Southeast Asia Travel FAQ


Please see our FAQ below to help you plan the best trip to Southeast Asia.

Southeast Asia Map

The location & capital of five featured countries to visit in Southeast Asia


Activities           Which Southeast Asia countries should I travel to & Why?

Flights                 Where should I book my return flight from Southeast Asia?.

Updates                What are the current Covid-19 & Visa policies in Southeast Asia?

Kids                       What are the best travel tips for children in Southeast Asia?

Lodging                 What type of lodging should I book & stay in Southeast Asia? 

Airports                 What are the major international airports of countries in Southeast Asia?

Time                    What are the best months to visit Southeast Asia?

Food                     What are some Southeast Asia foods to try?

Destinations         What are the top destinations/highlights in Southeast Asia? 

Souvenirs              Are there any suggestions for Southeast Asia souvenirs?

Laundry               Are laundry services available in hotels or in the town?

Clothes                What should I wear to visit Buddhist countries’ temples/pagodas in Southeast Asia?

Tips                     What are the standard tips for a tour guide & driver?

Pack                    What should I pack for my trip to Southeast Asia?

Passport              How long must my passport be valid for international travel?

Physical                What are the physical demands of the tour?

Tours                   What are some suggested itineraries for travel around Southeast Asia?

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Which countries in Southeast Asia should I visit and why?

Each Southeast Asian country has its own distinct beauty. Below is an overview of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. With over 10 years of experience in the travel industry throughout Southeast Asian countries, we offer exceptional customized private guided tours, centrally located hotels, and a variety of activities to enrich the experience of tourists. We hope to assist you in planning an ideal trip to any Southeast Asian country you choose.

                                                      Vietnam
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Vietnam travel map

With eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Vietnam offers many opportunities for culture seekers and photographers. Also, its world-famous street food makes you appreciate their culinary skills.

Some “not to miss” major cities are Ho Chi Minh City, Dalat, and the Mekong River Delta in the south, and Hanoi, the capital, in the north. Halong Bay, Sapa, Hue, Danang, and Hoi An home to the UNESCO world heritage site Hoi An old town should also definitely be included in your itinerary.

And why not end a perfect vacation with one of Vietnam’s secluded beach resorts in Nha Trang, Mui Ne, and Phu Quoc island before heading home?. Vietnam is an ideal destination, offering a variety of cities and activities for all ages. 

Travel to Vietnam: Whether it’s a cooking class, riding a bicycle, kayaking, enjoying authentic cuisine or street food, cycling through rice paddies, trekking to ethnic villages, taking canal boat excursions through floating villages, exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites…, it’s all tailored for you in private or small groups.


                                                      Thailand
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Thailand Travel MapWith fascinating culture and history, world-famous beaches, exotic flavors, a high concentration of spas and wellness centers, and world-famous activities and attractions such as Bangkok, home to Chinatown, the Chao Phraya River, The Grand Palace, the Central World Shopping Mall, or Chiang Mai, home of Doi Suthep, the markets, the Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School, and the Chiang Mai Walking Street, or Chiang Rai, where you can visit the White Temple, the Mae Fah Luang Garden, and the Hill Tribe Villages… Any of these highlights will ensure that you have an unforgettable trip to Thailand and Southeast Asia.

Travel to Thailand:  Whether it’s exploring BANGK KOK, home to Chinatown, Chao Phraya River, The Grand Palace, the Central World Shopping Mall, or CHIANG RAI, the home of Doi Suthep, the markets, the Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School, and the Chiang Mai Walking Street, or CHIANG RAI, home to the White Temple, the Mae Fah Luang Garden, and a visit to the Hill Tribe Villages…, it’s all tailored for you in private or small groups.


                                                             Cambodia
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World-famous for Siem Reap, home to UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat, the amazing Angkor Temple Complex, the natural Tonle Sap Lake is known as “The largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia”, the unique Khmer Dances, the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh,  the breeze Sihanoukville Beach “an off-the-beaten-path holiday away from the crowds”, and the faded colonial-era buildings of quiet Battambang…Explore Cambodia to learn about its diverse cultures, people, and sights.

