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Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

What to Take

  • An emergency stash of cash for remote areas or when ATMs are down.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent (avoid aerosols which may be confiscated at airports); both are hard to find outside tourist areas.
  • A set of earplugs for the mosque and traffic wake-up calls.
  • A torch (flashlight).
  • Photos of loved ones – even pets; they're amazing ice-breakers.
  • A mental note to purchase a sarong – it's a fashion statement, blanket, beach mat, sheet, mattress cover, towel and shade from the pounding sun.
  • Phone charger and adapter.