Beautiful Asian Destinations You Can Visit Without a Visa
Visiting another country, especially for the first time, is always an exciting experience. Before choosing your destination, it is wise to do your research on the sites to see and the travel requirements of your selected country. One important preparation aside from a valid passport and some money are securing a visa.
This right of entry imposed by a country takes a while to process, and the waiting time varies from one country to another. If you’re the type who does not want to go through the motions of applying for a visa but is raring to go somewhere nice, the answer lies in picking locations where no visa is required. We’ve zeroed in on nine exciting places in Asia that you can put on your itinerary.
This Southeast Asian country formerly known as Siam has a total estimated population of 68 million people. Like its Asian counterparts, Thailand enjoys a rainy season from May to October, winter from mid-October until mid-February, and summer from mid-February to May.
Six percent of the country’s economy can be attributed to tourism. It was considered as the most visited Southeast Asian country in 2013. Tourists can go to “Amazing Thailand” without a need for a visa (except for US citizens who can get their visa on arrival) and stay there for a maximum of 1 month.
Still another country in Southeast Asia is otherwise known as Kampuchea, which has a total population of 15.5 million. The former French colony gained its independence in 1953. From May to October, the country experiences southwest monsoons, followed by the northeast monsoons until April.
Rains are widespread from September till October while the driest period occurs from January to February. The country derives its second highest source of income from tourism. When you visit Cambodia, you will get your visa on arrival and enjoy your stay up to one month.
The former Portuguese colony is considered as Asia’s Las Vegas, Nevada. With a relatively small population of 647,000, this autonomous territory’s economy is largely dependent on tourism. It has a humid subtropical climate, influenced seasonally by the monsoons.
January is the coolest month of the year, with a dry winter because of the influence of the Siberian High affecting the area. Anyone can visit Macau to enjoy its old and new cultures, and the endless glittering casinos and sites that make night life so alive.
Still yet another autonomous territory found in East Asia is the “Fragrant Harbor” that gained its sovereignty from Britain in 1997. As the largest colony of the United Kingdom, the loss of Hong Kong effectively ended the British Empire. Hong Kong has an estimated population of 7.2 million, with a humid subtropical climate.
Typhoons happen mostly during summer, while winters are usually sunny and cool. One of the world’s top international financial centers, the territory ranked 11 in 2014 as the most popular tourist destination. Like Macau, you can go to Hong Long hassle-free and stay for a maximum of three months.
This Southeast Asian nation is touted as the world’s biggest island country, boasting of 13,000 islands and a population estimated at 260 million people. During the 1500s, Indonesia was dominated by the Dutch but regained its independence in 1949. The country is known for its numerous volcanoes and frequent earthquakes due to its being position on the edges of the Pacific, Eurasian, and Australian tectonic plates. It has a tropical climate with both dry and monsoonal wet seasons. Tourists in Indonesia are not required to secure a visa prior to their travel, but will be issued one upon arrival.
The country has a population of over 30 million and was once under the rule of the British Empire from the 18th century until 1957. It is a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nation, with half of its people ethnically Malay and the rest are Malaysian Indians, Malaysian Chinese, and indigenous peoples. Its local climate is equatorial and characterized by the monsoons, with annual rainfall averaging at 98 inches.
Malaysia, like its neighboring countries, is rich in tradition and colorful sites, housing the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. You can take your next trip to this country without any visa and stay for as much as three months.
This another sovereign island country in Southeast Asia consists of 7,641 islands. Because it sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is close to the equator, the country is prone to typhoons and earthquakes. For the same reason, it boasts of abundant natural resources and some of the world’s greatest biodiversity.
It was colonized by Spain in 1571 until 1898 and dominated by the Americans thereafter until it regained its independence in 1945. The Philippines has an estimated population of 101 million and a tropical climate. You can visit the Philippine “islands” visa-free and stay for a month.
The “Lion City” is the world’s only island city-state and is located in Southeast Asia. It obtained its independence from Britain in 1963 after the latter’s rule that started in 1826. Singapore has an estimated population of 5.6 million and consists of 63 islands. The climate in the country has no distinctive seasons, though it is by nature of tropical rainforest.
With a highly developed market economy, Singapore is the top among the “Four Asian Tigers,” growing at an average of six percent per year. It is so easy to visit this destination without the need for a visa, and stay for a month.
The island country is located in East Asia and is dubbed the “Land of the Rising Sun.” It is a stratovolcanic archipelago consisting of 6,852 islands, where earthquakes abound. Beginning in the 12th century until 1868, it was governed by feudal military shoguns who ruled in the name of the Emperor. With a population of 127 million, the country has a temperate climate, and though precipitation is not heavy, the islands normally form deeps snowbanks during the winter season. Tourists visiting Japan can stay for as long as three months.
You have a lot of options to choose from. If you’re the adventurous type of traveler, you would pack your bags regardless of the season, if only to experience the authenticity of the place for all its wet, humid, or cold weather. Just don’t forget to carry your passport and climate-ready clothes, and you’re good to go.
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