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Visa Free Countries for Indians

Expedia India believe travel and exploration is for everyone, but sometimes it seems the time taken applying for visas can ruin the whole experience. Explore our list of countries that offer visa free travel or visa on arrival for Indian passport holders, and find out a bit more about the adventure that awaits you.

Mauritius

Mauritius flag Mauritius Visa not required

Currency: 0.54 Mauritian Rupee to 1 Indian Rupee

Festivals: Mauritius National Holiday, March 12th. Diwali in October/November; Holi festival in March.

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Port Louis

Climate: Hot, semi-arid climate where December-April is wet season and temperatures can reach 30°C. Dry season is from May-November where temperatures average 24°C.

Best Time to Visit: May to August, where temperatures are cooler and rain is few and far between.

Indian Food:

Tandoori Express sits on the Caudan Waterfront in Mauritius, meaning you can tuck into your meal whilst gazing out at the peaceful sea. We recommend you try the Tangri Kebab and the Chicken Halal Tika Kebab; all prices are very reasonable and you will definitely get your money's worth.
Astrolab Building, Le Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

The food at Indra restaurant is considered to be some of the most authentic and tasty in Port Louis, the service is wonderful and food even better. Excitingly on some nights you will be serenaded by live Indian music whilst enjoying your meal!
Domaine Les Pailles, Pailles, Port Louis

Namaste is an upbeat location to get traditional North Indian dishes, and as the evening goes on the music picks up and everyone hits the dancefloor!
Le Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

Local Food:

Mauritius has a very colourful history with many influences from European country, so it seems only fitting that we recommend you visit Lambic. This restaurant serves up and array of dishes from around the world, but also some local dishes including as the intriguing Creole Wild Hare. The colonial decor really sets the scene for anyone trying to experience a truly multicultural meal.
St Georges St, Port Louis

The Deck is a popular seafood restaurant found in the Le Caudan Waterfront, occupying its own floating pontoon, this meal offers up a delicious array of seafood, including shrimp risotto with coco milk!
Marina Quay, Le Caudan Waterfront , Port Louis

Street Food: For the most authentic experience of Mauritian food, head to the streets of Port Louis where you will find snacks such as Dholl or Chana Puri, pineapples, samosas and sugar cane juice!

Attractions: The Caudan Waterfront Complex is more than just great restaurants, there are also plenty of shopping opportunities, cinemas and casinos for you to enjoy. Or to get a taste of more traditional Mauritian culture, visit the Central Market where you can haggle and barter for souvenirs or fresh tasty fruit. If you want to learn more about Mauritian history, particularly Port Louis, then head to the Blue Penny Museum open from 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday.

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Rodrigues

Climate: November-May are the hottest months, with average temperatures ranging from 26°C-30°C, but from June to October temperatures are cooler, roughly between 23°C-25°C.

Best Time to Visit: June to October, where temperatures are cooler and sight-seeing or relaxing will be more bearable.

Indian food:

Ti Piment Rouge is home to an array of multicultural dishes, however their Indian is the especially delicious! It's one of few Indian restaurants in the area and they're happy to spice up the heat of their dishes for those daring to try!
Johnson Street, Port Mathurin

For a more personal experience, try Le Casa Mama, where the owner is always on hand to help! A few exceptional dishes include their goat curry with farata and chutney or the seafood platter.
Port Mathurin, Mauritius (near the bus station)

Local food:

Nyeusi is a quaint, family-owned restaurant whose unique approach to Mauritian dishes makes them rather popular; here you can expect to have your Mauritian dishes fused with typically Asian themes making for some interesting, delicious tastes. The fish served is fresh, so depending on the catch of the day you may have a chance to try their Octopus!
Coromandel, Rodrigues, Mauritius

La Belle Rodriguaise is a traditional Rodriguan experience; the head chef is the author of a popular Rodriguan cookbook, but ring ahead if you want to eat here, as tables are usually reserved for hotel guests.
La Belle Rodriguaise, Graviers, Rodrigues

If you want a taste of local life, head down to Mengoz Snack, a small cafe serving up traditional, no-nonsense Mauritian dishes such as noodles and chop suey, highlighting the true fusion of real Mauritian food.

Attractions: Rodrigues really lives up to its island status, and offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the sea and all its creatures, including swimming with dolphins and whale watching. Many water sports like windsurfing, parasailing and kayaking are also on offer. If you're looking for something more land based, there is the François Leguat Reserve where visitors can explore caves and see hundreds of tortoises roaming the land; there is also a museum showcasing the history of Rodrigues' rich animal history.

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Bhutan

Bhutan flag Bhutan Visa not required

Currency: 1 Indian Rupee to 1 Bhutanese Ngultrum

Festivals: Around February/March is Losar, the Bhutanese New Year (changes depending on the Lunar Calendar). Parinirvana of Buddha, 15th June. National Day, 17th December. Blessed Rainy Day held on the last day of monsoon season (changeable date).

