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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 told the Inquirer Global Nation that visa regulat


Should You Use an Agency to Get Your Vietnamese Visa?

February 11th, 2011
Getting a visa can be a complicated and confusing process. Some countries' visas are relatively easy to apply for on your own, while others are so complicated that you're almost guaranteed to be better off if you hire someone to do it for you. What if you're going to Vietnam as a tourist? Should you use an agency to get your Vietnamese visa? Lauren Quinn of MatadorTrips researched applying for a Vietnamese visa on her own. Here's how she described the process: "It’s a strange and confusing process for those of us native to countries of privilege. As an American, I’m used to walking up to a customs window, flashing a tourist-dollar smile, and getting my stamp." Although she considered dropping her passport off herself at the nearest Vietnamese embassy, she eventually decided to


Get a Vietnamese Visa to Walk Along the Great Wall of Vietnam

January 31st, 2011
Archaeologists working in Vietnam just announced the discovery of what is being called "the Great Wall of Vietnam," a 79-mile wall that is up to 13 feet high in some places. The discovery is the work of Dr. Andrew Hardy of the French School of Asian Studies. Dr. Hardy's quest began when he found a reference to the wall in a Nguyen Dynasty court document. The ensuing exploration and excavation took 4 years, but revealed what Vietnamese history Professor Phan Huy Lê told CNN is "the longest monument in Southeast Asia." As it stands now, the Vietnamese government tries to discourage outsiders from traveling to Quang Ngai, the province in which the wall is located. During the Vietnam War, the area was the site of the tragic My Lai massacre. However, that will most likely change soon. The mo


Get a Vietnamese Visa to Tour Some of the World’s Most Spectacular Caves

January 19th, 2011
With their surreal, otherworldly rock formations and strange, pale inhabitants, the inside of a cave is like something out of a science fiction novel. It's the closest most of us will ever get to visiting another planet. Vietnam is known for its spectacular caves, many of which remain unexplored. In fact, the country is home to the largest known cave in the world, Hang Son Doong. Located in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, the cave's largest chamber is an awe-inspiring 3 miles long, 656 feet high and 492 feet wide. There's even an entire underground jungle inside, underneath a massive opening called a "skylight." For more information, see these incredible photos from National Geographic. Hang Son Doong is not open to tourists, but there are many other caves that are. Many of the mos


Get a Vietnamese Visa to Visit the My Son Sanctuary

December 18th, 2010
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage is the ruined stronghold of an ancient Vietnamese kingdom. The My Son Sanctuary is the former religious center of the Champa kingdom. Pirates and traders, the Cham people ruled much of the Vietnamese coastline from the 7th century AD to the 15th century, dealing in spices, ivory and aloe. They were frequently at war with their neighbors, the Khmer people of Cambodia and the Viet of Vietnam. The Champa kingdom was Hindu, and for centuries, Champa rulers built temples in the sheltered valley of My Son. Centuries worth of weather and heavy bombing of the area during the Vietnam War has taken its toll on the ancient temples, but the ruins are still quite impressive. Stick to the designated paths if you visit; land mines and unexploded ordnance rema


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