ of the most populated countries in the world, and is home to more people than North and South America combined.  
  • All those people need somewhere to live, and if current population rates continue, China will have built the equivalent of ten New York sized cities by 2025. That’s 40 billion square metres of floor space in 12 years!
  • We know what you’re thinking. Imagine the traffic jams! But don’t worry - in Asia, an island paradise is never too far away. Despite having the fourth highest population in the world, only 6,000 of Indonesia’s 17,508 islands are inhabited by people. The rest belong to the monkeys (and frogs). 
  • Don’t believe us? When they aren’t relaxing on palm-fringed beaches, Indonesians are busy exporting over 3,000 tons of frog’s legs per year to France.
  • But you don’t have to head to Asia’s beaches to get a bit of much-needed vitamin D. In Mongolia, the sun shines 200 days out of every year!
  • Want to get even further from the beach? Uzbekistan is one of only two ‘doubly landlocked’ countries. No, we didn’t make this term up - it means that not only does Uzbekistan itself not have a coastline, but none of the countries it borders on have one either. It shares this honour with Liechtenstein. 
  • Don’t mind getting a little high (geographically of course)? You’re in luck, as the world’s 10 highest mountains are all located in Asia.  
  • Ever been talked into eating a bit too much?  It’s tradition in Bhutan to refuse food when it’s offered to you by covering your mouth with your hands and saying ‘meshu meshu’. You can accept the food after two of three refusals. 
  • Need somewhere to park your plane? The Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park, Borneo, could easily fit a Boeing 747. 
  • India isn’t normally known for its castles and knights, but the board game chess actually originated there around the 15th century.