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Vietnam to Laos by Bus Question

Posted by Spasmic on 15/8/2013 at 02:10

Hey there, Just joined the site. I am 2.5 months into a year ish backpacking journey in SE Asia and have a quick question. I have been in Vietnam for over two months now and am about to cross from Vietnam to Laos. I am currently in Sapa and assume I have to go to Hanoi. Do you have any recommendations BC I haven't found much but also haven't bothered w a travelers agency yet. What's the best city to leave from in Vietnam and go to Laos? Also which border crossing has the least scams th ...

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ONE WAY ticket to Thailand?

Posted by RC2012 on 9/7/2012 at 05:49

Hey, I've booked a 1 way ticket arriving BKK in Aug, I've gone 1 way as I have enough money saved and not planning anything until im there, I will also be getting the 30 day visa on arrival - Has anyone done this recently on a 1 way ticket from the UK? I have spoke to my airline who said if I can prove I have sufficient funds I will be fine with a 1 way ticket even without onwards travel however the Thai embassy told me I wont be allowed to board the plane without proof of onwards travel? My fri ...

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multi entry visas for Laos and Cambodia

Posted by traceej on 6/8/2013 at 23:24

Hi all, I am planning a trip to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. I want to fly into Hanoi, then to Laos, Cambodia and back to Saigon, then I will be meeting my brother and I want to fly back to Cambodia, Laos and then fly home out of Hanoi. Is it possible with Laos and Cambodian visas to fly in and out twice in a two month period? any help would be much appreciated ...

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Thailand to Laos overland from Ko Pha Ngan

Posted by tuck60 on 18/7/2013 at 08:22

Hi, in Thailand at the moment and was wondering of anyone could help with the best and cheapest way to get into Laos from Ko Pha Ngan? Cheers. ...

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Lao to Vietnam border crossing on motorbike

Posted by Bennyshorter on 28/6/2013 at 08:34

Does anyone no if it is possible to take a motorbike across the border from Lao to Vietnam? I got the bike in Lao with Lao papers but want to ride Vietnam to Cambodia and can't find any info about the borders. Any feedback would be appreciated. ...

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Battambang to Bangkok

Posted by denzil71 on 10/3/2013 at 19:24

has anyone done this recently? Most info I can find regarding this seems to be at least 2 years out of date. The travel section for Battambang does suggest that there is an aircon bus to Bangkok daily but leaves at midday. I already have a Visa (2nd entry of a 2 entry visa) so that part isn't a problem. any info would be appreciated - thanks ...

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Will I have any trouble?

Posted by UnMonk on 4/5/2013 at 23:00

My situation is a little odd. I will be arriving in Singapore on a military flight. I will then travel through malaysia (on train) to Thailand. Spend some time on Ko Tao, and then bangkok, and then train back to singapore to wait for the next military flight. (Will also be in korea and japan, but they are used to military travel) I know you are "supposed" to have proof of travel, but with military flights, that is impossible. Will I have any trouble with border crossings, or do you ...

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Can I travel via land boarder from Malaysia to Thailand with a Tourist 30 day visa?

Posted by eflaherty on 4/5/2013 at 09:59

Can I travel via land boarder from Malaysia to Thailand with a Tourist 30 day visa, which I will get from KL? Thanks Emily ...

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Visa on arrival 30 days to 60 day visa - ADVICE NEEDED.

Posted by lunar_angelic on 22/4/2013 at 04:18

Hello, Boggling my mind with all the posts so excuse any ignorance this post may have! We have a 30 day entry stamp as we came into Bangkok by air. We've recently decided we want to stay here after staying with our friends and are currently job hunting. Until we get our work permit, we will need to do a visa run. I've found an agency 'Jack's Golf' that offers the 60 day visa for 7600baht including everything. Does this seem reasonable/legit to you guys? Is there a quicker/easier/cheaper way to ...

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Need visa for China in Vietnam

Posted by fourdots on 15/4/2011 at 20:54

I am thoroughly confused about getting a visa for china from Vietnam (Australian passports) as I have read differing information on where, when, how etc. Can I get visas for my family in Hanoi or only HCMC? Do we have to send our passports all the way from Hanoi to HCMC for processing? How much should they cost? I read something about getting visas at the border near Sapa - anyone know? Wouldn't like to chance it with 2 kids in tow. Would it be better to leave the country and try to get a Chin ...

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Viewed 11,152 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by ReneeMurray23 on 26/4/2013 at 01:30

Turning a Thai tourist visa into a Thai work visa?

Posted by gannongm on 27/3/2013 at 10:12

Hello! I'm a U.S. citizen currently in Thailand on a 60 day tourist visa that I obtained before entering the country. I've been offered a job in Thailand and I understand that it is supposed to be illegal to take up any form of paid work while here as a 'tourist'. Is there some way for me to get a non-immigrant work visa without first returning to the U.S.? ...

