China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TRAVEL SPECIAL -

Head­lines about ty­phoons, vol­ca­noes, earth­quakes and ter­ror­ist at­tacks have led to per­cep­tions in the out­side world that the Philip­pines is danger­ous. While tourists have noth­ing to worry about, there are some prac­ti­cal steps that can be taken to en­sure a safe and en­joy­able trip there.

Here are some use­ful tips pro­posed by Kuang Jiang­nan, a travel con­sul­tant with the Planet Travel, based on his own ex­pe­ri­ences.

Pay close at­ten­tion to the lo­cal weather forecasts and news re­ports.

2. Carry your pass­port and ho­tel card at all times. Do not go to re­mote places af­ter dark.

3. Obey the traf­fic rules. Do not run across the road or forcibly cut in.

4. Do not strike up con­ver­sa­tions with com­plete strangers and refuse to ac­cept their ser­vices to avoid fraud or be­ing used.

5. Tourists should bring an ad­e­quate sup­ply of any nec­es­sary med­i­ca­tion if they have med­i­cal con­di­tions.

6. Keep cash, cer­tifi­cates and other valu­ables on your per­son at all times.

7. Do not leave valu­ables in the ho­tel room or sight­see­ing bus to avoid un­nec­es­sary losses.

8. Ar­eas where you are likely to be­come a vic­tim of a pick­pocket in­clude tourist spots, the ho­tel lobby and shop­ping malls.

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