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help please!! visa's and travel!

  • wordy

    Joined Travelfish
    1st October, 2009
    Posts: 11

    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 Posted: 6/10/2009 - 05:05

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  • betska

    Joined Travelfish
    6th October, 2009
    Location Australia
    Posts: 5

    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!

    #2 Posted: 6/10/2009 - 05:53

  • wordy

    Joined Travelfish
    1st October, 2009
    Posts: 11

    thanks betska!

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

    #3 Posted: 6/10/2009 - 06:02

  • wordy

    Joined Travelfish
    1st October, 2009
    Posts: 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 Posted: 6/10/2009 - 06:11

  • betska

    Joined Travelfish
    6th October, 2009
    Location Australia
    Posts: 5

    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 Posted: 6/10/2009 - 06:38

  • Rufus

    Joined Travelfish
    22nd April, 2007
    Location Laos
    Posts: 950

    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 Posted: 7/10/2009 - 13:14

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