Travel to Cambodia: whether it’s catching the sunrise in Angkor Wat around 5 AM, cycling around the town, enjoying a boat ride in the Asian largest lake, relaxing on a beach, or visiting the Angkor Complex…, it’s all tailored for you in private or small groups.


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Laos Travel MapAn attractive destination for travelers whose seeking a less hurried pace of travel, a traditional way of life, and a haven for eco-tours.

The rich historical country encompassed the Lan Xang Kingdom in the 14th century to become a French protectorate, the ancient capital of Luang Prabang with a beautiful medley of rich cultural history and outdoor adventure with its nearby Waterfalls and Mountains, and the unique capital city of Vientiane, which still maintains a vintage beauty with its French colonial architecture and special ethnic minorities.  All the above makes Laos an ideal destination for your Southeast Asia trip.

Travel to Laos: whether it’s checking out Pakbeng Market, discovering thousands of Buddhas in Pak Ou Caves, riding an elephant in the Mekong River, perusing Luang Prabang Street Market, or interacting with expert artists in pottery villages…, it’s all tailored for you in private or small groups.



                                                             Myanmar
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Myanmar Travel MapFormerly known as Burma, is a country with its own history, culture, and language, including Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 2,000 temples and pagodas dating from the 10th to the 13th centuries, as well as spectacular natural scenery ranging from the Inle Lake, home of the unique Intha leg rowers, to the Megumi Islands, and the bustling city of Yangon, which contains century-old British buildings.

Myanmar, in special, is home to majestic mountains, rural villages, and idyllic and untouched islands. Exploring Myanmar in combination with a trip to Southeast Asia is always a good idea.

Travel to Myanmar: Whether it’s exploring Kuthodaw Paya Pagoda, home to the biggest book in the world, visiting Yangon, the ancient capital of Myanmar, or antique Bagan, the home of unique temples and pagodas as well as the iconic hot air balloons excursions, or enjoying a boat trip in Inle Lake “lake on the mountain” to visit the great floating pagodas and monasteries…, it’s all tailored for you in private or small groups.

Best Southeast Asia Tours

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Where should I book my return flight from Southeast Asia?

You can book directly from your country yourself or through a local travel agent. Always double-check the allowable luggage weight with your airline because being overweight at the airport usually comes at a high cost.

For example, the baggage allowance on Thai Airways: The weight of each piece shall not exceed 32 kgs (70 lbs) and linear measurement (length + width + height) shall not exceed 158 cms (62 inches). Passengers traveling in economy class are given a free baggage allowance of two pieces.

What are the international airports’ codes for Southeast Asia featured countries?

Below are the international airports’ codes of Southeast Asia featured countries.
VietnamCambodia – Laos – Thailand – Myanmar
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Vietnam   North Vietnam:     Hanoi (the capital of Vietnam)                •  Noi Bai Airport (HAN) 

                 Central Vietnam:   Danang                                              •  Danang Airport (DAD)
                                          Hue                                                     •  Phu Bai Airport (HUI)
                                          Nha Trang                                           •  Cam Ranh Airport (CXR)
                                          Da Lat                                                •  Lien Khuong Airport (DLI)  

                 South Vietnam:    Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam’s largest city) •  Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)
                                          Phu Quoc island                                  •  Phu Quoc Airport (QPC) 

Cambodia    Phnom Penh (the capital of Cambodia)                           •  Phnom Penh Airport (PNH) 

                   Siem Reap                                                                 •  Siem Reap Airport (REP) 

Laos            Luang Prabang                                                           •  Luang Prabang Airport (LPQ)

                   Vientiane (the capital of Laos)                                       •  Wattay Airport (VTE)  

Thailand     Bangkok (the capital of Thailand)                                    •  Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

                   Don Muang                                                                •  Don Muang Airport (DMK)

Myamar      Yangon                                                                      •  Yangon Airport (YIA) 

Notes: Flight times between the Southeast Asian countries listed above range from 1-3 hours, depending on where you arrive and depart.

What type of lodging should I book and stay in Southeast Asia?

