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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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Viewed 1,747 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by captainbkk on 10/3/2013 at 01:31

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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Viewed 5,890 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by captainbkk on 22/2/2013 at 02:22

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 3,238 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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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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Viewed 2,583 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by MWasser6 on 4/2/2013 at 07:33

border runs by land

Posted by mic59 on 1/2/2013 at 19:29

I am going to be entering Thailand on 9/9/2013 and will leave on 25/11/2013, 77 days. I was intending to do border runs both as a requirement but also because they are part of travelling I have not done before. I know that I can only get another 15 days if I arrive by land. Is there a limit on how many times can I do these runs to extend my stay? I come from Australia so I will get 30 days at first. ...

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Thailand visa and proving onward travel

Posted by MissBanana on 29/1/2013 at 15:29

I'm going to South East Asia for 3 months next week - flying in and out of Bangkok - but will be in Thailand for less than 30 days so I haven't applied for the tourist visa, thinking the visa on arrival will be ok. But will I have problems when I arrive in Thailand as my flight back is in 3 months from my arrival day and no proof that I'm actually travelling on and won't be in Thailand for the 3 months?! I hold a British passport. Any help - much appreciated! ...

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Viewed 3,995 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by MissBanana on 31/1/2013 at 07:57

Visa Questions for 5 month travel plan. Onwards travel?

Posted by drewebear on 27/1/2013 at 08:14

Hi All, I've tried reading through numerous threads regarding this but it's all a bit confusing/conflicting plus a lot of them are for shorter trips. I have seen all visa sticky's too, just want reassurance I suppose... This is what my itinerary is looking like so far (I'm going to do about 5 and a half months): -Flying in to Bangkok from London on a UK passport & plan to travel 2 months in Thailand (so I will get a 60 day visa from Thai Embassy in London) -Then on to Malaysia overland, ...

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Viewed 3,002 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 28/1/2013 at 02:55

Visa on arrival (Singapore, Malaysia) with no proof of onward journey

Posted by jokalla on 21/1/2013 at 04:13

Hi, I'm travelling throughout SE Asia starting in about a weeks time and have a couple of questions about Visa's on arrival in Singapore and Malaysia. I will first arrive in Singapore on Jan 30th and be flying out to Kota Kinabalu the next day, so there is no issue with obtaining entry for this short time. When I fly back into Singapore from KK a week later I have no proof of an onwards journey; would it be wise of me to buy a cheap bus ticket from Sing to KL before I arrive back? Also, in or ...

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Viewed 4,277 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by captainbkk on 25/1/2013 at 01:52

60day Thailand Visa from Laos

Posted by OliveOyle826 on 6/1/2013 at 20:21

I hope someone can give me some advice... I will arrive in Thailand on Jan. 10th. I have a yoga training in Thailand from Feb. 8th until April 9th and don't have a 60 day visa for my school. I need a total of 90, at least, in Thailand. I have discovered I can go to Vientiane Laos and obtain a 60day from the Thai Embassy. Does this service really take one day? I'm wondering when should i go to Vientiane and get my visa??? Does the 60day visa start when I receive it in Laos? Or immediately when ...

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30 day visa if arrive by boat?

Posted by breatheagain on 26/12/2012 at 05:19

I understand a 30 days visa is obtainable for a flight arrival in Cambodia but if we arrived at Phnom Pehn by boat from Vietnam via the Mekong Delta would this still entitle us to a 30 day visa or is it classed as an overland entry and we would only get 15 days. thank you ...

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VOA now available at Viet airports without e-visa pre-approval?

Posted by linden51 on 12/1/2013 at 16:01

Wikitravel is claiming that from 1st January visa on arrival is now available at HCMC airport (and presumably Hanoi & Da Nang) without e-visa pre-approval. Could anyone please confirm this? Certainly sounds like a lot less hassle than applying online. ...

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Viewed 2,570 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 16/1/2013 at 19:52

Entering Vietnam with no departure flight.

Posted by Donman1990 on 7/1/2013 at 01:20

I'm flying into Vietnam from Australia and I'm still unsure about entry requirements. I know in some cases you need proof of departure to be allowed to even board your flight. I haven't planned on buying my return flight until later in my trip as I will be travelling for roughly 6 months, so at this stage I'll be leaving Vietnam by bus. I'm planing on obtaining a 3 month multiple entry Visa or will soon, is that all that I need to be allowed in? I already did contact the Vietnam Embassy in Aust ...

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Viewed 2,667 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by ryder80 on 10/1/2013 at 15:40

Thailand,Vietnam nd Cambodia in 4 weeks Visa help.

Posted by dnev101 on 3/1/2013 at 05:14

Hi all, Me and my girlfriend are heading to Thailand next month, flying to bangkok, and beginning our trip from there. Following is a very rough itinerary of what we want to do. Could anybody please help me with what visas i need as i am struggling to understand. 1. Fly to BKK on 9th Feb and spend a couple of days 2. Fly to Hanoi on the 12th. 3. Spend around 10-12 heading south 4. Cross border into Cambodia and spend 5 or 6 days passing through. 5. Cross border back into Thailand and spend ...

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China visa in South East Asia

Posted by laurentiu on 1/1/2013 at 09:27

I am wondering where is the best place to apply for a China visa. I will be in Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and Singapore. I was reading forums and it looks like the best place is Hong Kong but I don't have an itinerary that gets me close to HK. Thank you. ...

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Viewed 2,523 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by laurentiu on 2/1/2013 at 02:04

ATM at Don Mueang Airport before immigration

Posted by laurentiu on 24/11/2012 at 01:03

Does anybody know if there is an ATM before immigration at Don Mueang? I get VOA and I understand I have to show some cash proof. I am in India now and would not want to withdraw and exchange rupees and such. Thank you. ...

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Viewed 2,300 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by laurentiu on 1/1/2013 at 09:22

O Smach border crossing.

Posted by Pjotra on 19/1/2011 at 15:59

Hi there! Does anyone have recent info on transport from Siem Reap, via Samrong to the O Smach/ Chong Jom border xx and on to either Surin or Sisaket? The youngest info I find On the web dates from 2007! ...

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Viewed 4,900 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 29/12/2012 at 07:34


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