Southeast Asia is comprised of 11 countries with varying cultures and laws. The following guide(s) highlight some of the more common aspects between most of the countries but follow up for specific country information is highly suggested.
Before you arrive study up on local laws, banned items, and customs for each individual country you are visiting. You probably didn’t know that chewing gum is illegal in in Singapore and can cost you $1,000 USD on your first offense. Some of the common courtesies and behaviors in Southeast Asia are not as obvious to Westerners. Here are some common behaviors you should avoid in Southeast Asia:
Take off your shoes.
If you see a line of shoes outside of a door, remove yours and place them in the row. You should never wear your shoes into someone’s home and many businesses will require you to remove them as well. And while we’re on that…
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If you thought google flights was the cheapest comparison tool for flights you’d be wrong. Similar to other sites Skyscanner allows you to compare multiple airlines and dates. As always remember to check baggage fees and if you’re booking in advance you might need to log on to the airline’s sight a couple of days in before your flight date to reserve your seats.