Asia Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by blueskyjohn
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by blueskyjohn
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by blueskyjohn

Asia Warnings and Dangers

  • Taxi scams

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Being a tourist in Bangkok for 3 days. The first taxi we ride from airport use meter and the last taxi going back to the airport. But in between those two taxi in 3 days they don't want to use meter and ask for fix rates 2 times higher than the normal sometimes 3 times. Your lucky when a taxi don't ask for fix rate. So let us just accept the fact...

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  • Theft & Pickpocketing

    Kuala Lumpur Warnings and Dangers

    Malaysia is a great place but you just need to open your eyes at times and be aware of your own surrounding when walking around. If you planning to withdraw money at an ATM rather use the ATMs inside the bank and avoid stand alone ATMs @ the shopping Malls. I withdrew money on one of the Stand alone ATM @ the mall and immediately after leaving...

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  • Cash / Money

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    A reminder! not all ATM machines in Japan in general and tokyo in particular, accept ATM cards from International Consortiums like Cirrus, Maestro, Discover, Plus, etc. Only the ATM Machines in select 7-11 convenience stores and in airports and major subway and train stations accept the international atm cards with a 400 yen surcharge per...

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  • Thieves & Beggers

    Ho Chi Minh City Warnings and Dangers

    Just got snatched my Samsung S3 on 4th July 2014. I was using google map to direct us to Pizza 4p in the city. Just as I was enjoying the use of google map to go for food places, this happened. The advise is to you folks not to hold the phone while walking on the streets. Check yr phone only in the shops. Did a bit of research about crime in HCMC,...

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  • DRUGS

    Goa Warnings and Dangers

    I just had a harrowing experience at Palolem Beach in south Goa (with similar but minor occurrences in the north at Vagator/Anjuna/Calangute). I have recounted the story at the link below as a stern warning for backapckers heading to the coast of Goa: http://mixeye.com/viewpoint.php?vid=24

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  • Other Stuff

    Seoul Warnings and Dangers

    I needed to use a public restroom in an underground metro station/shopping center. I go into the stall and there are no seat covers. Eh, I can live with that. I'll just put toilet paper down on the seat....WHAT no toilet paper! I get out of the stall and see a toilet paper dispenser on the wall. Cost is 500 WON. So, I run out to yell at my...

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  • PAY HEED TO THESE

    Mumbai Warnings and Dangers

    Yep, I fell for it ! A street vendor came up to me at the Gateway of India brandishing a large (4ft long ?) balloon and offering packs of balloons for sale at INR200. Thinking my young son would love a great big balloon to hit me with, I started haggling with the vendor and got him down to INR100. Of course, when I opened the pack later, the...

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  • Safety

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    Hi I was in Beijing 3 years ago for nearly a week & visited the Great Wall too. In all that time from travelling on the Underground / Train & generally walking & taxis too I never encountered any problems whatsoever even with going around street markets. Like any city just take care of your valuables & respect their culture.

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  • Don't temper with the wild monkeys

    Penang Warnings and Dangers

    I can't really say that I like monkeys too much. Yes, they're cute and everything but they're also very unpredictable and can attack even if not intimidated. When you exit the funicular at the hills summit, be warned that monkeys are around and, of course, they'll be on the look out for any food.

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  • Stomach Upset

    Lahore Warnings and Dangers

    Lahore offers street food that is not only delicious but also extremely cheap. But in order to enjoy the food you must (I am saying MUST) have you own disposable plates and spoon in your daypack, and always drink bottled water. Do not ruin your vacations by having bad stomach.

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  • General Safety

    Manila Warnings and Dangers

    In the areas of Ermita, Malate, especially at Harrison Plaza and Robinsons Mall you may be approached by strangers so my best advice is to ignore them completely and keep walking. "Want Viagra, very good?" "Need a girl?" "Good massage" "Want to buy Rolex Watch?" "Change money, goo rate?" are all offers that you may be asked, especially in Del Pilar...

