With 43 countries, it is impossible to describe Asia as a single region or travel destination; but from the beaches of Turkey to the islands of Japan, Asia has to offer a wide range of various cultures, landscapes and activities.
While South East Asian countries such as Vietnam or Cambodia offer tropical experiences, unique foods and hidden cities; Japan or India have astonishing megalopolises for lost in translation experiences.
If most of Asia might be safer that you think, it is best to keep ahead of possible scams, pick pocketing and other dangers. City Safe has compiled information from numerous sources to offer some advice to people travelling in the region, but always check the latest news coverage before travelling to Asia to get the latest safety advice.
The large majority of Asian countries are safe, and travelers return home without encountering any serious issues. They are a few countries in war-ridden ridden regions that travelers must avoid such as Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and some parts of Thailand.
It is advised to avoid all political demonstrations, no matter how small or celebratory they may seem. Mass rallies can turn into violent clashes between the demonstrators and the military.
High caution should be exercised at big events like Thailand’s Full Moon party or Bali, where organized gangs take advantage of drunk tourists.
In other regions, common safety advice should be followed:
Carry as little cash as you can
Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket
Beware of individuals who act strangely and who try to divert your attention in order to steal your belongings.
Pay special attention while seating on restaurants and café terraces, when you are withdrawing money from ATMs or near tourist attractions
Never keep your mobile phone or wallet on the table of a café or restaurant.
Don’t wear expensive jewellery in an ostentatious way
If an attacker tries to snatch your bag, don’t try to stop them as you will risk being injured
Protect your personal belongings at all times, especially your ID and passport. Petty crime, like bag snatching and pick pocketing, is a serious problem around touristic areas and on public transport.
For more details, see country specific advice or take a look at our travel articles.