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8 breath-taking cities to visit in Asia
Asia is home to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations and liveliest cities Travelling is one of the most amazing experiences and one which can benefit you in more ways than one. Taking the time to travel can: Benefit your relationships – 50% of people say they feel reconnected to their family through travelling Aid your career – 73% of HR professionals believe that a constructive gap year is worthwhile Support your education – 66% of students who travel overseas have higher degrees Enhance your health – travellers rate their overall health one full point higher on a scale of 1-5. Health is, of course, high on our list of priorities at Express Travel Clinic, so the idea of becoming healthier through travel is of particular interest to us. When it comes to travelling, there’s a reason Asia is one of the most popular and beloved destinations. It’s huge and diverse, and is home to some of the most well-known and desirable locations as well as some breath-taking hidden gems. So which cities should you be thinking of visiting in Asia? Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok brings old and new together perfectly. Be sure to visit the Grand Palace and one of Thailand’s most iconic relics, the Emerald Buddha – cast entirely out of jade in the fifteenth century. There are also endless squares and districts for shopping and sightseeing. Tokyo, Japan Tokyo is crowded and fast-paced, but full of incredible things to see and do. From checking out the cosplay outfits in the Harajuku district to wandering around ancient temples, there’s something for everyone. There are also more Michelin-starred restaurants here than in Paris, so be sure to indulge in some tasty food too. Ubud, Bali Ubud is the pinnacle of tranquillity and natural beauty. It’s home to some of Asia’s best spas where you can enjoy a Balinese massage, as well as stunning museums and galleries. There’s even a Monkey Forest Park nature reserve nearby where you can hang out with the macaques. Hoi An, Vietnam The center of this Southeast Asian hub is a natural heritage zone, meaning no motor vehicles are allowed. This lets you wander the cobbled streets undisturbed, taking in the shops, cafes and historical streets lit with lanterns. Seoul, Korea Seoul is the business and culture heartland of South Korea. Climb the famous N Seoul Tower to see the whole city moving at lightning speed below you. There are also incredible restaurants and a thriving nightlife. Phuket, Thailand Phuket is Thailand’s largest province, but what really makes it special are the more than fifteen major beaches, all with white sand, turquoise water and stunning sunsets. Make the most of it with a visit to a coastal seafood restaurant and take in the breath-taking scenes unfolding around you. Kathmandu, Nepal Kathmandu is Asia’s true home of history, so much so that there are seven UNESCO world heritage sites here. These include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka, Patan and Bhaktapur, as well as two Hindu temples and the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath. The Thamel District is a wonderful place to soak up the local artisan culture too. Beijing, China Beijing has been China’s capital for over 800 years, and it’s got the history and culture to show for it. From the Ming Tombs to the Great Wall itself, there’s no end of incredible sites to take in. You can also visit the Dirk Market for an authentic shopping experience with a huge number of goods on offer. Travelling to some of the world’s most exotic locations can be great for your health – but only if you take the right steps to stay safe Visiting Asia could be one of the most incredible experiences of your life, so make sure it isn’t ruined by illness. Making sure you get all the necessary vaccines on your travels is vital for ensuring that you stay safe and healthy so you can enjoy all that Asia has to offer. For more information about travel vaccinations, get in touch with us today on 0208 9935889.
The ultimate traveller’s checklist
When it comes to travelling, it’s important to have fun but even more important to stay safe! And you’ll find everything you need right here… Travelling is a wonderful experience, one which more and more young people are choosing to undertake. In fact, between 200,000 and 250,000 people aged 16-25 take a gap year, with many using it to travel and see the world outside the UK. But there are a lot of things to do to make sure your trip is not only fun, but safe as well. Looking after your health and wellbeing is even more important when you’re abroad. At Express Travel Clinic, we’re concerned about keeping you safe on your travels, and that’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive list of everything you need to pack and do before you jet off into the big wide world. How are you getting there? Whether you’re driving or flying, there’s lots to consider before you begin your travels. If driving, make sure… You’ve changed your oil Your car maintenance is up to date You’ve confirmed your address You have up to date insurance You’ve got directions You’ve confirmed your check in at the other end You have a full tank of petrol You have plenty of snacks and drinks for the road! If flying, make sure… You’ve booked your flights You’ve booked accommodation You know your check-in times You’ve confirmed your flight times You’ve booked transport and pick-up at the other end You know when you need to be at the airport You’ve followed airline limits when it comes to luggage size and weight You’ve checked in your baggage You’ve checked in, whether at the airport or online beforehand What should you do in the days leading up to your trip? A week before, make sure… You’ve changed your currency You know what you’re going to wear/bring You’ve done your shopping – food, clothes, toiletries, storage Your clothes are washed and dried One or two days before, make sure… You’ve checked weather forecasts You’ve done a practice pack You’ve checked for prohibited items like razors or liquids You’ve preferably checked-in online You’ve printed your boarding pass You’ve given contact details and an address to a loved one On the day of travel, make sure… You’ve packed any last items – toiletries, food, books etc. You’ve packed flying necessities such as a boarding pass and passport You give yourself extra travel time in case of traffic What should you pack? Clothes: Trousers, shorts, dresses or skirts Shirts A jacket (just one – even if you’re going somewhere hot!) Underwear and socks Pyjamas A few pairs of shoes, but not too many! Swimwear Accessories – hat, sunglasses, jewellery etc. A plastic bag for dirty clothes Toiletries: Floss, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash Skincare and moisturiser Sun protection creams in a variety of factors Deodorant and fragrance Razors Hair products, whether it be a brush, gel or hairspray Make-up Vitamins or medication Essentials: Wallet or purse, including I.D. Mobile phone (plus charger!) Camera Books Snacks A print out of all your booking confirmations Pen and paper Emergency contact details Money in the necessary currency What about your health? Your health is the most important thing you should be thinking about wherever you roam, and Express Travel Clinic can help treat and prevent any number of afflictions associated with travelling abroad – including rabies, typhoid, malaria and cholera. Make looking after your health the FIRST thing on your checklist before you travel. There are lots of treatments available at Express Travel Clinic, so don’t take any chances; take every precaution and get in touch today.