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Travel Visa Requirements for the “Banana Pancake Trail”

December 19th, 2010
If you've considered a trip to Asia, particularly a long-term backpacking trip, you've probably heard the term "banana pancake trail" thrown about. You might have thought to yourself, "Hey, I like pancakes. I like bananas. Where do I sign up?" It's not really that simple-the banana pancake trail doesn't really have a beginning, end or set route. It's not a backpacking trail per se, though you'll certainly meet lots of backpackers on it. The term "banana pancake trail" is simply used to designate areas of Asia that get a lot of young Western tourists, usually backpackers. The name comes from the banana pancakes that are often served at guesthouses serving this clientele. That said, there are definitely cities and towns that are indisputably part of the banana pancake trail. Whether

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Travel Visas for a Southeast Asian Backpacking Trip

January 4th, 2010
The countries of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, are popular destinations for American backpackers in search of an adventure. Many backpackers plan routes that carry them across the region, often hitting more than one country.  Your route will depend on how much time and money you have, of course. To help you get started, here is a guide to travel visa requirements for each of the countries in Southeast Asia: Indonesia: US citizens need a passport with at least 6 months validity left and a visa. Visas are available on arrival at the following airports:  Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, Medan, Padang, Pekanbaru, Manado, Biak, Ambon, Balikpapan, Pontianak, Kupang, Batam, and South Sumatra. S

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