10 Southeast Asia Travel Guides You Can Buy at Amazon.com

Southeast Asia is a very popular travel destination to travelers all over the world from all walks of life. Traveling around the region can be a little intimidating because of geographical challenges and language barriers. Moreover, despite being a popular travel destination, a lot of important information are still not available to travelers. I myself as a Southeast Asian citizen still find it hard to gather information about the places I’m going to as I plan my travels around Southeast Asia. Hence, a hardbound or electronic Southeast Asia travel book guide that you can buy online like at Amazon.com can serve as a big help because not all information are available over the internet.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TRAVEL BOOK GUIDES: THE LIST

For the benefit of my readers and followers (I know most of you are based or frequently traveling around Southeast Asian region), I’ve compiled these list of books on Southeast Asia travel guide that you can purchase in Amazon.com. I’ve provided the links below the books for your convenience, and I actually purchased some of these books that’s why I recommend them.

1. Lonely Planet Southeast Asia on a Shoestring (Travel Guide)

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We know for a fact that Lonely Planet produce the best travel guides about a lot of places! With “Southeast Asia”, they meant ALL Southeast Asian countries. I personally own a copy of this book and the information they provide is very comprehensive.

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2. Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Northern Thailand (Travel Guide)

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A very popular Southeast Asian route is the mainland or Indochina sub-region. Lonely Planet came up with this guide specific to exploring this part of the region. This guide provides insider tips that you can never find anywhere else.

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3. Insight Guides Southeast Asia (Travel Guide)

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Insight Guides provide us a lot of stunning photographs on their travel guides, so prepared to be inspired by a lot of stunning photographs all over Southeast Asian region with this guide. The cover photo which was taken in Bali, Indonesia is elegant!

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4. Southeast Asia: An Introductory History

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Milton Osborne made a version of Southeast Asian history that can be appreciated even by non-history buffs. Given the good reviews I read about this book, I can’t help but also purchase a copy of it. No regrets, I also was able to use it in the University whenever I handle courses on Southeast Asia. Awesome!

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5. The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget (Travel Guide)

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This particular Rough Guide was able to provide tips on how to explore more of Southeast Asia with the lowest budget possible. This is going to be helpful to anyone planning their trips to Southeast Asia.

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6. Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia

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As a Lecturer of International Relations and Southeast Asian Studies, I find this book very interesting in terms of painting a picture on how Southeast Asian stats interact. Considering that we are a region with no Great Powers, we were able to thrive and make it as one of the best regions in the world and a primary economic hub. Even if you’re not into Southeast Asian history and politics, reading this book might make you appreciate why some Southeast Asian capital cities are progressive, or why some Southeast Asian countries remain to be the poorest ones internationally.

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7. Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introduction

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If you do not have the luxury of time to learn everything there is about Southeast Asian history, or if you simply want to have an overview of the region’s history, James Rush has summarized everything for you.

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8. A Traveller’s History of Southeast Asia

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This version of Southeast Asian history is specifically designed for travelers to the region coming from different backgrounds. While I am not sure why the authors did not include the Philippines and Myanmar, it’s still a fairly good Southeast Asia travel book guide.

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9. Southeast Asia – Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam: A Solo Girl’s Travel Guide

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Alexa West is one of the female travel bloggers that I really look up to. While I am not (yet) prepared to ditch my University Lecturing job to travel the world, I just express my admiration to women like her and be inspired to do the same in the future. I also want to write my own travel guides like her Southeast Asia travel book guide!

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10. Southeast Asia Phrasebook and Dictionary

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Whenever traveling around Southeast Asia, it does not hurt to learn a few words or phrases that can be useful when communicating to locals. Not every country in the region has English as their second language, and this Southeast Asia travel book language guide handpicked the most frequently used words in conversing with locals whenever traveling around the region.

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There you have it! 🙂 I am wishing all of you a smooth trip around Southeast Asia with the help of these Southeast Asia travel book recommendations from Amazon. If you want to suggest some ideas on what I could write as a travel guide around the region, you may always send me an email at sherlynmaehernandez@gmail.com. Happy travels! 🙂

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My Flight from Vientiane to Bangkok: 3 Solid Life Lessons I Learned

(This is a story from my flight from Vientiane to Bangkok which was not in any way meant to attack or criticize anyone. Everyone is welcome to share their thoughts at the comments section.)

As the van I hired for a private day tour approached Wattay International Airport, my heart started to feel heavy. I don’t want to leave Vientiane yet. I underestimated Vientiane. I thought I can just go on a day trip for the sake of going and just come back to see Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng for a much longer time. But Vientiane is charming. I liked it there. The people I met surprised me, a lot.

I only had a very little chat with my driver since from my previous attempts to ask questions, I could say he only knew limited English. When he dropped my small grey luggage at the departure area of Wattay, “This is it, I have to leave now. I can’t stay longer. I have a job, and I can always go back anytime.”

The orange-y dusk sunlight was streaming through the airport glass windows, and it was seriously stunning. I was queuing up at the leftmost check-in counter for my connecting flight from Bangkok to Manila. I was the only one at the queue but the whole area was very noisy and it smells like a Grade School Physical Education class. A big group of Chinese tourists are queuing up at the other Lao Airlines counters and most of their flights are bound to Chinese provinces. The closest to my counter was a counter for a flight bound for Changsha.

As I was about to take my turn to hand in my passport to the check-in personnel, two old Chinese me went to my counter, literally pushed me leftwards, and talked to the check-in personnel in Chinese, which of course the check-in guy could not understand. From how I read the situation, they these old guys are agitated with the long queue and attempted to check-in on my counter, pushing me aside.

“Your counter is over there, you can’t check in here. See, this is for a flight to Bangkok”, said the check-in personnel, pointing to the LED sign above the counter that says “BANGKOK” with the Chinese translation next to it (I assume). The check-in personnel offered to check-in my luggage all the way to my connecting flight to Manila, but I declined because I will be flying on a different airline and I’m scared of losing my luggage (which I regretted later and will tell you about it on a different post).

