A term used for the countries south of China, east of India, and culturally or historically influenced by either or both.

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How to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days?

Thailand imposes a 30-day limit on stays for U.S. citizens travelling on a tourist visa. What is the preferred way to stay up to three months? So far, I've come up with these options: Fly to ...
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Can I participate in the farming/harvesting of chocolate/cacao as a tourist anywhere in the world?

Even us chocolate lovers don't know much about where chocolate comes from. It comes from a plant. Can tourists help out where it is grown anywhere? Apparently most cacao/cocoa comes from Ivory Coast ...
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Is it possible to travel through Burma (Myanmar), entering at one border crossing and exiting at another?

I know that it is possible to enter Burma/Myanmar from several border crossing with neighbouring countries, and I'm pretty sure that from some of them at least you do not have to be on a package tour. ...
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Is there another destination like Thailand?

Last summer I stayed 7 weeks in Thailand. It was my first time in the Southeast Asia and it was one of the best trips in my life. It was a backpacker trip with my girlfriend. So, next summer I want ...
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Travelling with a laptop

What are some tips/suggestions for travelling with a laptop through a region like South East Asia? More specifically, Thailand / Laos / Malaysia. But again, also just looking for general tips/advice. ...
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Which routes are possible from anywhere on peninsular Southeast Asia to The Philippines without flying?

First up, don't submit answers or comments telling me to "just fly". I don't care if that's easier or even cheaper. That would not be a question requiring travel experts. Secondly, I know full well ...
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Do I need a Visa to travel into Laos from Cambodia?

I'm a Canadian citizen and will be travelling in Cambodia for 2 weeks with plans to visit Laos. Do I need a Visa to pass from Cambodia into Laos? And then back into Cambodia?
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Where in Southeast Asia is free camping permitted?

I've been inspired by the success of my old question "Where in the Balkans is free camping permitted?" and soon to embark on a similar kind of trip in a very different part of the world. Do any of ...
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How to travel with a (small) child in Vietnam?

My partner and I have done quite a bit of travel with each other over the last few years and are now expecting a baby. We realise that we probably won't be able to travel in the same way that we have ...
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Motorbikes in Thailand and Laos

Does anyone know of a place to hire motorbikes in Thailand, say Bangkok or Chiang Mai, and ride them into Laos and back? The trip will be self-guided and should take no longer than two weeks.
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Crossing the Aranya Pratet/Poipet border

When traveling from Bangkok to Siem Reap, the direct route is via the Aranya Pratet/Poipet border crossing. This border crossing can be a financial pain for inexperienced travellers, having witnessed ...
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Overland route from Southeast Asia (Malaysia) to South Asia (India, Nepal, or Pakistan)

I'm contemplating an overland advernture trip starting in Southeast Asia (possibly Malaysia or Singapore) to South Asia, ideally to the Hunza Valley in Pakistan, but just getting as far as any entry ...
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How to apply for Vietnam tourist visa

My passport is Canadian, and I live in Japan. I have a 10 hour stopover in Hanoi and a 16 hour stopover in Ho Chi Minh 2 weeks later. I'd like to explore the cities during at least one of these ...
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Travel from South East Asia to Europe by land

Does anyone have experience or know about travelling from South East Asia to Europe, all by land? I'd be happy to catch a quick flight here and there but would prefer to do the entire trip by land. I ...
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Travel between Ho Chi Minh City and Kampot

I'm looking for a relatively painless but interesting way to get from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Kampot in Cambodia. The most commonly suggested route seems to be the bus from HCMC to Phnom Pehn, ...
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Is the Lao / Myanmar border slated to open soon for foreigners?

I'm 99% sure that the border between Laos and Burma (Myanmar) is still closed for foreign travellers, especially for entering Burma from Laos. I'm pretty sure that I have read now and again about ...
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Top destinations in Southern Laos and how to get there from Cambodia?

