For A Short Trip or an Unplanned Vacation
If you want to go for a short and unplanned vacation or there is no time for VISA formalities then you can go on a trip to any of the ASEAN country. As these countries are offering Visa on arrival to Indian Travelers. You will have many choices and the best part is you don't have to fly too far.
Each country has its own importance and is different in its own way. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)is a political and economic organization of ten Southeast Asian countries namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Brunei Darussalam, Myanmar and Cambodia. Let's see what each country has for you:
Located on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, Brunei has developed a wide variety of natural and man-made attractions infused with Islamic influences. Brunei offer various choices of travel experience to the visitor, ranging from pristine rainforests and historical Islamic architecture and culture, to beaches, sports and shopping activities.
Bandar Sri Begawan tour: Visitors can stroll through the local morning market, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and the nearby Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex – a modern shopping mall offering fine restaurants – before heading to the nearby Royal Regalia Museum.
Proboscis Monkey River Safari: A cruise on the open deck of a local wooden boat takes visitors into the rainforest and mangroves, just a few km away from the urban development of Bandar Sri Begawan.
Ulu Temburong National Park: An exotic trip through Borneo's best preserved rainforests includes a walkway above the jungle canopy.
Kuala Belait/ Seria Oil Town Tour: Following a scenic drive through rural Brunei, visitors arrive in the district of Kuala Belait where oil was first discovered back in 1929.
Visa- It has visa on arrival for Indians for a stay up to a maximum of 30 days.
It is an ASEAN's cultural cradles, one of the region's most ancient civilisations. The haunting temples at Angkor transport visitors back to another time, while the zooming of motorbikes and tuk tuks remind one that they are experiencing a country keen to catch up with modernity. Not to mention the delicious Cambodian cuisine with its distinctive taste as it harmoniously blends Cambodian, Thai, Chinese and French ingredients.
Attractions- The famous Angkor Wat temple is a must-see. The UNESCO listed temples to embrace the beauty of the small kingdom with its pristine beaches, mangrove forests, rainforests and national parks.
Siem Reap is also an enjoyable destination with restaurants offering fine gastronomy and traditional shows, as well as many beautiful handicraft shops.
Phnom Penh is a garden city with numerous parks, manicured gardens, Silver Pagoda, the National Museum and Wat Phnom.
The beaches are hidden gems with the untouched, soft, white sand. Visits to nearby Kep and Kampot are also trips down memory lane to a time when Cambodia was considered as a little paradise on earth.
Visa- Visa on arrival for Indian for a stay up to a maximum of 30 days.
Indonesia is one of Asia's most diverse landscapes and cultures. There are many sights to see, and adventure is available at every turn. One can enjoy beaches and mountains, wide open spaces or the close quarters of a packed club, and temples or snorkelling. There is truly something for everyone.
Bali- Also known as the Land of the Gods, Bali blends spectacular mountain scenery and beautiful beaches with warm and friendly people, a vibrant culture and out of this world resorts. One finds the pristine beauty of unspoilt white sandy beaches, exhilarating waves, crystal clear waters, stunning natural rugged beauty, and picturesque scenery.
Jakarta- It is also the country's shopping capital with its numerous top international designers' boutiques, malls, and shopping center. The city also still radiates the glory of the colonial era, especially at the Old Batavia complex. Here, one can find the Museum Fatahilah, Fine Art and Ceramic Museum, Wayang Museum, and the Bank Indonesia Museum. Other landmarks of the city includes the National Monument (MONAS), Jin De Yuan Chinese Temple, The National Museum, The Indonesia in Miniature Park, and more. Beyond its dynamic and complexity.
Yogyakarta- Steeped in rich tradition and history, the city of Yogyakarta is the cultural icon of Indonesia. Yogyakarta is is surrounded by spectacular heritage sites which are the monuments of human civilization. Sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills, Borobudur Temple is the world's biggest Buddhist monument.
Philippines is a tropical maritime paradise with an incredible number of pristine beaches and diving sites still to be discovered. In contrast to many other countries in the region, traditional Asian icons such as old temples are not really to be seen in the country. At present, the Philippines is in the midst of an economic boom, which translates into an accelerated modernisation of the country's infrastructure. With New airports and ports, the development of highways on Luzon Island, the transformation of Manila Bay.
Manil - Life is intense in Manila where visitors will find an unmatched choice of restaurants, entertainment venues, good hotels, large shopping malls and cultural attractions. Filipinos love to have fun and are excellent entertainers. Romance also plays its part in the city with beautiful sunsets along Manila Bay.