I have a lot of experience having visited some tourist spots with a big group of Chinese tourists, and there are other opportunities to talk more about it. Scenes like that always reminded me of the first scene of the movie The Terminal where a group of Chinese tourists all wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt (probably from Disneyland) is already a red flag to the immigration authorities at the airport. But to be fair, here is an article that could shed light to many things we don’t understand about the Chinese tourist culture.

Wattay International Airport is small, I could compare it to, let’s say, a typical domestic airport in the Philippines, or maybe like Brunei International Airport. I proceeded to the almost empty boarding gate assigned to my flight, surrounded by a few and closed coffee shops and restaurants. On my way to Vientiane the day before, the flight was full, mostly by a big group of middle-aged Thai tourists. I’m seeing a few Western backpackers, some business travelers, and me.

Going to Vientiane was something I took advantage of when I had the chance to go back to Bangkok to present my academic research paper to an International Conference. My trip to Vientiane completed my ‘ASEAN Travel Goals’ bucket list I promised myself way back from high school. It was nice counting countries as a traveler, but I also promised to make it a point to keep coming back to places I fell in love with. I looked for a wi-fi sign around, saw a letter-sized bond paper with the password printed on it, only to find out it’s not working.

I did not buy a Lao SIM card because I was only there for a day, so I was forced to subscribe to my postpaid’s roaming promo because I was really excited to post my photo in Patuxai on Instagram and tell the world that that day marks accomplishing a major item on my travel bucket list. Just like any other social media user, I waited for the likes and congratulatory comments from my followers. As I was doing that, the big group of Chinese tourists started to conquer what used to be the peaceful spot I was sitting with listening to my Westlife playlist on Spotify and scrolling my Instagram feed.

One of them was at the small souvenir shop by the corner and trying to call someone at the other end of the boarding area, around 40 feet away from her. It was so loud that her voice is echoing inside that almost empty hall we’re in. I looked around and met eyes with one of the Western backpackers, we just smiled as if telling each other to just ignore them even though the disturbance they bring just irked everyone inside that room.

The skies started to get darker, and I was thinking what will I do with my 6-hour layover inside Suvarnabhumi Airport. My boarding time was kind of delayed, something that the frequent flyer in me has gotten very, very used to. Just like my lost of trust in people in general *insert black heart emoji*, I no longer expect a lot from the departure and arrival times printed on every plane ticket I get hold of. It was an almost empty flight, so I assumed I could occupy the whole row by myself, but I was assigned to a seat between two men.

The guy at the window seat was okay since he just slept the whole time since he buckled up his seatbelt. The man to my left was an Northeast Asian-looking grandpa-ish guy on this maroon button up shirt with a briefcase. Because of my prior unpleasant encounters with the Chinese tourists I met earlier that day, I initially felt uncomfortable sitting next to him.

At the back of my mind, I was reflecting on trying to understand why Chinese tourists behave that way. “Okay, I’m a traveler, so I have to be compassionate and understanding with EVERYONE, no matter who they are and where they came from.” There were a lot of empty seats inside the plane, but I insisted on staying in my assigned seat and challenged myself to be that kind of traveler who always aimed to open up my mind to the world and all the good and bad.

I unfolded the neck part the black turtleneck pullover that I always wear during flights to cover my face as I try to sleep and hope that my seatmate would not do anything that would annoy me. I was trying to sleep in the middle of the flight when he tried to wake me up to hand me the arrival card. That’s the only time I was able to look at his face and say thank you. “Damn, he’s not with the Chinese tourist group and he doesn’t look Chinese.” I was wrong.

Having studied in a university in Manila where a lot of Northeast Asian students also study, I mastered the skill of distinguishing who among them are Chinese, Japanese, and Korean by their facial features. The man started writing on his arrival card (something I only cram on when I am about to queue up at the immigration counter, plus, it was a night flight and the plane lights are off).

The man was trying to reach out to one of the cabin lights in our row to write on his immigration card. I offered to do it so I had another chance to glance at him, and he said thanks. He was old, and I was assuming he’s traveling alone. My paternal grandpa died when I was little and my maternal grandpa is someone we only see occasionally and he died when I was in college, so I never really grew up with a grandpa, like other children in my country did. I have a soft heart for old people, and seeing him traveling alone, I want to cry.

Oh, I know people maybe the same age as him traveling like that (my Professors, for instance), but I was wishing they were with someone. What if their luggage was heavy? What if they couldn’t walk that long from the plane to the arrival area? I don’t know, I may be underestimating them, but it made me reflect about so many things, real hard.

I was peeking through his seat as he was filling up his arrival card, he started to get his passport. “I knew it, he’s Japanese!”. I saw him fill up his age and his occupation, and I was like, “Ohhhh.”. The cabin crew started distributing our complimentary snacks. The packaging of the snacks were nice. They were inside a very well-designed high-quality carton box and inside were cheese pimiento sandwich and water.

The Japanese guy started to get something from his bag. It was a small compact digital camera with a string at the lower right part and he took a photo of his in-flight snack. I don’t know why, but that touched my heart a lot and I started rolling up my turtleneck shirt again to my face and started catching the tears running through my eyes. Then he started browsing photos he took around Vientiane which I could peek in from his camera screen. I started crying even more.

I have no idea about who he is and I only have the said few information about him, but it got me reflecting about what I am currently doing with my life.

LESSON # 1: I have been out and about seeing the world, but what about my parents and my family?

I came from a very laidback, conservative family in a small town south of Manila, but all the exposure and experiences I had outside home has turned me into someone with a very opposite perspective about the world compared to the rest of my family. I have been very ambitious, aggressive, and unstoppable. Sometimes it frustrates me that instead of support, all I usually get are some nagging and ctiticism (#AsianValues). But again, we could set aside this story in another post.

While I always celebrate my travels on social media and this blog together with supportive friends and followers, I always think about my family whenever I’m seeing new places. I always wish I have the means to take all of them to see the places I saw, and to share the emotions I felt along the way. But none of them are as interested to travel as I do.