Because the average temperature in Southeast Asia is 25-35 degrees Celsius all year (except in northern Vietnam and the north and eastern mountainous areas of Laos from December to February, which is 10-20 degrees Celsius), so you might want a hotel with a pool.

If you book your room in advance online or with a travel agent, double-check everything that’s included in your room rates, such as breakfast, a daily service charge, and tax.

Also, location is important. Staying in a hotel in the heart of tourist areas will allow you to explore the area’s highlights easier and not pay as much for transportation such as taxis, buses, and subways. 

What are some Southeast Asia foods to try?

Vietnam Special Foods

Vietnamese foods originate from different areas in Vietnam, from the mountains to the beaches and from the cities to the deltas. Be sure to try Pho and Bun Cha, easily found at local restaurants. For a treat, try locally grown watermelon, durian, and mangosteen. You can buy fresh fruits at local shops, markets, and roadside stands.
It’s recommended to try the local reasonably-priced food in each Vietnamese region. 

Cambodia Special Foods

Cambodia’s traditional cuisine is still well-known, particularly Khmer local cuisine, which is prepared differently than other cuisines. It may be challenging to taste at first, but once you do, you will realize how different it is from any other local food around the world.

You’ll see a lot of insects being fried and grilled for sale along the walking streets throughout tourist cities in Cambodia. For some tourists, this is a one-of-a-kind dinner available only in Cambodia, and they are eager to try it, but it is a source of concern for others.

Thailand Special Foods

If you’re in Bangkok, stop in Terminal 21’s Food Court to see how they create huge pots of soup, and select from a huge variety of choices. Never miss a chance to visit Chinatown and taste some excellent sea bass, as well as local specialties like Yam, Yam Gun Sen, Som Tam, and Tom Yam. Chinatown is the best option for travelers who enjoy Chinese cuisine. Walking, using a tuk-tuk (local vehicle), or taking a taxi from any central Bangkok hotel to Chinatown is simple.
In Chiang Mai, enjoying a coffee and some local food on the walking street or in the market is a must.

Laos Special Foods

Laos’ cuisine is still widely known, not only in the central streets of Luang Prabang and Vientiane but also in rural Laos, and if you visit Laos, you should not miss trying two distinct local foods Sticky Rice and Larb, both of which are very reasonable and available throughout the country. 

Sticky Rice

Sticky rice is a popular dish in Laos, and it can be found at almost any gathering, from family reunions to death anniversaries and festivals. This simple dish is made with sticky rice grown in the mountains. Sticky rice is commonly served in Laos with grilled chicken and a sauce.  Although many families now eat rice, Laos sticky rice remains a mainstay for all Laotians. If you visit Laos, you can try this dish at stalls or restaurants for about 15,000 Kips per basket.

Larb

Larb is a popular dish in all regions of Laos and is served to guests as a good luck wishes from the owner. Laotians cook Larb with simple ingredients such as cooked beef, pork, and chicken… mixed with chopped liver and spices such as lemon juice, chili, galangal, and powdered grilled sticky rice, Larb is served with lettuce and string beans to enhance the flavor. Larb is sold in both small and large restaurants in Laos for around 30,000 Kips per disk.

Myanmar Special Foods

The food section of China Town in Yangon is the most distinctive feature, as it is always crowded with customers and tourists and is open all night. You can eat Myanmar-style snacks such as pies, coconut cake with quail eggs, Shan noodles… or tropical fruits such as watermelon, durian, mangosteen,… in this area.

What are the best travel tips for children in Southeast Asia?

1. Take an umbrella and suitable clothing with you.

Since temperatures can vary from very hot to a sudden rainstorm throughout the areas of countries in Southeast Asia, bring an umbrella and layer their clothing, ready for any weather changes. 

2. Keep water handy

Except for the low temperature from 10-20 degrees C from December to February in northern Laos and Vietnam, the average temperatures of Southeast Asian countries range from 25-35 degrees C, your car should have air conditioning. Bottled water is also useful to have on excursions because you will be walking a lot and there aren’t many places to buy water near the sites, temples, and pagodas.

