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destinations

Asia

Destinations

Asia

Thailand

Bordered by Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia, and lapped by the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, Thailand has long been enticing visitors. the country’s attractions are endless with miles of sandy beaches, national parks, pristine dive sites and fascinating cultural centers. Absorb yourself in the way of life and meet the Thai people who are only too happy to introduce you to their unique country.

Best time to visit

Thailand has different seasons across the country, for example: it can be the rainy season on the east coast but not on the west. although it is hot all year round wherever you are, the rainy season is between May and October and sea can but unsettled. The climate chart is based on Bangkok.

  • Flight Time: Approx 12 hours
  • Time Difference: GMT +7 hours
  • Currency: Thai Baht
  • Visas: Visas are not required for British passport holders for maximum stays up to 30 days, for 30 days and over please visit the Thai Consulate website: https://www.thaiconsul-uk.com/tourist-visas.php

Malaysia

Malaysia offers its visitors endless holiday choices, from exploring high-tech Kuala Lumpur, relaxing on one of its sandy beaches or meeting the tribal villagers of Sabah in Borneo. Peninsular Malaysia is the more developed of the country’s 2 regions and is home to the country’s most popular beach resorts- Penang and Langkawi- as well as the ever-developing city of Kuala Lumpur. East Malaysia occupies the northern segment of Borneo and it is famously known for its resident orangutans and lush rain forests.

Best time to visit

Malaysia basks in year-round sunshine; the heaviest rainfall occurs between November to February in the Borneo and the East coast. The climate chart is based on Kuala Lumpur.

  • Flight Time: Approx 12 hours
  • Time Difference: GMT +8 hours
  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
  • Visas: Visas are not required for British passport holders for stays of up to 3 months

Bali

Majestic mountains, verdant rice terraces and glorious beaches, combined with a vibrant culture and the gentle charm of the Balinese, are just some of the reasons why Bali is the main attraction in Indonesia. A stay in one of the southern beach resorts of Sanur, Seminyak, Legian or Nusa Dua is ideally combined with a visit to the artists’ town of Ubud or the less developed east coast. For even more relaxation head to the neighboring island of Lombok with its beautiful beaches or visit the wonderful coral reefs surrounding the Gili Islands to the North.

Best time to visit

It is warm year -round but afternoon storms are common. Rainfall peaks between December and March.

  • Flight Time: Approx 17 hours
  • Time Difference: GMT +8 hours
  • Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
  • Visas: British citizens travelling to Indonesia for tourism can enter the country without a visa for up to 30 days

Indochina

Ancient cultures blend with modern-day life in this colorful region of the world. With many areas only recently accessible to visitors, you’ll discover intriguing capitals with dynastic cities-their colonial-style facades imbued with a faded charm. Along Vietnam’s 2,000 kilometer coastline, explore the beautiful stretches of sand on the popular and stunning beaches of Nha Trang, while in the panoramic mountain ranges many traditional hill-tribe villages remain isolated by the rugged terrain. A journey into Myanmar will take you well off the beaten track for a wonderful, often touching travel experience rich in old-world atmosphere.

Best time to visit

Although seasons vary slightly across the Indochina region, generally temperatures are hot throughout the year with summer months of May- October seeing the highest humidity, temperatures of 23°c – 30°c and regular rainfall, sometimes quite heavy in regions such as Saigon and Myanmar. The months of November to March are cooler, much drier and a more popular time for visiting.

  • Flight Time: Approx 12 hours
  • Time Difference: GMT +7 hours
  • Currency: The most favourable currency in all areas is the US Dollar. Local currencies are the Vietnamese Dong (VND), Cambodian Riel (KHR), Loatian Lak (KIP) and Myanmar Kyat (MMK)
  • Visas: All countries require the visitor to hold a passport valid for at least 6 months and to obtain a visa

Vietnam

Vietnam has been charming travelers since reopening its doors in the early 90’s. Today’s visitors will discover a dynamic country with fascinating blend of ancient and modern sights, and people renowned for their warmth and hospitality. Sample some of Asia’s finest cuisines, dramatic landscapes, ancient temples and elegant colonial cities all within one country. Vietnam also offers miles of pristine coastline and undiscovered beaches where a host of luxurious resorts and charming local hotels are available.

Best time to visit

Southern Vietnam is generally hot year round wit the hottest period being March – May. Rainfall peaks May- November typified by short, heavy afternoon downpours. Central Vietnam is usually dry from May – October and wet from December-February. The North experiences four seasons; Summer (May-Oct) is hot and wet with regular downpours., Jul-Aug are the hottest months; Winter (Nov-Apr) is usually dry, cold an humid, temperatures can fall to as low as 8° from Dec- Jan.

  • Flight Time: Approx 13 hours
  • Time Difference: GMT +7 hours
  • Currency: Vietnamese Dong; US Dollar is widely accepted
  • Visas: Visas are required across Vietnam and all British passports need to be valid for at least 6 months. Application must be made to relevant Embassies

Singapore

An eclectic mix of cultures blend together to give Singapore an unique and unparalleled cross section of race, religion and tradition. Experience the modern face of the financial district, the worlds busiest port or discover the bustling mix of old an new in historic Chinatown. From the colonial grandeur of Raffles Hotel to Modern mega-malls of Orchard Road and the tranquility of the Botanical Gardens, Singapore has become an ideal gateway for visitors to Asia.

Best time to visit

Year round. Lying just north of the equator, Singapore basks in year-round sunshine, cooled down by occasional rainfall.

  • Flight Time: Approx 13 hours
  • Time Difference: GMT +8 hours
  • Currency: Singapore Dollar
  • Visas: Visas are not required for British passport holders up to a maximum stay of 28 days

Japan

Japan is an extraordinary and enchanting destination offering outstanding scenery and a culture as far removed from our own as is possible to imagine. Japan’s society is built around centuries-old traditions, yet it has established itself as a world-leader in the fields of industry and technology.

Best time to visit

Cherry blossom season is one of the most popular times for people to travel to Japan, which means the major tourist destinations can be very busy. If you prefer to avoid the crowds, a good time of year to travel is mid to late May, when the weather is usually warm and sunny, or October, when the autumn leaves are just beginning to arrive, colouring Japan’s mountain-scapes in scenes of red, orange and yellow.

June in Japan is rainy season, and July and August can be very hot and humid in certain areas of Japan. During the winter months, many parts of Japan (particularly in the north) are covered in a heavy blanket of snow, making it a fantastic destination for winter sports, or hot spring fans! However, Japan is an incredibly long, diverse set of islands, so there will always be a location to suit your tastes, regardless of the time of year you choose to travel.

  • Flight Time: Approx 12 hours
  • Time Difference: GMT +9 hours
  • Currency: Japanese Yen
  • Visas: Travelers travelling to Japan on a ‘British Citizen’ or ‘British National (Overseas) Passport’ can enter Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days without a visa. They may need to provide evidence of a return ticket or ticket for onward travel