What I've included in this general travel tip section are some ideas, suggestions and recommendations from my experience of traveling in Asia. This is not a complete list, and I would encourage you to obtain further information to supplement what I have given here. Do not take this list as a final word. I would encourage you to think for your own personal lifestyle and experience in traveling, what you need to make your travel easier and more enjoyable.

The general suggestions given below are basically focused from my experience in the three areas of Asia that we specialize in i.e. Bali, Thailand and India (English is spoken in all three countries). However, these recommendations would generally hold true for any other stops you might make with packages that you may purchase from us such as stopping in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore etc.

Clothing:
Generally when traveling in Asia, you want to pack light weight clothes due to the heat. Light weight, durable cotton clothing, or a combination of cotton/rayon work well. If you have combinations of materials that are non-iron and wrinkle-free, this will be helpful, particularly when you are traveling from place to place.

1. I generally recommend taking a light-weight sweat suit, or some type of light jacket and pants especially if you are going to go on any type of cruises /rafting. For the evening time, some light-weight pants, dresses, blouses, etc. for women, in the event you go out, and the temperature does drop down a little bit.

2. Other important articles of clothing would be rain gear, particularly if you are going in the rainy season in Northern Thailand. Once again, make this a light-weight set of rain gear. It would be useful if you could double up on your rain gear, and use this as your light weight evening wear which would save you space. Clothing styles, level of dressing will also affect this decision. As far as shoes goes, if you are going to do any hiking or active vacations, you want a pair of light-weight hiking shoes. Once again, something that can maybe double up for walking shoes, will save you space. At a minimum, you need to think of walking to the beach every day or walking around cities; you will want a pair of nice comfortable lightweight shoes; sandals can work as well.

3. I also recommend that you carry a daypack or some type of carrying device so you can carry water, light-weight articles of clothing and any shopping purchases that you might make.

4. It is useful to have an article of clothing or some type of attachment to your body, such as a travel accessory, in which you can keep your travelers checks and other personal and secure documents, that you need to keep safe. Further I recommend, suntan lotion, flashlight, hat, sunglasses, watch/alarm clock, address book, a small Swiss army knife (which you might want to carry in your main bag and not carry on your person when you travel), first-aide remedies such as things to help with diarrhea, colds, etc. Make copies of your important documents such as passports, airline tickets, travelers checks invoices, etc, and keep separate from your documents.

Water
Because of the heat in most Asian countries, you want to make sure that you drink lots of water, since one sweats a lot, and it's very necessary to replenish the water from our bodies via bottled water. Notice the emphasis on bottled water.

For the sake of being safe, I recommend that you purchase bottled water when you are out and about in the rural areas, and some parts of the main towns. When you stop at the higher-class restaurants, it is safe to drink the water that is offered to you at the table, as well as the water that is offered to you at the higher class hotels. If you have any doubts, then carry your own, or order bottled water. If you intend to travel mainly in the rural areas, you should travel with purification tablets or a small water filter.

Most hotels, even the moderate first-class hotels, offer free bottled water as part of their in-house room package anyway. Bottled water can be purchased relatively inexpensively in most Asian countries. If you have a backpack, or a backpack/water bottle-carrying device that you can strap on your back or around your hips, then this is an easy means to carry water.

Food
When it comes to eating in most of the bigger cities, there is no health risks eating at the restaurants listed through any of the local hotel guides or any other restaurant guides that you might encounter. When it comes to daily snacks for lunch, while you are busy shopping or on tour, you want to eat at designated places that are referred to you, or choose wisely as to the type of restaurant that you eat at. Being a vegetarian, I find it easier to eat at Indian restaurants than trying to work out menu plans at other types of restaurants.

When it comes to fruit, I always recommend that you eat fruit that has a skin on it, such as a banana or an apple, whereby you can either peel the skin off the banana or by thoroughly washing the apple carefully in bottled in your hotel room. The same goes for grapes. Mangos are safe to eat because you can eat the inside of the fruit, etc. This suggestion is given for fruit purchased in an open-air market where the chances of some type of disease or virus are greater, than if you are eating fruit at a hotel, say at breakfast time. For that you should have no problems. Exercise the same caution and there will be "no worries mate."