Hello again. we will also be off to Vietnam in a few weeks hopefully. But we are aware we need to get a visa. Can anyone tell us where it is best to get this from? We are now in Australia and then we go to singapore and Thailand we hear there is an embassy we can get one from in Singapore but we are not sure if this will be the easiest option. We have tried to get it on line but they need to know where we are staying and exact dates which we don't know yet as we have not made any bookings.
Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
If you are flying into Vietnam you can get a 'visa on arrival'.You still need to apply in advance, give your passport details etc then the travel agent submits this to the Vietnam Immigration who send a letter stating that you are allowed to enter the country without a pre-arranged visa. You then submit this letter at any of Vietnam's 3 international airports and you get the visa there and then.
We are off to Vietnam in a week and have done this. There are loads of travel agents which provide this service. The other way is to get them to submit a request for a visa to the embassy of your choice so you just go and collect it. The prices for these service vary between each agent, but for the visa on arrival we paid $23 for the arrangement and then will pay $25 on arrival for the visa. We couldn't make it to an embassy so had to do it this way.
A few of the travel agents that do this are:
We used www.stayinvietnam.com and they were great, they got our letter back by e-mail within 2 days of me submitting an online payment.
You do need to fix your dates though, so I'd advise that you do that first and then apply for the visa. You have to enter on the day it says on the visa, if you - for example - enter 2 days after the visa says then you forfeit those 2 days off your stay, you still have to leave on your original day.
Hope this helps
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 20, 2007, at 2:52 AM by loubylou ]
If you are stopping in Bangkok (which it sounds like you will be) then it is very very easy to get it there. You can go to the embassy yourself or you can head to a travel agent on Koh San Road and they will take care of everything for you. It'll take a couple days, but if you were planning on doing side trips from Bangkok to Ayyathya and Kanchanaburi, then do this while you are waiting for your visa to process.