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Thimphu

Climate: Monsoon season sees heavy rainfall from May-September and temperatures of up to 30°C, but usually around 20°C. Dry season is from October to April, where temperatures range from 4°C-16°C.

Best Time to Visit: Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) are the best times to visit Thimphu, where there is little rain and temperatures are not too extreme.

Indian Food:

The best Indian food in town can be found at Chula; where the dal Lakhnavi and palak paneer will leave you licking your lips all day long.
Norzin Lam, Bhutan Observer Building, Thimphu

Mid Point serves large portions of Southern Indian cuisine at decent prices; also great for alfresco dining if you're there in the warmer months.
Norzin Lam, Thimphu

Local Food:

If you really want to get a taste of Bhutanese food, then try the Folk Heritage Museum Restaurant; the buffet style restaurant means you can try a number of different Bhutanese dishes, that are strongly influenced by the tastes of Thailand, India and China.
Folk Heritage Museum, Kawangjangsa, 00975 Thimphu

Galingkha is a popular local hangout, this restaurant serves authentic Bhutanese dishes and the decor is dreamy; a Feng Shui waterfall ensures your meal will be peaceful and enjoyable! It also serves an array of other dishes, including Chinese and Indian.
Hotel Galingkha, Norzin Lam, Post Box: 368, Thimphu

Attractions: The Memorial Chorten is a beautiful white and gold memorial, built in memory of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, an inspiring Bhutanese leader who exposed the people of Bhutan to the modern world and began to introduce democratisation. Other memorials include the Dochula Pass where 108 chortens decorate the panoramic view of the Himalayas, making it a beautiful sight for anyone and a great place for a family picnic. The Tashichho Dzong Palace is the home of the throne of Bhutan as well as other offices of Parliament, but the best part of this place is the history and beauty of the structure, which is well worth exploring.

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Punakha

Climate: In the Summer months (June-July) average temperature highs of 30°C can be experienced, but with this comes a heavier rainfall. In Winter the temperature can drop below zero.

Best Time to Visit: Winter is the best time to go if you want to avoid the crowds (December - February). The best times to visit generally though are Spring and Autumn, where temperatures are comfortable and nature is blooming (March - May and September - November).

Indian Food:

Bhutan is not particularly Indian-Food friendly, but we've managed to find a couple of restaurants that would more than satisfy your Indian food cravings, such as the Meri Puensum Resort where they serve traditional Indian dishes along with other cuisines.
Meri Puensum Resort, Wolakha, Punakha Bhutan, Bhutan

The Zangtho Pelri Hotel Restaurant is located neatly on the hills, nestled in among the pine trees just a few miles outside of Punakha, so whilst you make your way to the restaurant you will be able to do some exploring!
Zangto Pelri Hotel, PO Box.115, Walakha, Punakha

Local Food:

The Dochula Resort offers an array of different cuisines, including local Bhutanese; its friendly staff and positive atmosphere have made it a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
Trashigang-Semtokha Highway, Dochula

It's likely that on your visit to Punakha guides or locals will recommend the Chimi L'hakhang Temple, inside is a restaurant overlooking the rolling plains and nearby villages. Serving Bhutanese food, this is a great place to rest up and eat some reasonably priced, tasty food.
Chimi L'hakhang Temple, Punakha, Bhutan

Attractions: You must visit the Punakha Dzong, which translates as the Palace of Happiness; Punakha was once the capital of Bhutan and this building served as the seat of Government until Punakha was replaced by Thimphu. After visiting the dzong, you can exit and head to the Dzong Chung and receive a blessing from Sakyamuni, a wish-fulfilling sculpture. Another perfect example of beautiful Bhutanese architecture is the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, located atop the hills of Punakha.

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Hong Ko

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Currency: 1 Indian Rupee to 0.12 Hong Kong Dollar

Festivals: Hong Kong National Day, October 1st. Chinese New Year, changes each year but usually around end of January/beginning of February.

Climate: Hong Kong has a humid subtropical climate; and Winter and Autumn weather is generally dry with temperatures averaging around 17°C. Summer is hot, with temperatures averaging at least 28°C; this hot temperature also encourages loud, wet thunderstorms.

Best Time to Visit: We recommend visiting in Winter (December-February) or Autumn (late September to end of November) as harsh weathers won't affect your sightseeing and fun!

Indian Food:

Headed up by chefs from India Bombay Dreams is a delightful Indian Restaurant for any discerning visitor, and does Indian cuisine proud. This award-winning cuisine includes dishes such as Kadhai Gosht Kali Mirch or a range of kebabs and many more.
75 Wyndham St, Hong Kong

Located on the second floor, the Gaylord Indian Restaurant is a great choice for anyone looking for tasty Northern Indian cuisine; it has been recommended by the Michelin Guide and does come with a larger price tag, but is well-worth the spend.
23-25 Ashley Road, Tsimshatsui, Hong Kong

Local Food:

Recommended by celebrity chef Ken Hom is Din Tai Fung; a great place for lunch where you can get the most delicious xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) and other classical Hong Kong dishes. Prepare to queue though, it's very popular and doesn't take reservations, but it is well worth the wait.
Shop G3-11, 68 Yee Woo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

