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Posted by zenz on 13/12/2012 at 17:45

Posted this in the Vietnam section before realizing there was a whole section on Visas...
Apologies if this is a dumb question, but I read the FAQs and didn't find anything. This is my first time heading overseas and thus, my first time dealing with Visas.

I'm flying into Hanoi in early January with plans on exploring Vietnam for ~1 month, exiting into Cambodia in the south before continuing on to Thailand. However I'm also flying out of Hanoi to come back home mid-March and am unsure of what sort of Visa to get. I've read I can get a 90 day visa but will it work if I exit and re-enter? What's the best course of action for a Visa if I'll be hanging out in the country for a month before taking off and coming back ~6 weeks later? I don't know if I'll fly directly from Thailand to Hanoi the day before my flight or if I'll fly back earlier and explore around Vietnam a bit more before heading home. I'm trying to keep my plans as loose as possible. I'm Canadian if it makes a difference.

Also, how does this ROUGH plan sound?
-Fly into Hanoi, explore around and head into N. Vietnam before heading south.
-Spend 3 or so weeks heading south
-Finish up in Vietnam and pop into Cambodia
-Spend ~1 week in Cambodia before heading into Thailand.
-Follow Eastern border of Thailand heading North until I hit Chiang Mai (maybe venture a bit further North as I've heard great things)
-Drop south, head through Bangkok before entering the Southern tip of Thailand.
-Eventually head back to BKK and catch a flight back to Hanoi (any idea how much will this run me on those cheap airlines I keep hearing about)

I'm interested in exploring natural places, experiencing the culture, and having a night of good partying here and there. Cheers for any info or help you guys can provide!

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Posted by DLuek on 13/12/2012 at 22:10 TF writer


You can get a 90 day multiple entry visa for Vietnam. Or you can get a 30 day single entry then get another if you decide you want to come back and explore again in Vietnam later. Up to you.

Rough plan sounds like a lot of ground covered in a pretty short time, especially in Thailand. Doing a loop all the way through eastern/northeastern Thailand up into the north then down through the center of the country and all the way to the 'southern tip' is a pretty insane amount of travel for 5 weeks (?). But as you say, if it's a rough plan so you can make it up as you go along.

The only cheap airline I know of that flies direct from Bangkok to Hanoi is Air Asia. Just do a search to see how much it's costing:

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Posted by Twerto on 14/12/2012 at 09:42

Unless you have already booked your flights to Hanoi I would fly to Bangkok and use that as your main airport. and will make your visa issues far simpler ( assuming you are from uk or similar where Visa for Thailand are free ) also flights to Bangkok are generally cheap enough to counter the extra cost of flying onward to Hanoi

A tip I would give is use a tour company in Thailand/Vietnam.. Depsite trying to beat them by looking online myself I very rarely did and if i did it was only by the difference of a booking fee of the tour company.

Internal flights like Bangkok to Chang Mai and Hanoi to Da Nang for example expect to pay about £40 one way. My flight from Bangkok to Hanoi was about £140 one way but i could of got that about £60 cheaper had i booked it before i left the uk. but i at that point i didn't know exact dates.

Also don't expect to fly from Cambodia to the Thailand.. well unless money is not an issue. the flights are about £70 more than it costs to Hire your own 5 hour Taxi from Seam Reap to Bangkok.. ( change of Taxi at boarder but make sure you have the booking company's details etc as they will try and get you to swap and pay extra if your not careful at the boarder ) it cost £80 shared between 2 of us so was effectively £40 each compared to £140 each.

This was the rough time i spent in 6 weeks,
Fly to bangkok £495 Return
12 days Bangkok and north
Fly Chang Mai to Hanoi ( via Bangkok) £140 One way
Train Hanoi to Da Nang £16 ( i think in the region of )
Flight Da Nang to HCMC £40 one way
17 Days Vietnam
Bus to PP camboida £9 one way
6 days Cambodia
Bus to Seam Reap £9 one way
Taxi to Bangkok £80 ($110) one way
10 days south Thailand and Bangkok
Flight to Ko Samui £80 return

all in all over the 6 weeks between All travel ( taxis and everything ) and Accommodation (Hotels 3* up) I spent £1100 - £1200

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Posted by Xircal on 25/12/2012 at 10:49

Fees are increasing from Jan 1st next year, so that might influence your plans. See:

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