Boracay- Travellers go Boracay in particular to enjoy what are considered to be some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – pure soft white sands more akin to icing sugar than a beach! Many resorts, spa and wellness centres now welcome travellers.
Cebu- The island has the perfect blend for a stay combining a beach holiday, eco-tourism and history. Cebu old town still has numerous historical buildings and churches while Mactan is the place for the city's most luxurious resorts.
Davao- The southern Island of Mindanao is an eco-tourism paradise with possibilities for diving, snorkelling, and visits to lagoons and spectacular waterfalls. Davao offers little of historical interest but it is a pleasant and friendly city with many new shops, malls, restaurants and a wide range of antique shops selling beautiful pieces of art.
Puerto Princesa- Diving, relaxation on the beach and the discovery of one of the world's longest underground rivers in a cave. Puerto Princesa is all about a holiday in nature.
Vigan- A Spanish dream town with its palaces, cobble-stoned streets, Spanish mansions and baroque churches. Taking a calesa, a horse-drawn carriage, around the town is like a trip back in time. Around Vigan are many beautiful churches such as the magnificent St Augustin Church in Paoay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visa- Standard tourist visas are issued on arrival and allow a maximum stay of 21 days. However, tourist visas for up to 59 days can typically be obtained from overseas Philippines embassies or consulates.
A world class city, a centre for business, finance and trade, a sea and air transport hub and a great tourist destination with hundreds of attractions ranging from art museums to gardens to theme parks. From shopping to historic walking tours to fine dining, the island's array of leisure options guarantees every delegate an experience he or she will never forget. Shophouses, beaches, theme parks and unique architecture provide exotic locations for networking and downtime alike.
Orchard Road- Futuristic shopping malls, flagship designer stores and a packed calendar of promotions, launches and lifestyle events - welcome to Orchard Road, Singapore's shopping mecca.
Marina Bay- Heart of Singapore's arts and entertainment sector - the island's “West End.” After taking in a show at one of two major theatres, visitors can be wowed by a ride on the Singapore Flyer or a stroll through the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay.
Sentosa Harbourfront- An island getaway minutes away from Singapore, the pristine white beaches, sprawling golf courses and exclusive spas make this an adult's playground.
Cultural Precincts- Singapore's ethnic enclaves, Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam and Joo Chiat, are home to rich customs and traditions and offer the intrepid explorer a feast of new experiences. Witness an intoxicating mix of commerce and culture as heritage brands, merchant stores, temples and mosques vie for space with new businesses such as designer outlets, boutique hotels, bars and cafes.
Singapore River- Wine, dines, and club by the riverside at any one of the trio of quays along the Singapore River. Robertson Quay is an entertainment enclave with bars, performing arts houses and art galleries. Clarke Quay is a colourful kaleidoscope of restored warehouses that comes alive at night with an array of restaurants, jazz clubs and more.
Visa- A valid passport or international travel document is required for all visitors. Visas are not generally required for social visits of fewer than 14 days, and visitors arriving as tourists are given a 14-day social visit pass on arrival.
Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Asia. It has first class gastronomy, fantastic shopping opportunities, beautiful landscapes and many historical sites.
Bangkok-Thailand's capital is one of ASEAN's most exciting cities, offering a wealth of experiences in history, culture, gastronomy and entertainment. A cruise on the Chao Phraya River is a good introduction to the history of the capital, passing the old European quarter on Charoen Krung, the majestic temple of Wat Arun, the historical district of Thonburi to finally reach the iconic Grand Palace where Thai kings have shaped the destiny of the country for the past 200 years. Evenings offer a paradise of delicious street food, high-end restaurants, night markets, concerts, shows, bars and nightclubs. This is truly a 24-hour non-stop metropolis!
Chiang Mai-The gracious art of living practiced by the Lanna people has turned Chiang Mai into an attractive tourist destination. A vibrant night life is centred on the city's night market and in the numerous welcoming pubs. It is also easy to escape the urban jungle for a trek of discovery into the beautiful gardens and verdant jungle spread across the mountains surrounding the city.
Chiang Rai- Chiang Rai is all about the pleasures of discovering the simple lifestyle of the people of the northern. The city's surroundings offer spectacular landscapes ranging from the gardens of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation and the mountainous villages of the Mon tribe to the ancient temples that dot the banks of the Mekong River such as that at Chiang Saen.
