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SE Asia - Visa's - Issues??

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1. Posted by Pontypridd (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

Hello everyone, im new here and would like some answers (reassurance) from previous travellers...

Off to Cambodia in Oct, 4 week voluntary teaching, before i plan on departing and travelling on my own. I would like to travel through Cambodia - Laos - Thailand and have up to 6 months.

One of the main aspects of the trip is not to set anything in stone, would like to meet other travellers who recommend places to see. My problem is that the first business visa for Cambodia is organised for me (30 days)... After this im on my own

So how difficult is it to organise visa's 'on the go'?? I would like to stay in Cambodia for a month after my voluntary work to see the country before heading north towards Laos.

Thanks for your time, any advise welcome... Owen

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

If you get a business visa in Cambodia you can extend it indefinitely, just pay for another month. Laos will give you 'visa on arrival' at the Friendship Bridge, $30 for 15 days, same at the airport. If you want to stay 30 days, get your Lao visa in PP before you go, $30.
Thailand will give you 30 days for free on arrival. Or you can apply for 60 days in PP before you head for Thailand.

Vietnam is the one country you do need to plan ahead. Get your VN visa in PP if possible. It is cheaper and faster than BKK or Vientiane. Your visa starts on the day you put down on the application, NOT when you hit the border. PM me if you have questions.

3. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

The best place to get your visas would be in Bangkok. Both Vietnam and Myanmar require you to get visas before visiting those countries. It can take 2-3 business days (or maybe more in the case of Vietnam?) so plan ahead. Most travel agencies can handle this for a small fee, saving you the hassle of going down to the embassy yourself. With Laos, Cambodia, & Malaysia you can get the visa upon arrival.

4. Posted by hkk79 (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Beside, you can apply your Cambodia Visa online at

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