Bring their favorite snacks and toys. Also, remember to pack some medical supplies like medicine and bandages.

3. A Stroller and some familiar items are helpful for travel with children

Bring their favorite snacks and toys. Also, remember to pack some medical supplies like medicine and bandages.

A stroller is highly useful to transport children and other items, like drinks or packages. 

4. Limit transfer as much as possible

If you’re traveling with children, try not to do too much in one day.

5. Combine entertainment complexes into your itinerary

At entertainment venues such as parks, zoos, and game complexes, children can play on their own … Plan to take your children to these incredible locations so they can share these memorable adventures with you.

Are there any suggestions for Southeast Asia souvenirs?

Vietnam Souvenirs

If you are interested in souvenirs, there are many unique items throughout Vietnam:

Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, has crafts at Bat Trang Ceramic village, Dong Ho painting village, Dong Ky bronze village, and some embroidery villages. 

Sapa is a small town in the Lao Cai province located in the mountainous area in northern Vietnam. Many ethnic groups live here such as Dzay, Dao, and other Thai groups. Their life here is very poor, deprived of things like food, clothes, and footwear, so families embroider many items to sell, making nice gifts for tourists.

Vietnam’s old town, Hoi An, has a wide variety of souvenirs at reasonable prices.  You can even have garments tailored and can arrange a pickup time.  The locals in Hoi An also sell lanterns of all kinds, light and easy enough to pack in your luggage.

Cambodia Souvenirs

The Russian market in Phnom Penh is where you can find whatever souvenir you want to preserve for your vacation to Cambodia, from the smallest to the most precious, such as gold, silver, various types of stones, local masks, garments, shoes, sandals, towels, caps…The Russian market must be included for clients who prefer shopping, so if you enjoy shopping or want to buy authentic Cambodian souvenirs, don’t miss this fascinating place.

If you visit Siem Reap, don’t forget to buy some local souvenirs, such as wooden marks in the town or toys and brocade clothing in the surrounding area of Angkor Temple Complex where you visit.

When traveling, almost all tourists prefer to purchase at least some souvenirs from the places they visit, however, before you buy these, make sure you have enough space in your luggage for your souvenirs (shopping) as well as the allowed weight of your flight tickets.

Laos Souvenirs

Laos is still famous for its traditional brocade handicrafts such as towels, bags, wallets, and embroidery pictures. Aside from that, don’t forget to purchase some copper or silver jewelry in the tourist cities of Laos.

Carol Cassidy and Houey Hong are two famous places to buy the most beautiful brocade items in Vientiane, Laos’ capital. Or Ok Pop Tok, a famous textile village in Luang Prabang where textiles create a variety of beautiful items.

Thailand Souvenirs

Shopping in Bangkok is an experience that you should not miss. Shopping centers in Bangkok include Siam Paragon, where you can buy luxury items at discounted sale rates, MBK Center, Big C, or Pratunam Platinum, where you can buy items of good quality at reasonable prices.

You might also shop at Bangkok’s night markets, which stay open very late. Pantip Plaza, which has a lot of electrical items, King Power, which sells duty-free items to tourists, Amarin Tower, and Patpong Night Market are all fun to browse.

Myanmar Souvenirs

Bogyoke Aung San is the largest market in Yangon, was built in 1926 using British architecture. The market is always busy, and the majority of customers are foreigners. Bogyoke Aung San market is a miniature Myanmar because visitors can find every item associated with Myanmar culture here. However, most visitors to Bogyoke Aung San do not pass up a chance to purchase handicraft items, particularly the jewelry with sophisticated designs sold here.

Suggestions: Almost all tourists love to buy at least some mementos from the locations they visit while on vacation. However, before you go shopping, make sure you have enough room in your luggage as well as the permissible weight allowance.

What are the standard tips for a tour guide and driver in Southeast Asia?

Regardless of the tip, a tour guide generally gives it his or her all. Because almost all tour guides are sensitive to the subject, tipping is rarely suggested and not required, but very much appreciated for doing a good job. As a result, visitors should consider tipping each of their tour guides and drivers $5 to $20 or more per person each day.