Hua Hin- is a charming seaside resort city, which managed to retain the charm of its old town and a nostalgic feeling. To best appreciate it, visitors should arrive by train. Hua Hin is indeed considered having Thailand's most beautiful rail pavilion. Hua Hin offers not only magnificent golf courses, pristine beach areas but also many historical sightseeings.
Pattaya-Entertainment is the word that probably describes Pattaya best. From theme parks to a panoramic views from the Pattaya Park Tower with its revolving restaurant, from all kind of water sports to just relaxing on one of Pattaya's beaches, there is no way to become bored in this dynamic city.
Phuket- Phuket is famed for its beautiful beaches, its luxurious and elegant resorts and its night life. But contrary to many other resort destinations in Thailand, the island also has a very rich and colourful history. The old town, with its beautiful mansions and historical shop houses, has been turned into an attractive destination in its own right, filled with boutique stores, trendy cafes and museums.
Samui- With its myriad of luxury boutique hotels, spas and a vibrant night life, Samui has turned into a favourite among tourists looking for a beach holiday. The relatively compact scale of the island makes it a perfect destination for families and for those simply looking to relax.
Visa- Thailand offers visa on arrival with one month validity of the passport for Indian visitors.
With the rapid development of tourism, Viet Nam now offers fine infrastructure at major destinations including luxury hotels, good airports and reliable road networks.
Ha Long Bay- Beautiful scenery, mysterious caves, deep jungles along the coast, small islets with beaches, all make Ha Long Bay a spectacular destination for a holiday re meeting.
Ha Noi- The Temple of Literature and the Opera House – both epitomize the best of Ha Noi. The city is a hub for art and literature, preserving with success its Asian essence. The old quarter near the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake is bustling with local shops and traders living as they did almost a century ago. Sampling the cuisine on offer in the old quarter is a great experience as most dishes are healthy and tasty! Sightseeing is best undertaken on a bicycle or by pedicab or motorcycle taxi. Not to be missed is the mausoleum of founding father Ho Chi Minh.
Da Nang/Hoi An- Da Nang is turning its eye to the future, building a skyline of glitzy towers and shopping facilities along its riverfront. Spectacular bridges, new malls and beautiful resorts are reshaping the image of Da Nang City, while a few colonial style buildings – including the Museum of Cham Sculpture – remind us of a time when the city was called “Tourane”.
Ho Chi Minh City- Behind the official name of Ho Chi Minh City beats the heart of Saigon, the historical name of Viet Nam's largest metropolis. During the day visitors will enjoy sightseeing in the old city centre, where some of the grand structures from the French period have been preserved, including the General Post Office, the Municipal Theatre and the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Visa- Vietnam has visa on arrival for Indians, provided online approval.
Malaysia is now one of the most developed nations in Southeast Asia. It projects the image of a multi-cultural country with a myriad of ethnic groups living in harmony and a paradise for nature lovers. Most of Malaysia is still covered by well-preserved rainforests while the extensive coast offers beautiful sandy beaches on which to relax. Malaysia is becoming increasingly known for its cultural offerings with many festivals, a blooming arts and crafts scene and a rich history spread across destinations.
Kuala Lumpur - The city is impressive with its skyline of glitzy buildings standing next to beautiful colonial mansions. The capital is also the centre of Malaysian culture, reflected in its numerous museums and in its very active arts scene. Shopping is one of Kuala Lumpur's strong points with dozens of shopping centres and malls offer anything from luxury goods to small gadgets. Tourists generally enjoy the Handicraft and Art Market (Pasar Seni) selling plenty of souvenirs. KL's multi-cultural life is best reflected in its cuisine. Cuisines include Malay, Chinese, Indian and Nonya, a mix of Chinese-Malay cooking.
Penang - The prosperity of Penang Port attracted people from all over the world. Visitors will still feel this incredible symbiosis today, through the city's architectural heritage, its gastronomy and its arts. Penang's social fabric and its beautiful architecture were strong reasons for UNESCO to name the city as a World Heritage site. Being an island, tourists will also enjoy the beautiful scenery of the coastline, especially the fine resorts located along Batu Ferringhi. The centre of the Island boasts tropical rainforests.
Melaka- One of the first European settlements in Southeast Asia, Melaka – or Malacca – was established by the Portuguese in the early 16th century. It has managed to retain the old world charm of a small provincial city. It has all from the hill, the old town is a wonderful kaleidoscope of colours and smells with old Chinese temples, minuscule shops, and old style cafes and restaurants.
