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help please!! visa's and travel!

Posted by wordy on 6/10/2009 at 05:05

right got some very helpful advice on here before so please help again!!

ok, i'm flying into vientiane and want to travel down the mekong, see a lot of places, do the tubing etc, and then cross over into cambodia. Here are my questions which i think i have the answers too but i need to confirm - how do i go about obtaining a visa for Laos? can i get 1 at the airport in vientiane?? which seems to be my only answer as we dont have an embassy for Laos in the UK.

Secondly as a visa lasts for 14 days only in Laos, is it going to be possible to make it to cambodia within the 14 days limit (as i hear travelling thru laos is quite slow) and if not is it possible to extend the visa from anywhere near the mekong?? As i read somewhere its only possible to get extended visas in Vientiane and i wont be anywhere near there at the end of the 14 days (hopefully!).

Also as you travel further south in laos is it easy to get places to stay??!

Thanks!

#1 wordy has been a member since 1/10/2009. Posts: 11

Posted by betska on 6/10/2009 at 05:53

You should be issued with a 30-day tourist visa on arrival at Vientiane .
As far as I know, it is only at some land border crossings that you might only be issued with 15-day visas.

I travelled by bus from Vientiane all the way to Phomn Penh, stopping at Tha Khaek, Savannakhet, Pakse, Champasak and Don Khon before crossing the border into Cambodia.

Plenty of accomodation available when I travelled (March this year) The most awesome place that I stayed in my whole time in Laos was in Tha Khaek. It was called Inthira Hotel. A little over my budget at US$20 but this included hot American breakfast, crisp white sheets, soft bed & the biggest shower head that I have ever seen!

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Posted by wordy on 6/10/2009 at 06:02

thanks betska!

how long did it take you to do your trip?? think i may have to check into your hotel! sounds ace!!

#3 wordy has been a member since 1/10/2009. Posts: 11

Posted by wordy on 6/10/2009 at 06:11

thanks betska!

how long did it take you to do your trip?? think i may have to check into your hotel! sounds ace!!

#4 wordy has been a member since 1/10/2009. Posts: 11

Posted by betska on 6/10/2009 at 06:38

It took me a week by bus to travel from Vientiane to the Cambodian border. I could have spent much more time in Don Khon - one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to! however, lack of power (fan stopped at 10pm) and shocking chest infection meant that I needed to move on. You could easy spend a week or so either there or on Don Det.
Do stop by Champasak & see Wat Phu - worth the detour.

#5 betska has been a member since 6/10/2009. Location: Australia. Posts: 5

Posted by Rufus on 7/10/2009 at 13:14

You get a 30 day visa on arrival. Take a couple of passport photos and pay in USD. You can pay by Baht, but the exchange rate is poor.
You can extend your visa in Vientiane.

#6 Rufus has been a member since 22/4/2007. Location: Laos. Posts: 973


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