When we were living in Shanghai teaching English in 2013-2014 we had a ten-day break for Chinese New Year.
So we decided to take a trip down to Malaysia and Singapore. We had planned to go to a Malaysian island called Tioman, but were thwarted by monsoon rains in the east of the country. Instead we booked bus tickets to a place we knew nothing about, Melaka, Malaysia.
Mae Salong is a peaceful mountain top town in northern Thailand known for Oolong tea production. Its location near the Myanmar border and prominent Chinese influence make it an interesting place to spend some time. We stayed almost a week!
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For a sense of freedom, and the chance to do something arguably stupid and dangerous, there’s nothing like renting a motorbike and riding around a country with few to no traffic laws.
It’s one of our favorite things to do!
Getting a visa for Cambodia is relatively easy, and extending it is just as simple. You can renew your visa for one to month up to a year!
**Important notice: As of September 4, 2017 the laws for long term visa extension have changed. This article has been edited to reflect that. You can read more about the changes here.
Note: The list of countries which can get a Cambodia Visa extension is here.
Which Cambodia Visas can you extend?
There are two types of Cambodia visas you can extend without leaving the country: TOURIST (T) Visa or ORDINARY (E) Visa.
There are 4 different types of Ordinary (E) Visas: (EB) Visa: Business, (EG) Visa for those searching for employment, (ER) Visa for Retirement, and (ES) Visa for Students. You can choose which type you would like when you extend your visa. Read more about each type of (E) visa here. [Read more…]
It is simple and straightforward to purchase a Cambodia Visa on-arrival at airports or land border crossings. Here’s how:
The people we met in Myanmar were by far the best part about the country.
Songkran, also known as the Thai New Year or Thailand Water Festival is celebrated every year for three days from April 13-15. It is one of the most important events of the year for Thai people. Traditionally during Songkran young people poured scented water on their elders to pay respect and bring good fortune for the coming year. While this still takes place, Songkran’s current incarnation is more of a nation-wide wet t-shirt contest, minus the sexually explicit nature and disappointed parents. [Read more…]