For a fine dining experience, head to Tim's Kitchen where you will receive Michelin Star quality Cantonese food that will leave your taste buds reeling; it's an expensive experience but the gourmet food and top quality service will be worth the price.
Shop A & 1/F, 84-90, Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

No visit to Hong Kong would be complete without a trip to the Dai Pai Dongs, the bustling street vendors that line Hong Kong's roads selling sensational street food. Try the Graham Street Market, one of the oldest in Hong Kong, for some tasty noodles or sweet fruit. The market can get really busy and it's a loud place, that is a testament to a true Hong Kong market, but all the more enjoyable for it.
Graham Street, between Queen's Road and Hollywood Road, Hong Kong

Attractions: Graham Street isn't the only fun market in Hong Kong, there is also the Temple Street Night Market, where visitors can find anything from materials and jewellery to souvenirs and food. Fun attractions fit for all include Ocean Park; a marine and animal amusement park where you can ride the rapids but also look at the interesting creatures of the world, including Arctic Foxes. Alternatively, there is the land of dreams, more commonly known as Disneyland; rub shoulders with Mickey Mouse, jump on thrilling rides and watch beautiful shows and parades. For a more cultural experience there is the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Sik Sik Yeun Wong Tai Sin Temple, the Man Mo Temple and many other historical attractions.

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Macau

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Currency: 1 Indian Rupee to 0.12 Macanese Pataca

Festivals: Dragon Boat Festival on Nam Van Lakes in June (occurs 5th day of the 5th month of the Lunar calendar); International Fireworks Festival (end of September to early October, experts come to compete in firework spectacles); Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix

Climate: Macau has a humid subtropical climate, where July is hottest month with an average temperature of 29°C and January is coldest with an average temperature of 14.5°C.

Best Time to Visit: The city can get very stuffy in the Summer months, therefore we recommend going between October-April, as temperatures and other weather conditions will be calmer.

Indian Food:

The award-winning Golden Peacock serves authentic Indian cuisine created by their Head Chef Justin Paul from Kerala. our recommended dishes include: Sona Mor Shikampuri (made of bananas, sweet potatoes and golden apricot) and Kandari Murgh Tikka.
The Venetian Macao, Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Taipa, Macao SAR, P.R. China

Indian Spice Express has restaurants in India and Dubai as well as Macau, and is a certifiably wonderful restaurant where you can gorge on tasty authentic dishes at reasonable prices.
Indian Spice Express, 2513 Grand Canal Shoppes, Venetian Hotel and Resorts, Macau

Local Food:

Try a classical Cantonese experience at the Lung Wah Tea House, there are no English menus, so it's an exciting opportunity to just pick and choose anything authentically Cantonese. The décor is very traditional, and a light airy atmosphere accompanies your afternoon tea experience.
3 Rua Norte do Mervado Aim-Lacerda, Macau

In the Tapai Village you can find an array of different small food establishments and street food; we recommend going to Seng Cheong Restaurant, and eating as much Crab Congee as you possibly can.
28 – 30 Rua Do Cunha, Taipa, Macau

Attractions: Having been part of the Portuguese Empire for hundreds of years, there is a distinct influence over its cultural sights such as the Ruins of St. Paul's and Senado Square; you can learn more about this at the Historic Centre of Macau, that beautifully demonstrates the fusion of Portugeuse and Chinese culture. There is also the famous City of Dreams, which is home to a casino, theatre and plenty of restaurants and shopping opportunities.

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Indonesia

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Currency: 211.253 Indonesian Rupiah to 1 Indian Rupee

Festivals: Indonesian Independence Day, August 17th. Nyepi, Balinese Hindu New Year, 9th March.

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Jakarta

Climate: Jakarta experiences a tropical monsoon climate, where rainy season covers most of the year from October-May and dry season from June-September. Temperatures remain fairly similar all year, 27°C-30°C.

Best Time to Visit: June to September as humidity levels are at their lowest, which means the city will be less stuffy.

Indian Food:

The Queen's Tandoor restaurant is known to serve the best Indian food in town; the Paneer and Mango Lassi really are stand out dishes, but the whole menu really is cooked to perfection, so you're unlikely to be disappointed.
Permata Plaza Lantai Basement, Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav. 57, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10350

Kinara is as famous for its decor as it is for its food; this beautifully designed restaurant will feel as though you defied time and space and stepped back into India for your meal! From Saag Gosht, Gosht Vindaloo to Aloo Gobhi, this restaurant serves an array of tasty meals guaranteed to satisfy.
Jalan Kemang Raya No.78, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12730

Local Food:

Harum Manis is a restaurant that delves deep into the truly traditional; accompanying your authentic Indonesian dishes such as Kambing Guling Pendopo Agung sharing platter, are traditional folk dances and other culturally educational activities.
Pavilion Apartment, Jl. KH Mas Mansyur Kav. 24, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10220

