Asia

Project Description

Visit Asia – Pick a Country

Visit Asia – Introduction

Visit Asia – home to most of the world’s population.  It has become a very popular to Visit Asia in recent years.  The economic growth in China is making it a world leader.  Southeast Asia holds numerous archeological wonders of past civilizations. Many countries are reopening to foreigners, such as Myanmar. For others, such as Vietnam and Cambodia, their wars are becoming distant memories and North Americans have replaced their military presence with tourists instead.  Some areas, such as the portions of the Middle East and Afghanistan, aren’t open to tourism at the present time.  The United Arab Emirates are using their oil wealth to generate the most opulent cities on the planet.

Asia Electrical Adapters

It’s a good idea to bring a Type C and a Type G electrical adapter when you visit Asia.  The standard North American plugs are rarely used there.

Let’s Visit Asia

Find information on countries in Asia, including the best time to visit and visa requirements.  The following countries will also have City Detail soon.

Visit Cambodia – Pick a Destination

Cambodia Visa Requirements

You can obtain a visa upon entry to Cambodia, but be prepared for a lengthy experience, including baggage checks, visa fees, health checks and entry fees.  Check your specific country requirements at VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Visit China – Pick a Destination

Best Time to Visit China

For the most part, October and November are good months to Visit China, because you avoid the worst of the heat and smog.  Lhasa is an exception, because it is located in the Himalayas.  So, it’s better to visit Lhasa in the summer months.

Visit China – Visa Requirements

A tourist visa is required to visit China for most nations.  Check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.  Hong Kong is an exception based on its British heritage.

Visit China – Busy Holidays

China celebrates National Day on October 1st and many Chinese take a full week vacation to visit locations in their country.  Foreign tour operators and travelers can experience great difficulty with interruption in itineraries in the first week of October each year.  Another busy period is the Spring Festival, also known as the Chinese New Year.  The Chinese new year is set by the cycle of the moon and can occur any time between January 21st and February 20th.  Festivities start a week before the new year and end with the Lantern Festival on the 15th of the first month of the Chinese year.

Visit India – Pick a Destination

Best Time to Visit India

The best time to visit India is from October to February, because some of the heat and humidity can be avoided.  In the southern parts of the country, temperatures and humidity increase and so does the risk of flooding during the heavy rainfall of summer monsoons.

Visit India – Visa Requirements

A visa is required for tourist travel to India.  The application can be completed at a local Indian consulate, the Government of India – Indian Visa Online or online with VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Diwali Festival

Diwali is an annual festival of lights that consumes the country.  This is a Hindu based tradition.  It involves candles in the home and lots of personal fireworks.  Diwali falls between mid October and mid November.

Visit Jerusalem, Israel

Best Time to Visit Israel

The Mediterranean influence creates cool winters and hot, dry summers.  Away from the coast, elevation can create colder temperatures and even occasional light snowfall in places like Jerusalem.

Visit Israel – Visa Requirements

Israel has visa exemption agreements with many countries for visits under 90 days in duration.  Customs and immigration officials are very thorough and serious in the interrogation and assessment of tourists at entry points.  Check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Visit Japan – Pick a Destination

Best Time to Visit Japan

Japan’s climate is moderated by the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean.  Temperatures are very warm in summer and are very cool in winter.  Northern Japan receives a continental influence from Russia that can result in extremely cold temperatures and snow, which is why Sapporo was able to host the 1972 Winter Olympics.  There are many winter snow festivals in northeastern Japan.  March and April are great months to enjoy the spring blossoms in Japan.

Japan – Visa Requirements

Japan does not require a tourist visa for many countries.  Check the list of countries that have a Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangement on the Japan National Tourism Organization site.  Alternately look up specific countries at VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.  Citizens of North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa.

Visit Laos – Pick a Destination

Laos – Visa Requirements

Laos reopened to tourism in 1989.  You can obtain a 30 day travel visa for a fee upon entry to international airports of the Friendship Bridge at the Thai border with Vientiane.   Japan and ASEAN member states from Southeast Asia are exempt from travel visa requirements.   Check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Visit Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur

Best Time of Year to Visit Malaysia

Malaysia is located along the equator and the South China Sea, so it experiences year round hot, humid weather.  Expect no perceptible difference in temperature regardless of the month of the year.  Malaysia is subject to two monsoon seasons covering most of the year.  Rainfall is slightly higher in the months of November and December, but precipitation is consistent in every month of the year.  The best time of year to Visit Malaysia are the months of June and July.

Malaysia – Visa Requirements

Most countries do not require a tourist visa for entry to Malaysia.  For the latest status, an excellent source is the High Commission of Malaysia web site in Australia or check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Malaysia – Electrical Adapter

Malaysia uses the standard British electrical adapter.

