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Picking up visas on the way - advisable?

  • lodge

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    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.

    #1 Posted: 19/2/2009 - 22:14

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  • somtam2000

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    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

    #2 Posted: 20/2/2009 - 09:25

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    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...

    #3 Posted: 20/2/2009 - 20:19

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    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...

    #4 Posted: 20/2/2009 - 20:20

  • Raiveen

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    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.

    #5 Posted: 24/2/2009 - 19:55

  • bzaarour

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    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

    #6 Posted: 9/3/2009 - 15:40

  • bzaarour

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    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

    #7 Posted: 9/3/2009 - 15:49

  • Raiveen

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

    #8 Posted: 9/3/2009 - 16:07

  • bzaarour

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    Thanks a lot.

    #9 Posted: 9/3/2009 - 16:09

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