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15-day Vietnam tourist visa

Posted by bribri on 13/2/2014 at 10:47

Has anyone gotten this 15-day visa or know any more information about it? "The one option available in Phnom Penh that isnt available online is a 15-day tourist visa. These can be only obtained through travel agents and not through the embassy directly." - http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/cambodia/2011/04/06/how-to-get-a-vietnamese-visa-in-phnom-penh/#comment-10430 I'll be travelling from: Siem Reap, Cambodia -> Phnom Penh, Cambodia -> Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and looking ...

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Viewed 2,373 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by prisonbreak on 10/5/2014 at 05:10


Mai Sai visa run crackdown

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/5/2014 at 01:56

Reports today of people doing back to back visa runs to Mai Sai crossing are being denied exit from Thailand. Seems aimed at people on the 15- and 30-day visa free entries. Reasons are unclear. Will update when I find out more. ...

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Viewed 1,467 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 10/5/2014 at 03:12

VIP Bus scam for Pai to Luang Prabang border crossing

Posted by evie_eve on 11/3/2014 at 03:15

Please a word of warning, do not book through Terminal Green travel agency in Pai for the 'VIP' bus to Luang Prabang in Laos. It is a total scam! the picture of the bus is completely different to the bus you will get on the other side, which is the local broke down bus. And there is no proper support during the visa/border process so you don't know where you are going next, who is meeting you on the other side etc...the 'hotel' you stay at the night before is AWFUL... No email address or we ...

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Viewed 3,767 times, with 13 replies. Last reply by HamishHealys on 4/5/2014 at 20:44

Urgent Vietnam visa question

Posted by sirknigget on 19/2/2014 at 04:32

Hello, A few days ago I gave my passport to an agency in Kampot, Cambodia, in order to get a 30-day Vietnam visa valid from 23/2/2014 (the date I wish to enter). Today I came to get my passport back, and when I checked the visa stamp, I saw that the validity dates are 18/2-17/3 - which is clearly not what I asked for - it reduced my stay time by 5 days. After some arguing and demanding a partial refund (because I'll need to do visa extension in order to stay 1 month as planned), the lady called ...

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Viewed 2,282 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Grunberg on 5/3/2014 at 22:49

Vietnam Airport - Urgent

Posted by SEATraveler2 on 4/3/2014 at 01:21

Hey guys, I'm heading from Thailand to Canada in 2 days, and have bought 2 separate tickets to get home - an AirAsia flight from Bangkok to HCMC, and then a China Airlines flight leaving HCMC after a 5 hour layover. I was told by a number of people that I will not need a visa, as I will not be leaving the airport. Im starting to get a bit concerned however, as I didn't confirm the fact that it was with 2 different airlines. Can someone confirm whether I need one or not? Thank you! ...

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Viewed 1,194 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 4/3/2014 at 04:01

Transit visa in BKK required??

Posted by bismoystud on 2/2/2014 at 02:17

Hi, I am an Indian national and will be travelling to hongkong with my family for a holiday.I have a connecting flight at BKK and the transit time is less than 4 hours.I do not intend to leave the airport.Do i need a transit visa for thailand?? ...

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Viewed 1,533 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 5/2/2014 at 11:36

7 nationalities now get 30 day visa exemptions to Thailand overland?

Posted by DLuek on 6/11/2013 at 08:56

Thaivisa is reporting that as of a week ago, holders of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Japan passports are now once again receiving 30 day visa-free exemptions if arriving to Thailand overland (for the last several years it was 15 days by land, 30 by air). If you just crossed into Thailand or will be doing so soon, please confirm. Strange that Australia is apparently not invited to the party? ...

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Viewed 5,314 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by avrilcory on 22/1/2014 at 03:28

Transit visa for Vietnam

Posted by 69ball on 4/11/2009 at 15:12

Hello! I have booked from Singapore to Taiwan and I have to stopover at Vietnam for connection on the same day. Do I need any transit visa for this connection?? Thanks. ...

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Viewed 3,500 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by huuloc on 10/1/2014 at 21:02

Dien Bien Phu border crossing

Posted by norcalhiker on 15/2/2009 at 18:24

I'm in town now and I've got some updated information. According to the english speaking employee at the bus station, buses across the border now leave every day. They go as far as Muang Khua in Laos. They leave at 5:30am. They cost 80,000 dong. ...

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Viewed 15,391 times, with 14 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 28/12/2013 at 12:29

Kep to Can Tho travel advice

Posted by Hbuttemer on 17/12/2013 at 19:47

We are currently in Kampot , headed to Kep and then onwards to Can Tho, Vietnam We have our Vietnam visas. We are having a debate about whether we should hire a minibus tour (eg Kampot Tour and Travel) to take us through to Can Tho, or just go it ourselves - take a tuk tuk to border, hire a moto to bus station in Ha Thien, get a bus to Can Tho. In some ways, the minibus tour seems easier since everything is arranged. Any advice would be welcome. ...

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Viewed 2,227 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by eastwest on 19/12/2013 at 05:39

Proof of leaving within 30 days?

