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Don’t worry about finding a travel agent to process your visa to Vietnam — it’s insanely easy (and cheaper) to get by yourself and Bangkok is a great place to do it. You will need: two passport photos, the visa form itself (available at the embassy), your passport, the visa fee and a pen. Pen optional as you can probably borrow one from the embassy.

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The Embassy’s visa section is conveniently located on Wireless Road, just south of Phloen Chit BTS Skytrain Station between Siam Square and Sukhumvit in central Bangkok. From the station, head along the skywalk past exit 2 and take the stairs down to your left, putting yourself on the east side of Wireless Road. Walk a few hundred metres south and the embassy's visa section is clearly marked on the left side of the road, just beyond Plaza Athenee Hotel. If you need photos, head into the Mahatun Plaza Building next to the BTS station and find Closeup Photoshop on the first floor; they’ll take a set of visa photos for you for 150 baht.

Single-entry 30-day visas cost around 2,200 baht for four-day processing (hand your passport in on day one, and it will be ready first thing on day five, weekends and holidays not included) or 2,700 baht for next day processing. Single-entry 90-day visas cost around 3,700 baht for four-day processing, and we were told in July 2017 that 90-day multiple entry visas are also available. Note that fees may differ for certain nationalities

Visa applications can be submitted, and visas picked up, at any time during the Embassy's limited opening hours (see below). It's all pretty effortless: the visa application section is just off the footpath, Embassy staffers we've spoken with have been helpful, and long queues are rare. Keep in mind that the Embassy closes on both Vietnamese and Thai public holidays.

Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Consular Section
83/1 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
T: (02) 650 8979
Open Mon-Fri 09:00-11:30 ; 14:00-16:30

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