Southeast Asia Travel FAQ

Please see our FAQ below to help plan your trip to countries in Southeast Asia.

Southeast Asia Travel Map

The Regions & Capitals of Southeast Asian Countries


What are the best countries in Southeast Asia to visit, and Why ?……………


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


What is the most current Covid-19 & Visa policy in Southeast Asia ?………….


  What should I pack for my trip to Southeast Asia?


  How Long must my Passport be Valid for International Travel?


▸  Are laundry services commonly available in hotels or in town ?


  What are my Options for Lodging in Southeast Asia? 


▸  Any suggested activities for children in Southeast Asian cities?


  What Foods Should I Try in Cities of Southeast Asia?


  Do most Hotels Offer Laundry Service or Will there be a Laundry service Nearby?


  What are the Physical Demands on the Tour?


  What Should I Wear when Visiting Buddhist Countries’ Temples/ Pagodas in Southeast Asia?


  What Are the Standard Tipping Practices for a Tour Guide & Driver in Southeast Asia?


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Where Should I Book My Return Flight?

Many tourists prefer a travel agent in the country (countries) where they will visit to book and organize their return flight, but the best way to help you have the cheapest air ticket rates is to book directly from your country to avoid the case where the airline charges the contrary ticket issued free, or you can also request the return ticket to be booked by travel agents who work in your country.

And, when you or your travel agent book your return international flight, one of the most important things to remember is to carefully check the weight of your flight apple in order to prepare and bring enough luggage weight based on that regulation. This is important because being overweight at the airport usually results in a significant surcharge.

Where Should my Flights Begin & End for my Southeast Asia Trip?

Many tourists are wondering where to begin in the five countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. The answer is that you can begin your journey anywhere because these five countries all have large international airports, but Thailand and Vietnam have more international arrival and departure flights than Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, so if you plan to visit all five countries, Thailand and Vietnam should be your first stop.

What Should my Packing List include for a Week or More in Southeast Asia?

Personal Items

Inspect the terrain when you arrive at any destination to ensure that your personal items are fully prepared, such as clothing, shoes, sandals, and so on. Wear or bring long enough clothing to enter temples or pagodas in Southeast Asian cities based on their policy at historical sites, or sandals or shoes for a trekking trip to Sapa, Vietnam’s northern mountainous area. Aside from temples and pagodas, some special places require tourists to wear formal (long) clothing to enter, such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, or the Royal Palace in Cambodia, where their kings currently live and work…

For each trip, whether long or short, you should bring the most useful things with you, such as a phone, camera, passport….and you should always keep all of these things with you during your trip, and especially you should not forget it anywhere, such as in your hotel room after checking out, in your cabin after leaving the boat (junk/ cruise), on the table after you leave dining-table…. because if you forget these things, it will be very difficult to find it again, the most important thing about your passport is that you must always keep it with you because if you lose it, it will be very difficult for you to get a new one when you are traveling in another country, you will have to follow a lot of the steps and different policy of a country where you are losing your passport to get a new passport So, whenever you leave from anywhere, make certain you don’t forget anything in order to avoid any problems that may arise as a result of your forgetfulness.

In terms of weather, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar are the best places for tourists to visit at any time of year because the weather in these five countries is somewhat similar, with two main seasons a year to be dry and wet, with the exception of northern Vietnam’s winter, which is slightly colder than the rest of these five countries from November to the end of March every year, so all you need to bring is a jacket if you intend to visit.

The Politics & Security

In fact, almost all tourist sites in Southeast Asia are safe for you to visit, however, there are occasionally unexpected problems with the politics and security of the places where you intend to visit, so you should also check some of the most up-to-date information about each of your destinations in each city before your arrival date at here, so you can better prepare everything and be ready to welcome the most unusual events of the place where you visit, In places like Myanmar, or Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand, which are hotspots in Asia for political and cultural issues, there have been some unexpected demonstrations in the past, so you should double-check about these issues before setting foot here.

