If you’ve been looking for a travel destination for your next vacation, you’re going to want to take a much closer look at Southeast Asia.
Filled with some of the most visually stunning pieces of landscape on planet Earth, as well as cultures that are friendly, intense, welcoming, and with rich histories that you’ll have the opportunity to explore just as deeply as you’d like – or not at all – there are so many different reasons why Southeast Asia has become THE place to visit.
At the same time, you’re going to want to make sure that you have all of your Southeast Asia traveling prerequisites taken care of ahead of time. Because this part of the world isn’t exactly one of the densest as far as English speaking people is concerned, you’re going to want to make sure that you help yourself as much as possible before you expect the people of Southeast Asia to be able to help you.
Hopefully with the inside information contained in this quick guide you’ll be able to cover all of your bases before you even think about heading down to Southeast Asia.
Shall we dive right in?
A couple of things to think about before travelling to Southeast Asia
The first thing that you’re going to have to realize about traveling to Southeast Asia is that there are so many different little countries that you’ll have the chance to visit – many of them just a short train or boat ride away – that you’ll want to be sure that you have all of your visa information taken care of and ready to go.
This is especially true when you’re visiting Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Singapore in particular. Because these countries are so closely linked together – and because they have so many cultural hotspot destinations you aren’t going to want to miss out – you’ll want to make sure that all of your information is taken care of and that you will be able to legally enter into each of these countries.
On top of that, you’re also going to want to make sure that you have packed your bag as thoroughly as possible. Though you’ll be able to get your hands on most anything you need in Southeast Asia after you have arrived, there are some critical differences in the kinds of products you’ll be able purchase their – especially when it comes to toiletries like deodorant and toothpaste, for example – that you’ll want to be fully stocked before you touch down.
Getting into Southeast Asian countries without a visa
As mentioned above, there are a number of Southeast Asian countries that you’re going to need a visa to enter, but you’re going to want to make sure that you have things taken care of.
Cambodia, for example, is going to allow you to file for a visa the moment that you arrive – you’ll only have to pay an extra $20 and provide a passport sized photo. This gives you 30 days in Cambodia, with some extensions available.
Indonesia is another country that’s going to require you to get a visa upon arrival, with an entry-level fee that is going to be dependent entirely upon how long you are hoping to stay. You’ll be able to stay for up to 30 days in Indonesia on this kind of visa program.
Visitors to Laos get a 30 day Visa for $35 when they arrive, while those that are headed to Malaysia are going to want to get a visa ahead of time before they decide to visit. Myanmar (formerly Burma) also requires you to fill out paperwork ahead of time before you are approved or denied for your visa application.
Some Southeast Asian countries disbar entry to those with criminal records
The overwhelming majority of countries in Southeast Asia aren’t even going to inquire about your past criminal record, though some of them are going to be a little more strict and stringent than others. A DUI conviction should not preclude entry.
Thailand has no problem with you visiting with a criminal record, Vietnam has no problem with your previous criminal record, and Cambodia isn’t going to ask about this information, either.
You may have to answer questions regarding your criminal past if you plan on visit Myanmar, Singapore, or Laos, though the odds are pretty good that you’ll still have the opportunity to get in.