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Picking up visas on the way - advisable?

Posted by lodge on 19/2/2009 at 22:14

Myself and two friends are flying to Thailand, then going through Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and back into Thailand.
Is it a good idea to get the visas for these countries just before we go in them? (Vietnam visa in Cambodia, Laos visa in Vietnam, Thailand visa in Laos).
It looks feasable; does anyone have any suggestions as to whether it is sensible to do this or get them all in one go beforehand?

Thanks.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 20/2/2009 at 09:25 admin

Cambodia - get on arrival
Vietnam - get in Bangkok or Phnom Penh
Laos - get in Phnom Penh or Hanoi (depending on where you are planning on crossing into Laos at)
Thailand - depending on your nationality and how long you are planning on staying in Thailand, you may not need a visa.

Hope that helps

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Posted by amazon_blonde on 20/2/2009 at 20:19

I would only add that if you are flying into Laos, you can get visa on arrival as well. Quick and simple.
Getting the Vietnamese visa in Bangkok was straight forward. 4 day service for about 1800 baht but there is also an express two day service that costs a little more. And you can always find something to do in Bangkok while you are waiting for the visa...

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Posted by amazon_blonde on 20/2/2009 at 20:20

I would only add that if you are flying into Laos, you can get visa on arrival as well. Quick and simple.
Getting the Vietnamese visa in Bangkok was straight forward. 4 day service for about 1800 baht but there is also an express two day service that costs a little more. And you can always find something to do in Bangkok while you are waiting for the visa...

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Posted by Raiveen on 24/2/2009 at 19:55

If you get your Cambodian visa at the embassy in Bangkok, you'll only have to pay $20. At the border they will try to charge more. Even the officers in Cambodia try to charge 1,200 baht. They'll make you wait a long time if you insist in paying $20, but after a long time of waiting they'll do it for you for $20. For convenience sake, do it at the Embassy in Bangkok or pay them 12,000 THB.

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Posted by bzaarour on 9/3/2009 at 15:40

Hi All. Does the visa on arrival to Laos apply to all nationalities? I have checked different websites and have not seen any restrictions on any nationality. Thank you. Bernard

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Posted by bzaarour on 9/3/2009 at 15:49

Sorry i forgot to add my nationality. I am Lebanese and intend to enter Laos at Vientiane airport or the Thai/ Lao border crossing. Regards. Bernard

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Posted by Raiveen on 9/3/2009 at 16:07

Yes, you may apply for a visa on arrival for Lao.

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Posted by bzaarour on 9/3/2009 at 16:09

Thanks a lot.

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