South East Asia is comprised of eleven countries that offer impressively diverse cultures, religions and histories. These countries include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 

Moving and Living in South East Asia

Collectively eleven countries make up Southeast Asia, those being Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The region is characterized by its impressive diversity in religion, history and culture, and is a key area for trade and financial services.

Whilst the dreamy destination is a hotspot for travellers and international visitors, a large number of expats and their families are drawn to the area for work commitments. Southeast Asia promises those moving to the region a lower cost of living, a range of job opportunities, on average a warmer climate, a range of activities and attractions to visit. Stunning beaches, diverse experiences, and rich cultures are all major drawcards for international travellors. 

Approximately 37 unique UNESCO World Heritage sites are located in Southeast Asia, presenting opportunities to explore cultural landmarks, temples, and natural wonders. Some of the most famous sites include Angkor Wat (Cambodia), Luang Prabang (Laos), Halong Bay (Vietnam) and Ayutthaya (Thailand). 

Moving To South East Asia
Moving To South East Asia

Traditional cuisine of spring rolls and bone-broth noodle soups from Vietnam, pad Thai and curries in Thailand, bai cha from Cambodia and laksa in Singapore are all on offer at food streets, where authentic food is available at a cheap price.

Southeast Asia has over 20,000 islands, famous for their white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, with habited islands known for their eventful nightlife, luxury resorts or activities that include snorkelling, canoeing or relaxation. Popular island destinations include Boracay (Philippines), Bali (Thailand), Phuket (Thailand) and Phu Quoc (Vietnam). 

Travelling in Southeast Asia is highly affordable, with a range of accommodations for hostels, mid-range or luxury accommodations. Moving between the Southeast Asian region locations is made highly accessible by air, rail, cruise and bus options, with boats, ferries, buses, tuk tuks and motorbikes used within countries. 

Moving your household goods to Southeast Asia

Visa and Immigration Information

When travelling or moving to Southeast Asia, make sure your passport and visas are correct and valid. Check the relevant Country Moving Guide links to find out some of the latest requirements.

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