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Health and Safety Tips and Advice for Travelling to Bali

Whilst Bali is comparatively safe compared to many other places across the world there are a number of precautions that travellers should take to ensure their health and safety when visiting.

Activities

If you are taking part in activities that have risks associated with them such as diving or trekking then keep vigilant and be aware of your own well being as Indonesia does not have the same level of health and safety as the UK.

Take care when swimming. There are strong currents and heavy surf at Kuta Beach and those to the north and south of the island so make sure to swim between the flags. Even more protected beaches can be treacherous and not all have lifeguards.

Royal Temples, Mengwi

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Road safety

Driving in Bali can be dangerous. Pedestrians are also often at risk as footpaths are frequently in poor condition and it is necessary to walk in the road. Do not expect traffic to necessarily stop at pedestrian crossings.

Alcohol

Travellers should be extremely cautious if consuming local liquor, particularly arak. This local rice wine can contain methanol if not brewed correctly and is potentially fatal.

Drugs

Expect to be offered drugs in tourist areas, on the beach and in nightclubs. Do not be tempted. At the best the “dealer” may be in cahoots with the police and trying to elicit a fine for you, at worst you could end up with a lengthy jail sentence or even pay with your life if you are found guilty of dealing.

Beggars and hawkers

It is likely that you will be approached by beggars and hawkers whilst in Bali, particularly around tourist areas. The best thing to do is to completely ignore them, even if they give you a friendly greeting otherwise they are likely to latch on to you. Bear in mind that they are simply trying to make a living so if you’ve no intention of buying from them you’re wasting their time.

Prambanan Temple

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Scams

As with any area that attracts tourists there are those that try to rip them off. Common scams in Bali include a “friendly” local discovering a problem with your car or motorcycle and introducing you to a trusted mechanic who then demands a significant sum of money and money changers who use sleight of hand to keep back currency.

Theft

Whilst violent crime is relatively rare, petty theft such a pick pocketing and theft from parked cars is more commonplace. Lock all belongings away and carry money in money belts for extra security. Use the safe facilities that are available at your hotel.

As well as taking general precautions it is advisable to check for current advice on the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices website (www.fco.gov.uk) before travelling.

Bali is renowned for its beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery, excellent water sports and relaxed atmosphere. By taking sensible steps to protect your health and safety you will be able to ensure that you get the most out of your time there.

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Discover A Beautiful And Enchanting Urban Paradise In Hong Kong

With over seven million people living there life in Hong Kong is blisteringly fast and it’s easy to get lost with the huge surges of crowds on the city streets. However, if you are planning on visiting this beautiful and vibrant place, you won’t be disappointed. There’s so much to see and do that even if the rush does get overwhelming, you’ll love being there. But where to start? Well, we think you should spend your first day climbing Victoria Peak.

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Unforgettable Views

There is nothing quite like the view from Victoria Peak because it towers over one of the largest and most impressive cities in the world. Getting to the top isn’t an easy trek, but there are other ways to reach the top. The most popular option is a tram that is actually one of the steepest in the world. It only takes seven minutes to reach the top, and that’s pretty darn impressive consider the mountain is a massive 1500 feet above sea level. If you want the best advice, make sure you wait for a clear day to do this. With clear skies, you won’t just see the city. You’ll be able to view the surrounding mountains too, and it looks absolutely stunning.

Make sure you take a picnic as well because this is a wonderful place to spend your first lunchtime in Hong Kong.

Take To The Water

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If you want to escape the city after a couple of days there, you can charter a junk boat. Don’t worry, junk boats won’t fall apart as soon as you get them out of the bay. The name is derived from the rustic appeal of the boats and the way they are designed. But despite their name, they still offer plenty of luxuries such as a fully prepared meal on your trip. If you’re staying at one of the hotels near the bay, you should be able to find more about this, and yes, the people who arrange this service do speak English. So, you won’t need to brush up on your Chinese to make sure you can take a trip.

Head To The Busy Streets

You probably want to check out the hotels away from the center of the city when you’re booking a hotel. Be sure to check hotel deals in Southside because this is a beautiful area to stay. However, as the sun begins to set, you should definitely head into the more urban areas of town and explore the Hong Kong markets. There, under the neon lights, you’ll find everything you could ever possibly want to buy, all on one street. There are various different sections on the market whether you want ladies clothing and accessories or to find flowers, goldfish and yes, even birds!

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Rub The Big Buddha’s Belly

Rubbing a Buddha’s belly is supposed to bring good fortune and if you want to test this why not try it with one of the biggest Buddha statues in the world? You’ll find the 202 ton Buddha west of the city in Lantau Island. That’s not the only attraction you’ll find here. The beautiful views and stunning wildlife are another reason to take the trip.

So, is it time for you to take a trip to Hong Kong and explore one of the most incredible places in the world? The answer is most definitely yes.

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Shanghai’s Charms Explored

When you are traveling through Asia, there are far more beautiful and iconic places to see than you can possibly make time for. But if your whirlwind tour of Asia includes China, why not make the most of one of the most incredible cities in the world? Shanghai is famed for its elegant and stark mix of architecture. It is also the financial hub of China, so you’re bound to see plenty of amazing people and sights. It is perhaps the charm of this exciting and vibrant city that many tourists miss. Make sure you don’t miss out!

The Bund is perhaps the most immediately recognized area of Shanghai. This is a waterfront promenade area that features some of the most beautiful and some of the most iconic buildings in the region. It can be quite pleasant to stroll along here on a clear day, despite the intense hubbub of the locals and the action on the water.

Of course, Shanghai has plenty of accommodation to choose from. As a business center, you can expect to find high-tech luxury apartments for rent. These can be found both inside and just outside of the main city area. As a traveler or vacationer, you may be more comfortable in a hotel in Shanghai if you plan to stay for a few days. Choose one that offers a range of culinary delights so you can explore the taste of the region too.

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You may have chosen to visit Asia and China for a taste of the culture. Shanghai is very modern, but there is still evidence of much more traditional ideals too. Just take a walk through the Yu Garden. This botanical beauty reflects life in China dating back to the Ming Dynasty. It is sculpted and tended well, and you can easily forget that you’re in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world. You can find everything that represents the old Chinese traditions including elegant ponds, gorgeous bridges, and amazing structures and buildings. Bring your camera!

Xintiandi is the place to go for shopping. There is a wide range of fashion stores and boutiques to explore. You’ll also find plenty of jewelry and charms to fall in love with. It’s one of the rare car-free areas of town, so you can enjoy browsing without the worry of traffic. This is also a good place to come for an evening out to enjoy local entertainment and fine food.

Perhaps one of the best places to spend a full day in Shanghai is the Shanghai Museum. Some of the artifacts here are incredibly rare and beautiful. Best of all, entry is usually free, so you can take it all in without worrying about the cost. You can find art, jewels and all the history and culture you need in here. Check out the Jade sculptures!

Whatever you’re keen to see most in Asia, do make time to stop off in Shanghai. You can find a lot of China’s history and culture in evidence without missing any of the charms of the region. Enjoy.

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