Are laundry services available in hotels or in the town?

It is becoming more common for hotels to offer laundry service because more tourists are learning to pack light, but if they don’t, they can usually direct you to a reasonably-priced laundry service nearby. 

What are the physical demands of the tour?

Regardless of your age, our tours are moderately active. Always wear comfortable walking shoes. 

What should I pack for my trip to Southeast Asia?

1. Personal items

Except for 10-20 degree Celsius lows in northern Laos and Vietnam from December to February, average temperatures in Southeast Asian countries range from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius. Bring lightweight clothing as well as shirts with sleeves, a lightweight sweater or jacket, long pants or skirts, in order to be able to enter Buddhist countries’ temples or pagodas in Southeast Asia, per their restrictions at historical landmarks.

2. Update the current state of Covid-19, as well as politics and security

To avoid unexpected problems with Covid-19, check the most up-to-date information prior to travel. Often your airline will inform you of vaccination documents to upload in order to be travel-ready and whether you will need to bring a test kit before or after travel. 

3. Learn some basic daily habits and local customs before you arrive

To ensure that you adhere to the customs of the country you are visiting, your tour guide will review some basic daily habits and local customs. Simple greetings of hello are welcomed, as well as a thank you or goodbye. When you speak with the locals directly, they will appreciate it.

4. Bring any necessary medicine

Bring your own prescriptions in their regular containers, as well as sunscreen or insect repellent, depending on your location. Medicine is available in all countries of Southeast Asia but it’s convenient if you come prepared.

(Always remember to pack LIGHT – one carry-on and one purse/backpack only, whether it is a 1-week or 4-week trip.) 

How long must my passport be valid for international travel?

A passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the end of a journey in most countries. If your passport expires sooner, you will need to apply for a renewal before you leave. 

What should I wear to visit Buddhist countries’ temples and pagodas in Southeast Asia?

Almost of countries in Southeast Asia are Buddhist countries, so avoid wearing short skirts and pants when visiting temples and pagodas. Otherwise, you can be denied entry. 

What are the best months to visit Southeast Asia?

The best time to visit Southeast Asia featured countries, including Vietnam – Cambodia – Laos – Thailand – Myanmar

Vietnam

The best time to visit Vietnam is the dry season from October to April when the temperature range from 15°C to 25°C.

Cambodia

The best time to visit Cambodia is from January to April as well as November and December during the dry season the temperature range from 25°C to 30°C.

Laos

The best time to visit Laos is in the dry season from October to late February when the weather is warm and dry throughout the country, with the temperature ranging from 15°C to 30°C.

Thailand

The best time to visit Thailand is from November to early April, when the weather is very cool and dry, with temperatures ranging from 28°C to 35°C.

Myanmar

The best time to visit Myanmar is the dry season from October to April when the weather is cool and dry, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C and the rainfall is minimal. 

What are the current Covid-19 and Visa policies in Southeast Asia?

Below is the current Covid-19 and Visa policy of Southeast Asian featured countries: VietnamCambodia-Laos-ThailandMyanmar

Please note that Covid-19 travel updates may change, so please check prior to travel. Currently, these are the guidelines to follow.

Vietnam

The current Covid-19 updates

For Adults

•   Travelers entering Vietnam by air must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test within 72 hours of departure.

•   Or a negative rapid antigen test administered by a medical professional within 24 hours of departure.

•   Travelers entering by land, rail, or sea must present a negative test result as described in the preceding section.

•   Entrants are required to undergo a SARS-CoV-2 test at the border gate before entry

•   If they do not present proof of a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 as specified above (using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2).

•   They are permitted to enter and participate in tour activities after receiving a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result.

•   If the RT – PCR test results are positive, they must strictly adhere to the health authority’s regulations.

For Children

•   SARS-CoV-2 testing is not required for children under the age of two.

•   They are allowed to enter and participate in outdoor activities with their parents and relatives if they have not been immunized against COVID-19

•   Or have never been infected with SARS-CoV-2.

For Medical Expenses, Including COVID-19 Treatment

•   You’ll need a valid health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of $US 10,000.

