Uncover the Mysteries of Asia

Have you been to Asia? Have you explored the beauty of Asia? If no is your answer, you have missed a bit of your life. Asia has a lot to show to the people and to tourists as well. Asia houses some of the best tropical countries which is very much ideal to those who would like to get a taste of hot summer weather. It is more than perfect especially for tourists from the west who always have cool temperature. There are actually many things that Asia could offer and not just those beaches. There are spots here that have been recorded as one of the wonders of the world. There are also places which has a wide and interesting history to share to newcomers. Asia is known as the largest continent and with its size comes a lot of places to explore.

Where to Go in Asia

If you are the type of person looking for tropical beaches, you can visit the islands of the Philippines like Boracay, Cam Sur, Siargao and Palawan. There are also beaches in Thailand, Bali in Indonesia and Langkawi in Malaysia. If you are the person who loves looking at temples and historical figures, Thailand is the place to be. If you are looking for great cuisine and a lot of modern tourists’ spots, you can go to Singapore. If you love to shop, you can go to Hong Kong. If you would also like to see some of the wonders of the world, you can go to China for the Great Wall of China, to the Philippines for the Banaue Rice Terraces, etc. Aside from that all Asian countries offer a wide array of tasty and delicious food. Anywhere you go, there is always something interesting to eat. You can always look at each country and search them via the internet and see more of their famous spots.

Revealing Some Secrets in Asia

This may no longer be a secret to some but one of the most visited places in Asia is Johor Bahru. It is a city located in Malaysia that connects the country to Singapore. This city is highly visited because it is highly urbanized, has the best shopping experience and has many attractions to visit to. These attractions may not be like those in Thailand but they have a few to boast. Aside from that, this city is one place where Singaporeans and Malaysians meet and greet, have fun and enjoy the night away! Aside from Johor Bahru another place which hasn’t been explored that much is Burau Bay which is found in Langkawi. Just like famous beaches, this place boasts a nice and seductive beach and shore line. It is also surrounded by wild rainforests. This town is yet to be discovered for some people since this beach front is not that famous as of now.

Those are just some of the many and thousands places you have to uncover in Asia. There are so many attractions to see that a month’s trip wouldn’t be able to cover it all. Once you arrive in Asia, you will be greeted by great and colorful culture along with hospitable people. Enjoy your travel soon!

Keeping Safe in Asia

ASIA, LAND OF DIVERSITY

Asia is a beautiful and diverse place, from rain forests, rice fields, and cultural landmarks, to bustling cities, gridlock motor bike traffic, and relentless marketeers. But there are two sides to this intriguing land; Asia is also a place of terrible crime, violence and corruption. Travellers to Asia can take safety precautions and procedures to ensure you are kept safe.

CRIME PREVAILS

Most Asian countries are developing nations, where people on average have a much lower income than people from western countries. I was talking with a young 20 year old man that was waiting on us at a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He told me he worked 18 hours a day, 28 days per month, and he earned US$40 per month (US$1.40 per day). Although these people get by, living in these conditions can be very difficult, and turning to crime would be an attractive and almost irresistible option. Just a small amount of pick-pocketing and stealing could provide a lot more for their families.

TRAVELLERS ARE TARGETED

Most lower-middle class Asians will see foreigners as very wealthy people. In their minds, if you can afford to travel here, you are rich. Criminals will know that you will be carrying valuable items and cash, and you could be targeted as a potential victim. My friend and I were walking to the park near our hotel in Ho Chi Minh. He was taking photos with a very expensive camera and kept it loosely around his neck with a strap. Thankfully, before anything happened, a concerned local who could speak very good English told us that we should be extremely careful if we were to have the camera out, especially at night time. We returned the camera to the hotel room before returning to the park.

