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.

Know More About Asia

This article explains some interesting information about Asia, and if you’re interested, then this is worth reading, because you can never tell what you don’t know.

Asia is the largest continent in the world by a considerable margin, and it is rich in natural resources, such as petroleum and iron.

As a matter of fact, the only difference between you and Asia experts is time. If you’ll invest a little more time in reading, you’ll be that much nearer to expert status when it comes to Asia.

Asia is one of the most extraordinary and diverse continent in terms of people and travel destinations. As it consists of many countries (about 55 countries) then you will be able to imagine how vast the territory of this region. Because It covers about 10% of the entire Earth’s total surface area, or about 30% of its land area, so the whole area of this continent is range from the mountains around the Black Sea in the west, to the snow fields of Siberia in the east and it contains more than 60% of the world’s human population

Asia is one of the seven continents in the world. But even though it is the seventh continent but it is the largest continent among all. As you can see that its border stretches from Japan in the East through Russia in the West, which across about 34 countries on its path. Apart from that, in terms of population, Asia has about more than half of entire of the world’s population, which mostly they are in China and India. Apart from that, not only in terms of number of population, they also have wide range of human races, which about 1,400 human races living in Asia.

However, there is an interesting point in terms of what people trying to re-establish new territory of Asia, that is many of geographers try to take a further study and make new conclusions that there are really is no definite dividing line between Asia from the west and Europe to the East. As a result of this theory, the new idea of continent called Eurasia has been defined, of which is known as the largest continuous in the world and has population of around 5 billion and this is more than 70% of the world population.

Therefore, there are plenty of travel destinations for you to choose, I can say that it almost have everything that correspond to your vacation style. Wide range from the desert ruins and modern malls of the Middle East to the beach bungalows and jungle treks of South-East Asia lone Thailand and Indonesia to the mega cities and hi-technological capitals of East Asia in the United Arab Emirates and there are a lot more attractions waiting for you in the rest of this beautiful continent such as in Central Asia, East Asia, Middle East, South Asia, South-East Asia, Russia and the Caucasus. You can visit tons of travel website to find out more about these superb travel destinations.

This article’s coverage of the information is as complete as it can be today. But you should always leave open the possibility that future research could uncover new facts.

Steps in Renting a Hong Kong Holiday Apartment

Search for a Holiday Apartment
You may want to consider the following criteria when searching for your Hong Kong holiday apartment availability date, suitability for families, Internet access, apartment size and pets/smoking rules. For Hong Kong apartments you especially want to keep an eye out on size. Remember real estate in Hong Kong is among the most expensive in the world so don’t have expectations of similar sized apartments as you are used to in the West unless you are willing to pay ridiculous prices! A 2 bedroom apartment in Hong Kong is typically 40 square metres, if you find one that’s 50 square metres or above you’re doing well!

Use one of the many online holiday apartment websites to search and find a holiday apartment. It can be useful to firstly decide which area you want to stay in (by talking to friends / family or browse the most popular rentals on the website) to narrow down your search. Remember to read the property reviews left by previous guests. They provide an unbiased opinion of the property and serve as a good sanity check on the accuracy of the advertisement. Specifically for Hong Kong apartments you can use tripadvisor they have a good listing of 7 apartments. You can also use Homelidays they have a section for Hong Kong apartments as well.

Hong Kong is generally not an online community so when making bookings make sure you follow up with the phone. Once you have found a selection of properties you are interested in, use the online form on the website to contact the owner directly. You should ensure your contact details are correct in order to receive a prompt response.

Decide if you want Insurance

As with any holiday you want to consider buying travel insurance to cover your flights and accommodation in the event of any unforseen circumstances. Insurance for travel in Asia is generally more expensive that the west, however Hong Kong given it’s been westernised is generally cheaper that other parts of Asia. For local HK insurance some companies like AIA offer a good deal.

Request, Review and Return the Rental Agreement

Once you have a tentative agreement with the owner, ask for a rental contract. By HK law if you are renting for over 3 months (even for holiday apartments) you want your rental contract stamped by the rental authority. This is because in the case of any dispute if the contract is not stamped then you may legally not enforce your rights. The contract will highlight your check in and check out dates, obligations on renting the holiday apartment and most importantly any cancellation and refund policies. You should review this contract carefully to make sure you are comfortable with the terms and keep a signed copy of the contract.

Book the Holiday Apartment

Generally Hong Kong holiday apartment owners will ask for deposit between 30-50% of the rental price to secure the booking. You want to check for the terms and conditions related the return of the deposit. The rental contract you reviewed in the previous step will contain the exact payment schedule. In most cases in Hong Kong, full payment is expected prior to check in date. Check with the owner on payment methods, most common is PayPal, followed by online bank transfer and credit cards. You can also ask to speak the person directly in HK to double ensure you are comfortable with what you are booking for. This is often a good check as their phone number should be a Hong Kong based on i.e. starts with country code +852

Important Details Before you Arrive

Before you go on your holiday you want to ensure you have the following details about the Hong Kong holiday apartment from the owner:

· Address of the apartment

· Keys to the property or a pre-arranged appointment with the owner on how to get them

· Owner’s contact details (a phone number or at least an email)

· Travel instructions to reach the apartment from the airport. When travelling to and from Hong Kong airport to your apartment, its best to use the airport express it’s the cheapest and most efficient way to travel to and from the airport.

It usually takes about 30 minutes from the airport to get into the City Central in HK so this is a good time to call the owner to give them a heads up on arrival.