4. Get vaccination ready and bring along enough medical necessities.
Southeast Asia, the tropical paradise, also means heaven for insects. Plus, weather here is less tender than the Northern countries so parents should be aware and prepare at any time.
Before furthering your adventure to forest and unfamiliar places, get contacts and support from locals upon the nearest medical centers and available doctors might be a great idea. While staying at the open-air residences, ask for a bed net if possible.
Vaccinations can be quite expensive in most countries. One way to save money on these is to have them done once you arrive.
Suggested list of vaccines:
· Adult polio booster
· Tetanus / diphtheria
· Hepatitis A
· Yellow Fever
· Japanese Encephalitis
5. Respect the temple etiquettes.
Indeed, culture understandings would be incredible knowledge for your young ones. However, when entering new places, some are overly excited and playful as to run around and talk loudly. These acts are inappropriate in Southeast Asian temples.
Similar to European cathedrals, temples, shrines, and mosques here require the formal dress code, which means no sleeveless, no see-through, no miniskirt or short. Hence, a perfect solution is to cover your legs and shoulders, maybe by long bloating pants or sarong to make good example for your kids. The clothes not only look stunning but also help your kids adapt to traditional customs and learn to be a part of new culture.
Remember, tell your kids not to touch or have much physical contact with the monks and nuns.
6. Cross the streets confidently like a local.
In most Southeast Asian cities, traffic is usually stuffed by the maneuver of scooters, tuk-tuks, odd lanes and narrow pavements. At rush hours, vehicles, especially the bikes weave around city crowdedly and intensely like hungry fish waving their tails, creating a busy whirring harmony all along. When having your family trip to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and so on, be confident, listen to the horns and cross the streets without hesitation are keys to face the noisy vehicle line. Sudden pausing or backwards steps make really low-key movements, which may eventually cause drivers out there troubles with speed and control.
A note for young fellows, playing even nearby the streets in Southeast Asia is a huge no. Let’s stick to parents and save energy for the local parks.
7. Be keen and kind on car-seats and seatbelts.
This is a vital note for someone who has carsick. Both private cars and public transportations in Southeast Asia must adjust to the road conditions. As for long trips especially mountain visits, there is great chance that both drivers and guests would travel through rocky and uncomfortable paths. In advance, early-arrival and front-row pick should help parents and children stay healthy, plus, less tired while moving around.
If you sign up with a Travel Agency, ask them to arrange car-seat for your children. A standard TA usually own ready-to-go car seats ready in their office. Sometimes, seatbelts are forgotten in Southeast Asian countries. You may find some buses even cut off the whole seat-belt devices out of the vehicle. Again, notice your Travel Agent how important seatbelts are to your family so they would equip your journey with necessary safety packages. While transferring between destinations, adjust yourself in the position with convenient seatbelt and ask for driver support if you need one though.
Have fun and make memorable time with your kids!