Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. You may have travelled across countless countries within or outside Asia for leisure, business or even to pursue your study. There are still a part of Asia that you have yet to discover. Check this out!
The Republic of Armenia is located in Western Asia. Its capital is Yerevan and total population of 2.97mil (based on 2015 consensus). Ethnic Armenians make up 97.9% of the population. Yazidis make up 1.3%, and Russians 0.5%. Sports like wrestling, weightlifting, judo, association football, chess, and boxing are their favourite. Armenian loves their dishes to be reliant on the quality of the ingredients, the use of herbs, wheat, nuts, fruits and etc. Bet you don’t know apricot is their national fruit!
The Republic of Azerbaijan is situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Whilst the capital, Baku, has rapidly transformed itself into a highly developed modern city, the surrounding villages still remain untouched and archaic. Azerbaijan’s economy mainly depends on oil and natural gas production. Pancakes, soups and bread form a major part of the daily cuisine of the Azerbaijani’s.
The Kyrgyz Republic, formerly known as Kirghizia, is located in Central Asia. It is known for its incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions. Coupled with its well-developed network of homestays and the introduction of visa-free travel, it’s easy to see why Kyrgyzstan is rapidly becoming the gateway of choice for Western travellers.
The Republic of Tajikistan is a mountainous landlocked sovereign country in Central Asia. It is the poorest country in Central Asia and one of the world’s poorest, largely owing to a devastating civil war that broke out shortly after independence in 1991. However, the marvels of the Wakhan Valley, the starkly beautiful ‘Roof of the World’ Pamirs and the breath-taking lakes and pinnacles of the Fan Mountains all contribute to making Tajikistan arguably Central Asia’s most exciting destination.
The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is a country in Maritime Southeast Asia. Much of the country is mountainous, and its highest point is Tatamailau (also known as Mount Ramelau) at 9,721 ft. Its capital, Dili, has all the bright lights, but venture out for wild cultural experiences. Its economy is strongly dependent upon exports of a few commodities such as coffee, marble, oil, and sandalwood.
Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia with a population of 5mil (based on 2014 consensus). Nearly 80% of the country is considered part of the Karakum Desert. The country is known for its fine carpets and horses. The ancient cities of Merv and Konye-Urgench inspire visions of caravans plodding along the ancient Silk Road, while the haunting beauty of the Karakum desert and other quirky natural phenomena are less expected but equally mesmerising sights.
The Republic of Uzbekistan is a doubly landlocked country in Central Asia. It is the proud home to a spellbinding arsenal of architecture and ancient cities, all deeply infused with the bloody, fascinating history of the Silk Road. Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Aral Sea, Karakalpakstan, Tashkent and Nuratau Mountains never fail to impress visitors with their fabulous landscapes.