Asia Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Advice on..: Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, how they compare?

Jump to last reply

Hi,
Sorry for this generic question.
I will do a trip to Southeast Asia with a stopover in Dubai. It's a multi-cities tour. I have already planned the route, booked flights & accommodation and do some research with guidebooks and on internet.

Route:
--Hong Kong (6 nights on the 3rd week of September)
--Kuala Lumpur (3 nights on the 3rd-4th week of September)
--Angkor (3 nights on the 4th week of September)
--Singapore (5 night on the 1st week of October)
--Dubai (2 nights on the 1st-2nd week of October)

I ask for advice about some aspects I have found mixed (sometimes contradictory) information. Especially, it's advice about what to pack.

1.- Weather. All stops are hot and wet places (Dubai only hot). But it will be very rainy? I'm not sure if there is risk of typhoons in HKG or monsoon in KL and SIN
2.- Etiquette. Related to point 1, where is / is not appropriate wear shorts? I have read that in KL people wearing shorts looks strange. And in Angkor are not recommended because it's a sacred place. Is this true? What about SIN and HKG? And short-sleeve t-shirts?
3.- Health risks. I'm a magnet for mosquitoes. I have seen that there is dengue risk in SIN. And malaria could be present in Angkor. I will be travelling by plane and staying in mid-range city hotels (3-4 stars). In principle, as it's my first visit to all these places, my sightseeing routes will be on the beaten track. What I should take care of? I'm afraid of wearing long-sleeve t-shirts and sweating a lot.
4.- Shopping. Beyond local crafts and other possible souvenirs, I plan to buy a new point-and-shoot camera. I'm travelling from the Eurozone. I have read that SIN could be cheaper than KL for electronics. But some products, as the Apple's ones, have similar prices in HKG as in USA (that is, cheaper than in Europe). So, is it cheaper HKG than SIN? What about Dubai? (Also, in past trips to the USA, I bought Levis 501 jeans. Is it possible to find them at similar prices in SE Asia or they will be as expensive as in Europe? I prefer 'true' Levis...)

Thanks in advance for any comment or advice!

17 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement: Writers Needed for Morocco Guidebook
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 11, 14 at 05:51 PM
View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Flying from place to place in Asia - here's our plan with questions
  2. 2 GOING TO SE ASIA , NEED HELP
  3. 3 Biting the India bullet...well, maybe...
  4. 4 Hotels in Hong Kong
  5. 5 Trip Report April in Bangkok, again!
  6. 6 India for 2 weeks in December/January
  7. 7 Drinking cheap in Singapore
  8. 8 Has anyone done a houseboat trip in Kerala
  9. 9 Bali trip - Places to visit outside of Bali / SE Asia
  10. 10 Sixteen Day in South Korea
  11. 11 SE Asia July/August - more itinerary advice needed
  12. 12 what gifts to take to host in Cambodia from the U.D.
  13. 13 Recs for Tokyo hotels
  14. 14 How safe is Delhi/India
  15. 15 Malaria
  16. 16 Vietnam and coffee
  17. 17 I'm going to Japan!
  18. 18 Living in Bangalore, India for 12 months. How to handle Malaria?
  19. 19 Diving in Thailand? Be aware!
  20. 20 Have you stayed at Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort Phuket?
  21. 21 Cherry blossom
  22. 22 Hua Hin or another family friendly beach?
  23. 23 Trip Report Trip Report on Recent Journey to Nepal
  24. 24 Shopping in Akhiabara
  25. 25 Which Putu in Bali????
View next 25 » Back to the top