Best Airports in Asia Pacific

There’s an old saying that goes something like, “If it looks like an airport, and sounds like an airport, it’s an airport.” In other words, a house is a house, a car a car, and so on.

But this simply can’t be the case when it comes to something as essential to travel as an airport. Hours, or even days of sitting around waiting for the next flight out of a city can be made more than bearable with the right set up.

Take your comfort, for example. What are some things a good airport needs to make you absolutely comfortable? Because good airport management knows that when a traveler is hungry and can find some food, he or she may come back. But if that food is really delicious, then their return is guaranteed.

Flying halfway around the world is something one should avoid unless necessary. The jet lag alone will make you majorly unhappy if the culture shock doesn’t get you first. But if you do find yourself on the opposite side of the globe at 3:15 a.m. New York City time. Look around you. It’s a little after three in the morning and the sun’s been out all day! Are you enjoying yourself yet?

But, when you look around the airport and actually find yourself looking forward to the next few hours of waiting, you know you’re in one of the good ones. Depending on where you travel in Asia, you will probably stop in at least one of these airports at some point. For the record, they are the very best Asia has to offer.

o Incheon (ICN)

It’s no secret that Incheon is the best. In fact, it’s probably the most agreed upon choice for favorite airport by frequent flyers to Asia.

o Singapore (SIN)

The airport in Singapore relies heavily on the hospitality of the men and women who work there. Everyone from those selling souvenirs to the guy cleaning the bathroom is held to the highest level of excellence. They demand it from their employees because they know the traveler demands excellence as from.

o Hong Kong (HKG)

Hong Kong International Airport is the 14th highest ranked airport in the world. It’s known for its efficiency both in arrival times and departures, and delivering the right luggage at the right baggage claim. That’s a big deal when time counts and you need your bags right away.

o Central Japan (NGO)

Being number 3 in the world isn’t as good as being number 1 or 3. But it is better than being number 4; and infinitely better than number 2024 in the world. Central Japan International Airport was constructed on the Bay of Ise. Its location, surroundings, and the actual 5-star restaurants within the concourse make this a standout.

o Taipei (TPE)

The international Taipei Airport of Taiwan Taoyuan is located, naturally, in Taiwan. It features both modernity and a touch of old-world charm with shops and restaurants located in the terminals and concourse.

When you travel overseas you know it’s going to be one mad rush to make sure you get to the gate on time; there isn’t much time to hang around and enjoy the surroundings. However, when you have to be in an airport, its nice being in one that you feel comfortable in. When you enjoy yourself you don’t feel the tedious boredom of waiting.

Go to the authentic Korean restaurant at ICN. Or shop at a designer store at TPE; either way, the best airports are the ones people want to be in, not because they have to be there, but because they want to be.

Central Asia: Investing in the New Frontier

Investing in emerging markets has been a popular business choice for years now, with a different part of the world being dubbed a veritable ‘goldmine’ for foreign investors year on year.

But how do you ensure that your investment is well placed? Of course, there are never any guarantees, but doing your homework and making decisions based on facts and statistics, as opposed to a hunch, is a very good start.

This type of informed investment decision is why Central Asia is such an attractive opportunity for the frontier investor. Experts are convinced that the untapped markets of this region are ripe for investment, but it’s not just their opinions that are impressive – the statistics are too. Of all the emerging markets on the planet, Central Asia is a foreign investor’s dream and everything written about the area, and the studies already undertaken, reiterate this notion.

Take the region’s financial system, for example – this part of the world boasts some of this century’s fastest-growing economies and combined with staggering reserves of natural resources, it’s no wonder foreign investors are falling over themselves to get a piece of the action. There are three reasons why Central Asia’s capital markets are perfect for investment.

· They’re under developed

· They’re under researched

· They’re low cost

The area is underdeveloped when compared to other emerging markets, meaning investors can build a legacy in an area of relative infancy. Apart from the research quoted in this article, there has been very little digging done into the potential for investment in Central Asia. This means that in investment terms, it’s one of the globe’s best-kept secrets. Finally, the area still boasts inexpensive resources and therefore any investment project can be completed while being easy on your pocket.

When it comes to property, the mantra is ‘location, location, location’ and it could be said that investment is no different. The central part of Asia enjoys a strategic position between two phenomenally large economies in China and India. As these grow, so will the demand for Central Asia’s natural resources – and with that follows unique investment opportunities. 1.2 billion people live in India, while China has a population of 1.3 billion. India is the fifth largest oil importer in the world, while China is the third and they boast $4.1 and $10.1 trillion GDPs respectively, meaning the area has two significant markets next door.

Central Asia is packed with countries that are perfect for foreign investors and the area represents a significant opportunity for those with the funds. Turkmenistan, for example, has discovered gas fields with the ability to supply the UK for at least 20 years, Kazakhstan boasts 99 of the Periodic Table’s 110 elements in mined and mineable reserves, and Uzbekistan holds the fourth largest reserves of gold in the world.

Central Asia is an investment based on fact not fiction, statistics not sixth sense and potential not promises. With its significant natural resources, new markets and economic growth, now is the time to invest in this profitable region- can you really afford to miss this opportunity?

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.