Asia Hotels and Budget Accommodations Creepy Crawly Hazards

I have had the unfortunate luck of running into things that bite you in the night at some of the Asia hotels and guesthouses that I have stayed at in Asia beside mosquitoes.

One hotel had scabies that fortunately wasn’t in my room but a couple of other people got a dose. If the hotel or guesthouse does not have a dryer it will be difficult for them to get rid of unless they soak the bedding in very hot, roiling boil water for a few minutes. The way to get rid of them off of you personally is that you need to get a ointment usually, that kills them and make sure that you have all of your laundry done and dried completely on the hottest setting, which kills any that might be on your cloths or sleeping garments.

I have been bitten by bed bugs in a few of the cheapest guesthouses. Bed bugs are very hard to get rid of, basically you need to freeze the bed, which is hard to do in the tropics, or stick the entire bed in a plastic bag and apply some bed bug killing solutions, or isolate the mattress for 6 months in a plastic bag, You also need to clean very good the rest of the bed frame and anything close to the bed as the bed bugs can jump back on to a new or cleaned mattress and you are infected again. A good idea is not to stick you luggage on the bed whenever possible to avoid hitchhikers.

Cockroaches you can sometimes have crawl into your luggage when you are traveling and you can bring them home with you. If that is the case take your luggage and shake it real good and look for the little bastards in all the little nicks and crannies, and if you find them, of course, squish the little darlings and give the luggage a good spray with a bug spray.

If you do get a infestation of cockroaches in your home or apartment you need to bomb the dwelling and apply some cockroach powder near all the water fixtures that you can not see like behind the toilet and under the sinks and around the refrigerator. One drop of sweat off a pipe is enough water for a small army of roaches. On the bombing you need to do it 3 times do it the first time and wait 12 days bomb again, wait 12 days and then the final. If you have the powder out and follow that schedule you will be successful in getting rid of them, again the keys are 3 times two weeks apart, which breaks the egg cycle and powder around the water pipes which will get any stragglers. Cardboard is on their favorite food list. Also if you are in a building that has many tenants they might infiltrate from the other apartments, fill all the cracks that you can find. Many times water and drain pipes will share common walls, these are areas to pay particular attention to as no water, no roaches.

Lice are generally caught by close contact with someone who is infected but a pillow case that has them could probably transfer them as well. They are not real hard to get rid of basically if they wash the bedding after each customer you should be fine. If you do get them a cheap remedy is to buy dog flea shampoo which works just fine.

So some general rules are to look and see if they have changed the bedding and to look at the bedding to see if there are any small blood stains which is a very bad sign. Open doors and drawers, and look in the bathroom if you see stuff moving not a good sign. If there are towels or curtains, the little creepy crawlies like to hide there and are good indicators. Also, when ever possible, ask for recommendations from people that have stayed there recently as they will know and so then will you, without the unpleasant experience.

2008 Asia Cup Cricket Tournament

The Asia Cup Cricket Tournament is an international cricket event which was conceived in the year 1983 along with the birth of the Asian Cricket Council in the same year. Originally the ACC(Asian Cricket Council))was established as a measure to promote goodwill among the Asian nations. The original plan was to hold the tournament in every two years and the first tournament was held in 1984 in Sharjah, UAE where the council’s offices were based (until 1995). ICC(International Cricket Council) has officially given One Day International status to all the matches played for the Asia Cup.

Till now Indian cricket team has won the Asia Cup the most times (4 times) and appeared in all the final matches apart from the 1986 and 2000 cup, during which period India did not participated in the Tournament due to its bad relation with host nation Sri Lanka. Recently ACC has announced that the Asia Cup Cricket tournament will be held biennially from 2008 onwards.

The ninth edition of the Asia Cup Cricket Tournament will be held in Pakistan from 24th June 2008 onwards and will continue till 6th July 2008.This would be the first time Pakistan would be hosting the three-side tournament, including Bangladesh. In this edition the participant nations are India, Pakistan, Srilanka, UAE, Hong Kong and Bangladesh. There will be three teams in each group and the top two teams from each group will qualify for the second round.

From the second round top two teams will contest the final. Karachi will host 10 of the 13 matches, while Lahore will host three and all matches will be day-night affairs, starting late in the afternoon about 04:00 PM local time. As per a recent news article, former Pakistani Cricket captain Wasim Akram was saying India is the most favourite for the 2008 Asia Cup Champion considering the current conditions of arch-rival Pakistan team. He says “Though Karachi’s hot weather will be an additional rival for the participating teams in the Asia Cup, I see India as hot favourites for the event,” the Dawn quoted Akram as saying. Till date India has performed very well in all the Asia Cup tournaments and has won the Championship 4 times.

Considering their current exposure to IPL matches and the well praised performance in the ongoing Bangladesh Tri-Series, they are certainly the favourite for this edition of the championship also. However, tournament host & arch rival Pakistan and mighty Srilanka wont let it happen without pain. Let us see who comes out as the Champion in the 9th edition of 2008 Asia Cup Cricket Tournament!

The Three Best Tourist Destinations in Asia

Asia has been a travelers favorite since the days of yore. European travelers like Marco Polo have come to Asia in ancient times in search of prosperity and exotic treasures. All this has been recorded in various accounts of the travelers themselves. From those ancient accounts, we know that Asia is a rich continent with vast differences in the climate and culture of different regions. China was known for its silk and tea while India was known for its cotton and spices. These two Asian countries became the center of world trade in the seventeenth century. Today, Asia is known for many more things. First, there are the multitudes of cultures in Asia that one cannot get enough of. With the exponential advancements in technology in Asian countries, they are still known for the reminders of their past. Second, the new-age advancements have made Asia the hub of electronic and automobile production. Third, the different climatic zones on the continent and the different geographical features that Asia is endowed with truly delivers a thrilling experience to travelers. Visiting as many Asian countries as possible should be one of the pledges on your bucket list.

What are the most popular destinations for travelers in Asia? When people hear anything about Asia, the first thing that comes to their mind is China. China has grown as a superpower and attracts tourists not only for the urban experiences, but also for the country’s rich heritage as a cultural and spiritual destination. While there are ultra- modern cities like Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau, there’s also the ancient Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and Mount Tai- one of the most sacred places according to Taoism. China is also endowed with a bounty of natural beauty. The country has blended the urban, historical and natural treasures of the country and formed a composite national treasure. A trip to China will always be a memorable one. The second country that comes to people’s minds is Japan. Japan grew and developed faster than China. Its technological innovations are superior to China’s, but the experience a traveler will get in Japan is different from that in China. Japan has always been known for making fantasies come true. So, there’s the famous Tokyo Disney Land that is a favourite destination of many of tourists. It is the first Disney Land to be developed outside the United States. Apart from the Disney Land, there’s also Universal Studios. Japan is also known for its culture of art and crafts. You can take ikebana classes, bonsai classes, tea ceremony classes or even origami classes.

The third most visited country is India. India is a land that is more diverse than even the whole of Asia. One part of India is poles apart from another part in terms of language, art, dance form, etc. This adds to the vibrancy of the country’s culture. In this country, you have to devote too much of your time to if you want to soak yourself in the Indian experience. Here, you can see the remains of the world’s oldest civilization- the Indus Valley Civilization. You can also see the remnants of the great Mughal Kingdom that has been mentioned a French traveler, the remnants of the country’s colonial past, the cosmopolitan culture in its nascent stages, the western ghats, and so much more. This is a place that is a myriad painting of religion, art, history and geography.

Apart from just the different things to see, each country has a different and heterogeneous cuisine to offer. Other Asian countries that are frequented by travellers are- Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and Sri Lanka.