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Posted by miamaziing on 1/7/2010 at 10:35

Hi I was really hoping someone could help me out! I am drowning in Visa applications..

Basically I am flying into Vietnam first so I am organizing my Visa from Australia. I'm reading mixed reports that once it is issued the 30 days begins.. but does 'issued' mean when it passes through the embassy or when you are actually stamped in on arrival? I leave in 2 months so should I wait to get it processed?

Also from Vietnam I will be traveling (over land) to Cambodia, and Visa's are available on arrival yes?

And from there I will be traveling over land to Laos, are they available on the border? And if not should I organize to have my Visa processed in Australia or do it whilst in Cambodia? Will there be complications with this?

Thanks to all that can help me... I'm new to this!!

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Posted by travellingsarah on 1/7/2010 at 10:49 TF writer

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hi. I can only respond based on our experience in getting our visa from the UK, but I'm guessing it's the same. When you apply you specify the date you want to enter the country. Your visa 'starts' on that date - and expires 30 days later - whether or not you enter the country then or not. So we said we'd enter on 14th July but stayed longer in China so didn't arrive until 4th August and therefore had to get an extension once we arrived.

Re Cambodia - yes, you can get it on arrival. We took a boat (I wouldn't recommend but hey, some people like it) and it was all sorted out for us at the border.

Not sure about entering Laos from Cambodia but I assume so.

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Posted by miamaziing on 1/7/2010 at 10:52

Great! Thanks!!

Why not recommend the boat trip? Ha.. interesting
What about sleeper buses? Any experience with those..? They are the one thing I'm not looking forward too!

Shouldn't have trouble with our Visa's then cos we fly into Vietnam first from Aus, so all good! THANKS!

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Posted by travellingsarah on 1/7/2010 at 13:53 TF writer

Posted from within Vietnam.

The boat we were on crashed! No fatalities but we both ended up with stitches. But don't let that put you off!

Sleeper buses are OK... I've been on a couple and not really slept on either but they get you from A to B. Personally I prefer a decent seated bus for overnight journey's but not sure how available they are in Vietnam (the decent buses that is!). Even the worst bus journey's I've done are soon forgotten once you get to the destination so don't let it spoil your trip!

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Posted by travellingsarah on 1/7/2010 at 13:58 TF writer

Posted from within Vietnam.

Just saw this recent forum about night buses ....

http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/vietnam/9164_never--ever-catch-a-night-bus

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Posted by tails101 on 1/7/2010 at 19:03

This travelfish feature http://www.travelfish.org/feature/84 talks about entering Laos from Cambodia.

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