•   This usually costs around USD 40. The policy must cover you for the duration of your stay in Vietnam.

•   Visitors to Vietnam are advised to take reasonable precautions against COVID-19.

•   PC-Covid mobile app (Apple/Google Play) downloaded, which must be presented to enter all VN establishments.

Travel Visa policy

To begin, travelers’ passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Vietnam.

Visa Exemption

With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Vietnam without a visa up to:  

  14 Days Visa exemption for Brunei, Myanmar

   15 Days Visa exemption for Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Tahe United Kingdom.

 21 Days Visa exemption for The Philippines

 30 Days Visa exemption for Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand

To stay beyond this number of days, you may apply for a visa extension upon your arrival in Vietnam.

Visa Required 

If you are not exempt, you must apply for a Vietnam visa by one of the methods listed below:

  You can apply for a Vietnam visa at your nearest Vietnam Embassy.

  You can also request that your travel agent or the person organizing your trip to Vietnam obtain a Letter of Visa Approvalon your behalf, this service also takes only about 2-3 working days. Then, you present this visa letter, along with your original passport and the visa fee (approximately $25-30 USD), to get a Vietnam Visa on your arrival date at one of three international airports in Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, or Hanoi.

  Simply click here to apply online for your tourist E-Visa, valid for 30 days.

E-visa fee is USD 25 and this fee is paid via the electronic payment gateway owned by the Vietnamese Immigration Department, processing time is 2-3 working days.

You will receive your code by email to print your visa.

Travelers with an e-Visa can go directly to immigration counters at their point of entry and do not need to queue at Visa on Arrival counters.

With Vietnam E-visa, you do not need to wait for a visa approval letter or pay a stamp fee at the airport.

Click here for a list of 80 countries (nations) that are eligible for Vietnam E-Visa (Single Entry, Valid 30 Days)

Cambodia

The current Covid-19 updates

•  Vaccinated travelers aren’t required to quarantine on arrival.

•  You must present evidence of your COVID-19 vaccinations.

•  Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 14 days at a government-designated hotel or Alternative State Quarantine hotel.

•  If you quarantine at a government-designated hotel you’ll need to deposit $US2,000 to cover these costs. The deposit should be paid in cash. Any unused funds will be returned to you.

•  Pre-departure and on-arrival COVID-19 tests are not required.

•  The Cambodian Government encourages all visitors to Cambodia to undertake a voluntary COVID-19 test before traveling and after arrival.

Travel Visa policy 

To begin, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Cambodia and you must have at least one blank visa page.

Cambodia Visa Exemption

With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Cambodia without a visa up to:

•   30 days for Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia

•   14 days for Thailand                                                                 

•   21 days for The Philippines                                                       

For all visitors from other countries, the visa has remained valid for 30 days.

The international airports of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, as well as the international border inspection station, handle visas.

Cambodian visas are accepted at any embassy or consulate in the country.

Tourist visa fees are $30 

At the immigration office in Phnom Penh, the visa is extended.

Cambodians living abroad are eligible for a free visa (visa k).

Cambodia E-Visa

With a few exceptions, nationals of any country can obtain an e-visa. 

E-visa is also not available for: 

•    Those who hold diplomatic passports

•    Those who hold official passports

•    Those who hold spouse or parent-endorsed passports

•    Those who hold international travel documents

To obtain an E-visa, you will only need two additional documents:

•    The biodata page of your passport

•    A photograph of the applicant.

Cambodia’s E-visa is a government-issued electronic authorization in PDF format.

The E-visa is required to enter Cambodia and travel within the country for tourist purposes.

The e-visa must be printed and presented at the port of entry.

When entering Cambodia, an e-visa can only be used once, and you will need to apply again on your next visit.

You can apply for an e-visa a few days before your trip, so you do not concerned as long as your flight departs in more than 72 hours.

If you are flying to Cambodia, E-Visas are accepted at the following entry points:

•    Phnom Penh International Airport.

•    Siem Reap International Airport.

•    Sihanouk International Airport

If you are traveling overland, you can gain entry through: 

•    Cham Yeam (Koh Kong Province) (from Thailand).