I have been ‘influencing’ people to see and learn about the world through this blog and my Instagram page, but I can’t even influence the right people: my family. Nonetheless, I am hoping I could still convince them to travel because traveling solo most of the time can get a little lonely, and I am happy seeing people post their photos on social media having family trips to Hong Kong Disneyland and Universal Studios Singapore. The downs of solo traveling is something I can also talk about in another post.

I have no idea why Japanese grandpa went to Vientiane alone, but it made me realize that from time to time, we all deserve to travel with people we care about and share all the memories with them, not just bring them home fridge magnets and postcards. To those who have traveled with your family, I am very happy for all of you.

LESSON # 2: Life is short. Some will really maximize it, some will take it easy, but everyone has to respect everyone’s choice.

Being the ambitious, aggressive, unstoppable as I have always been, the travel aspect of my bucket list contains counting cities and working hard to earn more from sharing all my travel experiences and stories on this blog and my Instagram page. Yes, my goals are quantified, they are always translated to numbers. I have lived with the idea that you can’t manage what you can’t measure.

Like me, some people want to achieve something at a certain age. Perhaps some want to travel to x number of countries before 30, some want to save their first million before 35, and some want to get married and have three kids by 25. Not everyone is inclined to travel, so we must not think differently of people who are okay with seeing the Merlion, or riding a cable car at Ngong Ping.

I have been to less than 20 countries in my late 20s, and while I am not sure if it was Japanese grandpa’s first time in Laos, he got me more motivated to see the world and there is, for sure, plenty of time. I am very young and capable of doing more great things. To those who have limitations to travel like a full-time job, financial challenges, and other responsibilities, just take it easy. We all have our different circumstances, capacities, and timelines.

Next time I will enlighten you more about how I can squeeze in travel albeit having a full-time job. If I can, you can, too!

LESSON # 3: What is the whole point of all of this, really? How do I wanna get old?

“Do I also see myself traveling to Vientiane when I reach Japanese grandpa’s age?” After asking this question to myself, I can’t help but freak out about my whole life and future, being the control freak that I am. Having described the kind of family I grew up in, everything in my life has always been a product of trial and error. I could beat myself up about wasted time and opportunities had someone educated me about specific things about life, but having to surpass almost everything on my own is an achievement in itself. Moreover, the kind of person I am today is something I owe to all the mistakes I did in the past.

Okay, let’s see what my long term plans are: travel the world, find a husband who don’t wanna have kids, nail my career as an academic, have a financially-secured life, have the capacity to do whatever makes me happy, and establish something that can help people solve specific problems.

“So, Sherlyn, you said you plan everything with numbers in them, but I don’t see any numbers in here.” There are numbers behind that list, for sure, but what if I wanna get married by 30 and find myself celebrating my 30th birthday dating no one? What if I am aiming to save a specific amount of money then something happened and I had to use it for another purpose? What if I worked my butt off and stopped my whole life to earn a PhD only to realize I don’t want to be a Professor anymore?

The point is, everyone is welcome to plan their lives. Nobody cares how ambitious or unrealistic they could be, but it’s your life. But along the way, most of us learn that even though we can manage to control as many aspects of life as we can, there will always be things that you don’t have control of. And it’s gonna take a toll on your dreams. It’s gonna ruin all your plans and timelines. But that’s life, and we all should consider this big factor whenever thinking about our future.

All these life reflections because of one flight. One flight can make you revisit things. One flight can change your whole life. Flights are parts travel that people either dread or get excited with. Sitting next to a stranger on a plane without talking to him was an unexpected moment that moved me and changed a loft of my perspectives on life.

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Mini S Hotel: Your Cute and Instagram-Worthy Accommodation in Vientiane, Laos

(This is a personal and self-initiated hotel review (not sponsored) in order to help or guide you while looking for your perfect accommodation in Vientiane, Laos.)

Our accommodations can make or break our travels, regardless of the purpose. Hence, I want to reach out to the travel community by sharing my honest experiences regarding the accommodations I stayed in. With that, you will have a prior information on whether or not to choose the hotels I reviewed. In fact, I wrote a very comprehensive mini-review of ALL the hotels I stayed in OUTSIDE THE PHILIPPINES, which you can view here:

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For this particular hotel review, I am happy to share my experience during my stay at Mini S Hotel in Vientiane, Laos.

What on earth is Sherlyn doing in Vientiane, Laos?

My avid readers (if I have some haha!) would know that I travel very frequently both for business and pleasure. This year was a record-breaker for me in terms of travel. I’ve flown to Bandar Seri Begawan, Bali, Singapore, Macau, Bangkok, and Vientiane, and I still have cities in the pipeline! I kinda got used to staying in different types of accommodations, and therefore I know how to judge an accommodation very well.

I went to Bangkok for a conference, and since Vientiane is only an hour away from Bangkok and I had some time to spare after the conference, I decided to buy a ticket and fly to Vientiane. Also, traveling to Laos will complete my ASEAN travel bucket list! I got torn between choosing to fly in Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and I ended up choosing the former. I could always go back to see the rest of Laos, right?

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My worn-out passport and ticket to Vientiane!
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My first flight with Lao Airlines!

So after booking my flight ticket, I hurriedly went to check the hotels in Vientiane. The factors I always account for in choosing accommodations are (1) hotel’s age, (2) price, and (3) Instagrammable-ness. 😀 I am happy to say that Mini S Hotel satisfied these conditions.

Mini S Hotel: Fast Facts

Mini S Hotel is just 7 minutes away from the Wattay International Airport!

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Distance from Wattay International Airport to Hotel Mini S

Mini S Hotel has its own cafe named Blue Pin Cafe.

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Blue Pin Cafe at Hotel Mini S
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Mini S Hotel is a newly-built hotel, built only last 2018!

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Agoda.com indicates that this hotel was just built last year, and I was too eager to check it out. Upon doing more research, I saw Mini S Hotel website and they just had a soft opening less than a year ago!

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Mini S Hotel in Agoda.com
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Mini S Hotel Soft Opening Article

Mini S Hotel has a set of very friendly and accommodating staff.

