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Thai Visa Requirements to Get Wet at Songkran

April 3rd, 2011
T.S. Eliot wrote that "April is the cruelest month," and that's not so far from the truth in Thailand.  It's the hottest month, at least, with temperatures that often break 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Relief from the heat comes during Songkran, an annual festival that runs from April 13 to April 15th. It was originally the Thai New Year celebration, though nowadays Thailand celebrates New Year's on January 1st. Traditionally, Songkran was a time to engage in "spring cleaning," both physically and spiritually, as well as to honor one's elders. Many people still observe some of these customs, cleaning their houses as well as bathing their Buddha statues in fragrant water and traveling home to spend time with parents, grandparents and other older relatives. However, the main attraction,

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Southeast Asia Considers Introducing One Travel Visa to Rule Them All

March 24th, 2011
Right now, planning a tour of Southeast Asia requires more research and paperwork than a tour of Europe. Each country has its own travel visa requirements for tourists, ranging from relatively permissive (Thailand) to restrictive bureaucratic spiderwebs like those in Vietnam. In as little as 5 years, though, that may change. As part of its strategic plan to encourage tourism in member countries, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is trying to introduce one travel visa to rule them all: a Schengen-like visa that would allow tourists to travel effortlessly between countries such as Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Brunei. Stuart McDonald of TravelFish.org told the Inquirer Global Nation that visa regulat

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Thailand Visa Requirements for Tourists

December 12th, 2010
Thailand's popularity as a tourist destination has grown over the past decade, and tourism now makes up about 7% of the economy according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand. There's a lot to do in Thailand: enjoying delicious spicy curries, lounging on one of the country's many pristine beaches, scuba diving, exploring ancient temples and much more. Travel requirements to visit Thailand are fairly straightforward. You aren't required to get any vaccinations to get into the country, but check with your doctor to see what he or she recommends. Of course, it should go without saying that you need a passport. Check the expiration date, as yours needs to be valid for at least 6 months after you enter the country. What about visas? American citizens can get a visa stamp valid for 30 days

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Travel Visa Requirements for an Asian Culinary Tour

November 19th, 2010
There's so much more to Asian food than Chinese buffets and sushi. To help spread the word, Asian restaurant chain Pei Wei is having a contest to find a new food blogger (h/t Gadling). The lucky winner will get take a two to three-week culinary tour of Asia and document his or her findings. Yum! Per the Pei Wei website, here's what it takes to win: "A talent for writing, a boundless appetite and willingness to experiment with the unknown, an eye for the unforgettable image and the ability to capture it, comfort both on-camera and behind the lens, a spontaneous spirit but a grounded work ethic, and a passion for Asian cuisine." Basically, it's a talent contest. You "audition" by writing as few as one or as many as 5 sample blog posts, and posting a YouTube video if desired. Of cours

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Thai Visa Requirements to Visit Chiang Mai

November 7th, 2010
Ready to start making travel plans for next year? To help you get started, Lonely Planet just released a list of top cities to visit for 2011. Number 10 on the list is Chiang Mai, Thailand, about which Lonely Planet says: "If Chiang Mai were a person, it would be Bob Dylan. With a history dating back further than anyone can remember, its influence remains enormous. And despite its great age, there’s still a bohemian chic that makes it as relevant and hip as ever." Chiang Mai is obviously a timeless city, but what makes this year such a good year to visit? The article notes that the city is growing in popularity as a tourist destination, with many new tours and other activities springing up. However, this year at least, it's still more relaxed and accessible than busy Bangkok. If y

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