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Indonesian Visa

Posted by SBKM on 27/3/2013 at 10:28

Hello lovely travelfishers, A quick question if you don't mind. The two of us have recently got our 60 day tourist visas for Indonesia and will be flying to Bali on the 4th April, returning to KL on the 10th May. We have made a last minute decision to see the orangutans in Sumatra - Will there be any visa issues if we go back to Indonesia from KL after the 10th May? I'm assuming our 60 day will no longer be valid as it is probably single entry,however would we be able to get a Visa On Arrival ...

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Crossing the Thailand/Laos border at Chiang Khong/Huay Xai w/ bicycles - February 8, 2013

Posted by danlipski on 23/3/2013 at 15:08

This is simply my first hand account of crossing the border of Thailand and Laos at Chiang Khong/Huay Xai. I do not guarantee that your experience will match mine as the variables will continue to change. That being said… My buddy and I crossed the border on our fourth day of a cycling trip from Thailand to Vietnam. Needless to say, we crossed with bicycles which makes our experience a bit different and more expensive. The night before the crossing we stayed at Baanrimtaling Guesthouse which f ...

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Booking a bus and slow boat from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang from Ch.M - any suggestions?

Posted by MissBanana on 11/2/2013 at 07:54

Hello I'm in Chiang Mai and I've seen a few places on the internet and in tour offices here offering to book a bus to the boarder, accommodation on the Thai side and then a 2 day slow boat down to Luang Prabang (where I'd have to book my own accommodation in Pak Beng). Anyone done this? Any advice as to a good company to book it with? Any warnings? Any advice really, would be much appreciated! Thanks MissBanana ...

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Tourist visa

Posted by mic59 on 5/3/2013 at 05:40

I am intending to travel to Thailand as a tourist for more than 60 but less than 90 days. I have been told by the Thai Consulate in Adelaide that I will need a dual-entry visa and will have to do a border run, but have received an answer on this forum that I can enter the country for 60 days and get it extended for a further 30 for THB1900. Which is correct and if I can get my visa extended where do I do it? ...

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fastest and/or cheapest way to Phenom Phen from Bangkok

Posted by pbzvariety on 14/2/2013 at 23:11

Tonight, I'm going to Bangkok via bus to Mo Chit bus station (northern I think). how would u get to phnom Phen? I heard one way is to take a bus from the east bus station to the border at Aranya Prathet, and them taxi o siem reap and bus to phnom Phen from...? I do want to see the town for a few days, and then on to see Siem Reap before I have to fly from siem reap airport late next week. thanks! ...

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Vietnam VIsa - turnaround time in Bangkok?

Posted by Sarahannkavanag on 13/2/2013 at 03:19

Hi I arrive in Bangkok on 22 Feb, was planning to leave on 25 for Kanachanaburi. Original plan was to then go up north but having seen pictures of the smoke and haze there last Feb I am now planning to go to Vietnam. I have no embassy near me here so was wondering how quickly a visa can be turned round in Bangkok? Also, a) will I be ok leaving my passport there and leaving Bangkok(will hotels in Kanachanaburi need a passport?) and b) I understand the Tet holiday runs to 19 Feb so presumably ther ...

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Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam

Posted by soulkeepe on 8/2/2013 at 14:39

Hi there, planning a trip with a mate in December 2013 to SE Asia for 3-4 months. The plan, is to start in Bangkok, go into Laos, then to Camodia, then into Vietnam, spend roughly a month in each place. But we are having a major confusion about visa's... how does one go about about sorting visa's out? Like do we have to buy visa's whilst we are out there, or can we get it all done in the UK? sorry for the noob question : ) thankyou! ...

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Viewed 3,480 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by soulkeepe on 11/2/2013 at 13:06

To visa or not to visa, what to do if going from mainland China into Hong Kong.

Posted by Fabian on 4/2/2013 at 06:24

Maybe someone can answer this one: I am travelling through China. And I am using the last entry of my visa (I applied and got 2, but I went out to southeast asia countries, and then got back into China again). My flight home leaves from Beijing. I want to go to Hong Kong (I don't need a visa for HK). When in HK, do I need to apply for a new visa for China to go back to Beijing, or my visa is still valid? Have I "burned out" my last entrance when I got into HK, or I am "stil ...

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Viewed 2,170 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Fabian on 7/2/2013 at 04:51

China visa on arrival

Posted by leopang on 16/12/2012 at 04:17

Just back from border city of Hekou(China) and Lao Cai(Vietnam) Confirm with China immigration that they do not issue visa on arrival all over China with the except at Hong Kong The visa for a 45 days multiple crossing applied strictly only to the local resident>Lao Cai(Vietnam) and Hekou(China) resident only. Immigration operating hours from 0800am to 2000 hours at this border crossing ,Hekou/Lao Cai>> note that also subject to time zone difference. The China immigration curre ...

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