Asia is no doubt a tourist attraction. So many places to visit, so many things to do and of course so much to try out eating. If you are about to plan a trip to Asia, you might want to go through the following list to familiarise yourself with what your trip might actually be like. The list obviously is not exhaustive, but it would help.
You will be stared at… a lotThis is especially true if you look different than the majority of the people there. Through the streets of Thailand to India to Indonesia, you will have many eyes fixed on you. Get used to it and don’t take it personal.
Beware of exploitationsYou will be charged $10 for the same tuk tuk ride that might cost the local $2. Know to bargain your way around or you are going to be wasting a lot of money unnecessarily. Choose the ethical activities and attractions over the easy and cheap ones.
High pollutionAsian cities are famous for their high rate of pollution. If you have respiratory related problems, you need to take necessary precautions. Hong Kong experiences the negative side effects of factory pollutants in China which will leave its days gloomy, even without any clouds to be seen, while travelling in an open bus in Sri Lanka will leave your face literally black with all the dust sticking on to your face. Pollution in the air will make you sick if your body is not used to it.
Way too many insectsIt is guaranteed that you will at least walk past one cockroach or shoo-off one mosquito within your first 24 hours in Asia. Take precautions against mosquito bites as dengue and malaria are no joke.
Food is amazing… or is it?Just like everything else, Asia boasts a huge variety of foods. Same goes with the quality. The same food in your Mexican food delivery in Hong Kong Island yesterday which you thought was horrible might be way better when you eat if off the streets the next day.
Speaking of Mexican food delivery in Hong Kong Island, you will be surprised to see tiny restaurants even in small Asian cities offering authentic foods belonging to many countries. What’s better is that you could get them delivered to your door step. You could indulge in a rich creamy Arabian shawarma in Singapore or enjoy a luxury English breakfast that looks and tastes very English In the hotels of India. What’s important to remember is that these foods may come floating in oil full of harmful preservatives, see this best burritos. Enjoy but also closely watch what you eat. Don’t be surprised if nature calls way more than it does back at home, it’s the food!
Be culture sensitivePack your clothes prudently. Save the bikinis for the beaches. Many temples and shrines in Asia require that you dress very modestly. Try to blend in with their culture to make most out of your trip. Respect their values.
Watch the weatherAvoid unfavourable weather conditions like droughts, monsoons and typhoons. Keep all ears open to the weather forecasts if you are hatching a plan to fly to Asia.
It will not always be luxuriousMany cities is Asia are still developing. Don’t be disheartened by the bumpy rides, old busses with no seat belts, with bad or no Wi-Fi signals in most parts. The locals will always be ready to give you a few survival tips. Use them.
Help is cheaperWe all know that labour in Asia is pretty cheap. “Made in China” labels in almost everything we use is evidence. You could use this to your advantage. You don’t have to throw away large amounts of money if you need to get some cleaning or helping done in Asia.