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visa and money

Posted by arieltarr on 23/10/2008 at 00:24


I was wondering what's the advantage of getting a Visa before arriving in Laos. I'm arriving on Dec. 27th at Luang Prabang airport. Does anyone know how long the wait to get a visa is at the airport?

As well, how easy is it to find an ATM in Luang Prabang? What is the best way of getting money there?


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Posted by Rufus on 23/10/2008 at 07:40

A few weeks ago i would have suggested getting a visa as you would have saved yourself a bit of time and hassle. the visa procedures have been changed and you now get one as you queue up to get your passport stamped. it is very eas.

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Posted by lodesafun on 24/10/2008 at 10:41

No advantage if your entering thru airport. depends on queue but not long at all.
in fact you'll save time as opposed to going to the consulate in another country.
you will find ATM's in luang prabang.

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Posted by charliekbrooks on 17/11/2008 at 20:49

How about if you're coming into Laos by train/bus?

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Posted by rossville69 on 19/11/2008 at 11:24

You can get money in ATMs, or cash advance off your credit card in many places. They seem to usually charge 4% commission. The BCEL (bank charges 3% though, for a minimum withdrawal of 500,000 Kip.

Bring a passport photo for the visa. It cost me USD35.00, but the prices ranged from 30-40 I think. Canadians pay the most for some reason.

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Posted by Rufus on 20/11/2008 at 11:48

Charlie you can't come to Laos by train. You can take the train to Nongkhai and then take a taxi/mini van/tuk tuk to the Friendship Bridge.
If you are coming by international bus from Udon or Chaing Mai, they will now wait. As I said the visa regulations have been greatly simplified.

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