Having been in the same place for over 20-years, Pondok Laguna is a true Jakartan experience; they sell mainly seafood, and we recommend you try the Fish Head Curry and Tahu Kipas. Make sure you get there early though, the queue can be rather large, reflecting its popularity!
Jalan Batu Tulis Raya No. 45, Gambir, Daerah Khusus Ibukota, Jakarta, 10120

Attractions: As a symbol of Indonesian Independence the National Monument is something you shouldn't miss; this 132-metre tall tower can be found (very easily) in the centre of Merdeka Square. Other attractions include the Istiqlal Mosque, this is the largest mosque in all of Indonesia and another celebration of Indonesian Independence. Or there is the beautiful Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, a large recreational area representing all walks of Indian culture, such as dance, architecture, clothing and many more.

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Bali

Climate: Bali has a fairly even climate all year round: 20°C-33°C, but rainy season is from October-April, bringing heavy rain and storms from December-March.

Best Time to Visit: We recommend visiting in Dry Season (May-September) when humidity levels are lower and your trip won't be ruined by tropical lightening storms!

Indian Food:

If you're looking for excellent service and tasty Indian Cuisine, then we recommend Sarong Restaurant; the restaurant has a beautiful garden and a tranquil ambience that compliments its delicious fresh tasting food. We recommend you try their Malay fish curry with fennel curry leaf tamarind okra cauliflower & mustard seed.
Jl. Petitenget No, 19 x, Kerobokan, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Alternatively, there is the well-reviewed La Rouge that provides great Indian food at an even better price, if you're looking to try something else you can also dip into some other international dishes, including Cordon Bleu or Fish and Chips.
Jl. Raya Candidasa, Candidasa, Bali, Indonesia

Finally, Ganesha Ek Sanskriti Indian Restaurant in Ubud, is known for serving highly-authentic dishes, cooked by their Indian chef. It can be found right next to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, so after a day of playing with animals you can sit back and relax with a delicious Rogan Josh or Kadhai Murgh, as well as many other delectable dishes.
Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

Local Food:

If you are a seafood lover then Warung Mak Beng is where you need to find yourself; open since 1941 this restaurant is famous for its fantastic fish head soup (Sup Kepala Ikan) adored by locals and tourists alike.
Jl. Hang Tuah No. 45, Sanur, Bali

With its high ceilings and authentic, high-quality Indonesian cuisine Merah Putih is not a destination to be missed; they truly accentuate the family-sharing style of Indonesian cuisine through mostly sharing platters that all can dig into.
Jl. Petitenget No.100x, Kerobokan Denpasar, Bali

For a fine dining experience try Teatro Gastroteque, where there really is theatre in the food. From the presentation to the service to the extraordinary tastes, you will not be disappointed.
Jalan Kayu Aya Blok C No. 1-2, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

Attractions: Visit some of the sacred temples of Bali, including Uluwatu or Tanah Lot or if you're an animal fan go and see the cheeky grey-haired macaques in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud. Bali is full of amazing things to see if you just start walking around, including the Sekumpul Waterfalls or jump on a boat and escape to one of the of the three exotic Gili Islands.

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Cambodia

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Cambodia flag Cambodia Visa on arrival

Currency: 1 Indian Rupee to 60.39 Cambodia Riel

Festivals: Khmer New Year, April 14th-16th. Independence Day, November 9th. Water Festival (October/November).

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Phnom Penh

Climate: Tropical wet and dry climate, where it is hot all-year round with temperatures ranging from 22°C to 35°C. Dry season is from November-March and wet monsoon season is from May-October.

Best Time to Visit: We recommend visiting from November-February, so you are able to enjoy the sights at a comfortable warm temperature without experiencing any problems from the rain.

Indian Food:

For great authentic Indian food try Sher-e-Punjab, where you can tuck into an array of dishes at reasonable prices. The food has that lovely home-cooked feel to it and we recommend trying their yellow daal.
16 st 130 | Pasar Kandal khan dumpenh Phnom Penhn, Phnom Penh 12204, Cambodia

For freshly cooked, delicious Indian dishes try Phnom Penh Indian, where the kind and attentive service is an added bonus to your meal experience. The restaurant is really well-reviewed and known for having very loyal customers who cannot help but come back for more.
335 Sisowath, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Local Food:

Malis Cambodian Restaurant is a great place to try some authentic Cambodian dishes in Phnom Penh; prices are a bit higher than average, but you really do get great value for money at this restaurant. The waiters are on hand to suit your tastes and it's a great chance to try a classic Cambodian Fish Amok.
Malis Restaurant Phnom Penh, No. 136 Norodom Boulevard, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

With surroundings as good as the food, Romdeng is a place that should be on your bucket list! They really dig deep into Cambodian history to provide the most classical of dishes, whilst also presenting their own alternative twists. The restaurant is inside a beautiful villa adorned with comfy cushions, twinkling lights and an array of nature features.
Romdeng, #74 St 174, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Attractions: Cambodia has a hub of majestic, religious and official buildings that are great sights to see for any traveller, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Independence Monument, Wat Phnom and many more. Another heart-wrenching sight to see, are the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, not for the faint-hearted, this guided tour explains the harrowing situation that led to the deaths of these 17,000 men, women and children, as a reminder not to let it happen again.

