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The Bag I Lost in Paris

Paris is one of the most visited destinations in the world. It’s famous for its romantic vibes around the city. It was our dream to visit Paris and take romantic photos in front of the Effiel Tower. However, we were quite unaware of safety precautions to take while traveling to this romantic city. The bag I lost in Paris is an interesting piece of writing along with major safety guidelines.

Our Hotel IBIS Porte de Bagnolet

Well, as we all know Paris is an extremely expensive destination. A fair star category property in Downtown, Champs Élysées, or anywhere near Eiffel Tower is the range between $180 to $250. However, there are some areas far away from tourist destination which are reasonable. My tour operator arranged a budget hotel IBIS Bagnolet Paris. It’s a fairly three-star category hotel with breakfast. The rent for a deluxe category room in under $100. Well, it’s important to know the hotel and neighborhood we stayed once you head towards the blog The bag I lost in Paris.

Neighborhood Porte de Bagnolet

Metro Station

Porte de Bagnolet is a far and isolated neighborhood for tourists in Paris. Usually, travelers are unaware of the area and surroundings. There are no tourist attractions nearby. However, the only favorable thing was the metro station and a small mall that had a big grocery area. The neighborhood had a metro station which is easily accessible. We went to Champs Élysées and Eiffel Tower by changing 3 metro lines.

“Beautiful Sunny Morning” when The Bag I Lost in Paris

It was a wonderful bright sunny day in Paris. We woke up early in the morning as we need to join our group for Disney Land. Going to Paris without visiting Disneyland is incomplete. It was indeed an exciting morning to wake up early to join a breakfast session.
The good thing about breakfast was to get complimentary drinking water.
I and my wife did breakfast and went to the lobby to wait for a tourist guy.

The Lobby where I Lost my Bag

The bag we lost in Paris, it all started when we were in the lobby waiting for the bus driver. We were ready to take the bus but suddenly the driver tells everyone that the tire is flat and he required an hour to fix it.
Well, there was nothing much to do in the hotel, and as previously described that there was nothing to do in the nearby area. As it was not a tourist area we were advised to stay inside.

Essential Items in the Bag I lost in Paris

As it was a whole day trip to Disney land my wife set up a small handbag having all essential items for a day trip. It includes
1. Power Bank
2. Mobile phone (with all memories)
3. My wife essential cosmetics lipgloss, foundation, mascara, eyeliner, sunscreen, blush, and eye shadow, sanitizer
4. My child’s phone
5. Souvenir keychain bought from Paris.
6. Wallet
7. SunGlasses
8. Some medicines

All these things were very important and dear to us luckily our cash wallet, passport, and other documents were not in the Bag.

The time when I actually lost bag in Paris

So, it all started when we were waiting for the driver to fix the Bus. In the meantime to save some Euros I tell my wife to stay in the lobby so I can fill some water from the breakfast area. Soon, my wife followed me and said I want an orange juice. She also told me that a group member is taking care of the bag.

When we came back my wife said where is the bag and she knew it that she already lost it. We tried to search the lobby but in vain. Soon we ask the reception which was just opposite the couch we were sitting to check the security camera.

The guy at the desk asks us to wait for 10 minutes. Soon he came and confirm that two strangers were in the lobby. They looked suspicious they stand there and as soon as we left the place they took the bag right in front of the people.

Condolences from Hotel Staff

It’s the whole sole responsibility of the guest to take care of their belonging as the hotel will not be responsible for any mishap or stolen items.

However, they seemed to be worried for us but also helpless. The staff and receptionist further told us that they are helpless and it becomes difficult for them to identified unwanted people. They further told that it has happened.

several times with our guests. At the starting of the blog, I told about hotels and neighborhoods. Hotels and neighborhoods like these are highly vulnerable to these criminal activities. As hotel staff failed to secure things even in the lobby. This is the worst case ever that happened to us while we traveled to any country.

Reporting Procedure and Legal Action

We asked the hotel staff if there anything we can do to find a lost bag in Paris? They said we first need to call the police. The police will come and investigate the matter we will provide them CCTV footage of the thieves. They will further investigate and find the criminals. If you will be lucky enough you will get your things back. However, which was near to impossible. It was our last day in Paris as we had to leave for the airport very next day.