I really appreciate how the staff has been very kind to me! They were not perfect in terms of service, but it was all a breeze. But hold on, let me explain that! 🙂

The hotel reception area is also the counter area of the Blue Pin Cafe, so I entered the cafe. I asked the attending receptionist that time if that was the hotel reception and he coldly answered “Yes.”. I was heartbroken. Kidding, I’m not sensitive! 🙂 I waited for my check-in to be processed and they gave me the key for the wrong room number and I opened a room currently occupied by someone, but thank God no one was inside. I did not get mad at all, instead we found that incident funny. Haha!

The other staff were patient enough to understand my accent and my English while trying to listen to my questions and concerns. I could see that they were trying to hide their frustrations and struggles of understanding my accent and I think that’s admirable. Also, when I asked one of them if they offer or know someone who offer a day tour and he happened to not know anyone, he went the extra mile trying to contact his friends who could show me around. I think that’s thoughtful! 🙂

One of the staff also helped me out to take photos of me around the lobby!

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Touchdown Vientiane!

I don’t really wanna leave after checkout because they were so kind and warm to me huhu! Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo with them.

My Room at Mini S Hotel

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My kind of touchdown hotel photo haha!

I stayed in a Deluxe Room at the Ground Floor which was a beautiful and clean room! I had a wonderful me time there because it was spacious and very tidy. I always make sure to book the room closest to the reception area (this is my personal preference) so I was given Room 3. I actually made a mistake of booking a room for 2 people but I believe it doesn’t make any difference at all. I love how big the bed was! Aside from I can move a lot, I can throw away my stuff all over haha! It has a lock from the inside, a television, a hanging coffee table (love it!), a telephone, a dresser, and a small fridge.

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My cute tidy room at Mini S Hotel!
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At Mini S Hotel Room: Brexit and chill!

The comfort room was spacious and clean. Caveat though, it does not have a door and they don’t provide toiletries except for a hand soap.

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The very minimalist bathroom of Mini S Hotel

Going Around Mini S Hotel

Mini S Hotel is very near the Souphanouvong Avenue which is a major road and from there you can access almost everything you want on a walking distance: grocery stores, shops, restaurants and bars, and even the strip of al fresco bars and restaurants along the Mekong River. If you are a person who likes to walk a lot, you can also access the city proper from there.

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The cutest thing I saw as I walked through the Mekong Riverside!
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This beautiful bar created out of an abandoned building and other al fresco bars by the Mekong Riverside are just walking distance from Mini S Hotel!

How to further enjoy your stay at Mini S Hotel: Amenities

I am happy to share that Mini S Hotel has a lot of amenities that can make your Vientiane trip a more enjoyable one:

Swimming Pool

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My new book with the Mini S Hotel Swimming Pool at the background

Mini S Hotel has a small but beautiful outdoor pool just beside the Blue Pin Cafe. Even if you don’t want to swim, you can just chill by the Blue Pin Cafe or by the pool side to adore the beauty of the pool.

Free Wi-Fi

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Mini S Hotel Wi-Fi Details and Tip Box

Most hotels have free wi-fi, and I must say that Mini S Hotel’s wi-fi is very reliable and fast. Of course, tips are not required but highly appreciated.

Free Shuttle Service to the City Center

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Mini S Hotel Free Shuttle Service to the City Center

Mini S Hotel has regular shuttle services going to the city center. You just have to inform the front desk at least an hour before your desired schedule so that they can have enough lead time to contact and prepare the driver.

The Verdict

I might be overreacting, but my Vientiane trip was really made better by my experience at Mini S Hotel. Beautifully-deigned hotels are really my thing, not only for Instagram and content purposes, and to me it’s also an indicator that that the hotel is making sure that its clients will be happy. I also feel like I received more than I paid for because I could get a hotel with the same quality elsewhere but three times the price of Mini S Hotel. I also appreciate its good location and very helpful staff. I definitely recommend this and will stay here again when I have the chance to go back to Vientiane.

Mini S Hotel Contact Information

Mini S Hotel
Nakham Village (Nakham Church)
Dongnasok Road, Sikhottavong District
Vientiane Capital, Laos
+856-21-256345
rsvn@minishotel.com
www.minishotel.com
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Vientiane, Laos: One for the Books!

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Vientiane is the capital city of Laos. Like other countries in the Greater French Indochina region in mainland Southeast Asia, it used to be a French colony. It is now a popular travel destination, hence, a lot of people now visit Vientiane Laos and there are now so many things to do in Laos. You will see a lot of evidence of the French colonial period in its architecture and way of life. A visit to Vientiane Laos is definitely different than other Southeast Asian destinations because the list of things to do in Laos is getting longer.

Laos may not be a popular direct travel destination to most of us, but a lot of tourists and backpackers considered to visit Vientiane Laos (and other destinations like Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, among others) as part of their Indochina vacation. Today, Vientiane capital is home to museums, temples, markets, and lots of green spaces. Moreover, you will see French bakeries there which serve yummy bread! The bread lover in me was happy to be in this place.

Vientiane is a small town, and anyone who will visit Vientiane Laos can take up to 1-2 days, but of course, it still depends on your purpose. I went to visit Vientiane Laos only as a side trip when I went to Bangkok for an academic conference. I was able to score an airline promotion with their flag carrier, Lao Airlines, where I was able to book in a short notice. Vientiane is only an hour flight from Bangkok.

#SherlynInLaos and My Experience Flying with Lao Airlines

My avid readers (if I have some haha!) would know that I travel very frequently both for business and pleasure. This year was a record-breaker for me in terms of travel. I’ve flown to Bandar Seri Begawan, Bali, Singapore, Macau, Bangkok, and Vientiane, and I still have cities in the pipeline! I kinda got used to staying in different types of accommodations, and therefore I know how to judge an accommodation very well.

I went to Bangkok for a conference, and since Vientiane is only an hour away from Bangkok and I had some time to spare after the conference, I decided to buy a ticket and fly to visit Vientiane Laos. Also, it is my goal this year to visit Vientiane Laos because will complete my ASEAN travel bucket list! I got torn between choosing to fly in Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and I ended up choosing the former. I could always go back to see the rest of Laos, right?

I booked a flight to Vientiane via Lao Airlines and it was really hard to choose between Vientiane and Luang Prabang because I can only go to one place given my limited time.

