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Crossing from Thailand to Laos via Chiang Khong - Huay Xai

Posted by donnaansell on 1/10/2007 at 20:13

I will be travelling from Thailand to Laos in November and would like to cross overland via Chiang Khong-Huay Xai, so that I can do the 2 day slow boat trip to Luang Prabang. I was just wondering if they issue visa's on arrival and how much it costs?

I've been on a few websites and they all seem to have different answers - some say you need to get it in advance for $50 in Chiang Khong and some say visa on arrival. also some say 15 day and some say 30, so I'm a bit confused!!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 2/10/2007 at 05:40 admin

Visa on arrival is available and valid for 30 days. Cost varies depending on nationality, but is generally around the US$30 mark.

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Posted by princessdisaster on 17/10/2007 at 11:08

take some munchies for the boat ride.

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Posted by tails101 on 17/10/2007 at 15:53

and a cushion or two...

Beer Lao is always a worthy companion for the journey too!

Enjoy!

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Posted by stickmansucks on 12/6/2011 at 21:48

Somebody has been there lately ? Lao visa still available ? And is there a bus from airport to CHIANG KHONG HUAY XAI border ?

Thanks.

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Posted by Venture135 on 17/7/2011 at 10:06

A bus from BKK? There's no direct bus from the airport but there is a direct bus from Bangkok to Chiang Khong . From Mo Chit bus terminal there are two buses daily that go to Chiang Rai and on to Chiang Khong. One leaves at 07:00 and the other at 20:00. The cost is around 650 BHT. The journey takes around 13 hours so it's quite a long trip. From the bus terminal in Chiang Khong it is a short tuk tuk ride to the boarder. The visa for Laos is available when you cross, no need to get in advance, I think it was 30 USD.

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