But there are unexpected things that everyone who will come to Asia will inevitably encounter. We have made a shortlist of what may surprise you or slightly shock you.
1. Local trips are fun
Do not take the movement by car or bus as a prelude to travel. In Asia, you will surely learn about the existence of night buses (sleeping bus) with round-the-clock Asian films without translation, you will certainly get acquainted with moto-taxis dissecting at high speed along busy roads, and with a triple tuk-tuk, which fit 10-12 people. Any of these trips will be remembered for a long time.
2. Everything is relative, especially time
Thanks to complex combinations of traffic, bad roads, rains and sometimes a hangover, you will soon get used to the fact that it is almost impossible to arrive at the meeting place at the appointed time. Booking a hotel in advance is something that is a thing of the past, however, as well as planning a trip further than 2 days. Over time, you will cease to be upset by temporary collapses and even begin to enjoy them. And this is perhaps one of the best lessons that Asia can give.
3. Travel offers – a complete disappointment
It will take a long time to develop a defensive reaction to the “brilliant” offers of street vendors. They will offer you visits orphanages (of course, fake), group transfers to nearby attractions at triple prices and “secret” entertainment facilities. At first, it will seem that you can’t get away from all this, but soon you will understand everything and yourself will learn how to find inexpensive housing, professional guides, and friendly drivers.
4. The nicer the restaurant, the worse the food there.
You can get poisoned in Asia, rather, in some restaurants than in an outdoor cafe. If there is pasta or steak on the menu, be prepared for the fact that you get something completely different on the way out. Even salads with familiar names will taste different. The most delicious food is always found in plain-looking establishments.
5. Knock knock as affordable luxury
Knock knock can be very different. Sometimes it’s a crumbling 30-year-old motorcycle with a sidecar, and sometimes a knock-knock can look cooler than a convertible. And its capacity (especially after dark) will at first confuse you. But if you know how to bargain, then the trip will be not only unforgettable but also very cheap.
6. The ubiquitous smell of durian
Durian is a fruit that looks like a huge chestnut, and its smell is impossible to confuse with anything. Imagine a mixture of garlic, sweat, and perfume for paint. It doesn’t sound too nice, and in Asia, you will feel it constantly. And if you taste durian, you will either immediately love it or hate it forever. And there can be nothing else between these extremes.
7. Friendly reptiles
Do not be scared if small lizards run along the walls in your beach house. Geckos live in all countries of Southeast Asia and are generally completely harmless. Leave the lights on for the night – small geckos will quickly save you from mosquitoes, ants and other uninvited guests.
8. Thai Red Bull – not what you are used to
Energy drinks were invented in Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand. Here it is called Krating Daeng and is much stronger than what you could try in Russia or in Europe. Just one jar – and you can’t fall asleep all night. By the way, the creator of the original Red Bull was inspired by Thai invigorating drinks.
9. Unexpectedly strict laws
If you are going to Singapore, be sure to check out its laws. In this country, enormous fines are foreseen for seemingly minor violations. For food on the subway, you can lose thousands of dollars, and for a cigarette butt thrown by – $ 5000. In addition, the metro and many buildings cannot be entered with durian. So if you managed to fall in love with him, try to enjoy yourself exclusively on the street.
10. The reverse side of Asian friendliness
Asian countries have experienced a lot: periods of colonization, and absurd, destructive wars, and corruption, and poverty, but it seems that they smiled (and will smile) always. It is this inexhaustible friendliness that can make a trip to Asia one of the best events in your life.