6 Safety Tips for First-Time Travelers to Southeast Asia

If you are travelling to a different part of the word, you are bound to be excited, but make sure you think about your health and safety too. It may seem dull to think about when you would rather be planning where you will be sightseeing and what bars and restaurants you’d love to visit, but you should get the important stuff checked off first. Traveling anywhere can come with risks, so make sure you are well researched about the place are you are visiting, and keep in mind these tips:

Sanitization

A new country comes with excitement, but it also comes with lots of new people and new microorganisms. Keeping up your hygiene is essential, as you will not have built up immunity to these new bugs, and the last thing you need to ruin your holiday is a bad case of sickness and diarrhoea. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before eating and drinking, and take hand sanitizer with you wherever you go, as not everywhere provides anti-bacterial soap.

Get Vaccinated

One of your first steps before travelling is to make sure your vaccinations are all in check. For some countries, you might be fully immunized already, but different parts of the world can come with other deadly viruses and diseases. It can take around eight weeks for your vaccinations to make your body fully immunized, so get this sorted nice and early. It might cost you money, but it is much better to pay money now than pay with your life later. If you are unsure about what vaccinations you will need, always check with a medical professional and seek their advice.

Eating and Drinking

Whilst washing your hands is important, sometimes it’s the food and drinks themselves that contain nasty bugs. Tap water is often unsuitable to drink, so you will need to rely on bottled water, which should be available from most places – just make sure the bottles are sealed and not simply re-filled bottles. It is more difficult to ascertain whether food is clean and safe to eat, so use your wits to determine which places seem hygienic and tourist-friendly. Read reviews and ask locals or fellow tourists.

Safe Areas

This involves a little research, and you have to remember that nowhere is truly safe if you are unfamiliar with it. Determining how safe an area is can come from lots of things, but you should check if certain parts of the country are unstable for political or religious reasons, or if there are ongoing conflicts. Try to avoid places with higher crime rates, as tourists make easy targets for petty thieves and criminals. You also need to consider the weather, as some parts of the world can be prone to extreme weather conditions, particularly at certain times of the year. All of these things can be somewhat unpredictable, but it helps to be aware of the risk factors that come with travelling.

Rules and Regulations

You will also need to do a little research on the customs and laws of the country, to make sure that you are following their ways correctly. Every country and area have their own customs and values, and different cultures do things differently. There isn’t a wrong and right here regarding people’s beliefs, but you should be respectful no matter where you go.

Travelling Alone

You are not necessarily safe if you travel as a group, but you are definitely less safe when travelling alone. If you plan to travel alone, you need to be fully prepared and generally more cautious. Only stay in places with higher security levels, do not leave belongings unattended, and try to make friends with other solo travelers so that you can look out for each other.

Wherever your travels take you, as long as you travel with care and respect, you should have an amazing and exciting experience. Stay safe – and have lots of fun!

KUALA LUMPUR ON MY MIND

Many of those who travel to Southeast Asia find Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia as just a stopover especially those with connecting flights bound to another destination. But what these travelers actually miss is the fact that Kuala Lumpur is one of the most pulsating cities in the whole Southeast Asian Region with amazing places of interest considered worthwhile to explore. And if you choose to stay in the city, Kuala Lumpur promises to let you experience an extraordinary mix of culture and fascinating things to do. For online bookings, click here.

Malaysia-001First and foremost, no trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without a fascinating trip to the world’s tallest twin towers, the Petronas Twin Towers. These soaring masterpieces used to be the tallest structures in the world towering to a striking height of 1,483 feet. While completely contemporary, the architecture is actually inspired by Islamic art – the shape is based on an Islamic geometric shape that resembles an eight-pointed star. Although the towers rise to 88 stories, the best view of the city and the surrounding country is on the double-decker Skybridge that joins the two towers – this is located on levels 41 and 42. The visiting hours are between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., but it is a good idea to arrive as early as possible – only a few tickets are issued to go on the Skybridge each day, and there is huge demand. Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to book in advance.

Petronas-Twin-Towers-Malaysia-101To experience Kuala Lumpur’s taste of culture that is completely diverse, a trip to the Batu Caves is highly recommended. A 30-minute drive from the center of the city, Batu Cave is a large limestone hill and home to a series of caves and Hindu scared temples. The largest of the caves is the Cathedral Cave where a number of ornate Hindu shrines can be found. Bear mind, however, to reach the opening of the cave you have to climb a steep set of 276 steps. For those who are into rock climbing, the Batu Caves are one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in Southeast Asia attracting thousands of professional and amateur climbers from around the world each year.

Malaysia-Trip-2013-2684After a day of touring around the city, never fail to pay a visit to Lake Gardens. It is one of the few remaining parks situated in the heart of the city. Building of this eco-park dates back to the period of British colonial rule in Malaysia and was designed to remind visitors of London’s Kew Gardens. The park covers a massive 92 hectares, and is home to lush native foliage, as well as an Orchid Garden that boasts no less than 800 species of the delicate flowers.

Malaysia-Trip-2013-3121For those who love local gastronomic pleasure, Kuala Lumpur will never fail you. Top on my mind is the Jalan Alor. It is  a unique food destination in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and something one should try. When you step onto the street of Alor, the whole character of the city seemed to change taking you to the taste, aroma and flavors that truly depict the rich culture of Malaysia.  Jalan Alor is located within the Bukit Bintang area, it can be easily found if you are staying somewhere in the city center.

Malaysia-Trip-2013-2907Visit these places with you chance Kuala Lumpur. Sure thing, you will find the city as vibrant and exciting like those who came here. Booking a place to stay is not a problem. You can book your hotel though  https://www.traveloka.com/en-my/hotel, the leading flight and hotel booking platform in Indonesia. The company focuses on solving online booking for a new generation of travelers, providing its users with a fast, transparent and easy-to-use booking process. They are noow growing fast in Southeast Asia including Malaysia and the Philippines.

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