Asia Travel Tips
Is language barrier a serious problem when traveling in Asian countries? Under the premise that the language impediment is avoided by taking a guided tour, can tourist still gain the original and authentic travel experience?
To some extent, language barrier will not become your first concern when traveling in Asian countries as long as the places you visit are modern metropolis or hot travel destinations but not some remote areas. Taking a guided tour will make your holiday less trouble, especially for the first-time visitors. Well, you can still get the most authentic and original travel experience. Most travel routes collect the essence of tourism products. Besides, the historical, cultural and religious spots are quite dense, so a trip with a brilliant guide always enables tourists to learn more behind the sightseeing.
Are there dress codes when visiting the temples or mosques in Asian countries?
Proper dress code is really important when visiting religious sites, and most of them have specific rules about the dressing. Tourists are not expected to dress officially or decently, but they are not allowed to enter with too much exposure. Clothes like vest, sun-top, shorts, skirts, see-throughs and slippers should be avoided. In some temples or mosques, visitors need to take off shoes or put on turbans. Usually there will be cloaks or turbans for free-picking or rental near the entrance.
Can I pay US dollars on what I want to buy? Where can I exchange money?
US dollars cannot be used for all Asian countries, but the credit card can be accepted in shopping malls, and the money will be deducted in local currency according to the intraday exchange rate. You are advised to exchange small amount cash in your local bank before entry. And after your arrival, you can find ATMs and currency exchange sites at the airport and hotels. You can also go to banks for money exchange.
Malaria is transmitted by mosquito bites, should I pay extra attention when traveling to Southeast Asia?
In Southeast Asia, Malaria occurs not as frequently as that in some African countries. You do not need to be overly sensitive about that. Tourist may get affected by mosquito bite, so just prepare some mosquito repellent liquid and rub it on your exposed body parts. Meanwhile, pay attention to your dinning safety and personal hygiene.
I've read about terrible story about the appalling squat toilet in Asia. Also, there are always no toilet paper towers. Is it true?
It is true. In most public places, the squat toilet are still kept and served, but the sit-down toilets are more widely used now. In most shopping malls, star hotels and fancy restaurants, you can have access to the sit-down toilets, but in places like parks, bus stations, scenic spots, more squat are utilized. As for densely populated countries, squat toilets are more sanitary than sit-down style in crowded places. People get used to carrying toilet paper along in their pocket or handbags, for the free toilet paper service will actually lead to more unnecessary waste. Therefore, we suggest you prepare some in case.