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My worn-out passport and Lao Airlines ticket to Vientiane!

Can I just say that I love the tickets of Lao Airlines? The quality of the printed boarding pass is really good! The Lao Airlines Counter at Suvarnabhumi Airport is at the faaaaar right, but there is a bookstore nearby and the counter for travel tax refund is also right there.

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My first flight with Lao Airlines!

Look at the aircraft design of Lao Airlines! It was really, really beautiful! Can I get the Pantone of this kind of blue? Dok Champa, the national flower of Laos, is at the logo of the Lao Airlines aircraft. The female cabin crews of Lao Airlines also wear dok champa on their hairbuns. Elegant!

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I was also excited when I found out that Lao Airlines has complimentary The Vientiane Times newspapers (I love collecting newspapers from my travels abroad!)

Oh, btw, aside from Lao Airlines, AirAsia also flies directly from Bangkok to Vientiane.

THINGS TO DO IN LAOS (VIENTIANE): LAOS TOURIST SPOTS

This mini travel guide walks you through the top things to do in Laos, specifically at the Vientiane capital. You should you have a day or two to travel and go around this quaint little Southeast Asian capital. Now without further ado, here is the list of spots you could visit in Vientiane, Laos:

Presidential Palace

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Things to do in Laos: Presidential Palace (Laos Tourist Spots)

Definitely not the Palace of Versailles, but you will see a lot of French architecture elements to this building. It is not open to the public but you can just admire the building from the outside and take photos. In my photo you will see a flag of Laos and Hungary because when I went here, the President of Hungary was in an official visit to Laos. The place houses the President of Laos who also acts as the General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party. This landmark is featured in 50000 Kip banknote.

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Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan)

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Buddha Park (Laos Tourist Spots)

A park with almost 200 giant Buddha statues? This is the place. However this is not located in Vientiane proper (25 kilometers away to be exact), but I recommend you consider visiting this place. Because of its outdoor nature, it is technically not a temple, but the presence of all these giant Buddha statues makes it like a temple.

My guide told me a lot of interesting trivia about Buddhism and the origins of the Songkran Festival when we are strolling around the park. To be honest, all the varying images of Buddha are overwhelming, but there is so much background information and story behind all of them. I saw that the park is being extended and improved to serve more parkgoers. Xieng Khuan means ‘Spirit City.

On our way to Buddha Park, I had a view of Laos countryside and our guide shared a lot of information about Lao politics, development, the influx of Chinese investments, and how Laos ended up under the hands of the communists and stayed as a communist country. It was a very interesting conversation, and damn it, I did not take down notes! 🙁

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Pha That Luang

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Phat That Luang (Laos Tourist Spots)

Located at the center of Vientiane, this stunning gold-covered Buddhist stupa is a must-visit in this place. It was believed to be built around 3rd century but has undergone a lot of restorations since then. I love it how they were able to preserve its beauty. And also, it does not look like the other Buddhist stupas I visited in the past. Its name also means ‘Great Stupa’. It shines really magnificently especially in the middle of the day.

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Patuxai

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Patuxai (Laos Tourist Spots)

Patuxai is a victory monument in Vientiane which was built to honor the people who fought for the independence of Laos from France. They say the architecture of this structure is Laotian, but it resembles the Arc de Triomphe in France, which makes Patuxai the taller Lao counterpart of the said French landmark.

They usually open the fountains in front of this structure, but sadly when I went there the fountains are not functioning or was turned off. I was also able to climb the stairs at the top of the building (I’m talking about a legit cardio exercise here, guys!) and there is a stunning view of Vientiane capital at the top. Souvenir shops are also located at the top.

Wat Si Saket

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Wat Si Saket (Laos Tourist Spots)

One of my favorite parts of Southeast Asian history which I always passionately tell my students is the part when the Emerald Buddha currently housed in Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok was formerly housed in this very temple in the name of Wat Si Saket in Vientiane.

Rumor has it (and some academic sources, btw) that it was ‘stolen’ by Thailand from Laos during the Siamese occupation, and my guide LOLed at me when I tried asking him if it was true. Of course, I never meant anything negative about it, and history also has so many versions. Wat Si Saket is considered as Vientiane’s oldest surviving wat. Some parts of it are being painted with nice colors but it’s gonna take a long time before it gets done.

Wat Phra Kaew

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Wat Phra Kaew (Laos Tourist Spots)

Originally built in 1565 to house the Emerald Buddha, this former temple has been rebuilt several times and you can see how they were able to keep its original beauty. It now serves a museum housing a lot of religious arts. It is called the Temple of the Emerald Buddha by the locals. Parts of it are being restored and they were very beautiful.

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Wat Si Muang (Simuong)

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Wat Simuong (Laos Tourist Spots)

This particular temple is apparently a Khmer temple situated in Vientiane. This is actually busiest wat I have visited in Vientiane. There are so many people praying and there is a monk inside which blesses the goers. I was told a lot of trivia by my guide that monks are actually not allowed to touch women, so when the monks are putting the strings (a bracelet-like) in women’s wrists, they have to be really careful.

COPE Visitor Center

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Things to do in Laos: COPE Visitor Center (Laos Tourist Spots)

Probably the best and the most emotional place I’ve visited in Vientiane was the COPE Visitor Center. COPE means Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise, and this place is meant to serve as an informative place to people about the efforts of the organization into helping the victims of the unexploded bombs (UXOs) which the US has dropped in Laos during the Vietnam War (the US, in fact, dropped 2 million of them).

COPE Visitor Center will orient you with the horrors of the Vietnam War but will end in a positive light where victims could go on with their lives with the help of the organization and other donors. They have several films about the Vietnam War and Laos’ Secret War. I wish I could stay here longer to learn more about Laos’ history, but I have limited time that day. Well, I could always go back. 😉

Vientiane Center

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Things to do in Laos: Vientiane Center (Laos Tourist Spots)

Hey, I have found Filipinos’ ‘soul people’ in terms of their love (I’m a Filipina but I hate malls) for going to shopping malls, the Laotians! Apparently, Laotians also looooove going to the malls to spend time with their family and friends.