AUTHORITIES ARE OF LITTLE USE

If you are a victim of a crime in the developing Asian countries, there is not much help provided. In fact, the police can be just as corrupt as the criminals. While in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I was visiting an Australian who lives there permanently. She had just bought a car and was giving it a test run. She saw some locals drive down the wrong direction of a one way street and decided to do the same. Immediately she was stopped by the police. According to protocol, she was to go to the police station and receive a US$25 fine for breaking the road rules. She waved a US$10 note to the policeman, he took it, returned to his car, and let her go about her business. The police in Cambodia rely on bribes and corruption to provide food for their families, as the wages they get do not go very far.

HOW TO BE SAFE

No-one likes to be a victim of crime, so here are techniques to be safe while travelling in Asia.
1. Do not keep valuables lying around in hotel rooms. Hotel cleaning staff earn a lowly wage, and although they may be nice and honest people, don’t tempt them. A good idea is to lock your luggage zippers with a padlock when leaving possessions alone in hotel rooms.

2. Do not keep valuables loosely hanging on your body. Cameras and belt bag straps can be slit with a small knife very quickly, and by the time you have figured it out, your items are gone. Use a slim, poly-cotton money belt, strapped inside of your clothes, around your body. They are very thin, almost invisible under clothes, and inaccessible by shifty pick-pockets.

3. If possible, wear your backpack at the front. This is not so important if you are in a group, but when alone or in a pair, this is a good idea. An acquaintance was sharing with me his experiences in Cambodia. A foreign woman with a bag on her back was riding on the back of a moto (motorbike taxi service) when a man (who was on foot) grabbed her pack as she was riding by. The woman stubbornly held on to her pack and came off the back of the moto. Although she got to keep her possessions, she was covered with cuts and grazes from the fall.

4. Travel in numbers. A good rule is to have at least two people going everywhere you go, ESPECIALLY at night time. When we were in Cambodia we made it a rule to walk in pairs, even throughout the day. I know this can be difficult for people that travel alone, may be you could find a group from your country that is going to the same country that you want to go to.
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Sunrise – 1 Year on From the ASIA Launch

Nearly a year has passed since Early Bird Sunrise registration began for the coveted new.asia domain extension, the Early Bird Sunrise period (SR2a) was the first opportunity for commercial entities to register a.asia extension. Prior to this, registration was limited to Asian governments wishing to submit their public bodies and culturally or economically important domains during the pre-Sunrise period.

Throughout the commercial Sunrise period, entry was limited to those companies with registered trademarks trading in on of the 72 Asian countries as defined by ICANN, the period was split into four sub-periods which ran consecutively with the entry requirements becoming less stringent over time, and finally closed for new registration on January 31 2008. On March 26 2008 the.asia Go Live registration period started allowing anyone around the world to buy a.asia domain, and prompted a wave of speculators to begin buying up cyber real-estate from web hosts in the hope that a few companies with sloppy marketing departments had missed the Sunrise window.

So why is the.asia extension so important, when the region has functioned perfectly well over the years with.com and the other Asian regional extensions?

Put simply.asia provides a unifying sense of economic identity for the region which has over 500 million internet users (compared with 315 million in Europe and 253 million in the USA) a number which is growing steadily all the time as the cost of technology decreases..asia also allows companies to demonstrate an online presence and expand in to a region with one of the fastest moving economies in the world. That said how many companies have taken advantage of their newly acquired domains and actually set up a live site, well fewer that you would expect, a search of the obvious key players (Pepsi, Ford etc) returned “error page not found messages” Toyota the third largest Asian company according to Business Week’s ‘Top 25 Asian Companies’ have not set up a.asia page, Sony the seventh largest Asian company’s site is “under construction” and 7eleven the mini-market of choice for the region has their domain ‘parked’ in fact of the well known international brands only Honda seems to have a fully functioning.asia domain. So why this reticence to embrace.asia? Do we expect to see a wealth of new.asia sites before the end of the year? Or, are the big players just happy with the fact that they have secured their plot and are now content to sit on the fence while the price of the cyber real estate rises around them?

On thing does seem certain – this area is bound to take off eventually, and although the transition is slow it is gradually happening, with millions of quality domain names still on offer it could be time to speculate and buy your company’s piece of.asia before somebody else does.