Kota Kinabalu- The capital city of Sabah is a pleasant destination with its large boulevards, its waterfront restaurants and shops. It is a popular place for tourists to buy cultured pearls and local handicrafts. At night, the famous Filipino Night Bazaar takes over, offering all kinds of fresh seafood as well as souvenirs.
Kuching- Borneo's 'jewel in the crown', Kuching has managed to preserve its old lifestyle and restore many of its old colonial buildings that date from the days of the earliest White Rajahs. The waterfront features attractive gardens with small coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques. Kuching is best discovered over time.
Visa- Visitors must be in possession of a current passport or other internationally recognized travel document. They must be endorsed for traveling to Malaysia and have a period of validity of at least six months beyond the time of stay allowed in Malaysia.
Bandung- the friendly neighboring city of Jakarta, is a great place to visit any time of the year as it's not only renowned for its picturesque open vista, but also offers many attractions well worth a visit. As the center of creativity and home to Indonesia's many textile factories, the city of Bandung offers a large number of factory outlets which offers the latest trendy apparel at reasonable prices. Bandung has a rich heritage of buildings in exemplary art deco architecture. The city's most distinct natural splendor lies up north at the spectacular mount Tangkuban Parahu, which uniquely resembles the shape of an overturned boat.
Medan- Medan offers a lot of historical sightseeing with old houses, peranakan (Sino-Malay) heritage as well as a beautiful mosque and the artistic Maimun Palace. Lake Toba is truly a beautiful site and a magnificent monument of the earth's natural history.
Visa- Indian passport-holders can avail visa on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days.
A laid back country, Laos is beginning to attract more attention for its wild beauty and relatively untouched landscapes. There is much to discover in terms of unspoilt nature here. History and culture are also some of the key attractions of the country: delicate Buddhist temples offer instant serenity with their gilded roofs that reflect beams of sunlight in all directions.
Luang Prabang is a colourful city, mixing lush greenery and flower blossoms against the backdrop of stupas belonging to centuries-old temples. Many of the streets are lined with charming colonial buildings built by French.
Vientiane is shaking its image of a sleepy town as investors – mostly from mainland China – are hastily modernising the capital. New tall buildings are starting to thrown into the shadow the beautiful colonial villas from the time of the French. Walking or getting around by bicycle, stopping at small restaurants to sip a drink or eat a snack are simple pleasures which make a stay in Vientiane enjoyable.
Pakse is a commercial city offering limited attractions beside the ubiquitous temples and a few French colonial buildings. However Pakse is the gateway to the nearby Champassak district on the Mekong River.
Visa- Visa on arrival for Indian for a stay up to a maximum of 30 days.
Myanmar is blessed with an incredibly rich culture and beautiful landscapes. Decades of isolation have in fact helped to preserve most of the country's rich history. But, at the same time, these decades have left the country with a collapsing infrastructure.
Yangon- Capital city, Yangon is an elegant which exults in the opulence of grand colonial structures, many of which are desperately need for a renovation. However, walking around Yangon's streets is a great way to mix with locals and enjoy the bustling life of the 5-million strong cities. The shopping experience is getting better and better as many Burmese-style design shops are opened, while a number of art galleries are located at Yangon's main market. Recreation areas include the beautiful scenery of the Kandawgyi Lake.
Bagan- Bagan has some 2,000 stupas and pagodas stretching as far as the eye can see. Each pagoda is a cultural gem for its architecture, frescoes and Buddha statues. Among the most spectacular temples are the Gawdawpalin Pagoda, the Ananda Temple, Mingalazedi Pagoda and the Dhammayangyi Temple, Bagan's largest religious structure. Most of the sites are accessible by traditional buffalo carts and bikes. A spectacular experience during the winter months is a hot air balloon flight over the temples at sun rise. Eastern Safaris pioneered these balloon rides over Bagan in 1999 and they really are an almost fairy tale-like experience as you drift silently over a myriad of temple spires and stupas.
Mandalay- They are two Mandalays: around the rail station is a large modern city, the centre of the commercial life but offering for travellers little interest beside a few shops, restaurants and malls. The second Mandalay, the one enjoyed by tourists, is to be seen around Mandalay Hill. This is where old palaces, pagodas give to travellers a glimpse of a glorious past for a city which used to be royal capital of Burma.
Visa- Visa on arrival for Indian visitors for a stay up to a maximum of 30 days.