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Siem Reap

Climate: Like most of Cambodia, Siem Reap has a tropical climate with average highs of above 30°C in any month. It has a wet season from April to November, and the rest of the year (December-March) is dry season.

Best Time to Visit: We recommend visiting from November-March, as the temperatures dip a little and the rain holds back, so it makes travelling more enjoyable.

Indian Food:

Expect mind-blowing flavours at Dak Shin's, where the service and food will make for an enjoyable dining experience. The dishes are reasonably priced and the restaurant's interior is stylish and comfortable.
Dak Shin's, The-Lane, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Curry Walla has a huge selection of Indian dishes, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, for you to choose from; there is rarely an empty seat in the house so make sure you get there in good time or make a reservation.
Sivatha Rd, Nummer Der Suite, Kreuzung, Platz, Siem Reap 855, Cambodia

Local Food:

Cuisine Wat Damnak is a great place to try taste-elevating interpretations of Cambodian cuisine. This restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday, however, when it is open we recommend going for a tasting menu to try as much as you can.
Between Psa Dey Hoy market and Angkor High School, Wat Damnak village, Sala Kamreuk Commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia

For a scenic sensation when you're eating your meal, try Marum Restaurant, near the Angkor Wat, this picturesque restaurants provides all the Cambodian food you could want and more, also at a reasonable price. We recommend trying the Luk Luk, but ask your waiter for recommendations.
#8A,B Phum Slokram, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Attractions: It would not be the ultimate trip to Siem Reap if you did not see the Angkor Wat; this structure is the largest religious building in the world, not to mention an architectural amazement. This sight has been featured in the film Tomb Raider, and is one of many structurally stunning sights such as Bayon, Bakong and many more that make Siem Reap a great spot for travellers.

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Maldives

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Malé

Currency: 1 Indian Rupee to 0.23 Maldivian Rufiyaa

Festivals: Independence Day July 26th. Ramadan in September (restaurants will be closed). National Day is usually around January/December.

Climate: Malé has a tropical monsoon climate, with its wet season lasting from May-December and dry season is for the remaining 4 months. Temperatures are quite high, with the average highs being 30°C and average lows being 25°C.

Best Time to Visit: The weather is at its best from December to February in the Maldives, but these perfect conditions also come with slightly higher prices. March to April is also a good time to go, where the weather is still great and it isn't peak season.

Indian food:

Lemongrass Fifth serves an array of Asian dishes, including Chinese, but their best meals are the Indian dishes. The food is a very reasonable price and you will definitely get your money's worth, especially if you try the Fish curry.
Fareedhee Magu, Malé 20190, Maldives

Symphony has some of the best Indian dishes around, especially with regards to their vast vegetarian selection. The cooking is top quality and is a favourite spot for locals and tourists alike.
Ma. Malefaru (Athamaa Goalhi), Male' 20196, Maldives

Local food:

To sample traditional Maldivian food go to Dhivehi Malaafaiy as it is one of the best destinations for local food. The menu selection is vast, and there are other cuisines on the menu to try if you would like to diversify your taste buds.
Rah Dhebai Magu Rd, Malé, Maldives

Shell Beans has a cool, friendly atmosphere that makes biting into their delicious tandoori chicken all the more enjoyable. It's a favourite for locals and tourists and also has a great dessert menu for those of you with a sweet tooth.
H. Jazeera Building, Ground and 1st Floor, 15 Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Malés

Attractions: Besides frolicking in the bright, blue sea and engaging in a range of water sports, Malé also has a range of land-based attractions. The Grand Friday Mosque is the oldest religious building on the island dating back to the 1600s; it's intricate design is there for all to see, but to go inside you must seek official consent (which is not hard, but make sure you dress appropriately). Furthermore the Tsunami Monument is an ideal place to pay respects to all those who lost their lives in the Asian Tsunami in 2004.

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Thailand

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Currency: 1 Indian Rupee to 0.54 Thai Baht

Festivals: Songkran Festival in April, Buddha Purnima (usually in June but depends on Lunar Calendar).

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Bangkok

Climate: Bangkok's tropical savanna climate has 3 seasons: hot from March-June, rainy from July-October and cooler from November-February. Temperatures usually average 32°C but can average a low temperature of 25°C.

Best Time to Visit: If you're concerned about the weather when it comes to exploring Bangkok, we recommend you go from November to February when temperatures are cooler, however, a lot of the festivities are from March to May, so if you can stand the heat then we recommend going then.

