LIFE SE ASIA MAGAZINE

The Filipino Wanderer

Considering from my most recent post, this must really come as a surprise.

Before any misconception is made, I am making myself clear on all fronts.

I am against the proliferation of drugs and illegal substances but I fully support the growth of the Laos tourism industry.

The drugs and the drunk tubing may have been gone, but the town of Vang Vieng remains as gorgeous as ever with its towering karsts hills. Floating down the river sober is still encouraged and there remains a host of activities waiting for your in Vang Vieng such as spelunking down its caves, and kayaking among others.

Vang Vieng needs tourists for its restaurants, travel agencies, tour operators, hotels and hostels to remain viable and survive. The recent policy changes, have discouraged a lot of would be tourists from visiting Vientiane and Vang Vieng, but I hope that this is just a short…

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Vietnam announces waiver on visa requirements

Get beneath the surface - The InsideVietnam Blog

Vietnam visa InsideVietnam

Residents of Britain, Germany, France, Spain and Italy now have cause to celebrate, as Vietnam announces its plan to waive visa requirements for an entire year.

The exemption period, which will begin on the 1st of July 2015 and end on the 30th of June 2016, will allow residents of these five countries to travel to Vietnam with nothing but their passport. Belarus will also be added to the list for a period of five years from the same date.

News of the announcement surfaced in the media last week, but it was not until Monday that the Embassy of Vietnam in London confirmed reports in a statement on their website. From July 2016, the visa waiver is expected to be extended to Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

The visa exemption has been introduced to counteract a slump in tourist numbers, which have reportedly been in decline since 2014…

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Peter's Big Adventure

Warning: this is going to be a short, informative and potentially boring post. I’m owning it now, so I’m not even gonna bother with any pictures or GIFs.

After that one.

What is a visa run?

Most teachers in Vietnam operate on self-acquired visas. Vietnam, still coming to terms with the fact that people actually travel here now, is pretty anal about visas and is constantly changing it’s rules. The bad news for me is that it has recently discontinued visa extensions. This means that in order to continue working in Vietnam, every 3 to 6 months I have to leave solely for the purpose of coming back with a new visa. So the good news for you, reader, is that I get to talk to you about how to get a visa for Vietnam.

Visa runs are a pretty common practice amongst expats all over the world, past, present…

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Round the World

For as new and shiny and modern as Saigon is, Hanoi wears its age gracefully. The elaborate labyrinth of tree-lined alleys that make up the city are lined with decaying colonial townhouses. Yellow stucco facades are chipped and faded, wrought-iron balconies are rusting away, and the few olive green shutters that remain are askew. Wandering those narrow streets, I couldn’t help but wonder what stories the buildings could tell.

What was sold from their storefronts before knockoff North Face jackets and souvenirs? How did life change for their inhabitants as control over the city was passed from the French to the Viet Minh, and then the unified Vietnamese? What was it like to live within those four walls when Hanoi was the capital of a government at war with the West, and how did life change as the country slipped into poverty in the decades that followed? How does one…

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MM2H – The Malaysian Social Visit Pass

Experimental Expats

One of our most important considerations when researching expat retirement destinations was the host country’s policies on residency. Some places , like Thailand, offer ease of convenience, with relatively few requirements. However, it’s only valid for one year and its liberal policies mean you share the country with almost anybody short of escaped criminals (and there’s probably some of those).

Other countries, like Panama and Ecuador, offer slightly more stringent rules but there are many barriers which include language, shysters looking to scam expats, and most recently the ridiculous new U.S. government tax act known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) which makes it exponentially harder for honest middle class Americans to open foreign bank accounts.

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