Best Southeast Asian Countries for an Ultimate Vacation
Published on 10.01.2024
Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, an adventure-packed vacation, or just some relaxation, November and December are the best time of the year to travel and explore new destinations. With pleasant weather, festivities, and the holiday season, there is a lot of cheer in the air! If you are planning your first international trip, here are some destinations you should consider.
Referred to as the "Land of Smiles," Thailand is a captivating Southeast Asian destination that offers a diverse range of experiences, with its rich culture, natural beauty, and warm hospitality, making it a favorite among travelers. From bustling cities like Bangkok to tropical islands such as Phuket and Krabi, Thailand has it all.
Explore the Famous Temples - The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), and Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Experience Street Food Markets - Lumpini Park Food market, Sukhumvit Soi 38 night market, Lively Khao San Road food street
Relax on Pristine Palm-fringed Beaches - Patong Beach in Phuket, Tonsai Bay in Phi Phi Don Island, Lamai beach in Ko Samui
What to Pack:
Light and Breathable Clothing for the Tropical weather
Appropriate clothing that covers knees and shoulders for temples or palaces
Slip-on shoes as some places like temples require you to take off your shoes
Sun Protection – Sunglasses and sunscreen
Rain gear – Keep an umbrella handy
Indians can easily get a tourist visa on arrival with a visa fee of around 2000 Thai baht (THB) per entry. There are many direct and connecting flights from major Indian cities like Delhi or Mumbai to Bangkok and Phuket.
Known for its pristine white-sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and abundant marine life, Maldives is a dream destination for travelers seeking the ultimate romantic escapade. Endowed with enchanting beauty, the Maldives is celebrated for its luxurious overwater bungalows and water villas, serene spa experiences, romantic sunsets, candlelit dinners on the beach, and private cruises that offer the utmost rejuvenation.
Things to Do:
Snorkel at Maafushi Island to witness the breathtaking underwater Coral Gardens, Manta rays, Eels, Green Sea Turtles, and other colorful fish.
Go dolphin watching on a sunset cruise
Canoe in the Calm waters at Alimathaa Islands
Stay at a water villa in Finolhu Island
Visit Mudhdhoo Island to see the bioluminescent glowing beach of Maldives
What to Pack:
Swimsuits with Kaftans or Kimono to use as cover ups
Dry Bags – Waterproof bags to store your phone, wallet and other essentials when you go to the beach/boat ride
Wet Bags – To carry your wet clothes, towel, slippers, etc. back to your resort
Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses
Indians can get a free Visa on arrival for 30 days, which can be further extended for 60 days with a fee.
Bhutan, a small Himalayan kingdom nestled between India and China captivates travelers with its pristine landscapes and unique approach to sustainability and happiness. Escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life and immerse in a culture deeply connected to nature and happiness. What’s more interesting is in a bid to encourage tourism in Bhutan the Bhutanese government is allowing tourists (staying at a tourist certified hotel) to purchase duty-free gold!
Things to Do:
Visit Paro Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)
Explore Bhutan’s Dzongs with striking architecture and intricate artwork
Sample Bhutanese dishes for a unique culinary experience
Attend the lively and colorful festivals of Bhutan
Shop local handicrafts and paintings
Relax in a hot spring
What to Pack:
Warm clothes for higher altitudes
A pair of comfortable walking shoes
Light-weight, quick dry trekking pants
Knee covering skirts/pants and a light scarf for
Indian Rupees are widely accepted. Credit cards are not commonly used, so carry enough cash.
Indians Nationals do not require a Visa for Bhutan. However, a valid travel document with an “Entry Permit” issued by the Department of Immigration is essential.
Tempted to book your next ticket and plan your international trips? Here is another pro tip for you. Before your travel abroad do not forget to buy an international roaming pack to keep connected to family back home and avoid any bill shocks! Check out the diverse variety of Vi International Roaming packs available in both prepaid and postpaid variants and activate your international roaming pack for your upcoming travels. Visit the Vi international roaming page for more information.