On the current regulations (regarding ticket out of China ect:) for overlanding between Lao Cai/Hekou
#1 jungleland has been a member since 30/10/2008. Posts: 21
Today we got our China-Visa in Hanoi ($ 30 within 4 working days). In a few days we will cross the border and than we can give you more details! When do you think to cross the boarder?
#2 biene has been a member since 9/11/2008. Posts: 14
HI BIENE, PLANNING A TRIP FOR EARLY NEXT YEAR, IM BASED IN CAMBO, HOPING FOR A TWO MONTH VISA, MANY THANKS KEEP THE SIGHT POSTED, HAVE A GOOD TRIP. (SORRY CAPDS LOCK NOT WORKING)
#3 jungleland has been a member since 30/10/2008. Posts: 21
Today we crossed the border Lao Cai\Hekou and it was easy. The minibus from Sapa brought us directly to the border. The check out on the vietnamese site was very quick and easy. We crossed the border-bridge by foot and we didn't pay anything, even though we read in the guidebook, that you will pay an amount between 3.000 and 10.000 Dong. On the Chinese border you will be welcome by some militarians, but they are quiet friendly and they speak a little bit english (!!!). The only control you has to run through is x-raying your luggages for books, so you'd better put all your books in your handbag, otherwise you have to open all your luggage. We knew that they are especially looking for the Lonely Planet for China, but we had the one for South-East-Asia and it wasn't any problem. The busstation is very close to the border, just go straight on and turn left (don't take the "golf-karts"), after a few metres it is on your left hand side.
We took the bus to Yuanyang (5h drive) on a really bampy road...it was really the worst I've seen since now, but the landscape is amazing!
#4 biene has been a member since 9/11/2008. Posts: 14
I don't understand...from where you must have a flight? We travelled from Bangkok to Cambodia, then to Vietnam and now we are in China and we were never requested to have a flight or to show our tickets! The only thing was, that we are told to have a visa for Thailand as we don't have any return flight within 60 days, so we made a multi-entry visa for Thailand. I think it will be easier to arrange all the visas and your trip in Asia...as I told you: it was really easy to get the visa for China in Hanoi...
#6 biene has been a member since 9/11/2008. Posts: 14
The last time I asked (pre-olypics) at the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh they insisted you had to fly in/out AND have pre booked accomadation, im just trying to be sure this ruling, if it were ever in place, has now been withdrawn, and if it's possible to get a longer visa than thirty days now the games are over.
#7 jungleland has been a member since 30/10/2008. Posts: 21
Now, after the Olimpics, they changed again and it is quiet easy to get the visa and you are not required to have a pre booked accomodation. You just have to give them your first adress...I'm sure you can enter by land!
Bye and good luck!
#8 biene has been a member since 9/11/2008. Posts: 14
Thanks Biene, has anyone out there managed anything longer than a one month visa ??. Cheers
#9 jungleland has been a member since 30/10/2008. Posts: 21