The Cheapest Place to stay in Mumbai
This the cheapest place to live in Mumbai. Costs just over $1 for a night. But be there only if the only thing you have in mind is to save money. The place is infested with bed bugs. I had seen people being awake most of the night trying to kill these bugs. And to overcome this, they spray petrol on the bed. So, u got to sleep with that nauseating smell. This place really depresses. It's situated inside one of the wings of Kumar Resorts. So, the view once u get out of the hostel is quite good.
And now, here's something for...
And now, here's something for the BUDGET CONSCIOUS traveler.... I picked up this tip when I was staying at the YMCA in Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon).
How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs...
Do you know that bed bugs HATE lavender oil? In Yangon some years ago, I was so afraid of being bitten by bed bugs at the local YMCA hostel, I tried using a few drops of lavender oil on the mattresses of our beds to scatter the bed bugs. It seems the little biters hate the smell and will flee!! It prevents bites... and lulled me to sleep! So, if you are staying in a hostel, dorm etc, try to bring a little bottle of lavender oil. I always get mine from The Body Shop costing not more than US$3. Sleep well and sweet dreams, ladies!
Photo Below: Possibly the most famous church in Malacca, Malaysia. Noticed the Dutch architectural design of this building? Cool.
Welcome To Exotic ASIA!
"Once Upon A Time In A Distant Continent Far Away"
Ni How! (read: 'How do you do?' in Mandarin-Chinese).
It is always dangerous to compare the world's continents. Their charms rest in the eye of the traveler, and no two travelers or countries are alike.
ASIA represents almost one-third of earth's land mass. Its boasts of the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest. It also houses both the largest and deepest lakes on Earth - the Caspian Sea and Lake Baikal. Out of the twelve longest rivers on Earth, seven wind through Asia! No mean feat, isn't it? And all the world's major religions just so happen to originate from Asia...(!!) and two out of every three people on Earth live there.
The countries found here are so diverse that on the surface they have little in common. Just like some of us members here on VT. If anything, their commonality lies in diversity itself. Just like VT.
Are you seeing the uniqueness now?
The world of Southeast Asia also presents a dazzling kaleidoscope of people, places, sights and sounds. Yet even to the most seasoned traveler (that's you and I), the very complexity of these colorful countries can be extremely challenging. There is no way you can feel the heartbeat of the people living in this part of the world until you actually make a trip here.
Yes, this is where I currently live - right here in the tropics - called SINGAPORE. This is also where I was born.
Please do check out the different travelogues on ASIA that I've visited and written.... and if you have any questions on my home country, Singapore, please do feel free to drop me a short email.
If I can't answer you, I'll try my best to forward your questions to my other Singaporean friends who are definitely more well-traveled and learned than me!
Some interesting facts: I've also drawn up a list of tips under the "CULTURAL TIPS" section which you may find useful.
The topics include:
(1) VOLUNTEER WORK In Third World Countries
(2) Beware Of Pickpockets & Scam Artists
(3) Dos and Don'ts of "Free Speech" In Asia
(4) How To Fight Jet Lag
(5) How To Look Radiant After A Long Haul Flight
(6) Safety First Tips
(7) How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs (Not Kidding)
(8) How To Read Your Emails From Your ISP via: Mail2Web.com or E-mailAnywhere.com
(9) ATMs - The Dos and Don'ts
(10) Have TRI-BAND Cellphone Will Travel
(11) HEALTH Advice
So to those who are seriously contemplating on conquering Asia sometime in the near future can take heart in the fact that this is one vacation of a lifetime...
I hope you'll enjoy your stay here.
"Shorts and T-shirts may be OK if you are just going to hang around beaches but throughout Asia your choice of clothing is seen as a mark of the respect in which you hold the people of the countries you are visiting. If you wish to be accorded respect then you should dress at least as well as you would at home."
- (Nigel Gomm)
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