Learn About Some of The Local Customs & Habits

Aside from learning about the political and security status of your destination, you should also learn about the daily habits and local customs you will be visiting to ensure that you do not act inappropriately with their most basic possessions. To make it easier for you to participate in the daily activities of the locals in the places you will visit, you should first learn some local words, such as hello, shopping, thanks, goodbye….by doing so, the locals will feel more friendly and less strangulated when you talk directly with them (it is recommended that you obtain some information and guides from your tour guide before beginning on your trip to these destinations).

Bring Some Daily Favorites of Your Children

When traveling with children, you should plan ahead of time to ensure that the children have enough of their daily favorites, such as snacks, candies, toys, and so on, in order to prevent any difficulties in purchasing the same items at your current destination. Don’t forget to bring some medical supplies, such as medicine and gauze, in case they fall or are injured….. A trolley is especially useful if your children are too young to carry in your arms during (all of your time) trekking or walking tours around the places, as this will exhaust you.

The Allergic

Another thing you should prepare and bring home if you or any member of your family frequently requires them in an emergency situation, such as being allergic to food or anything, becoming ill from changing the weather too quickly, or being exposed to too much sun in any country, medicines to prevent insect bite toxin…… Traveling to all parts of Southeast Asia is safe, and there are many good types of medicines available in these regions, but it is still the quickest and most convenient if you can bring some of these medicines with you to avoid an emergency situation on the way you travel.

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

How Long Must my Passport be Valid for International Travel?

Most countries require that a passport be valid for at least six months beyond the completion of a trip. If your passport expires sooner than that, you must apply to renew your passport.

What Should I Wear When Visiting Buddhist Countries/ Temples/ Pagodas in Southeast Asia?

The countries in Southeast Asian countries are almost all Buddhist, your trips will include a few pagodas and temples, and the normal rules of these sites are that you should not wear too short shirts and trousers, so don’t forget to ask your guide or check to see what your sites are in the coming dates so you can prepare to wear suitable clothing to avoid being denied entry to sites where there are rules about clothing or the hallowed temples or pagodas, such as when visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam, you must wear a long shirt and trousers, otherwise, you will be denied entry to this special site.

What Foods Should I Try in Cities of Southeast Asia?

Almost all countries, such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar, are still very famous for their traditional and special food, many foreign tourists return simply because they like the food of the Vietnamese, the special food has covered all areas in Vietnam, from the mountains to the beaches, from the cities to the deltas….they are very plentiful to process food all places in Vietnam, for example, prepare very different and unique rice-based dishes, such as rice cake, square glutinous rice cake, pyramidal rice dumpling… In Hanoi, you can get Xoi Vo (glutinous rice cooked with split peas), Xoi Ngu Sac (rice cooked with many colors), Xoi Xeo (steamed glutinous rice), and Pho (noodle)…. It is highly recommended that you should try any local food in any city you visit in the Southeast Asian region if you do not mind doing so.

However, if you are on a diet or are unable to eat certain foods due to allergies, then you should inform the restaurants or locals who prepare your dishes, they will be willing to do others to suit your tastes.

What Are any Suggestions for Traveling with Children in Southeast Asia?

Almost all Southeast Asian cities, including Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, have two seasons: dry and wet, but it is not too hot or cold except for the winter in northern Vietnam from November to March every year, but the sudden change in weather from rain to sunshine and vice versa in a day can make children feel uncomfortable or ill, so bring some medicines for your child.

If you visit one or more of the countries in this region, remember to bring an umbrella or a hat with you because the strong rains always appear suddenly, but then the sun appears quickly.

The vehicles must be included air-conditioned and drinking water is very important for you and your children during your trips once you travel to Southeast Asia in the dry season, because it is very hot and dry all the time, especially when you explore Angkor Temples Complex in Cambodia in the dry season, the weather is very hot, while you will walk to visit a lot of sites around these sites, so you should bring some bottles of water because into these sites there is no place to offer bottles of water.

You should also request the travel agent who organizes your trip include water in your bus during the trip. Normally, if your group only consists of adults, you can walk and explore all of the sites on your fixed itinerary under hard sunlight for a little longer, but if your group includes children, you should plan your time to visit a site during the dry season to avoid your children becoming overly tired and possibly feeling ill from being out in the sun all day.