Street Crime in Paris

Paris at Night

Paris is famous for its pickpocket and street crimes. Although, globally its a safe country but stealing bag, pickpocket, mugging, scams are some of the usual crimes.

The most common crime is pickpocketing mostly targeting tourists. The French Capital is famous for scamming tourists. The most common places are trains, metro stations, crowded streets, and popular tourist attractions.

While in restaurants, cafes, and night club it’s crucial to take care of your valuables. Once you get your attention diverted from valuables will be taken away in front of you.

Precautions and safety while traveling

When I lost my bag in Paris, I learned many things.
1. Tourist has to be vigilant even in hotels and their lobbies.
2. We must keep currency in different pockets and places.
3. Never keep ur passports in the bag or carry them unnecessarily.
4. Always keep a strict eye to your bags and valuables while in metros, train, or other tourist destination.
5. Do not keep out your camera everywhere as it attracts pickpockets.

6. Pickpockets are professional and trained so always be vigilant
7. Avoid visiting and roaming around the city late at night.
8. Beware of Night Club Scams
9. Limit your credit cards

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Malaysia The Truly Asia Blog

Malaysia the Truly Asia is a country with mountains, highlands, metropolitan cities, and mesmerizing islands. Malaysia is situated in Southeast Asia boarding with famous travel destinations Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. However, Malaysia has a tourism edge on its neighboring countries in Asia.

Introducing Malaysia- The Truly Asia

Malaysia has the essence of pure Asian Culture. The country has the majority Muslim population with Malay ethnicity and then Chinese. Malaysia has always been top in tourist destinations. The country could be discovered in a good month because most of the nationalities get a visa for a month. As of now, Malaysia has also introduced E-visa facilities for most of the nations. A tourist arrives directly to the capital and metropolitan city Kuala Lumpur. For cool breeze, mountains, and chill weather Genting Highland or Cameron Highland is preferred. After breezy weather of uplands, Malaysia offers a tropical region of Penang and Langkawi.

Petronas the travel ask
Petronas the travel ask

The majority of tourists bucket at least three cities in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur capital city is a hub and arrival destination. There are options for mountainous and island regions. The most famous highland in Malaysia is Genting Highland, Cameron Highland, and less-visited Fraser Hills. For topical island excursion, the most visited city in Malaysia is Langkawi

There are fewer countries in the world that provide diverse aspects of nature. Malaysia is blessed with a proper natural tourist place with perfect infrastructure. The country is also budgeted like its neighbor country Thailand. The currency is also affordable as compared to other tourist’s destination.

Malaysia My Second Home

Malaysia also got famous for business and residential purposes after immigration and foreign office introduce Malaysia My Second Home. Many businessmen from neighboring countries start settling in the country.

Best Cities to Visit in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is an economical hub, commercial center, and capital city of Malaysia. The twin tower city is the arrival destination for the majority of tourists. The Kula Lumpur International Airport is around 1.5km from the city center. The city is just called KL among tourists and locals. KL is famous for its cultural diversity, tradition, metropolitans and contemporary architecture. The city is the settlement of different ethnicity and makes it the most diverse cities in Southeast Asia. From Hindu temples, mosques and churches KL is significantly rich in religious sites. The city has much more to offer than it seems to be. KL is famous for its Petrona Towers since it’s one of the tallest buildings in the world. It got attraction from tourists after the famous Indian movie Don featuring Shahrukh Khan shoot on site.

Things to do in KL Malaysia the Truly Asia

There are numerous activities in KL from adventures, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing, and history. There are numerous shopping districts in the city along with famous roadside eateries.

1. Petronas Tower

The modern architecture twin tower is what KL is famous for. It is 451.9metres tall and achieved the record of the highest twin towers in the world. It has a contemporary shopping mall Suria KLCC inside which is accessible for travelers and tourists.

Petronas AKA Twin Tower
2. KLCC Park

KLCC Park is in twin tower surrounding. Locals and travelers enjoy sitting and having a good evening time.