Indian food:

With great service, wonderful atmosphere and even better Northern Indian Cuisine, Maya is ticking all of the right boxes! The restaurant is high up and looks over the entire city, so you can take in the Bangkok skyline whilst eating the delicious Paneer Saag.
29th floor, Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit 1 Sukhumvit 22. Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110

The finest Indian dishes are what Bawarchi strive to deliver at their restaurant and they do it very well. They serve a range of dishes from Tandoori to Biryani to vegetarian and more, all served to perfection with vibrant flavours and exciting tastes in every bite.
Intercontinental Bangkok, President Tower Arcade Mezzanine Level, 973 Ploenchit Road, Pathumwan 10330, 10330, Thailand

Other popular destinations include The India Hut, Art Masala and The Great Kebab Factory, these destinations are all well-reviewed and popular amongst travellers and locals alike.

Local food:

Street food is a huge part of Thai culture and in Bangkok your options are endless; we recommend Sukhumvit Soi 38, Silom Soi 20 and Mahachai Road, where you can try some famous Pad Thai and sit down outside watching the world go by.

The Issaya Siamese Club offers all a chance to taste modern Thai cuisine, we recommend trying their delicious jasmine flower panna cotta with jasmine rice ice cream and jasmine rice tuile for dessert.
Chuea Phloeng Rd, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

Attractions: Bangkok is full of exciting sights, such as The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew; these are just two of the beautiful buildings where tourists can marvel at Thai culture and history. The Damnoen Saduak and Khao San Road are great places to pick up a souvenir and rub shoulders with locals to get a real feel for Bangkok.

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Pattaya

Climate: Pattaya has a tropical wet and dry climate; from December-February it is hot and dry; March to April experiences hot and humid weather and finally from May-November it is hot and rainy. The coolest it gets is usually in July, but it is still 28°C, usually temperatures throughout the year average around 32°C.

Best Time to Visit: The optimum time to visit is from November to February where the rain is not bad and the temperatures cool down, however this is Thailand's peak season so things can be busier and more expensive.

Indian food:

From its open kitchen to friendly staff, Indian By Nature is everything you could want from a warm, inviting restaurant serving delicious Indian dishes in Pattaya.
306/64-68 Thapraya Road, Towards Jomtein, Chateau Dale Complex, Pattaya, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

Madras Darbar is one of the most well-known Indian restaurants in Pattaya, owing to its popular Indian dishes including their Chicken and Lamb Jalfrezis. Staff are really friendly and you'll feel like you're back in India!
519/104, Second Road, Pattaya, Thailand

Local food:

MAYs Urban Thai Dine serve clean cut classical Thai dishes, such as Pad Thai and Papaya salad; it really is a lovely restaurant with a cool atmosphere where you're guaranteed to enjoy your meal. We recommend the sea bass with sweet and sour sauce for a true taste sensation.
Ratanakorn Market, Thepprasit Road, Jomtien, Between Soi 13 & 15, Pattaya, Thailand

Mum Aroi is a long-standing restaurant overlooking the calm waters, tuck into your steamed squid, whilst watching the fishing boats go by.
Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri, Pattaya, Thailand

Attractions: There's plenty to see and do in Pattaya including getting up close and personal with gentle giants at the Elephant Village Pattaya. Or you can try learning more about crocodiles, whilst keeping a safe distance, at the Pattaya Crocodile Farm. Or visit the mindblowing Sanctuary of Truth and gaze with amazement at this beautiful piece of Thai architecture that towers over the ocean around it.

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Koh Samui

Climate: Koh Samui has a tropical monsoon climate with hot and humid atmosphere for most of the year. It's temperatures average around 30°C and it experiences the most rain between October and November.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is definitely between December to June where you will miss the heavy rainfall, try and avoid popular vacation times such as June-August for a calmer, less busy trip.

Indian food:

On one of Koh Samui's beautiful beaches is Live India; a deliciously, authentic Indian restaurant where they're more than happy to increase the heat of any dish per your request.
Maret, Koh Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand

A great experience is what you can expect from the Curry Pot Indian Restaurant; the chef is incredibly attentive, as are the wait staff. The options are very extensive and you'll be paying a very reasonable price.
124/235 moo3, Tamboon malet ampor koh samui, Koh Samui/Suratthani, 84310, Thailand

Local food:

Krua Chao Baan is a local favourite, serving fresh Thai seafood everyday, this gastronomical gem is not overcrowded by tourists. It is on the coast, so you can hear the waves crashing on the shore as you tuck into some really authentic Thai dishes.
438/18 Moo.1 Maret | Nr Silangu Temple, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand

For a fine dining experience Ocean 11 should be your first choice; embracing Koh Samui's island status by serving you fish dishes from daily catches, this restaurant will guarantee you leave feeling full and satisfied.
Bangrak, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84320, Thailand

Attractions: Water is everywhere including at the famous Angthong National Marine Park and Namuang Waterfall, or visit the Big Buddha Temple to see a rather large dedication to the Buddhist faith. Koh Samui is also a great place to celebrate the Full Moon Party or try your luck with some watersports.

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Phuket

Climate: Phuket's climate is similar to most of Bangkok, and from November-April it has a dry season, whereas May-October is rainy season. Temperatures remain pretty similar all year round (27°C-32°C), except for April-May and September-October where they can spike dramatically.