When my guide took me to Vientiane Center, the place was just full of people and it resembles a typical mall in the Philippines. The mall hater in me wanted to get out of that place as soon as possible, but my guide of course meant well when he wanted me to show his people’s favorite hangout places. This is also where I got to find out that Miniso is not a Japanese brand, but a Chinese brand. Haha! I still love Miniso, though.

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That Dam

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Things to do in Laos: That Dam (Laos Tourist Spots)

This is a simple and giant stupa in Vientiane that was believe to have protected Vientiane from the invasion of the Siamese army in the 1800s. That Dam literally means Black Stupa. Once covered in gold like any other stupas, people in Vientiane believe that this stupa still serves as their guardian. Right now it’s covered in weeds but situated in an area where a a lot of buildings could be found, including embassies.

Le Cattitude Cafe

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Things to do in Laos: Le Cattitude Cafe (Laos Tourist Spots)

The introvert and cat lover in me was able to discover a cat cafe when I was browsing through the in-flight magazine of Lao Airlines. I made it a point not to leave Vientiane without visiting this place. I was really happy and relaxed while bonding with cats and I was able to eat some Thai food when I was there. I believe this place is so underrated, so please, I encourage you to visit here! 🙂

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Vientiane Night Market and Mekong Riverside

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Things to do in Laos: Mekong Riverside (Laos Tourist Spots)

I have been dreaming of seeing the Mekong River all my life because I’ve been reading and teaching about it. Also, I know how important this is in the history and development of the entire mainland Southeast Asia. I took a walk and followed the online map leading to the riverside, but apparently Vientiane does not have a literal riverside where I could sit and watch the sunset.

However, I stumbled upon Vientiane Night Market (which was of course not yet open in the afternoon), but it has a lot of stalls offering local food. I was also able to walk by the riverside with al fresco restaurants. (a riverside nightlife is one for the books for someone who will visit Vientiane Laos!). I wish I could dine in there alone but I was scared of walking back to my hotel by myself because there are just very few people in the streets, actually. But overall it was a nice sunset stroll! Next time I will stay in a hotel near the riverside so that I could have a food trip in this avenue.

Please visit Vientiane Laos, you guys!

There you have it! These are basically the things to do in Laos, specifically on a very random decision to visit Vientiane Laos as my side travel from Bangkok. I love how simple life is here. It was deemed as one of the poorest countries in the world by the United Nations, but I don’t sense any element of ‘poverty’ in here because everyone seemed happy.

I might be concluding a lot given my limited visit there, but I believe it’s best to go back and learn more. I want to implement ‘slow travel’ next time and learn deeper about a certain place. Hence I will definitely visit Vientiane Laos again, including other places in Laos such as Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. So, I’ll wait for you to share your own “things to do in Laos” lists when you visit Vientiane Laos? Safe travels and enjoy!

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SNAPSHOTS: Asia Photo Essay #9: FLYING WITH LAO AIRLINES

Flying with Lao Airlines

For me, a chance to be able to visit Bangkok again meant taking the opportunity to visit nearby destinations I haven’t visited yet, especially the ones with no direct flights from Manila. Given that, I took the opportunity to visit Laos. Having a very limited time, it was hard for me to choose between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and between an overnight bus and a plane. A tough decision-making process led me to choose to fly to Vientiane via Lao Airlines. Well, I can always go back to visit Luang Prabang next time.

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TOUCHDOWN, WATTAY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT! There, I felt it once again! That particular heartbeat of excitement upon landing in a country for the first time! I have officially set foot in all ten ASEAN countries and it’s the awesomest feeling in the world!
Flying with Lao Airlines
SEE YOU LATER, VIENTIANE! I flew from Bangkok to Vientiane via Suvarnabhumi Airport. The Lao Airlines check-in counter is at the faaaaarmost right of the airport. I looooove the color and quality of the ticket of Lao Airlines! I’m more than excited to see a new country and my 10th ASEAN country yay! My return flight ticket is yellow green in color which is also very awesome!
Flying with Lao Airlines
LAO AIRLINES GROUND CREW AT SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT. I will be aboard that small aircraft and the ground staff are getting the flight ready. So excited! The last time I flew with the same kind of aircraft (Legazpi to Manila and Manila to Coron), there were typhoons and those were scary flights. Hoping this flight will go smoothly since the sun is shining bright!
Flying with Lao Airlines
INSIDE THE AIRCRAFT. I love the wooden-ish finishing of the area leading to the cockpit. I am on a flight with some group of Thai tourists and they give a happy vibe inside our small plane. I did not feel alone that time. I was just not able to take a photo of the Cabin Crew uniform of the airlines, but they are very beautiful and elegant.
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IN-FLIGHT SNACKS. Aside from the baggage allowance, the ticket cost of course comes with a complimentary meal. It’s just a one hour flight, so this is just perfect. I skipped coffee on a flight this time. The pastries are very good! (They better be, since they are a former French colony jk but seriously, French breads are one of the things I look forward in this trip.
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IN-FLIGHT NEWSPAPER. If you know my background, I am a Politics and International Relations major and I am teaching Politics and Southeast Asian Studies, so printed newspapers are my thing. I kinda collect them (they are part of my souvenirs from trips abroad), so I’m keeping this after I read.
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WAIT, WHAT? Upon reading the arrival area of the airport, there was some kind of a (happy) commotion. I think some actress or big personality is around, but I’m not gonna identify him/her most likely anyway, so I did not try to see what’s happening. Part of the welcome committee are these three. I kinda get what the message in the jacket is, but it’s composed very badly. She has a nice overall outfit, though! Love her culottes and heels!
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AT WATTAY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ARRIVAL AREA. This small airport seemed busier than I thought. There are a lot of arrivals, and the airport staff are very busy providing assistance to the passengers. I was expecting a quaint little town for Vientiane, but I’m happy to see a little bit of a hustle by the locals. Welcome to Laos, indeed!

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5 Newly-Built Hotels You Can Stay in Vientiane, Laos

(This is an unsponsored list of newly-built Vientiane hotels in Laos based on data from agoda.com.)

