A Step Closer to Paradise – A Trip to Asia

Have you ever though about escaping from your daily, boring routine and diving into a fresh new world that you have never experienced before? Did it ever cross your mind that just a few hundred (heh, thousands probably!) miles away you could find the most exotic and colorful bazaar of people, religions and nature? Well, I bet you have thought about that but in most cases your mind would have fantasized about exotic beaches like Miami or the Caribbean isles. Not bad, not at all! However, I have something better to propose, Asia. Yes, if you are seeking for a brand new, shockingly different experience then Asia is the place to go!

Asia is the mother of countless religions, cultures, stories and myths. Each country in Asia has its very unique living style and customs; experiences you might never have if you never leave the boarders of the western world. You should bear in mind that there are lots of countries that you could visit while roaming around Asia. You could be in the most hi-tech country of the world, Japan or you could go to virgin exotic places, never touched by the human kind such as Singapore, Thailand and Laos. Of course, you shouldn’t miss Asia’s big sons, China and India! Sri Lanka is a really good destination if you need to concentrate inside yourself and possibly test your limits.

If you are a fan of sight seeing then you should spend some time in Bangkok and Singapore. You just can’t imagine how beautiful those places are! Apart from sight seeing, you could pay a visit to the Crocodile farm or to one of the Bangkok’s Zoos; you could visit the Thai Human Imagery museum or you could simply relax yourself in spas. In case you are seeking for adventure you could always take a night safari in Singapore and watch all wild animals in action! Of course, there are countless other interesting things to do but wouldn’t it be cooler if you discovered them by yourself?

Central Asia: Investing in the New Frontier

Investing in emerging markets has been a popular business choice for years now, with a different part of the world being dubbed a veritable ‘goldmine’ for foreign investors year on year.

But how do you ensure that your investment is well placed? Of course, there are never any guarantees, but doing your homework and making decisions based on facts and statistics, as opposed to a hunch, is a very good start.

This type of informed investment decision is why Central Asia is such an attractive opportunity for the frontier investor. Experts are convinced that the untapped markets of this region are ripe for investment, but it’s not just their opinions that are impressive – the statistics are too. Of all the emerging markets on the planet, Central Asia is a foreign investor’s dream and everything written about the area, and the studies already undertaken, reiterate this notion.

Take the region’s financial system, for example – this part of the world boasts some of this century’s fastest-growing economies and combined with staggering reserves of natural resources, it’s no wonder foreign investors are falling over themselves to get a piece of the action. There are three reasons why Central Asia’s capital markets are perfect for investment.

· They’re under developed

· They’re under researched

· They’re low cost

The area is underdeveloped when compared to other emerging markets, meaning investors can build a legacy in an area of relative infancy. Apart from the research quoted in this article, there has been very little digging done into the potential for investment in Central Asia. This means that in investment terms, it’s one of the globe’s best-kept secrets. Finally, the area still boasts inexpensive resources and therefore any investment project can be completed while being easy on your pocket.

When it comes to property, the mantra is ‘location, location, location’ and it could be said that investment is no different. The central part of Asia enjoys a strategic position between two phenomenally large economies in China and India. As these grow, so will the demand for Central Asia’s natural resources – and with that follows unique investment opportunities. 1.2 billion people live in India, while China has a population of 1.3 billion. India is the fifth largest oil importer in the world, while China is the third and they boast $4.1 and $10.1 trillion GDPs respectively, meaning the area has two significant markets next door.

Central Asia is packed with countries that are perfect for foreign investors and the area represents a significant opportunity for those with the funds. Turkmenistan, for example, has discovered gas fields with the ability to supply the UK for at least 20 years, Kazakhstan boasts 99 of the Periodic Table’s 110 elements in mined and mineable reserves, and Uzbekistan holds the fourth largest reserves of gold in the world.

Central Asia is an investment based on fact not fiction, statistics not sixth sense and potential not promises. With its significant natural resources, new markets and economic growth, now is the time to invest in this profitable region- can you really afford to miss this opportunity?

Best Airports in Asia Pacific

There’s an old saying that goes something like, “If it looks like an airport, and sounds like an airport, it’s an airport.” In other words, a house is a house, a car a car, and so on.

But this simply can’t be the case when it comes to something as essential to travel as an airport. Hours, or even days of sitting around waiting for the next flight out of a city can be made more than bearable with the right set up.

Take your comfort, for example. What are some things a good airport needs to make you absolutely comfortable? Because good airport management knows that when a traveler is hungry and can find some food, he or she may come back. But if that food is really delicious, then their return is guaranteed.

Flying halfway around the world is something one should avoid unless necessary. The jet lag alone will make you majorly unhappy if the culture shock doesn’t get you first. But if you do find yourself on the opposite side of the globe at 3:15 a.m. New York City time. Look around you. It’s a little after three in the morning and the sun’s been out all day! Are you enjoying yourself yet?

But, when you look around the airport and actually find yourself looking forward to the next few hours of waiting, you know you’re in one of the good ones. Depending on where you travel in Asia, you will probably stop in at least one of these airports at some point. For the record, they are the very best Asia has to offer.

o Incheon (ICN)

It’s no secret that Incheon is the best. In fact, it’s probably the most agreed upon choice for favorite airport by frequent flyers to Asia.

o Singapore (SIN)

The airport in Singapore relies heavily on the hospitality of the men and women who work there. Everyone from those selling souvenirs to the guy cleaning the bathroom is held to the highest level of excellence. They demand it from their employees because they know the traveler demands excellence as from.

o Hong Kong (HKG)

Hong Kong International Airport is the 14th highest ranked airport in the world. It’s known for its efficiency both in arrival times and departures, and delivering the right luggage at the right baggage claim. That’s a big deal when time counts and you need your bags right away.

o Central Japan (NGO)

Being number 3 in the world isn’t as good as being number 1 or 3. But it is better than being number 4; and infinitely better than number 2024 in the world. Central Japan International Airport was constructed on the Bay of Ise. Its location, surroundings, and the actual 5-star restaurants within the concourse make this a standout.

o Taipei (TPE)

The international Taipei Airport of Taiwan Taoyuan is located, naturally, in Taiwan. It features both modernity and a touch of old-world charm with shops and restaurants located in the terminals and concourse.

When you travel overseas you know it’s going to be one mad rush to make sure you get to the gate on time; there isn’t much time to hang around and enjoy the surroundings. However, when you have to be in an airport, its nice being in one that you feel comfortable in. When you enjoy yourself you don’t feel the tedious boredom of waiting.

Go to the authentic Korean restaurant at ICN. Or shop at a designer store at TPE; either way, the best airports are the ones people want to be in, not because they have to be there, but because they want to be.