•    Poi Pet (Banteay Meanchey Province) (from Thailand).

•    Bavet (Svay Rieng Province) (from Vietnam).

•    Tropaeng Kreal Border Post (Stung Treang) (from Laos)

E-visa is not yet issued for certain countries

•    Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Sri Lanka.

Click here to apply online for your tourist E-visa to Cambodia, valid for 30 days. 

Flight time between domestic flights within Cambodia is approximately 45 minutes to one hour.   

Laos

The current Covid-19 updates

  As of 9 May, Laos is officially fully open to international travelers

  A Lao Green Pass, Covid insurance, and the on-arrival test are no longer required.

  Fully-vaccinated travelers only need to provide their certificate of vaccination upon entering, and those who are not fully vaccinated only have to take a Covid ATK test within 48 hours before departure.

•  Private vehicles may be used to enter and exit Laos.

Travel Visa policy 

To begin, a passport valid for at least 6 months is required and you should have at least one blank visa page.

Laos Visa Exemption

With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Cambodia without a visa up to:

•  30 Days for Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore: 

•  14 Days for Brunei and Myanmar

•  15 Days for Japan, South Korea, Russia, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland)

Laos Visa On Arrival

Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival in Laos or E-Visa before arrival to Laos, valid 30-day, including    •   EU citizens 

                                                                                                                                                                •    Australians

                                                                                                                                                                •    North Americans

Visa on arrival in Laos is available at all ports of entry in this country, including international airports and major cities.

Visa on arrival is also available at all border checkpoints in Laos:   •  Thailand – Laos

                                                                                                •   Cambodia – Laos

                                                                                                •   Vietnam – Laos

                                                                                                •   China – Laos border

Fee for Visa on arrival:          •    China: US $20

                                           •    Australia and other countries: US $30

                                           •    USA and UK: US $35

                                           •    Canada: US $42

                                           •    India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka: US $40

You should bring two passport-size photos with you if you want to apply for a visa on arrival.

Travelers from Africa and the Middle East must apply for Visas in advance.

Click here to apply online for your tourist E-visa to Laos, valid for a maximum of 60 days after receiving the Approval Letter

Laos Visa Extension

•   Traveler can extend visa up to an additional 60 days for about US $1 for each day through the Department of Immigration in Vientiane.

•   However, if you extend after the visa expiry date, you will be fined TheUS $10 for the days you overstayed.

Note: On weekends or Laos public holidays as well as before 8 am and after 4 pm on weekdays, an additional US $1 is charged from the overtime fee.

Thailand

The current Covid-19 updates

Below are Thailand’s latest entry requirements from 1st May 2022, it may change, so please check prior to travel. Currently, these are the guidelines to follow.

Pre-arrival Requirements

Vaccinated travelers must have the following documents for entering Thailand:

•   A valid passport and a Thailand Pass (via https://tp.consular.go.th/), or a Border Pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.

•   An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000. Thais and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national health care coverage are exempt from this requirement.

•   A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination

•   Everyone 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before traveling to Thailand.

•   Travelers 5-17 years of age traveling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before traveling to Thailand. Those traveling with parents are exempt from this requirement.

•   Travelers with a history of COVID-19 infection who have received at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine post-infection must have a medical certificate of COVID-19 recovery.

On Arrival Requirements

•  Upon arriving in Thailand, all travelers must undergo entry screening including a body temperature check, and present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks.

•  The vaccinated travelers will then be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom. *For arrivals by land using a border pass, they will be allowed a stay of no longer than 3 days within the specified areas only.

•  Likewise, unvaccinated / not fully vaccinated travelers who have uploaded proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.

Vietnam Covid-19 updates

REMARK: For more detailed information kindly visit https://www.tatnews.org/2022/04/thailands-latest-entry-requirements-from-1-may-2022/

Travel Visa policy 

To begin, travelers’ passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand.