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  • Traffic

    Karachi Warnings and Dangers

    I've read all previous reviews about traffic in Karachi. It is shameful for us that most of them are true. People mostly don't follow traffic rules. They break signals, run into one way & create traffic jam on every other signal. Roads are insufficient for above 15 million population. They are not wide enough. There are no parking rules. People...

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  • Touting

    Hat Yai Warnings and Dangers

    This is not dangerous or anything, just a warning that if you walk around Hat Yai you will get a lot of attention from the massage places in town. There are lots of them and every one has many employees. A foot massage costs 250 Baht an hour. I actually think this is quite expensive when you consider that there are millions of Thais who make around...

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  • Tap water

    Delhi Warnings and Dangers

    I would avoid drinking any tap water during a visit to Delhi. When dining outside the hotel, make sure you get the bottle in which the water comes, i.e. Aquafina or Bisleri. If you go on a road trip, invest a litre-size bottle or two before heading out, dont assume you will be able to find them on the way. As tempting as some of those drink carts...

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  • Scams

    Kyoto Warnings and Dangers

    At 650 yen a pop most people bought two or three of these "Johnny Jumpers". Hey, that seems like a bargain to the duped customers handing over the Yen. A couple of thousand Yen and they're already anticipating the laughs they'll get from the guys in the office (especially when their co-workers see them scratching their head in disbelief when the...

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  • Earth Quakes

    Islamabad Warnings and Dangers

    Islamabad and its twin city Rawalpindi comes under active seismic zone after October 8, 2005 earthquake measuring 7.6. After shocks are quite normal and they range between 5 -6 magnitude mostly. Strong shocks also occur few times ranging 6 to 6.5. But there is nothing to worry about. Life is very normal and no such specific risk involved. Just keep...

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  • From dusk till dawn

    Phnom Penh Warnings and Dangers

    A bit tipsi after hitting the bars on 104th and 136th St., it was about 1:30 am, I got into a moto to go back to my hotel. After I told the driver the name of my hotel, a popular hotel he should have known, he made motions that he didn't understand or did not know where my hotel was. He also seemed a little perturbed at my manner then got on his...

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  • Katoeys (Ladyboys/Transvestites)

    Ko Samui Warnings and Dangers

    The Lady boys that entertain you can be fun to watch but whatever you do don't take the p**** as they can get nasty, also you may be hassled for a photo with them.........if you do you will have to pay and 2 ladyboys in the photo thats 2 payments.

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  • scary men on motorcycles

    Jaipur Warnings and Dangers

    I stayed in Jaipur for a month with a group of students. One girl in our group was riding in the back of a bicycle rickshaw one evening, and a group of four men on two motorcycles pulled the rickshaw over and attempted to abduct her. They pulled on her arms and grabbed her breasts, but she held on to to the rickshaw, and was thankfully not...

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  • traffic / getting lost

    Osaka Warnings and Dangers

    Umeda Station's underground maze is extremely confusing. It took me a few visits before I could navigate without running in circles. The trick is to follow the signs very carefully, and try to draw a map in your head with some unique landmarks (e.g. station exits, which are numbered). When meeting people, plan ahead and give yourself some buffer...

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  • Different attitudes n cultures

    Hyderabad Warnings and Dangers

    Just make sure you are decently dressed. specially if you're a woman. Strangers might come up to you to sell stuff or also to help you. For locals here, in certain parts of the city, the way you dress sends a message on what type of person you might be. In general, you can wear t-shirts, jeans, and all that, but avoid miniskirts and shorts. Avoid...

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  • Maoist

    Kathmandu Warnings and Dangers

    My first day in Kathmandu meant my first contact with the maoists – they were “requiring” a general strike, apparently because they were not satisfied with the ambassadors recently appointed to a number of European capitals. Groups of teenaged boys marching down the boulevards with red flags with communist symbols, quarrelling with shopkeepers who...

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  • Money Matters.

