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1. Posted by farfromhom (Full Member 20 posts) 13y

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planning to travel far east first stop in Laos to thai to japan around second week of april. anyone going that way welcome to join me solo to laos into thai.

2. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 13y

Hi farfromhom,

Laos is a landlock country, so small that almost everyone coming to Laos must first come to Bangkok, unless it changed recently. I lived 7 years in Tokyo, and 2 years in Vientiane, Laos, and in and out of Bangkok numerous times. If things go as planned, I'll be in Tokyo, and then Vietnam sometime this April. If you have any specific questions concerning those places, post them and if I know, will be glad to answer.
Have a wonderful trip.
PS. Citizens from most countries have to get visa to enter Laos, around $50 each. Most citizen do not need visa to visit Japan and Thailand. Laotian visa can be obtain when your plane landed at the airport, or if you travel by land from Thailand, it can be obtain at the border bridge (Friendship bridge).

3. Posted by farfromhom (Full Member 20 posts) 13y

hi iloveflyin
do you know how to get from bangkok to laos border that cross into Savannakhet area? and can i get visa in Savannakhet area?

4. Posted by farfromhom (Full Member 20 posts) 13y

hi iloveflyin
where and what are you doing in Vientience Laos for two years? if you don't mind me ask the question.

5. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 13y

Hi farfromhom,

I don't know about getting a Visa from Savannakhet. But you can contact the Laotian embassy and ask them. I know from Bangkok to the border town with Laos, you can catch a train (12 hour ride - quite pleasant though). If you travel on a budget, what you need to do is travel at night if possible - save you hotel money. Catch a train from Bangkok main station to Nongkhai. I paid around 10 dollars, now maybe 15 for a semi compartment, with bed. If you go around 5,6 pm you can sleep on the train and get to Nongkhai 6,7 am. There is a restaurant at the end of the train. From Nongkhai take a taxi, around 5 dollar to the Friendship Bridge where you get your $50 visa, and walk across to Thadua (Laos). From Thadua to downtown Vientiane about 20 minutes by taxi 1,2 dollars. You can go by plane from Vientiane to Savannakhet, Paksay, ect... or by local buses.

What I did in Laos? That's long time ago! All I can tell you is that what my family did was to make sure people back in America slept well at night.

By the way, I might take a trip for a couple day to Tokyo in March. I am trying to get my father come with me, to visit our rented house there. March is when cherry blossoms appear all over Japan - what a sight to see. And if you get a chance to be in Japan around July-September, you can climb (walk) to the top of Mt. Fuji also. And if you asked, what I did in Japan? I spent my 7,8 and 9th grade in Tokyo, and later I came back while serving 4 years in the US Air Force stationed close to Tokyo.

6. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 13y

Hi far,

And if you want to travel by train to Laos, here is a site to check.

You can take train from Bangkok to visit the Bridge over the River Kwai also (famous during WWII with the Japanese)