Bit baffled so any advice gratefully received...........
I'm trying to sort out my SE Asia trip and hope to country hop but here's the thing.
The first 2 countries I looked at (Singapore and Malaysia), visa wise, state that you have to have a return or onward ticket to enter.......which is fine....except what about when you have no firm travel plans and set dates???
I was hoping to fly to Sin on a one way ticket, jump to Malaysia and have a wander and then take it from there.....move to other countries and buy the return to UK ticket from whatever country I end up in last.
I'm pretty sure many people have just wandered about with no firm dates and plans.....and therefore no onward/return flight ticket.....so how can I do this??? Especially as I don't plan to fly across every border.
I flew into SIN from LAX and was given my 90 day visa w/o showing an onward ticket. I did not have anything to show Immigration at that point. I was e-mailed an acceptance letter from a VN travel agent the next day. I flew SIN-SGN 5 days later. Immigration can ask for onward travel, but a US or UK citizen is just not going to be denied entry because you do not have onward travel documents. Most of us fly on e-tickets now, so there is nothing to show Immigration except a number.
You will most likely enter Malaysia via road or rail. They will give you a free 90 day tourist visa and do not expect you to have onward documents.
One thing you do need to check is if your airline will allow you to fly into SIN on a one way ticket. Check. Good luck with your planning.
I have entered Singapore and Malaysia a few times and I don't ever remember being asked for a return ticket. Verify that a single, one way flight will be cheaper than a round trip ticket to Singapore. For some airlines there is not much difference in a round trip and a one way flight. Do the math, it might be cheaper to get back to Singapore for a return flight home.
The train out of Singapore will take you to KL, on to Penang, on to Hat Yai Thailand and on up to Bangkok. You must have some idea on when you will return home maybe purchase your return ahead of time and if you have to pay a little fee to change your dates so be it.