Hong Kong is the doorway to Asia. Although technically part of China, it seems a world of its own. Every time I go to Asia, I seem to land in Hong Kong along the way. (Nope, I’ve never been to Narita Airport in Japan.) Whenever possible, I get away from the airport and explore the Hong Kong region. It’s a big place. If and when the federal government gets around to, the entire region (Kowloon, Schenzhen, Guangzhou) will be incorporated as one big city with a population of over 50 million people.
Nepal is my favourite country in Asia. I love the mountains, trekking, the ancient temples, the Tibetan culture (but not the food). Cambodia is also a place I have been many times. I like the people there, still recovering from the genocidal war of years ago They love tourists. Thailand is the “land of smiles,” and I love their food. Bangkok looks too much like Los Angeles for my taste, so I head for the southern beaches and northern hills.
India, to be frank, can be a shock to the system. New Delhi was my first international destination and waking up in the Tibetan refugee colony in the morning and walking outside felt like a punch in the stomach. I had never heard such noise nor smelled such stink or felt such heat. If you are bored with your North American lifestyle and looking for a change of direction, India is just the place for you. If it’s your first international trip, you may want a guide to hold your hand.
Asia, if the cost is coming out of your own pocket, is very inexpensive and the people and landscapes are amazing. There’s no need to stay in fancy American hotels, and transportation is just as cheap if you buy locally. (Wait until you get there before buying internal flights and bus tickets.) It’s a fabulous continent.