Chaotic metropolises, delectable street food and tropical heat make arriving in Asia an assault on the senses. Beyond the cities, sandy shores and turquoise bays set the scene for long, sun-drenched beach days with spectacular underwater reefs that are ripe for exploration.

Away from the coast, you’ll find temples and cultures that trace centuries of history and the wonders of the ancient silk road at your feet. Along the way you’ll encounter enormous madrassas adorned in intricate mosaics, vast canyons and the endless steppe, enough mountains to keep even the most die hard adventurer occupied and one of the world’s best road trips.