What are people's experiences obtaining a Vietnamese visa in Phnom Penh. Getting one here in the US seems pretty expensive, however, I don't know how many days turn around time it would take in Phnom Penh. Trying to weigh my options. Any input would be appreciated.
#1 bkgzen has been a member since 8/6/2007. Posts: 1
Price at the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh is around the US$30 mark depending on how quickly you want it (same-day service is available).
Getting it via the Vietnamese consulate in Sihanoukville is cheaper, but only really worth it if you're going to Sihanoukville anyway.
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I'm planning on travelling from PP to Vietnam overland in late July and was wondering the same thing. I did a lot of reading but I'm a bit confused on the vietnam visa issue.
I want to take go through Capitol Guesthouse Tour tour to go to Chau Doc. Will they handle all the visa issue for me or am I suppose to get the vietnam visa in advance?
Thanks in advance!
#3 hotwings has been a member since 10/6/2007. Posts: 8
You need to get the Vietnamese Visa before arrival in the country. It's very easy to do once you arrive in Phnom Penh. Your guesthouse or any travel agency can do it for you (they take your passport in the morning and return it in the afternoon). Alternatively, you can drop off and pick up at the embassy yourself, but you'd have to pay for transportation to and fro. Hope that helps.
You can obtain a Vietnam tourist visa (30 days) for $30 in Phnom Penh. It takes one day to process and for some reason cheaper than obtaining one from the Vietnam embassy. I got mine from a travel agent called "Worldwide Travel" near Boeng Kak Lake. BKL is refered as the Lakeside or backpacker area.
From the same travel agent you can book a direct bus (An Phu Travel Company) from PP to HMC for $8 one way. It leaves PP at 8 am every day and takes about 6 hrs. I would recommend this bus as it was clean and efficient. Make sure you have 1000 riel when you cross the border as this the fee the border agents charge.
I stayed at Grand View Guesthouse (near Boeng Kak Lake). A single room with fan costs only $3 per night and most important the room is clean and the bed is not rock hard.
#5 ernieh has been a member since 21/3/2007. Posts: 49
Yes, it really is a simple process getting a Vietnam visa in Cambodia, and most probably a lot less hassle and cheaper than arranging it in your home country. As long as you have a couple of days spare in Phnom Penh (Sihanoukville or Batambang) just to be on the safe side. And yes, most guesthouses can arrange it for you from $30 to $35.
Defo the easiest option...
#6 steveatkins has been a member since 15/6/2007. Posts: 33
These prices are a little outdated (unless I got ripped off!).
Just sorted my visa at the embassy in PP and it was 45$ (I am a British citizen).
It will take a working day to process but was very smooth and easy to do. The Embassy is on Monivong Blvd, quite far South.
#7 Jimbobber has been a member since 18/11/2010. Posts: 11
I am planning an overland trip from PP to HCMC in October,travelling on a British passport.The Vietnamese embassy here in Manila charges $60 for the visa so I will apply in PP. My last trip was 93 and the visa was arranged by Diethelm travel in Bkk which took 5 days.Guess times have changed since then.Can anybody with recent experience recommend a good agent in PP to arrange the visa and travel arrangements to HCMC
#9 gwapo has been a member since 4/6/2011. Posts: 49
Thanks for the replies. My understanding is that the visa on arrival only applies to entry to Vietnam by air.Please correct me if I am wrong
#11 gwapo has been a member since 4/6/2011. Posts: 49
VOA for vietnam is by airline only. Overland does not apply. As stated it is easy to get a Vietnam visa especially in Sihanoukville, it took all of ten minutes. I spent more time deciding what date i was going in than the processing time.
Note the date you request a visa for is the date that the visa starts. You go in a week later than the visa then you have lost a week of your trip. It is easy to get visa extension with in vietnam. Currently limited to 3 months, then you can get 3 more at 3 months, then 1 month tourist a max of 4 times then you must leave the country.
In PP when applying apply in the morning and collect next day afternoon. Generally $5 and a smile should be able to get that afternoon.
#12 vietnamrum has been a member since 21/1/2011. Posts: 39