Thailand Visa Exemption

With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Thailand without a visa up to:

•   90 Days for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South Korea, Peru

   30 Days for Germany, Brunei, Andorra, Canada, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Netherlands, Singapore, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Liechtenstein, France, Ireland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain. Sweden, Switzerland., Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

   14 Days for Cambodia, Myanmar

If you want to extend your stay beyond the period that’s allowed you may be able to apply for an extension at the Thai Immigration Bureau office in Bangkok for a fee of 1,900 Thai Baht.

You will be fined if you overstay without a formal extension.

Overstay fees begin at 500 Thai Baht per day and can reach 20,000 Thai Baht per day if you stay for more than 40 days.

The countries are eligible to get a Thailand visa on arrival

Bulgaria, Bhutan, People’s Republic of China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu

Apply for a Thailand Visa online (E-Visa)

For the time being, only citizens of a few countries can apply for Thai visas online:

•  China, the United Kingdom, and France

Simply click here to apply online for your tourist E-Visa, valid for 16 days.

Obtain a Thailand visa

If you are not exempt from a Thailand Visa and are not eligible for a Visa On Arrival or a Thailand Visa Online. You must apply for a Thai visa at a Thai diplomatic mission office (Embassies or Consulates) in your country.

You must do the following:

•  Make an appointment with the Thailand Embassy or Consulate in your country, or the one closest to you, to learn about any specific visa application requirements.

•  Collect the required documents for a Thai Visa.

•  Submit the documents and pay the fee.

•  Depending on which Embassy/Consulate you apply in, you can submit the application:

In-person

•  Through the post, in which case you have to enclose a pre-paid and self-addressed envelope

•  Wait for the application to be processed

•  Collect the passport and visa.

•  If you applied by mail, they will be mailed back to you.

•  If your Thailand Tourist Visa is approved, you have to enter the country within the time stated on your visa.

A Thailand airport transit visa

Foreigners transiting in a Thai airport do not need to have a Thailand airport transit visa if:

•  Their connecting flight is in less than 12 hours

•  Their flight is booked on the same ticket

•  They do not leave the international airport transit area

•  Have the necessary documents for the final destination

Myanmar

The current Covid-19 updates

   Incoming travelers need to present evidence on the arrival of a COVID-19 (PCR) test completed within 72 hours prior to the date of departure.

   Fully vaccinated travelers (with a Myanmar-approved vaccine) need to complete 10 days of hotel quarantine on arrival. All non-vaccinated travelers need to complete 14 days of hotel quarantine on arrival.

   All travelers must undergo COVID-19 testing at the direction of the Ministry of Health and Sports.

Travelers who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 3 months prior to entry into Myanmar and can present appropriate evidence of a COVID-19 positive result to the Ministry of Health and Sports will be subject to reduced quarantine requirements.

 •  Travelers should confirm details directly with the Ministry of Health and Sports as quarantine protocols are subject to change at short notice.

 •  Incoming travelers identified as COVID-19 positive will be immediately isolated and a transferred to government medical facility. Travelers may need to meet all of the costs of isolation and treatment at the facility.

Travel Visa policy

To begin, your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date you enter Myanmar, and you must have at least one blank visa page.

Visa Exemption for Myanmar

With a passport from the countries below, you can travel to Myanmar without a visa for up to 30 days.

•  14 Days for Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar: 

•  30 Days for Singapore

The length of stay for a tourist visa in Myanmar is 28 days from the date of arrival.

E-Visa for Myanmar

  Tourist e-visas are available to passport holders from over 100 countries.

Check here to do E-Visa for Myanmar if your nationality is not an exemption visa.

  Passengers with an e-visa can enter the country only through three main ports: Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw International Airport.

Visa Processing Fees

   Tourist Visa (Online) US$ 50.00:  28 days Online

   Tourist Visa Express (Online) US$ 56.00:  28 days Online

   Business Visa (Online) US$ 70.00:  70 days Online

Don’t apply for your visa too soon or too late, as it can take up to two weeks to be processed.

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Also:


 Thailand Travel FAQ & Top Things to Do


 Vietnam Travel FAQ & Top Things to Do


 Cambodia Travel FAQ & Top Things to Do


 Laos Travel FAQ & Top Things to Do       


 Southeast Asia Travel FAQ & Top Things to Do


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