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COUNTRIES & FLAGS OF ASIA
"Asia" encompasses a significant area of the world and includes 40 territories east of Europe and the Middle East, and south of Russia.
Asian nations and territories include the former Soviet republics (Central Asia); China, North and South Korea, Japan (North Asia); the Indian sub-continent (South Asia); South East Asia and the 'Pacific Rim' and some Indian Ocean islands. Use our free ASIA FAST FACTS Android app/mobile web site – the whole of Asia in the palm of your hand!
Retire-Asia.com concentrates on the smaller Southeast Asian region which includes ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) as well as East Timor, making a total of 11 countries. From time to time we will add articles of interest and links to websites and organisations in other countries of Asia, whether or not they could be considered as 'foreign' or 'expat' retirement destinations.
You can retire almost anywhere if you have sufficient income and any required visa. Retire-Asia aims to suggest ways to earn more money – wherever there's an internet connection!
Here are the flags of the 10 ASEAN Member Nations of South East Asia:
South East Asia is the region south of China, east of India and north of Australia.
Apart from some small islands or archipelagos (groups of islands) like Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands administered by Australia, South-east Asia includes eleven countries which are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (which is still referred to as Burma by some), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and East Timor (Timor-Leste).
Although East Timor has not yet been accepted into ASEAN, it has been a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) since 2005.
Countries covered in some detail on our website presently include Thailand, Philippines, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Timor Leste and Bali, Indonesia's best-known exotic holiday island province.
Click on the all-Asia map above or country links below to find useful travel information for other SE Asian countries not yet covered on Retire-Asia pages here:
North Asia & Pacific Rim region
South Asia region:
MONGOLIA is a North Asian country between Russia and China that few people know much about – let alone have visited.
However, it is the world's nineteenth largest country, with a land area of 1.5 million sq. km. (Iran is 18, Peru 20).
Mongolia also has the Gobi Desert, it has certainly had an interesting history; Genghis Khan is a name most students have come across.
Today, Mongolia's style of government is a parliamentary democracy and there is a developing market economy. There is even a Stock Exchange in the capital Ulaanbaatar also spelled Ulan Bator.
With its extremes of geography from desert to mountains and vast lakes, there is also a growing Mongolian tourist industry as adventurous travelers seek new destinations and experiences in faraway places.
Apart from scheduled flights (Beijing is about 90 minutes away), Ulaanbaatar can be reached by The Trans Mongolian Express train through Russia from St. Petersburg and Moscow via Mongolia and the Gobi Desert to Beijing in China.
Visas are required for all except US citizens (tourists or business visitors) who may stay for up to 90 days. Find out how to obtain an advance visa for Mongolia from PassportVisasExpress.