Posted by SannieG on 22/11/2013 at 13:43

Hello there, I am Sanne and I am from the Netherlands. I have booked my flight to Thailand in January and have my return flight in April. Obviously I am going to travel within these three months, I will head to Laos after one week in Thailand already. After that my plans are not made yet as I will travel backpacker stilo. But after my intense research I still can not find the answer to my one big question: I need proof that I will be leaving Thailand within 30 days, which I will but I heard the ...

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Viewed 1,627 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by altmtl on 24/11/2013 at 03:45

30 days overland Visa-exemption received today

Posted by somanights on 13/11/2013 at 10:45

Hi - did a thai Visa run today over the Myanmar border at Mae Sai. Much to our great surprise, we were given until 12 December, not the 15 days we were expecting. This happened with both me and my girlfriend, both UK passport holders. Was this an aberration, or have we missed something, or what? Everything we've read says 15 days, including signage at the border. Also: we don't actually plan to use 13 days, just extending briefly to enjoy Loi Krathong. If we return next year as planned, will t ...

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Viewed 2,317 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by somanights on 13/11/2013 at 21:31

Satellite phone use permitted in Vietnam and Cambodia?

Posted by dramktg on 11/11/2013 at 13:24

Are there limitations to the ownership and use of a satellite phone for personal use in Vietnam and Cambodia, such as those that exist in India? ...

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Thailand visa - multiple entries

Posted by Eruve on 18/6/2012 at 00:50

Hi! I have a question regarding visa in Thailand. I'm planning a trip to southeast asia this fall, I will arrive in Bangkok as first stop where i will stay for a couple of days. I then intend to continue my trip to Indonesia and be there for a month or two. After this i plan to go back to Thailand for a month or two. My questions is how will the Visa be affected by this? If i have understood it correctly i get a 30 day visa at arrival as long as i have evidence i will go out of the country wit ...

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Viewed 6,580 times, with 15 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 6/11/2013 at 08:38

Trat to koh kong costs and routes to PP

Posted by nicklamport on 30/10/2013 at 11:27

I am going to cross the border from Thailand (Hat Lek) to Koh Kong in Cambodia on way to Phnom Penh and according to the Tourism Cambodia website it says to take a songthaw from Trat to Klong Yai, then another to Hat Lek, then after crossing (alreAdy have visa, read about the scams/extra payments etc) it says take a moto to Koh Kong and from there express boat to Sihanoukville to get to PP. My questions are 1) anybody done the trip recently and know it what costs roughly for the two song ...

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Viewed 1,937 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by nicklamport on 1/11/2013 at 10:33

Extending 15 day overland visa exemption in Thailand

Posted by surferRosa on 23/11/2009 at 19:01

I wanted to find out if I could get a tourist visa or somehow extend my overland 15 day visa exemption from within Thailand. I found similar questions but no definitive answers on this venerable website, so I decided to go to the immigration office in Bangkok to see for myself, here's what I found out. Of course, if this question has been answered somewhere then please delete the post. Basically you can get a 7 day extension on the 15 day overland exemption, costing you 1,900 baht, and th ...

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Viewed 10,665 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 29/10/2013 at 11:15

30 day Visa Philippines

Posted by alexlosmanos on 20/10/2013 at 01:45

Dear fellow travellers We are currently planning a trip to Philippines and saw in http://jeepneyguide.com/visa that a 30 day visa on arrival is now issued instead of the former 21 day visa. Does anybody has already has been issued the 30 day visa on arrival or is in practice still the old 21 days issued? Thanks in advance! Alexander ...

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Viewed 1,136 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by goonistik on 20/10/2013 at 18:26

How long can I stay in Kawthaung without a visa?

Posted by altmtl on 5/10/2013 at 18:04

I would need to do a visa run via Ranong - if I don't go to Malaysia (Penang) for Chinese New year - and as it is CNY on Jan. 31st - the day my 60 day Thai visa expires - I'm just looking at options - as I have a double entry visa for Thailand I need at least a day or two out of the country before coming back. I was planning to go to KL and Malacca also but I know it will be very busy around this time. Although I'd stay at least 2 weeks if I did that. Can I stay in Kawthaung and around for ...

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Viewed 1,826 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by theloner on 15/10/2013 at 18:10

Getting a Chinese visa in Thailand

Posted by KirstyB on 14/10/2011 at 15:42

Some up to date information on getting a visa for China in Thailand as I just dropped off my passport at the Chinese embassy in Chiang Mai. The process was pretty straightforward although the application form required a bit more detail than it did last year when I applied here. The visa section is open Monday to Friday (except public holidays) 9am to 11.30am for applications and collections. According to the girl working there procedure and costs etc are the same as if you apply in Bangkok. A ...

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Viewed 9,060 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by SBE on 4/9/2013 at 15:21

Vietnam to Laos by Bus Question

Posted by Spasmic on 15/8/2013 at 02:10

Hey there, Just joined the site. I am 2.5 months into a year ish backpacking journey in SE Asia and have a quick question. I have been in Vietnam for over two months now and am about to cross from Vietnam to Laos. I am currently in Sapa and assume I have to go to Hanoi. Do you have any recommendations BC I haven't found much but also haven't bothered w a travelers agency yet. What's the best city to leave from in Vietnam and go to Laos? Also which border crossing has the least scams th ...

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Viewed 1,881 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by travellingsarah on 15/8/2013 at 21:32


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