Can I Work While Travelling in Southeast Asia?
The idea of helping to fund a trip to South East Asia by doing some work locally as you go along maybe an attractive one, but it's a challenging prospect in reality. The first problem is that tourist visas and visa-free entry for any country in South East Asia always forbid any form of work or business (including volunteer and unpaid work), and you'll need to apply for a proper visa in advance.
Is funding a trip this way just a pipe dream or a realistic prospect?
That's trickier than it sounds, as getting a work visa usually means needed a confirmed job offer or company sponsorship letter first. If you start working without a valid work visa (effectively becoming an illegal immigrant), you risk detention, deportation and a fine if you get caught. The next problem is that casual and unskilled work is mostly legally limited to the locals, and the low wages and long...