    Rangoon Warnings and Dangers

    YANGON(RANGOON) THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT..When travelling in Burma ..as US Dollars are the currency of choice...make sure firstly that you have enough for your trip. (cash). I carried with me about a hundred dollars in small denominations a couple of $20's, $10's, $5's and singles..when paying taxes (entry and departure) try and have the...

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  • Photos/Video

    Xi'an Warnings and Dangers

    What a challenge for the photo maniacs! The poor illumination, the reflexes in the glass, the impossibility to use flash, the uncomfortable position, everything contributes to the poor quality of all the taken pictures. Of course, some efforts deserve respect!

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  • Demonstrations

    Peshawar Warnings and Dangers

    Boycotts and political demonstrations are not uncommon to Peshawar. They happen quite regularily and can have so many supporters that the entire downtown area would be shut off to vehicles. The places where these happen most are: High Courts, Qissa Khwani Bazaar, GT Road. In every case, police attend these rallies and set up barbed-wire rolls along...

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  • Heavy Landslides

    Naran Warnings and Dangers

    One used to enjoy trip to Naran on a wonderful wide n carpeted road built by FWO. The road has totally vanished after October 08, 2005 earthquake. Temporary road is been made but it often gets closed after aftershocks coz of land slides. River Kunhar keep on moving along the road, some time parallel the to road and some time hundreds of feet...

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  • Foggy Weather

    Nathia Gali Warnings and Dangers

    Weather in Nathia Gali mostly remains foggy during summer so you can expect cloud bursts any time. And cloud burst usually comes with severe hail n thunderstorm making visibility even worst. So avoid driving during such situation especially at nights. Nathai Gali road is very well known for accidents coz of visibility problems and every year many...

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  • Don't drink the tap water !

    Faisalabad Warnings and Dangers

    In Fsd, one of the major problem which tourist face is the unclean drinking WATER ! make 101% sure u drink clean Nestle Bottled Water during your whole stay in FSD. Each One liter nestle bottle is 22 Rupees and it think your budget allows that easily

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  • Landslides

    Hunza Warnings and Dangers

    KKH is a feet of engineering where over 1000 people lost their lives. The road is carved through various mountains passes and is subject to landslides, especially during rainy season. When a landslide occurs, traffic can be blocked for days. However Pak Army engineers of Road Maintenance Battalion (RMB and FWO) makes it a top priority to clear and...

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  • People

    Pakistan Warnings and Dangers

    I just returned from several weeks in Pakistan. It's a wonderful country, with kind, v. respectful people. Felt safe always, & eventually was eating outdoors (sometimes the best food !) and snaking my way through narrow alleys, w/ 0 serious difficulties. Few people discussed politics w/ me (never unless I asked), & altho people would be curious,...

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  • Shopping

    Hong Kong Warnings and Dangers

    Went to this delightful looking tea shop in Cheung Chau, an island about 50 minutes ferry ride from HK. We sat through a really nice tea tasting and our family of three all agreed, that the tea with gingsing was our favourite so we bought a few bags. At the hotel back in Kowloon, we decided to have some tea and was dissappointed to find that the...

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  • Food/Water

    Nepal Warnings and Dangers

    What was once a great little inexpensive restaurant in central Thamel has now really gone downhill, the prices have almost doubled in the last 12 months (10% “Service Charge also now added) and the quality f the food has hit rock bottom. I have been back twice this trip just to make sure I hadn’t gone on a bad day – But the second time I went the...

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  • Patpong & Prostitution

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    I haven't been yet but have stumbled upon this information. The Patong District is like the red light district filled with bars, girls, men who look like girls, nudity, sex offerings, etc. You get the idea. Your curiosity may get the better of you because people trying to coax you in will tell you it only costs 100 baht (US$3.00) to look and have a...

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  • Hot & Humid Weather

    Singapore Warnings and Dangers

    The weather is very HOT! and HUMID! Even if you find an air conditioned place to step into, the coolness you feel will only last a few minutes and then you may wilt quicker than a rose! I spent the first four days complaining about the heat and humidity. I just couldn't believe that anyone could actually live in such humid heat. After the first...