Transferring between sites on a trip, whether short or long, is exhausting for children, so try to limit your transfers as much as possible if you travel with children. If you plan to visit these places by bus, it takes approximately 6-7 hours from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, and the roads are not smooth enough for the bus to run, so the best solution, in this case, is to take a short 50-minute flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. In fact, if you plan to visit any site in Southeast Asia, you should check the distances between them ahead of time so that you can avoid visiting sites that are too far away if your group has limited time and small children.

Playing and enjoying at entertainment complexes such as parks, zoos, and game complexes is very important for children…so plan to visit these special sites to help your children have memorable and fun trips with you, adults.

What Are the Standard Tipping Practices for a Tour Guide and Driver in Southeast Asia?

Whatever a tour guide’s salary is, he or she will always do his or her best to work. Almost all tour guides do not mention that clients should or must pay for tips because they are always very sensitive about this matter, so tourists should consider their ability and attitude to tip deserve for each of their tour guides and drivers around 5usd-20usd/person in your group.

What Are my Options for Lodging in Southeast Asia? 

If you book a whole package tour to the various countries and cities in, you will not have to worry about anything because the travel agent who organizes your whole package will take care of you from the time you arrive until the time you depart, they will organize for you all about your accommodation, transfers, tour guide, entrance fees, meals…..and normally all of these services from any travel agent who can handle a whole trip like this is also good, so you do not have to worry about anything.

However, if you travel for free or book everything yourself, you must consider everything that a trip requires when you are away from home. Perhaps one of the most important services is your accommodation at the location where you will arrive and stay, so firstly you should book your hotel at the real center of the city where you intend to travel, such as if you visit Hanoi, Vietnam, you should look for a hotel in the old town of Hanoi, as this will allow you to walk and explore the capital at your leisure, and you won’t have to pay much to catch a taxi or a bus to visit the central sites in Hanoi center.

Depending on your budget, any city in Southeast Asia has a variety of hotel options ranging from two, three, four, to five stars, or even a guesthouse. You can book online or ask any travel agent for help. When booking a hotel anywhere, be aware of what is included, particularly your breakfast, service charge, and tax, as some online booking websites do not make this clear.

Do Most Hotels Offer Laundry Service or Will There be a Laundry Service Nearby? 

Most hotels do not allow their guests to wash their clothes in their rooms, therefore, if you did not bring enough clothes for your trip, you should launder your dirty clothes at your hotel, or if your hotel is in the center, you can easily find some places that offer this service at very reasonable prices. Bring only what you need if you’re going on a short trip or prefer to save money by laundering your clothes.

What Are the Physical Demands of the Tour?

Our tours are moderately active, regardless of your age.

How Can I Obtain any Necessary VISA for my Southeast Asia Trip?

Below are all of the most updated information and guides to assist you in checking if you need a visa to visit your destination country in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. If so, how to obtain it.

TRAVEL VISA TO VIETNAM

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-day visa exemption for Brunei, Myanmar
  •   15-day visa exemption for Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and The United Kingdom.
  •  21-day visa exemption for The Philippines
  •  30-day 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 Vietnamese embassy.
  •   You can also request that your travel agent or the person organizing your trip to Vietnam obtain a letter of visa approval on 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. The following 80 countries are eligible for E-Visas (30 days).

Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (including Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR passport holders, not applicable to Chinese e-passport holders), Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Salomons Islands, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and Western Samoa.

TRAVEL VISAS TO THAILAND

Thailand Visa Exemptions

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

90-day visa exemption for:

  • Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South Korea, Peru

30-day visa exemption 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, Vietnam.

14-day visa exemption 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

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

  • China, the United Kingdom, and France

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

TRAVEL VISA TO CAMBODIA

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            Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia
  • 14 days             Thailand                                                                 
  •  21 days            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 are 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. 

TRAVEL VISAS TO LAOS

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-day for:     •   Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore: 

14-day for:     •   Brunei and Myanmar

15-day 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

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

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 Fee:       •    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.

Laos Visa Extension

  •  Travelers can extend visas 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.

TRAVEL VISAS TO MYANMAR

Myanmar requires all tourists to obtain an E-visa before entering the country. Click here to apply online for your tourist E-visa to Myanmar, valid for 30 days.