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Bo Y border crossing and Laos Visa

Posted by kiwigirl on 15/4/2007 at 15:11


Hubbie and I are off to Vietnam and Laos in 4 weeks - getting very excited!!

At this stage we are planning on entering Laos from Vietnam via the Bo Y border (from central highlands of Vietnam to Attepeu region in Laos) - any more successful border crossing updates in this direction much appreciated.

I have read that according to Lao embassy officials this border is still closed to foreigners (we are from New Zealand)however we are still deterimined to try - and at least have an adventure in the process.

Wondering if when we apply for Laos visa will they ask us the point of entry we intend on using?

And if we do need to stipulate entry and exit points and we say Lao Bao and turn up at Bo Y - can we still use it?

Am yet to decide if we get visa via Lao embassy in Canberra or consulate in Ho Chi Minh City when we arrive - any suggestions for ease?

Thanks for any advice,


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Posted by somtam2000 on 15/4/2007 at 18:14 admin

hi Kiwigirl,

The Bo Y border crossing is pretty loose - when our man on the ground crossed there the Lao authorities maintained it was closed, but he had no problems getting through whatsoever.

That's a good question about what border crossing to write down -- I'd try writing down Bo Y and if the issuing officer at the consulate says no, then just change it to Lao Bao and then cross your fingers when you show up at the border.

I'd say get the visa in saigon -- if nothing else it should be cheaper than from Canberra.

Hope that helps & let us know how you go at Bo Y.

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Posted by kiwigirl on 16/4/2007 at 02:34

Thanks for advice Somtam 2000.

If anyone has any updates about this crossing in the next month we would love to hear from you.

Will definately let everyone know how we get on with it all.

Many thanks and fantastic job on the new Travelfish guides - they are going to be our bibles for our 2 week southern Laos adventure - well done!

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Posted by sophie2093 on 19/4/2007 at 14:15

Posted from within Vietnam.


A month ago i travelled across through Laos into Vietnam via the Bo-Y border crossing. When i reached Attapeu i asked around several shops which had Vietnamese writing and they directed me to a hotel owned by a ovely vietnamese couple The response to getting to across was "yes,Ok bus, yes OK" There was a public bus that goes through from pakse and follows onto the border and continues to Ho chi minh city. It drives through attapeu around 10am.

The bus trip is fantastic! Beatutiful scenery and the road is brand new! For some reason the bus was pilled up with loads of junk but sleeping on bags of rice in the isle was suprisingly confortable!! At the border there was no problems at all, only waiting around for sometime while they filled out forms for the bus! I was worried i may have to pay a bribe to get across but i think they were more suprised that i was only 19! Definitly a great experience if you get the chance to do it!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 19/4/2007 at 14:45 admin

Hi Sophie - thanks for the report!

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