Looking at the countries left in Asia that I need to visit to complete my quest to visit every single country in the world, I only see a few countries that will be a real challenge. In my Asia travel game plan, I have divided Asia into three regions: South, Central, and East Asia. Within those three regions, I will have a separate Asia travel game plan to visit all the countries in this region of the world.
Before continuing, make sure to read the Oceania article first to see my criteria for visiting every single country in the world.
VIDEO – Asia Travel Game Plan
My game plan To visit all 193 UN recognized countries series:
Countries I have not visited in Asia
- Sri Lanka
The South Asian countries will not be too difficult to visit. Pakistan used to be a difficult country to visit but since they introduced the e-visa which is eligible to citizens of 191 countries, travel to this country is no longer impossible. I will probably batch my trip to these four countries together. When I visit the Maldives to stay at the over-the-water bungalow, I will also hop over to Sri Lanka to visit the country. Bangladesh is a country that I plan on visiting rather quickly. I plan on staying just for one night. As for Pakistan, I’m not sure yet what I will see in that country but I do think it will be a nice experience. I plan on using a combination of my Aeroplan, British Airways Avios, and possibly Asia miles to visit these countries.
The Central Asian countries will not be difficult to visit. I will travel between Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan together because they’re part of the Pamir Highway which ends in Afghanistan. Azerbaijan and Armenia hate each other. If you go to Armenia then Azerbaijan after, you will get in trouble with officials. Therefore, I plan on going to Azerbaijan first then Armenia afterward.
Turkmenistan is a secretive country but visiting is not impossible as long as you get a guide. Finally, Georgia and Uzbekistan have been welcoming tourists and will not be difficult to visit. I will use my Aeroplan points to travel between these Central Asian countries.
- North Korea
Most East Asian countries are easy to visit. Canadians can visit Mongolia and Japan Visa-free so I’m not in a rush to travel to those places. Nepal simply requires a visa on arrival. Bhutan is not difficult to visit but is expensive costing you $250 USD per day. This price does include the cost of everything from your guide, accommodation, and food.
North Korea will be the hardest to visit in this list for obvious reasons. However, for 445 Euros, you can visit North Korea for 2 nights and 3 days excluding visa and activity fees. Funny enough, you can join a marathon in Pyongyang which actually sounds very interesting.
But the country in East Asia I want to visit the most is Nepal because I plan to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Asia will not be the most difficult region to complete in my quest to visit every single country in the world. That is why I don’t plan on prioritizing this region with the exception of the Maldives over the water bungalow and the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal. I may also prioritize North Korea in this list for obvious reasons. As for the rest of the countries, I can defer them for another time in the future.