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  • Taxi Driver Scams

    Kuala Lumpur Warnings and Dangers

    This is my true account of how I got ripped off by 2 taxi-drivers in KL. Story with photos: http://antsperspective.blogspot.com/2012/12/getting-ripped-off-by-2-taxi-drivers-in.html In December 2012, I was traveling in Kuala Lumpur for 8 days. Most parts of the trips were good and pleasant. Except my experience with the taxi drivers there. For...

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  • People to Avoid

    Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

    With very few exceptions, if women use common sense they will be safe in Tokyo. Much safer than any US city. Don't walk down dark alleys alone at night, etc. Use a buddy system if you are drinking. If you get "molested" (butt grabbed) on a train make a scene in any language. The grabber will be embarrassed by the attention. In the last month the...

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  • Traffic

    Ho Chi Minh City Warnings and Dangers

    This sounds risky,but locals say that you just step out,make eye contact with the nearest approaching vehicle and keep walking.The first few times it took some nerve,but after a few attempt's found that it did work ,and the traffic went around you.However,if your lucky you won't have to wait long before one of the city's tourist police will come to...

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  • SOME LOCALS

    Goa Warnings and Dangers

    Okay, so this information might be slightly dated, but in the third world, habits and lifestyles progress slowly....... One feature of Goa's beach in Panjim, in early morning, was to watch the locals defecating on the beach, close to the water's edge, in the hope that the tide would remove the human waste. They seemed to have this timed to...

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  • Health & Well-Being

    Seoul Warnings and Dangers

    When you wake up at 5.00am with a blocked runny nose and itchy throat you haven't had for years and wished you had brought along a nasal decongestant spray, that's a bad indicator of not just Seoul's infamous air pollution but your dust mite allergy acting up! :( Which means the floor carpeting vacuuming wasn't thorough or strong enough though I...

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  • SAFE LOCAL TRAVEL

    Mumbai Warnings and Dangers

    1. If not taking a prepaid taxi or a metered taxi/rickshaw, negotiate the fare before taking off. 2. If spending alot of time with a taxi driver (or any driver), it helps if he speaks and understands basic English. 3. Don't drive on highways at night. 4. When travelling by train, chain and lock your luggage under your berth. Don't keep anything...

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  • Pollution

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    you might have seen the news at the various news sites like CNN, BBC News, Fox News, Reuters, AFP, etc that Beijing is becoming more polluted and the air quality is not that great anymore and they had a 12 day traffic jam just last year. so if you are planning to visit beijing, be ready to have the 3M N 95 masks handy and in your travelling...

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  • How safe is the seawater

    Penang Warnings and Dangers

    Honestly speaking, the beach at Batu Ferringhi, Penang isn't quite what the tourist literature makes it up to be. The sandy portion is narrow, there are rocky outcrops everywhere and there's jellyfish within those waters. How did I know that? I got stung in the butt here once when I was stayed here at Golden Sands Resort once. Needless to say, I...

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  • Traffic

    Lahore Warnings and Dangers

    Driving is risky and confusing here if you are not local. Most road users do not abide by any traffic regulations and it can best be described as a free for all. The roads and particularly side streets are poorly maintained and have numerous pot holes. There has been some significant infrastructure investment in the road network but the increase in...

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  • Airport/Security Checks

    Manila Warnings and Dangers

    I travel through Manila's international airport - Terminal 1 - regularly on business travel. Twice in the last two months I have had valuables stolen from my checked bags. I am not sure who to contact about this but I would highly recommend that all valuables remain on your person when traveling through the airport in Manila. There are complaints...

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  • Drinking Water

    Karachi Warnings and Dangers

    It's one thing to be careful of drinking water that is not bottled, but also keep in mind that any local juices usually use tap water. I made the mistake to drink sugar cane juice from a local merchant, and I was sick for 2 days after that.

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