Visit the Maldives

Best Time of Year to Visit the Maldives

Temperatures are between 25 C (80 F) and 35 C (95 F) year round.  Although there is high humidity, the low elevation of the atolls ensures exposure to the slightest sea breezes.  The monsoons of India reach the Maldives and can cause thunderstorms and excessive rainfall that peak in the month of June.   January – March have lower rainfall and make these months the best time of year to visit the Maldives.

Maldives – Visa Requirements

There is no need to obtain a travel visa to the Maldives in advance.  Entry visas are granted on arrival.  For further information, refer to the Republic of the Maldives, Department of Immigration and Emigration or check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Visit Myanmar – Pick a Destination

Best Time of Year to Visit Myanmar

November through January are likely the best time of year to Visit Myanmar, because these months avoid the monsoon season.

Myanmar – Visa Requirements

A tourist visa is required to enter Myanmar and it must be obtained before arrival in the country.  Application procedures include a photo, a letter of reference and supporting documentation.  Visa application information and forms are available from the Embassy of Myanmar.  Check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Visit Nepal – Kathmandu

Best Time of Year to Visit Nepal

October is an excellent month to visit Nepal, because chances to view the Himalayas are better then.

Nepal – Visa Requirements

A tourist visa is required to enter Myanmar and it must be obtained before arrival in the country.  Application procedures include a photo, a letter of reference and supporting documentation.  Visa application information and forms are available from the Embassy of Myanmar.  Check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Visit Palestine – Bethlehem

Palestine – Visa Requirements

Palestine has complicated entry requirements that are determined by its bordering countries.  The Gaza strip is controlled by Hamas.  Entry and exit between Gaza and Egypt or Israel are extremely difficult or impossible.  On the West Bank, it is possible to cross the King Hussein Bridge from Jordan into Palestinian controlled areas.  The only commonly used border crossing is between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.  Tourists can visit Bethlehem on organized tours without a visa.  Armed militia will board tour buses in order to maintain security.  Visitors must return to Jerusalem the same day.

Visit Singapore – a City and Country in One

Best Time to Visit Singapore

Singapore has temperatures that are the same year round.  It’s probably better to avoid the months of November and December if you can, because those months have the highest rainfall.

Singapore – Visa Requirements

Most tourists staying less than 30 days will not require a visa to visit Singapore.  To see a list of countries that will require a visa, visit the Singapore Government site or check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Visit South Korea – Seoul

Best Time to Visit South Korea

South Korea experiences warm summers and cold winters.  June and July are months to avoid, because of the monsoon season.  Spring and fall are most likely the best time of year to Visit South Korea.

South Korea – Visa Requirements

Most visitors are exempt from a visa requirement for travel under 90 days.  More information can be found at Imagine Your Korea or check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Visit Thailand – Pick a Destination

Best Time of the Year to Visit Thailand

The monsoon season can affect Thailand from May to October.  The months of November to March are likely the best time of year to Visit Thailand.

Thailand – Visa Requirements

Most visitors who require a tourist visa to enter Thailand can obtain the visa at immigration points when arriving in Thailand.  For listings of citizens requiring visas and those who are exempt, visit the Royal Thai Embassy in London web site or check your specific country at VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.  Citizens of UK, U.S.A, Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan and France are exempt from visa requirements for visits under 30 days.

Visit Turkey – Pick a Destination

Best Time of Year to Visit Turkey

Turkey can be very hot in summer and cool during the winter months.  Spring and fall are most likely the best time of year to visit Turkey.

Turkey – Visa Requirements

Turkey has complex lists of citizens who are exempt from visa requirements.  For a list of countries requiring a travel visa, visit the Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site or check your specific country at VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.  For those requiring a visa, the Turkish government now provides an online eVisa at a reasonable price.  The visa on arrival system was phased out in 2014.  Ocean cruise lines generally handle visa arrangement for their passengers visiting ports of call, such as Istanbul.  Travel to Turkey has not been popular recently due to political unrest.

Visit Vietnam – Pick a Destination

Best Time of Year to Visit Vietnam

June through July marks the rainy season in Vietnam.  The months of February through April are most likely the best time of year to visit Vietnam.

Vietnam – Visa Requirements

Travel visas are required for the citizens of many countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, the US and the UK.  The application can be completed with a Vietnamese embassy or online on the Vietnamese Minstry of Foreign Affairs web site.  A list of Vietnamese embassies can be found on their web site.  The process includes submitting a passport, an application, a photo and a fee.  For a listing of countries that are exempt from travel visa requirements for Vietnam, visit the Vietnamese Minstry of Foreign Affairs web site or check your specific country at VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.  Some tour companies are able to arrange Vietnamese visas on arrival.

Visit Vacation Destinations – Plan Your Trip