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Visa for border crossing thailand to Laos (nongkhai)

Posted by dbp92503 on 27/9/2006 at 12:18

I will travel to Thailand and then crossing border at NongKhai. Please anyone tell me , is it difficult to get Laos Visa at border. Thank

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Posted by somtam2000 on 27/9/2006 at 13:31 admin

Welcome to Travelfish!

It depends on your nationality -- but for many nationalities Laos grants a 30-day visa on arrival at the Friendship Bridge crossing at Nong Khai.

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Posted by dbp92503 on 27/9/2006 at 22:05

Hi Travelfish!
I am an USA citizen my trip will be fly to Thailand ,then crossing the border to Laos at the Friendship Bridge at Nong Khai, with your advised I will be applied for visa and Laos grants a 30 days visa on arrival at the Friendship Bridge at Nong Khai.Is that will be easy and fast at this point,because I have a friend was there,he told me he got hard time and waited for about 4 hours.Do you know some other way for faster and easier.Thank you.

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Posted by exacto on 28/9/2006 at 09:29

Hi DBP92503,

How are things in Riverside these days?

I've crossed the Friendship Bridge in both directions about six times in total. The worst treatment I've ever experienced is polite indifference. Most times, the immigration officials, particularly on the Lao side, are pretty friendly.

Is there some untold part of the story to explain why your friend was given a hard time?

In any case, the only thing that might make the process faster or easier for you is to get your Lao visa ahead of time, either by mail while you are still in the states (check the Lao Embassy in Washington's website for details), or once you arrive in Bangkok. It's your call, but the visa-on-arrival at the bridge has always been a breeze for me and everyone else I know. Cheers.

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Posted by decha2006 on 28/9/2006 at 21:05

Visa on arrival at the bridge is no problem at all. Just smile and relax. 15 minutes is all you need (and a photo!).

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Posted by dbp92503 on 28/9/2006 at 22:12

Hi Travelfish,

How are things in your area, things in Riverside were nice.

Thank you very much for your advised, from now I feel comfortable for my trip to Laos,and I have another question for you, if you know,for my trip if I want from Laos to Siem Reap, wich way will be beter?Fly from Laos to Siem Reap or get back to Bangkok and then cross the border Aranya Pratohet to there.Again thank you,have a nice day.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 29/9/2006 at 07:21 admin

Hi dbp,

It depends how much time you have -- if you've got limited time I'd fly from Vientiane to Siem Reap.

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Posted by dbp92503 on 30/9/2006 at 02:48

Hi Travelfish,

I have another question for you.I was forgot please, about how to get Cambodia visa from Laos,if you know will you let me know,Thank you, have a nice weekend.

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Posted by marianwarren on 30/9/2006 at 04:08

Hello dbp92503

From the Cambodian Embassy, Km 3 Thadeua Rd, Vientiane. From what I read it's an easy pushbike ride from the centre of town and visas can be processed within 1 day. There is lots of info on Visas and Border crossings on this site.

Kind regards

Marian

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Posted by russellb on 30/9/2006 at 10:26

Quick confirmation on the above points:

1. Visa on arrival at Friendship Bridge is easy and quick. 30 US dollars or 1500 baht (good exchange rate, not). If you don't have a photo, they charge an extra 1 US dollar. Passing through the border between 9 and 5 Monday to Friday is best as they are usually fully staffed and you don't have to pay 'overtime fees'.

2. The consulates and embassies in Vientiane are all within very easy reach of the centre and the Cambodian visa can be issued the same day or the next (depending on how busy they are and when you hand it in).

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