I always tell people that Laos is the most underrated destination in Southeast Asia. While other people tell that you can only see so much in Laos, especially in its capital city Vientiane, I would say I’ve never seen such authentically beautiful place full of so much history and culture. Laos is deemed as one of the poorest countries in the world according to United Nations, but with the advent of a lot of Chinese infrastructure projects all over Southeast Asia, this landlocked country is not far from development. One of the signs is the presence of some newly-built Vientiane hotels.

I was able to travel to Vientiane, Laos recently and part of the challenges I faced when I was preparing for my trip was to look for a nice Vientiane accommodation. To my surprise, where were a number of newly-built hotels around Vientiane I could choose from. Newly-built hotels most likely assure new set of furniture and appliances, as well as a lot of things that are updated. Moreover, who does not love to stay in a new place, right?

VIENTIANE HOTELS AGODA-RECOMMENDED

So without further ado, here is the list of 5 newly-built hotels that you can consider staying in Vientiane, Laos:

New Hotel in Vientiane: Mini S Hotel (built in 2018)

Vientiane Hotels: Mini S Hotel
Mini S Hotel Vientiane, Laos

This was the hotel I stayed in when I went to Vientiane! The staff were young and very kind and accommodating, I love the interior design of the whole place, and it’s near the airport. The room was very cozy as well. Definitely one of the Vientiane hotels agoda recommended!

Nakham Village (Nakham Church), Dongnasok Road, Sikhottavong District, Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 256 345
rsvn@minishotel.com
minishotel.com

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New Hotel in Vientiane: Grand Hotel Vientiane (built in 2017)

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Ban Phonsinuan Road, Vientiane, Laos
+85621410275
info@grandhotelvientiane.com
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New Hotel in Vientiane: S 2 Modern Boutique Hotel (built in 2018)

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Thongtoum Village, Asean Road, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Laos
+856-21-253-611
rsvn@s-2hotel.com
s-2hotel.com

New Hotel in Vientiane: The Park Vientiane (built in 2018)

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Ban Phonkham, Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 253 416
reservation@theparkvientiane.com
theparkvientiane.com

New Hotel in Vientiane: Tera Hotel Vientiane (built in 2017)

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Sisavath Road, Vientiane Capital, Laos
+856 21 253 188

VIENTIANE ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTIONS

There you have it! Vientiane hotels agoda-recommended! Let me know where you stayed in Laos and how was your experience. If you have other Vientiane accommodation recommendations to me, just shoot me an email or direct message in any of my social media accounts. Enjoy Vientiane! 🙂

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Visa-Free Southeast Asian Countries for Filipinos (Philippine Passport Holders)

A lot of Filipino travelers I know have expressed some frustrations on how less ‘powerful’ the Philippine passport is compared to other countries because we are only eligible to enter a few countries without the need for a visa. To someone who is aiming to visit all nation-states in the world, yes, it would be a struggle, but it won’t hurt if you start traveling to visa-free countries first, right? That’s also what I am currently working on.

But hey, it is not the end of the world, guys! In fact, setting up a good and clean travel record to visa-free countries is a brownie point should you apply for a visa in the First World, like Europe and the US. After all, there is so much to explore in these visa-free countries which deserve to be visited first by us, Filipino travelers.

With “start traveling to visa-free countries first”, I meant the Southeast Asian region. In fact, Southeast Asian region is one of the most popular regions visited by travelers from all parts of the world and from all walks of life. There is so much to see in this region: cultural and historical heritage sites, natural wonders, cities, beaches, mountains, name it! Did you know that your Philippine passport entitles you to travel around Southeast Asia, visa-free? 🙂

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Why can Southeast Asian citizens travel around the region visa-free?

The members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed an ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Exemption in order to achieve a lasting friendship and cooperation among ASEAN countries, hence as ASEAN Citizens, we Filipinos can travel around ASEAN region without a visa. How cool is that? You can have your own Southeast Asia visa free travel bucket list before exploring the rest of the world!

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Without further ado, here is the list of visa-free Southeast Asian countries for Philippine passport holders:

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM (visa-free for 14 days)

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Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Anyone up with seeing some beautiful mosques and feeling a legitimate sense of peace away from your home countries? Brunei is definitely the place to be.

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CAMBODIA (visa-free for 21 days)

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Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Pub Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Temple run, anyone? You are entitled to roam around Angkor complex in Siem Reap and explore magnificent historical structures around Phnom Penh without a visa!

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INDONESIA (visa-free for 30 days)

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Bali Museum, Denpasar, Indonesia
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Mount Bromo, Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia
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Hotel Majapahit Surabaya, Indonesia
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Bank Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia

Whether you’re exploring historical sights in big cities like Jakarta and Surabaya, exploring the countryside and natural wonders in Probolinggo, or having the vacation of your life in Bali, you can do all of these without the need to apply for a visa. How’s that?

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LAOS (visa-free for 30 days)

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Haw Phra Kaew, Vientiane, Laos

Laos is the most underrated Southeast Asian country!!! Please please consider exploring this beautiful country! There’s so much history and culture in here, and oh, it’s the most heavily-bombed country in the world (well, Vietnam War-speaking, because I know Syria feels the same way, too). Unfortunately we don’t have direct flights from Philippines to Laos, but hey it doesn’t hurt to include this in your itinerary, let’s say, when you go visit Thailand.

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MALAYSIA (visa-free for 30 days)

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Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, Malaysia
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Sunway Lagoon, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Malaysia is a melting pot of different cultures, and as a result, there’s just a variety of good food here! You can explore Malaysia if you want to go shopping (everything here is, for some reason, cheaper than Manila), have some food trip, or have some cultural immersion, Kuala Lumpur can provide them for you. If you want to have some amusement park-ish type of fun with friends, Petaling Jaya is the place to be.

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MYANMAR (visa-free for 14 days)

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Shwenandaw Monastery, Mandalay, Myanmar
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Old Bagan Ruins, Myanmar
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Yangon Zoological Garden, Myanmar

Myanmar is also one of the least popular Southeast Asian destination to Filipinos because there are no direct flights to here from Manila. But, I could attest that you will not regret going this far because Myanmar is so authentically uninfluenced by any external culture (I’m talking about Westernization hehe). It’s indeed the “Golden Land”, literally, because of the golden stupas all over.

