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10 Things You Need to Know When Travelling In Asia

Things You Need to Know When Travelling In Asia

As the biggest continent in the world, Asia definitely has a lot to offer if you want to have some grand vacation with some of the best places in the world. But then again, travelling to Asia might come as a shocking experience to you especially if you’re not very aware of what to expect once you get there. Either that or you’ll be scratching or shaking your head over something. So without further ado, here are the 10 things that you need to know and do when travelling in Asia.

Travelling in Asia - Tourists in Korea
Korea Tourists

Asia’s best cities are densely populated.

You might be surprised at the throng of people coming and going in a time. Believe it or not, as the biggest continent, Asia sure has one of the highest populations in the world so you can also expect a good crowd especially when you’re visiting local markets or any other local attraction in an Asian country.

Kid in Burma
Kid in Burma

It’s normal to be stared at.

Maybe you were told that it’s rude to stare at a stranger. If you will be visiting any part in Asia, expect the people to stare at you. This is because foreigners, especially those who have a different look than Asians, do get plenty of attention. You might think it rude or hilarious when somebody suddenly smiles at you or asks for your picture to be taken with them or stares at you because you’re different but believe it, it’s pretty normal for Asians.

Asian Smile
Asian Smile

They’re very warm and hospitable.

Especially in the case of Filipinos, offering their hospitality towards strangers and even foreigners are well-known from across the world. What makes Asia a very good place to visit is that its people is very warm and is very friendly towards tourist.

Humid Temperature
Humid Temperature – Travelling in Asia

Most of Asia is hot.

That is, the temperature goes very hot all year round. It’s one of the reasons why Asia is very much famous for its beaches. It’s also another reason why you have to pack light and pick out clothes that are cool and comfortable to your skin or else you’ll be sweating a lot.

Street Food in Bangkok
Street Food in Bangkok

Exotic foods are normal.

If you haven’t tried frogs, worms, crickets, or grasshoppers as food before, then expect to see those as delicacies in Asia. If you’re a first time visitor, don’t be shocked if you’ll find these foods lined along the street. Asians have a penchant for a lot of exotic foods and if you’re up for it, you could always try them as a challenge.

Monk inside a Buddhist Temple
Monk inside a Buddhist Temple

Asia is a wild mix of culture.

This also means that some cultures are more conservative than others and require that you dress up modestly. Remember that Asia also houses several temples and it’s important that you know the code of conduct required in each especially in the country that you are interested to visit. To play it safe, always be respectful to the locals, don’t wear wear shoes or shorts in temples, and don’t get too drunk especially in public.

Traffic Jam in India
Traffic Jam in India

You might get some pretty awesome “transport” experience.

While some of Asia’s major countries are well developed, others border down to being way too primitive when it comes to transportation. Don’t be too surprised if you get to ride an elephant or some other animals as a means of transport, a boat, a tricycle, or any other localized transport just to get where you are going.

Affordable Rice Noodles in Vietnam
Affordable Rice Noodles in Vietnam

Goods are very cheap – generally.

Perhaps one of the best things that you can appreciate when travelling in Asia is that most of the services and goods offered in Asian countries are pretty much cheap and affordable. This is very ideal especially if you are travelling on a budget.

Flooded Streets in Bangkok
Flooded Streets in Bangkok

It’s not really ideal to visit during the wet seasons.

Whether its winter, rainy, or just the season for the monsoon to come in, visiting Asia at such a time is not the best decision. This is somewhat self-explanatory because definitely, you will not be able to enjoy your vacation if it’s raining too hard.

Don’t be too flashy and fancy.

Although most of the locals are friendly, warm, and hospitable, there are still those that prey on tourists. Don’t be a victim and try to keep yourself low-key as much as you can. Also, if you have some pretty good phones to show, refrain from using it in public and keep your cash tucked away where no other people can reach it like your front or breast pocket.

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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