Following Sergi's excellent article where he recommends a possible route for a long trip to the Asian continent, I will also offer my point of view to diversify the possibilities that this vast continent offers to the traveler.
More than once we have received this question in our contact form:
I'm going to take a trip in Asia for three / six / one year and I don't know where to start, could you help me?
Well, I guess everyone pulls on their experience. Sergi started in India and continues to recommend the country that probably surprises and inspires more on this planet to start a journey of these characteristics. I started in Thailand and would continue to recommend Bangkok, its capital, to start a getaway across the Asian continent.
There are a few reasons to choose Bangkok as the first starting point:
The wide range of flights, the ease of stamping the visa in Thailand at the same airport of arrival and free make this Asian gate one of the most affordable for everyone.
Bangkok has it all and is cheap. It is an ideal place to acclimatize to the heat of Southeast Asia. It is ideal for agency with cheap clothes, so forget to open your closet when you prepare your backpack. It is a country whose people are open, educated and tourism is so in the Thai blood that it will be very easy for you to move around, either knowing people or moving around the country. It is an easy way to get the title of traveler for more than two months without stepping on your house.
Its situation in Southeast Asia is unbeatable. You can go south into Indonesia and Malaysia. You can also go east knowing Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. To the east you have the possibility to know Myanmar.
In addition, Bangkok airport is one of the main Asian airports so you will have no problem following your route through the Philippines, China or India.
Related articles: Travel to Asia: Where to start (Sergi), Travel to Asia: Where to start (Avistu)