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The Safest Countries to intern in Asia

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There rests a big misunderstanding on Asian countries. Many inexperienced travelers would assume that many Asian countries are very unsafe. This is untrue however, in contrary some Asian countries even have some of the lowest crime rates in the world. In this article we will go over some of the safest and generally best cities to do an internship at. Of course a healthy dose of caution is always good, but don't let yourself be limited by irrational fears of the unknown. With that being said, here are the top safest countries and cities when deciding where to intern in Asia. 

Japan 

Japan is the second most populous island country. It is divided into 47 prefectures that consist of many big cities. more than 90% of the Japanese live in cities, it makes sense that the Greater Tokyo metropolitan is the biggest in the world with over 38 million people! After the post war economic boom Japan has become very prosperous with many giving rice to many successful tech firms like Sony, Toyota and Panasonic. The safest aspect of this country for foreigners and locals are that firearms are prohibited. Furthermore, it's normal in Japan for people to leave their bags or phone unattended without it getting stolen. There are not many countries where this would be the case. 

 

TokyoTokyo

As the capital of Japan, in 2017 Tokyo was named the world’s safest city. With a population of over 13 million, Tokyo is known for its rising technology, digital security, and culture. One thing to keep in mind is that people drive on the left side of the road. People that are not used to this might want to take it slow or avoid driving entirely.   The same goes for walking too! So, make sure to not bump into rushing business men in the metro stations. Tokyo scores high on her digital security, overall the city ranked second on health security and fourth on personal security. 

 

 

Okinawa 

Studying in Okinawa is an entirely different experience from the rest of Japan because this city has its own language and big cultural difference from Tokyo. This prefecture is made of beautiful islands with a very tropical climate and feel. There are many outdoor activities to do daily. Fun fact: in Okinawa women have the longest life expectancy. Generally, Okinawa is very safe with a more relaxed culture than the busy metropole Tokyo, however some regions are not, these are best to be avoided. Lastly, although the culture differs from the rest of Japan the politeness persists. And this results in not having to worry too much about your bag, phone or other possessions being stolen.  

 

China 

China is Asia's largest country and the world's most populous country, with over 1.4 billion people. China is also the second biggest country in the world in terms of land mass, only being beaten by Russia. Located in the north east of the region it has the fastest growing economy in the world. China is rapidly becoming a technology hub. Not only the biggest metropoles like Shangahai and Beijing are seeing this economic boom. Places like Hangzhou and Chengdu are quickly becoming big tier 1 cities and technology or business hubs. However, the ancient history and culture stretching back over 4000 years ago is still their mixed with modern live. In between gigantic skyscrapers beautiful temples are still there to be marveled at. 

Shanghai SceneryShanghai

Shanghai is the most global city in China. As long as you are aware of your surrounds and don’t get involved in any “Tea Scams”. Shanghai is easy to get around and you will feel safe. The metro line in Shanghai is the longest in the world, boasting a 617 km long track. The metro line is easy to navigate with each line being in a different color. Maps are displayed above the lines and they are in English, so it is even better for someone that doesn't speak Chinese. When you’re riding the metro there are digital markers of where you are, many maps in the carriages, and even more convenient a voice over of what stop you are about to arrive to. The city has been making great efforts to improve future environmental sustainability, many of the vehicles are fully electric to lessen the emission. Although the many electric scooters zooming around are better for the environment they can be quite dangerous. Many people in shanghai drive through the red light and vehicles can always make a turn over the crossway while you have a green light. Always look both ways and make sure to lookout for electric vehicles because they are very quiet and can sneak up on you. 

 

 

Beijing​

Beijing sky line

Beijing has safe neighbors for both locals and tourists. It’s the third most populous city in the world and second most populated in China after Shanghai. The air pollution levels just like Shanghai are very high, but you can monitor them and buy masks almost anywhere you go. The traffic like some other places mentioned, is very busy so always look in every direction before and during the time you are crossing the street. The metro is the easiest way to get around the city, like Shanghai it is all color coded and has English words for easy reading. As long as you get the metro down you will be confidant and safe to travel around the city. And don’t forget to try some roast duck; a Beijing speciality!

 

 

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is said to be the second safest city in Asia. With low crime rates and the rise of technology, it will be easy to navigate just about anywhere in this global city. Scams and pickpocketing are two of the major things to watch out for in this city. However, police patrol is very common. Heavy flooding can often occur during the rainiest months of July and August. There are many tourist places to go and sightsee. Public transportation is the best option to get everywhere in the city. When taking taxis also proceed with caution, as you may get scammed, but this applies in any city or country you may visit. 

 

Taiwan Scenery

 

Taiwan

 

Taiwan is very safe because like the other places mentioned, it has a low crime rate, friendly people and one of the best medical support in the world. Unlike some other countries in Asia, Taiwan’s Doctors are trained overseas, and medical care is taken extremely serious.  There are many sights to see, like the famous Taiwan Taipei, one of the tallest buildings in the world. But be aware, like many big cities, pickpocketing is a fairly common risk. Keep an eye out for your belongings and never put your wallet in your back pocket or an easily accessible purse. 

 

 

Singapore

Singapore scenery

Located in the southeastern part of Asia, at the tip of Malaysia, Singapore is known for its personal security, diversity, and modernism. Singapore is among the top 10 safest countries in the world. However, the laws are a bit stricter. In some parts, smoking is illegal which makes the air cleaner. Vandalism and drugs are frowned upon. Fun fact, chewing gum is illegal; so, don’t bring that with you! Singapore is pretty clean, and littering can result in serious fines. For women to travel alone in this country it is safer compared to other countries. As for security, Singapore has a big police force and they are more reliable than other countries in Asia. The working environments in Singapore are corporation free; the market economy is modern with electronics and manufacturing. Singapore is a beautiful country with many sights to see and great food to try.

 

 

Vietnam

Vietnam is a very culturally oriented and adventurous country. With 40% of the country’s land devoted to mountains and 42% of the land tropical forests. There’s a high level of biodiversity (a wide variety of life different ecosystems). Locals and tourists enjoy hiking, surfing, diving, and sightseeing. The only things to be aware of are the types of jellyfish if you go swimming in the water; if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you. The city traffic is very busy and it’s best not to rent or drive a car while you’re in Vietnam. Locals are known to be friendly if you need help with directions. 

 

 

Wherever you decide to study or intern at, nowhere is going to be 100% safe, but such is life. Always be careful while also never being afraid to go out there and seek adventure! We hope this article has gave you some confidence and reassurance about the safety of some popular internship destinations in Asia. If you're interested in any of these cities, check out our destinations page.

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