I'm travelling in Cambodia and would like to Visit Laos for a portion of my trip. What are the top destinations in the southern region of Laos and what is the best way to get there from Cambodia? I ...
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Are there certain days of the week or weeks in a month (barring major holidays) that are generally cheapest for flights?

I'm trying to figure out when would be best to travel, as I'm planning to travel towards the end of November, again in December, and again in March, if possible. I want to use vacation all three of ...
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Is there any specific destination in Southeast Asia famed for dentistry?

I've heard in the past that certain countries or cities are popular "medical tourism" destinations, but not paid a whole lot of attention. But this morning just three days before my next overlanding ...
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Backpacking to East Malaysia, where to start? where to end? [closed]

When travelling to East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak), what is the recommended starting town? and which town should be the final landing point? I will be flying from KL and going back to KL afterward. ...
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Cellphone service in Southeast Asia?

I am travelling to various destinations in Southeast Asia. What is the best way to go about getting cell + data service? Is there a telecom that offers cheap roaming throughout a broad region, or will ...
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Can a normal backpacker obtain a multiple-entry Chinese visa while on the road?

I'm an Australian citizen backpacking around Southeast Asia, currently in Bangkok. I would like to criss-cross China several times on this trip to visit some of its neighbouring country by crossing ...
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Sustainable hunting in South-East Asia

One of my buddies asked me a question and I don't have an answer for him. So, I thought I would run it by here. He is a big hunter. As in, he travels for hunting... a lot. However, he tries to be ...
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What is typical (traditional) Lao / Laotian food?

When travelling in Laos, I was disappointed at how similar the food seemed to Thailand. Obviously, there's bound to be some overlap (b/c both proximity (like any neighbours) and the relevant history ...
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Is there any ferry to the south of Thailand from Vietnam or Cambodia?

I would like to go to the south of Thailand (anywhere south of Bangkok) from Cambodia or Vietnam. I have some old information (2007) about a ferry between Sihanoukville and Chanthaburi (in Spanish). ...
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What is cheapest way to fly around SE Asia in a circuit - hub with roundtrip tickets or sequence of oneway tickets?

Is it better (cheaper) to hub out of Singapore and buy round trip tickets from hub or buy one way tickets around the region? (I fly to SG Thursday. I am planning to visit SG, Bali, Jakarta, Vietnam, ...
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Visa-on-arrival scheme in Philippines

According to Wikitravel, for nationalities who are not covered under the 21-day visa waiver, Philippines issues visa-on-arrival. The page linked to reads more like a press release with no further ...
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Travelling to Asia and Oceania with a peanut and pistachio allergy

I'm allergic to peanuts and pistachio nuts among other nuts but not every nuts. It's easy for me to avoid nuts on my day-to-day life (living in France), plus I'm more or less able to spot if I'm ...
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Closest skiing to Indochina

From a developed, connected part of SEA - oh, let's say, Thailand - where is the nearest skiing? Mostly thinking of shortest travel time (eg, to go for a long weekend), but would also be interested ...
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What are the cheapest ways to get from East Asia to Australia?

I have a return ticket that gets me from Turkey to Korea to Australia but it cannot be extended beyond the end of May. I'm thinking of forfeiting or refunding some leg(s) of my ticket but as my ...
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Volunteer travel in South East Asia / Africa

I want to go for a volunteer trip to south-east Asian countries or Africa. Although I found a website called STAtravel. I am looking for some more pointers for a lesser price. As far as skills are ...
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How can I check if tour services are reliable?

What steps should I take in order to insure the following service is reliable The Dragon Trip and I can safely get to the starting point and find a group to join (not a scam) ? Does this Sunday ...
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What visas do I need for traveling to South East Asia if I'm a Canadian Citizen?

I am a Canadian Citizen and will be travelling to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. I will be in Thailand for 2 weeks, then Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos for 3 weeks, Then back to Thailand for a ...
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Is any Southeast Asian country easier for obtaining a visa for China?

