Asia is huge. It's the world's largest continent. It's also the most populated, with over 4 billion people residing in the continent's approximately 50 countries. And no two countries are alike; this is a continent of immense contrasts. For example, the cherished cities of Istanbul (Turkey), Tokyo (Japan), and Vladivostok (Russia) are so distinctly different that you'll wonder how they could possibly all be called "Asian." The continent's attractions are just as unique, from the Great Wall of China, to the tropical beaches of the Philippines, to the ultra-modern skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), to the temple ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Asia is a heady mix of cultures, languages, religions, and cuisines. Virtually every geographical feature on the planet exists somewhere on the continent. Whatever you want your vacation to be-an outdoor adventure, a gastronomic exploration, a historical journey, a cultural quest, a relaxing break, or a combination of all of these - you can make it happen in Asia.
Singapore is a cosmopolitan island city, and the main gateway for Canadians travelling to Southeast Asia. East Asia gateways include Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Beijing. Delhi is of course the gateway to India. Flights to large gateway cities like these will always cost considerably less than flights to less common destinations, such as the cities in Sri Lanka, Macau, and Bhutan. The key to finding a great fare to Asia—whatever your Asian destination—is booking as early as possible. Not only will you find the best price by booking early, but you should also be able to get a flight that involves few if any connections.
If you're wondering about the peak tourist seasons in Asia, consider that the Arctic Ocean forms the northern boundary of Asia's northernmost country, Russia. High season for travel to Russia, is therefore summertime (July and August). But, travel to the Philippines in July and August, and you'll hit the heart of the typhoon and tropical storm season, so high season in this country is December through February. Booking flights to Asian countries therefore requires you to do a little research into when each country's peak tourist season is. And as always, if you travel a little before or a little after peak tourist season, the fares are usually better.
Consider that Asia's northern boundary is north of the Arctic Circle, while its southern boundary is south of the equator. You can understand why it's impossible to say that Asia has a particular climate, because the climate varies drastically depending on where you are in the continent. The far north of Russia is in a constant subarctic winter where temperatures can drop to minus 50°C. The tropical countries that lie on the equator—or south of it—are hot and summer—like year—round, with temperatures often climbing above 30°C, and seldom dropping below 20°C. Many of these countries experience monsoon seasons, during which there are torrential rains. Although the Asian countries do experiences the four season of winter, spring, summer, and fall, in the tropical countries the seasons are much less distinct than in northern countries such as Japan, in continental countries such as Kazakhstan, and in the interior of large countries like Russia and China. The majority of the continent's countries are bordered partially or completely by oceans, so the small countries and the coastlines of the larger countries have marine climates that are influenced by ocean currents and temperatures.
When to go depends on the country you are going to, because, as mentioned above, the tourist season is not the same in every country. And although you'll never find it crowded in vast Russia, you can expect crowds year—round in India, Vietnam, Japan, and Korea—the most populated Asian countries.