Planning your travel
Getting a holiday and to travel anywhere in the world is an ultimate dream of every individual and planning a trip to Southeast Asia might be daunting at first. However, a lot of things are to be considered before embarking to your journey so don’t fly in blind. It is an utmost importance to get the timing right, a possible weather condition could dampen your holiday and turned it into a disaster, without knowing about a country’s seasons. At the same time learning the basic details about what you expect, what is offered, where and when to go will help you plan painstakingly and with the right decision you’ll be sure to have a trip you’ll never forget!
Your passport must be valid for six months on date of application required by all nationals.
Get the Right Visa for the Country You’re Visiting.
The entry requirements for each Southeast Asian country are quite different – what’s permitted in one country might be prohibited in another. Read the details now and spare yourself major trouble later.
- Bali, Indonesia Travel Essentials (under constructions)
- Malaysia Travel Essentials (under constructions)
- Laos Travel Essentials (under constructions)
- Cambodia Travel Essentials (under constructions)
- Singapore Travel Essentials (under constructions)
- Vietnam Travel Essentials (under constructions)
Learn the Weather and Climate of your Destination
Southeast Asia encompasses a dozen countries over thousands of miles, so the weather will be radically different from place to place. Click on the links below to find out what the climate will be like in your destination, and what you should wear when you fly in.
- Climate in ThailandThailand experiences a typical monsoon climate. Thailand weather is predominantly hot and humid. Its climate varies in different parts of the country. In general, Thailand enjoys a tropical climate with 3 different seasons – summer from March through May, rainy from June to October and cool/winter from November through February. However, the southern Thailand areas have only two seasons. Southwest monsoons that arrive between May and June (except in the South) signal the advent of the rainy season.
The climate of North Thailand is slightly different from (and more agreeable than) the climate of central and other parts of Thailand, mainly due to the region’s elevation (300m, around 1000ft in the valleys). The cool season lasts from late October to the end of February. Average daytime temperature is 21° Celsius (70° Fahrenheit); During the cool season in the north it can get quite chilly at night. The coolest months are December and January.
There are two seasons in Southern Thailand- the rainy season from May through October and the hot season from November through April. The best months are November through February. Temperatures are more even year-round in the south with 21° and 34° Celsius (70° and 93° Fahrenheit) and do not drop much at night. The rainy season rarely brings things to a complete halt and is no reason to put off a visit to Thailand.
- Climate in the PhilippinesThe Philippines, being a tropical destination, has two pronounced season—dry and wet.
March, April and May are the hottest months. It is always humid, but reduces with altitude.
December, January and February are the coolest months. It can get quite cold at night in the mountains – under 10 degrees in January – so pack a light jacket.
The typhoon season is June to November, but occasionally typhoons occur outside of the typhoon season.
Near sea level, the temperature is somewhere between warm and very hot, 365 days a year, day and night.
- Climate in Bali, IndonesiaBali has a tropical climate appropriate to its proximity to the equator. It’s year round temperatures averaging 31 degrees Celsius. High humidity can be expected during the Wet Season between the months of October – April. The Dry Season between the months of May – September has also the lowest humidity.
- Climate in CambodiaCambodia has a tropical monsoon climate. The monsoon season runs from May to November. The most pleasant season is the dry season, from November/December to April. In the north, winters can be colder, while throughout most of the country temperatures remain fairly constant. There is often seasonal flooding in Phnom Penh and the rest of Cambodia in late July and early August, and travel may be disrupted at these times.
- Climate in MalaysiaMalaysia has a tropical, humid climate with temperatures averaging 86°F (30°C), though it is cooler in the highland areas. The major change in seasons is marked by the arrival of the monsoons that bring heavy downpours on the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia, the northeastern part of Sabah and the western end of Sarawak (from November to February). Boat trips to the islands do not run during the height of the monsoon. The best time to visit Malaysia is between April and October.
- Climate in VietnamThe climate varies greatly from north to south. The north has a cool and dry season from November to April and a hot rainy season from May to October. The central coast north of Nha Trang has a similar climate with the winter monsoon bringing cool, wet weather between December and February. The south is hot and humid all year round, especially from February to May. The rainy season lasts from May to November. The central highlands have a similar climate to the south, but it is cooler and temperatures can be freezing in winter. The official peak season in Vietnam is from September to April.
- Climate in LaosLaos is a tropical country and has tropical climate. Laos has two distinctive seasons known as raining season and dry season. During dry season in some days the temperature can reach as high as 45 degree census and in raining season the weather is hot too but a little cooler after the rain. The average temperature of Laos climate is around thirty degrees Celsius.
Dry season starts from November until the end April, during November to February the weather is cooler due to the cold wind bring cold weather from the Vietnam coast line. April is the hottest month in Laos and the raining season starts from May until the end of October.
- Climate in SingaporeLocated a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator, the weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons. Rain falls almost daily throughout the year, usually in sudden, heavy showers that rarely last longer than an hour. However, most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January), occasionally featuring lengthy spells of continuous rain. Spectacular thunderstorms can occur throughout the year, normally in the afternoons, so it’s wise to carry an umbrella at all times, both as a shade from the sun or cover from the rain.
Find Suitable Accommodation
Find out where you can spend the night at your Southeast Asian destination. You can book online here as we have wide range of accommodations to suit every budget and taste.
Set your Phone to Roam or Buy prepaid Sim cards
Cell phone roaming in Southeast Asia is quite easy and less expensive. Assuming your phone meets certain criteria. Your phone should be compatible with the GSM cellular standard, using the 900/1800 band. International Mobile phone companies usually have roaming agreement.
In Thailand, a prepaid SIM card with an international cell phone is the most convenient and economical solution for staying in touch while in Thailand. All incoming calls while in Thailand are FREE, regardless of where they originate. Your Thailand SIM card and cell phone service is prepaid so there is no need for a contract but will require a SIM-unlocked GSM 900 / 1800 compatible international cell phone. http://www.thai-explorer.com/thailand_informations.php
In the Philippines, Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. It is wise to check your mobile carrier to see if they offer international roaming for your plan. But why would you use your roaming services when it will cost you too much when you can avail inexpensive services while you are in the Philippines. All you need is a GSM unlocked 900/1800 mobile phone and buy a Pre-paid SIM cards of these networks- GLOBE or SMART. Pre-paid SIM cards are easy to acquire and cost as low as P50 (approximately US $1) and provide a cheap alternative to (usually) expensive roaming charges on home networks.
If your unit is locked to your home service provider, cell phone repair shops in various malls have ways of unlocking. If you don’t have a phone to begin with, Nokia the most popular cell phone in the country offers lots of affordable cell phones. The cheapest unit cost 3,000 pesos (around US $60) http://www.explorer-philippines.com/travel_essentials.php#three
Pack Right for Your Trip
For most destinations in Southeast Asia, light, loose cotton clothing will do for most destinations in Southeast Asia all year round. Most towns in the region are quite conservative (even cities), so wear clothes that cover your shoulders and legs when visiting temples, mosques, or churches. Everything else depends on where – and when – you go.
Get Insured Before You Go
When traveling to Southeast Asia, you should mitigate the obvious travel risks and get travel insurance. Many destinations are miles away from the nearest hospital or clinic. If something terrible happens to you so far from home, insurance can save you much-needed time and resources, as accidents, cancelled flights, or property loss can cost more than you could possibly afford.
Have Fun! Don’t worry, Be Happy!