In my experience it can make a lot of difference at which consulate in which country you apply for a visa in an upcoming country on your trip. For instance I seem to recall that it was easiest to get ...
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Micro SIM cards in Vietnam and Cambodia?

I'm looking to get prepaid SIM cards while I'm travelling in SE Asia this fall. How is the availability of micro SIM cards (i.e. the kind you use for Iphones) in Vietnam and Cambodia. And more ...
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Are there cycling-friendly cities in Southeast Asia (except Singapore)?

Watching videos of traffic chaos in Bangkok makes me question if there are any cities in SEA where you can commute by bicycle safely and with speed higher than by foot. This means either: well-...
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Is sleeping outside really illegal in Laos? If so does that mean no camping too?

In the HitchWiki entry for Laos it says: It is illegal to sleep outside in Laos. If you are caught, you will be fined. [source required] As you can see nothing is offered to indicate the ...
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How to judge a budget hotel's safety standards?

I will be staying at a budget hotel in southeast asia soon, I'd like to know how I can find out either beforehand or when I arrive if the hotel's safety standards are good, i.e. what to look for when '...
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How well are allergies understood in Bhutan?

I have oral allergy syndrome and I'm going to be traveling to Bhutan in fall. I've encountered a very wide range of attitudes towards allergies in different countries, from totally getting it to '...
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Travel without a purpose to Bali

I live in Singapore. I want to go on a trip to Bali for two days (Saturday and Sunday) . I don't want to stay in hotels. I have no real purpose for this visit. Is there any way to spend a night in ...
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How often do cameras get stolen while someone is using them in SE Asia?

I'm traveling to Vietnam and was wondering how much I should be on gaurd about theives looking to cut my camera strap and run off or grab it while driving by? It's a nice looking SLR camera with a ...
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Where can I get free maps? (particularly of Southeast Asia)

Are there any places I can obtain free printed maps of SEA or countries within? I'm travelling from San Francisco, USA and am going to Thailand and Bali, Indonesia. Feel free to extend this question ...
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Getting from Laos to Hoi An, Vietnam

I am considering travelling in Laos and the northern half of Vietnam, namely Hanoi and Hoi An. After a few searches from Luang Prabang to Hoi An on Rome2Rio for terrestrial transportation, there seems ...
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Are there any countries in South-East Asia that don't require a motorcycle licence to ride one?

I only have an European car drivers licence and I'm wondering if it is possible to rent/buy a motorcycle somewhere in South-East Asia and ride it. Is it allowed in some countries in that area? Or are ...
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Not so famous places to visit from Singapore under $500 [closed]

I am planning to go for a 4 day trip to some place in south-east Asia for the Chinese New Year holidays in February. But my budget is strictly around 500 SGD. So, are there any interesting places to ...
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Can anyone recommend the most interesting 2 or 3 day cycle in Vietnam? [closed]

If I wanted to go on a supported cycle in Vietnam for 2 or 3 days, where would be a good place to start/end? It would be good to see the countryside, some of the more rural areas, be off the main ...
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If travelling with luggage in SE Asia and not staying in hotels, where can I leave my belongings?

I'm wondering whether it is possible to live in hostels, airBNB, and bungalows and yet still be unencumbered with a "rollaboard" type luggage one might bring along. Typically, do these places allow ...
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Thailand customs and round-trip to Hong Kong

I'm going to travel to Thailand for about a month. Inbound and outbound flights are through BKK. What I want to do is a round-trip to Hong Kong for a shopping before leave Thailand. In particular I'...
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Which floating villages/markets in Cambodia/Vietnam are most suitable for a touring family with small children in February?

We are planning to visit Cambodia and Southern Vietnam in the first half of February. I read in Lonely Planet guidebooks and the Internet that there are various floating villages and markets on Tonle ...
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Extended (~24 hours) layover/stopover in Hong Kong

I'm traveling from Thailand to LAX in May and would really like to find an extended layover in Hong Kong, just enough time to see the city and I heard people doing that, but haven't been able to find ...