Jun 02 2011
Ignore all of the touts in Khao San Road and don’t worry about finding a travel agent to process your visa to Vietnam — it’s insanely easy to get by yourself (and cheaper). You will need: two passport photos (available on the way to the embassy), the visa form itself (available here, or at the embassy), your passport, and a pen. Pen optional as you can probably borrow one from the embassy.
The Vietnamese Embassy has a helpful website but they haven’t updated their fee schedule, so make sure you bring the amount cash you need for the visa you want (see below).
The Embassy’s visa section is located on Wireless Road, directly south of the Phloen Chit BTS Station. From the station, take Exit 2. If you need photos, make a U-turn at the bottom of the steps and walk 50 metres to the Mahatun Plaza Building and find Closeup Photoshop (1st floor). They’ll take a set of visa photos for you for 150 baht. If you already have photos in hand, proceed straight forward to the corner of Wireless and Ploen Chit Roads and turn left. Walk down Wireless about five minutes, passing the Hotel Athenee, and the visa section entrance will be on your left.
Single entry visas cost 1,800 baht for four-day processing (hand your passport in on day 1, and it will be ready first thing day 5), 2,300 baht for next day processing, or 2,800 baht for same day processing (must be requested before 11:30). The embassy wouldn’t confirm over the phone what multiple entry visas cost (because it is clearly a state secret), but reports from other travellers indicate it costs around 1,000 baht more.
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
83/1 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
T: (02) 650 8979
Open Mon-Fri, 08:30-11:30, 13:30-16:30
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