Best Time to Visit: December to March is a great time to visit Phuket as the temperature drops slightly and the humidity cools off, making it quite comfortable and enjoyable.

Indian food:

Located on the other side of the Raddison Blue Hotel is Curry Night Indian Restaurant, where the dishes are authentic and cooked to perfection by an Indian chef. This well-reviewed destination comes with very reasonable prices and great portion sizes.
19/15 Moo 8, Sakdidej Rd, Cape Panwa, Phuket 83000, Thailand

For traditional Northern Indian dishes try the ICC Indian Curry Club where the lamb tikka just melts in your mouth and will leave you desperate for more. The service is great and prices are more than adequate.
Soi Sansabai, Patong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand

Local food:

You must try the local floating restaurants including Kru Suwit and Bang Gaan in Phuket; just jump on a boat and head to these unique restaurants to dig into some Thai Oysters cooked by experienced chefs.
Along the East Coast of Phuket

Head to the streets of Phuket to experience lip-smacking dishes that will leave you licking your fingers for hours; we recommend you try as much dim sum as you can, hokkien noodles and Haw mok.

Attractions: The best thing to do in Phuket is actually get off Phuket and travel by boat to the nearby islands, where you can frolic in the water and relax on the beach. Alternatively, take a trek through the jungle and encounter all manners of wildlife. To witness Thai culture, head to Wat Phra Thong Temple, peaceful and idyllic Buddhist temples that will bring out your inner tranquility.

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Nepal

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Currency: 1 Indian Rupee to 1.6 Nepalese Rupee

Festivals: Republic Day, May 28th-29th. Bisket Jatra is Nepal's New Year and takes place in mid-April. Maha Shivrati, usually end of February/beginning of March.

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Kathmandu

Climate: Monsoon season is June-August which brings heavy rainfall and warmer temperatures (19°C to 27°C), especially in July and August. Things cool down significantly around November and February with temperatures ranging from 2°C to 20°C.

Best Time to Visit: October-November is the high season in Kathmandu, where the weather is cool and the perfect time to hit the trails and treks. This time is very popular, so if you want to avoid this we recommend March-April, where the weather is still pleasant. June to September has a lot of rain making terrain fairly dangerous, so it's not the best time for those looking to go trekking.

Indian food:

At Spice Garden Restaurant and Bar the food is authentic, warm and just what you need when trekking around Nepal's elevated landscape. We recommend trying the Kadhai curries and samosas.
Chaksibari Marg J.P.Road, Thamel ,Kathmandu | Adjacent to Helenas Restaurant and bar Thamel, Kathmandu 977

Serving a very memorable spicy tandoori chicken Third Eye Restaurant is a perfect place to relax and unwind with a good meal in Nepal. The ambience is warm and friendly and the service is great.
Third Eye Restaurant & Bar Pvt. Ltd., Thamel, Kathmandu

Local food:

Try Utse for some authentic local Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine; they are famous for their hot-pot dish called gacok, which includes a variety of meats and vegetables with noodles, that are all kept hot by a charcoal.
Utse Restaurant, Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu

Bhojan Griha is a very large establishment that fits over 200 people making for an incredible atmosphere, especially when performers are entertaining you whilst you eat. Try some Nepalese momos and sikarni for dessert (a yoghurt with nuts and sweet spices).
Bhojan Griha, Dillibazar, Kathmandu

Attractions: The main reason people visit Kathmandu is to make their way up Mount Everest! Whilst this is definitely recommended if you can, there are alternatives such as visiting the Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage Site, where you can see crocodiles and rhinos, whilst also visiting neighbouring Nepalese villages.

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Pokhara

Climate: Hot season in Pokhara (April-August) can see temperatures range from 18-30°C and rainy season kicks in from May-October. Pokhara experiences dry periods in February, November and December. The Winter months can see temperatures reach as low as 7°C (November-February).

Best Time to Visit: We recommend visiting Pokhara from September-November. The weather can get almost too cold in December and rainy season from May-August can make things very difficult when it comes to getting around.

Indian food:

Once Upon a Time Restaurant caters to many tastes with their different cuisines, however their Indian and Nepalese dishes are always a cut above the rest. It has a lovely interior, staff are attentive and is in a great location on the Lakeside Strip.
Baidam, Lakeside, Pokhara 6/308

Also located on the idyllic Lakeside Strip is Aankhi Jhyal Restaurant and Bar, where you can sit back and relax with a cool beer and a tasty butter chicken!
Gauri Marg, Pokhara 33700

Local food:

Pokhara Thakali Kitchen is one of the best local hotspots in Pokhara, serving traditional Nepalese cuisine such as a vegetarian Nepalese Thali to die for! It's very softly lit making the mood fairly romantic and the destination warm and inviting.
Gauri Marg, Pokhara 33700

For a varied menu and tasty Nepalese dishes, try the Laughing Buddha, where having a good time is their number one priority. With really reasonable prices, delightful staff and a warm, friendly atmosphere you'll be guaranteed to have a good time.
Lakeside-6, Khahare, Pokhara

Attractions: High in the hills and precariously placed on a ridge above the Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake), is the Peace Temple. You'll be unable to miss this shining white structure built by Buddhist monks; there are several ways to get to the Temple but by boat and then trek is the simplest.

