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Getting a Vietnamese visa in Bangkok

Ignore all of the touts in Khao San Road and don’t worry about finding a travel agent to process your visa to Vietnam — it’s insanely easy to get by yourself (and cheaper). You will need: two passport photos (available on the way to the embassy), the visa form itself (available here, or at the embassy), your passport, and a pen. Pen optional as you can probably borrow one from the embassy.

BYOB.

The Vietnamese Embassy has a helpful website but they haven’t updated their fee schedule, so make sure you bring the amount cash you need for the visa you want (see below).

The Embassy’s visa section is located on Wireless Road, directly south of the Phloen Chit BTS Station. From the station, take Exit 2. If you need photos, make a U-turn at the bottom of the steps and walk 50 metres to the Mahatun Plaza Building and find Closeup Photoshop (1st floor). They’ll take a set of visa photos for you for 150 baht. If you already have photos in hand, proceed straight forward to the corner of Wireless and Ploen Chit Roads and turn left. Walk down Wireless about five minutes, passing the Hotel Athenee, and the visa section entrance will be on your left.

Into the abyss. Hope they have snacks.

Single entry 30-day visas cost 2,200 baht for four-day processing (hand your passport in on day 1, and it will be ready first thing day 5) 2,700 baht for next day processing, or 3,000 baht for same day processing (must be requested before 10:30 and may not be available, especially on Fridays).

Update, March 10, 2015: Reports suggest that three-month / multiple entry visas are not available from the Bangkok embassy. We've also seen conflicting reports on exact fees charged -- it may depend on nationality (though this isn't stated anywhere). More than one traveller has reported being turned away for same-day or even next-day processing, so you'd be wise to not buy a plane ticket that cuts it tight. If you find yourself stuck, there are third-party online services that will expedite a visa on arrival (requires an arrival letter and only available if arriving by air) for an extra fee that needs to be sent by Western Union.

Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Consular Section
83/1 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
T: (02) 650 8979
Open Mon-Fri, 08:30-10:30, 13:30-16:30

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