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SINGAPORE (visa-free for 30 days)

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Central Perk Cafe Singapore

Deemed as one of the best countries in the world, this small island nation never failed to impress everyone who goes here. From the vast number of museums, to hawker centres, to the very efficient transport system, and the very progressive economy, I could say that Singapore is really very utopian for me.

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THAILAND (visa-free for 30 days)

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Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand

From beautiful temples to happy people to nice beaches, Thailand is a perfect destination for almost all types of travelers. Drinking some Thai tea overlooking Chao Phraya River? Priceless.

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VIETNAM (visa-free for 21 days)

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In front of Ben Thanh Market with a view of Bitexco Tower, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vietnam, being the second largest producer of coffee in the world, is not only home to the best coffee out there, but also to the healthiest set of green leafy cuisine! A legit banh mi sold by the street sides is a must-try!

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There you have it! To Philippine passport holders, Southeast Asia is literally visa-free! It can ease everyone’s travel hassle and more energy and money can be dedicated to this beautiful region. I just hope Southeast Asia visa requirements for all Southeast Asians will be lifted indefinitely because it can indeed contribute to the region’s economy as well as the awareness of ASEAN citizens about the region and the countries surrounding them.

So, I’ll just wait for your travel stories, then? Safe travels and prepare your passports to be stamped now! 🙂

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A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO TRAVEL PLUG ADAPTERS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Travel Plug Adapters in Southeast Asia: A Practical Guide

(Keep on reading to be informed about what Southeast Asia travel adapter suits your travel needs.)

Traveling to another country could be a pain if you forget to consider the electrical plugs that your country of destination uses, especially if it is different from the electrical plugs you use in your home country. Some hotels have universal electrical plugs, but what if you went somewhere with no such plugs? That is when you will need a travel adapter and I found learning about these things practical and useful since I’ve been traveling around Southeast Asia for a couple of years now. This is why I came up with this Southeast Asia travel adapter guide to also help other travelers out there.

When I went to Singapore this year, I forgot to bring my travel adapter, and the hotel I stayed did not have a universal electrical plug. I asked the receptionist if I could borrow one. However because of language barrier, he kept on insisting that there is an electrical plug available at my room and he’s not aware that my gadgets have a totally different type of electrical plug required despite showing him the actual cables. I ended up buying an adapter in a convenience store which cost me SGD8.

Another instance I had was when I went to Indonesia for a couple of days where I had to stay in different hotels as I move from one city/town to another. Some hotels I stayed only had the Type C electrical plug. As a result, I had to connect my phone to the USB outlet of the television and let it charge while I sleep.

These are some of the possible reasons why, my friends, you will definitely need this Southeast Asia travel adapter guide.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TRAVEL ADAPTER: A PRACTICAL GUIDE

I’m sure you don’t want to experience these inconveniences during your trips abroad. Since I am traveling around Southeast Asia the most frequent and most of my readers also do, I compiled this practical guide to Southeast Asia travel adapter guide:

TRAVEL ADAPTER BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Brunei
Travel Plug Adapter Brunei

You need to have a Type G Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Brunei Darussalam.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER CAMBODIA

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Cambodia
Travel Adapter Cambodia

TRAVEL ADAPTER CAMBODIA. You need to have either Type A, C, or G Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Cambodia.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER INDONESIA

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Indonesia
Travel Adapter Indonesia

TRAVEL ADAPTER INDONESIA. You need to have either Type C or F Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Indonesia.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER LAOS

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Laos
Travel Plug Adapter Laos

You need to have either Type A, B, C, E, or F Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Laos.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER MALAYSIA

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Malaysia
Travel Plug Adapter Malaysia

You need to have a Type G Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Malaysia.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER MYANMAR

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Myanmar
Travel Adapter Myanmar

TRAVEL ADAPTER MYANMAR. Surprisingly, Myanmar uses a variety of electrical plugs: Types A, C, D, G, and I. You have to prepare these travel plug adapters when going to Myanmar.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER PHILIPPINES

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Philippines
Travel Plug Adapter Philippines

The Philippines uses Types A,B, and C electrical plugs, but Type A is the most commonly-used type. To be sure, you can consider bringing all 3 types.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER SINGAPORE

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Singapore
Travel Plug Adapter Singapore

Like Brunei and Malaysia, Singapore uses Type G electrical plugs, hence be prepared to bring the same travel plug adapter to avoid the hassle I just shared you earlier.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER THAILAND

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Thailand
Travel Plug Adapter Thailand

Like the Philippines, Thailand also uses Types A, B, and C electrical plugs. In addition to that, Thailand also uses a special Type O electrical plug:

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Thailand Type O Adapter
Type O Travel Plug Adapter used in Thailand

Be sure to prepare these types of travel plug adapters when traveling to Thailand.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER VIETNAM

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Vietnam
Travel Plug Adapter Vietnam

Vietnam’s electrical plugs are similar to the Philippines and Thailand: Types A, B, and C.

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The Southeast Asia travel adapter variety can be intimidating, but it does not hurt to prepare all travel adapters for the types of electrical plugs in the Southeast Asian countries you will visit. After all, you want your travel to be hassle-free. Happy travels!

SOUTHEAST ASIA TRAVEL ADAPTER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What plugs are used in Southeast Asia?

Southeast Asian countries use different plugs, so it is best to either learn what specific plugs each country uses, or bring your own universal travel adapter when packing for your trip.

What plugs are used in Vietnam and Cambodia?

Vietnam used Types A, B, and C plugs while Cambodia uses Types A, C, and G plugs.

What travel adapter is needed for Thailand?

Thailand uses Types A, B, and C plugs (similar to the Philippines and Vietnam). In addition, some parts of Thailand also uses a special Type O plug.

What plug adapter do I need for Cambodia?

For Cambodia, you will need either Type A, C, or G plugs, depending on what the specific place/establishment uses.

(Most of the information from this blog are collected with the help of information from ASEAN website: www.asean.org)