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Vietnam

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Currency: 1 Indian Rupee to 337.09 Vietnamese Dong

Festivals: Buddha's Birthday is a religious holiday on the 15th day of the fourth month of the Lunar calendar. Independence Day in Vietnam is celebrated on 2nd September

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Ho Chi Minh City

Climate: Ho Chi Minh City has a tropical climate with a rainy season from May-October and a dry season from December-April, with temperatures averaging 28°C all year round.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is usually considered to be in dry season, where the rain will not hinder your daily activities, however temperatures are at their hottest during this period; usually around 28°C but can peak at 39°C. Rainy season is still an appealing time to visit as heavy rainfall tends to come in short bursts and temperatures are generally cooler.

Indian food:

Baba's Kitchen brings authentic tastes of India to Ho Chi Minh City, explore their menu of Northern and Southern Indian cuisine, including Achery and Jalfrezi. Staff are on hand to share recommendations about dishes and cater to your every need.
164 Bui Vien Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

With a chicken tandoori to die for and a dal makhni that has left visitors coming back for more, we thoroughly recommend visiting Mumtaz Indian Restaurant.
226 Bùi Viện, Phạm Ngũ Lão, 1, Hồ Chí Minh City

Local food:

Vietnam has an array of famous dishes we recommend you try their Com Tam (a rice dish) at Com Tam Moc; it is very well-known in Vietnam so try and get their early to avoid queues.
85 Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Thành Ward, Dist 1, HCM City or SB8-1 – Mỹ Khánh 2 – Phú Mỹ Hưng – Nguyễn Đức Cảnh Str, Dist 7, HCM City

You'll not be able to get true Vietnamese food anywhere better than the streets, every hole in the wall and street stall will provide genuinely authentic dishes such as Vietnamese Pho, Saigon Baguettes and Rice noodles. A few tips for eating street food in Ho Chi Minh City include getting to the food markets early to get the freshest food, and trying to find food only markets as they serve the best dishes.
xóm chiếu market, Lê Văn Linh Street, District 4, HCM City or Bình Tây Market, 57 Tháp Mười Street, District 6, HCM City

Attractions: Delve into Vietnam's intriguing history by explore the Cu Chi Tunnels; there are over 250km of tunnels connecting the city including living areas, trapdoors and other unexpected surprises. Few places highlight and convey the sheer brutality of war as the War Remnants Museum does; it's a great place to learn about the history between Vietnam and the West. If you want to step even further back in time, visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda; built in 1909 to worship the Supreme Taoist God, this building is crammed full of intricate figurines and sublime incense.

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Hanoi

Climate: Hanoi has a warm subtropical climate with lots of rain! Summer is from May-August and you should expect it to be hot (31°C) and humid with abundant rainfall. September-October has less heat and rain, but Winter, from November-January is dry and cooler, with plenty of cloud.

Best Time to Visit: The temperature is very temperamental in Hanoi, in Winter it can drop to 10°C but can get as warm as 20°C! But this is a good time to come, as you can wrap up and avoid any sticky humidity, whilst strolling around in blue skies. But if you're looking for something warmer, then try April-May where temperatures are around 20°C and you'll only have a little rainfall.

Indian food:

The décor at Namaste India will make you feel as though you're back in India, not to mention the delicious dishes from all over India that are cooked in a genuine clay tandoor oven.
46 Tho Nhuom Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

With the owner always on hand to help, Khazana really is one of the most lovely Indian restaurants in Hanoi. The atmosphere is warm and friendly from the moment you walk in the door, and the food is hot, spicy and cooked to perfection. It's a favourite of locals, which you know is always a good sign!
34A Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Local food:

Cha Ca La Vong is the best destination to try Vietnamese Cha Ca; this a fish cake that incites all sorts of excitement in your taste buds. The restaurant has great décor and friendly staff who are always on hand to help and give recommendations.
31 Duong Thanh Street, Old Quarter | Old Quarter, Hanoi

If you want to enjoy great Vietnamese food as well as doing something charitable, then head to KOTO. This restaurant is part of a scheme that teaches street children a trade by working in the restaurant and earn a living doing so. It really is a lovely restaurant in a nice area and definitely a rewarding scheme making Hanoi a better place for all.
59 Van Mieu Street, Hanoi

Attractions: Visit the Old Quarter of Hanoi where you can see the influences of colonialism, especially from France, there are also many temples dotted around including Bach Ma or the Dong Xuan Market. If you want to get an understanding of local life or Hanoi culture, then visit the Thang Long Water Puppet show for an entertaining puppet performance about Hanoi. Other intriguing attractions include Hoa Lo Prison and the Temple of Literature.

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