Want to pick up some tips for Asia when you're there? Read our tips which should come in handy when you are in Asia.
1. Beware of the mosquitoes!
Make sure to take a mosquito net with you. There’s nothing worse than waking up to realise that a bunch of mozzies have had a feast on you during your sleep! And rather than carrying a sleeping bag with you, carry a sleeping sheet. They’re lighter to carry and a lot cooler at night.
2. Be well prepared
There are certain things you can carry with you that will make those long journeys that little bit more pleasant. These include baby wipes, talc powder, re-hydration tablets and (in some cases) toilet paper. Make sure to stock up on all before long-haul trips.
3. Bargain! Bargain! Bargain!
When shopping in Asia, remember one thing – Bargain! Bargain! Bargain! Whatever the person on the stall/in the shop is asking, offer them only half. Then cut a large chunk off the second offer. You’ll soon get the hang of it!
4. Beware of the rogue driver
Be wary of rogue taxi/tuk-tuk drivers when you are going to your accommodation. They are known for taking travellers to the wrong accommodation in order to receive a commission. Have your directions on hand and don’t be fooled!
5. Have bottled water with you
If you decide to visit more rural areas, be careful of the water. Drink bottled water only. Ice is usually fine as long as it mostly comes from a factory made ice block but in small villages they sometimes make ice from tap water. Ask to be sure.
6. Watch your funds
Try not to carry too much hard cash when travelling. Also, sort out what way you are going to bring your cash before travelling. ATMs can be found in most cities but aren’t found everywhere. And remember that the US Dollar is accepted nearly everywhere.