3. Batu Cave

It is a Hindu temple site famous for big golden statue of Hindu god. There are 272 steps to get inside the cave it is a historical architecture and must-visit.

Batu Caves
4. Bukit Bintang

One cannot escape the street while traveling to KL. The hustling bustling street never sleeps. Bukit Bintang has the highest number of hotels from budget to star class. The street has various food and shopping options. There are numerous malls in the vicinity and all malls have local and foreign brands. The tourist will surely regret if miss this magical street. There are local food vendors and international food chains on the street. Local manufacturers are street vendors sell garments, accessories, and another electronic items at good rates.

Bukit Bintang
5. Jalan Alor

Jalan Alor is a Chinese food street with local Chinese vendors selling all types of traditional Chinese food. The street is situated in the area of Bukit Bintang.

Jalan Alor
6. Petaling Street

Petaling Street is also known as China Town of KL. It is the huge street with locals shops selling all Chinese goods including, garments, handbags, accessories, jewelry, shoes, and local food. It gives strong vibes from China.

Petaling Street
7. Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square is Independent square of KL. The street is famous for the national march and historical national buildings. The square is for national gathering. The Malaysia flag is proudly raised at 95 meters.

Independent Square
8. Little India

Little India reflects the Indian Culture and tradition. One can experience Indian essence while visiting this place. There are around 2 million Indians living in KL for 4th generation now. The majority of them are Malaysian National and have now roots in Malaysian culture, tradition, and economy.

9. Sunway Lagoon

Last but not least the Sunway Lagoon water, theme, adventure, and zoo park is all in one magical experience. One can enjoy everything in just a day. The contemporary theme park is best for spending the whole day with family and friends. It has fun for every person. The Park started with Amusement park including the best scary park directed by famous Hollywood directors. Full splash and sparkling Water Park waits to beat the tropical heat of KL. The park is equipped with modern slides and water rides. Adventure and zoo are must-sees when visiting the park.

Sunway Lagoon

Genting Highland- Malaysia Truly Asia

Genting Highland is a cool breezy rainforest hill station. The rainforest is a million years old. The Highland is famous for its biggest First World Hotel & Plaza. There are 7,351 rooms in the hotel which ranked as the biggest hotel according to the rooms in Guinness Book of World record. The highland is 120km away from KL and it takes around 1 hr to reach the destination. Most of the tourists take a day tour for this beautiful mountain area. However, I would recommend booking a night stay in a hotel away from the loud and bustling city life. There is a strawberry farm and famous Chinese the Chin Swee Caves Temple. Most of the tourists take a chairlift ride for the hotel.

Cameron Highland- Malaysia Truly Asia

The other option for cool highlands is Cameron in Malaysia. The temperature ranges between 25°C in day 18°C at night. The beautiful highland is famous for its tea plantation and mesmerizing views from hotel resort. However, Cameron is quite a distance from the capital city and takes around 6 hours. So, it is not possible to take a day trip. If tourist wishes to go Cameron they have to book hotel for day or two.

Langkwi- Malaysia Truly Asia

Langkawi is an archipelago in Andaman Sea. Phuket and this island share the same sea and are neighboring islands. The turquoise sea and coconut water is enough for tourists to enjoy this jewel. However, there are plenty of adventurers and attractions on the Island. The diving adventure will provide you the opportunity to find the hidden treasure in turquoise blue water. Cable Car in Pantai Kok is also famous among tourists to enjoy the beauty of the Island. Cable Car provides mesmerizing aerial view. There are several options in resorts according to traveler’s budget. Langkawi Sky Bridge is another tourist attraction that should not be missed. the Island has its own international airport.

Penang- Malaysia Truly Asia

The street art city Penang is a famous city in Malaysia. It is covered in itinerary of most of the travelers traveling to Malaysia. If one wanted to visit Penang at one glance George Town is the area to cover. Architecture, roadside food, and street art all is covered in one small town area. Penang is also known as the street food capital of the country. This town is recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.  Penang also has its own international airport. Single-day is enough to visit the town.