Hi there.. can i ask a quick question all you experienced travellers ....
Im very soon leaving for S.E.A for 2 months - onto NZ then Sth America - eventually making my way to Canada - am very excited and loving planning the trip. I want to make sure im on the right wavelength regarding visa's ... I chatted to someone at STA travel who said I need to arrange visa's prior to leaving Scotland and the Thai Visa wld be £20 - whilst the Vietnam would be £90 !!!
This seems to be a bit on the expensive side and im wondering if there's a cheaper alternative...
Im correct in saying that i require a visa for both laos/viet & cambodia??? Any help/info you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Your travel agent doesn't know what he's talking about. Ignore him. You won't need a Visa for Thailand - you'll be given a 30 day stamp on arrival and as long as you leave within 30 days you'll be fine. Once you leave your tourist stamp is void and you are welcome to return a day or a month or year later and get a brand spanking new tourist stamp for another 30 days.
For Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam you will need visas. You can get Cambodia's at the border. As far as I know you are still required to get your Vietnam visa before arrival, but this can be easily arranged in Bangkok. It usually takes a couple days, so plan to see things that you want to see around Bangkok while you are waiting. I can't remember the price of the visa because it's been a few years, but it is not 90 pounds. I would guess it is more in the range of 20-40 pounds.
I can't remember the situation with the Laos visa. When I was there it was required in advance, but I think this has changed. Hopefully someone with more recent experience will answer this for you. But even if it's required in advance, it's no problem to pick it up in Bangkok or Vietnam or whatever country you are coming from.
as degolasse says, STA travel don't know what they're talking about! you don't need a visa for thailand, and the vietnamese one cost me US$50 when i got it in Laos. you do need visas for laos and cambodia and these can be obtained at most border crossings. if i remember rightly my laos one was somewhere in the region of 1200baht on the border at chaing khong and the cambodian one was something similar. i would get your Vietnam visa in bangkok and the rest on the borders. you can go direct to the embassy yourself in bangkok or go through a travel agent who will charge a bit of commission. my vietnamese visa took 3 days from the embassy in Laos but its possible to pay more for a quicker service.
Thank you both so much for your reply... I did think it was a little expensive.
So just to confirm - you don't think its best to sort out the visa's prior to leaving the UK?????
THANKS again !!!!
i would get all your visas in Asia, providing you don't mind hanging around bangkok for a few days for your vietnamese one. getting them in the uk is likely to be more expensive and is unnecessary. cambodia have recently brought in an e-visa so you could check this out too as it would save you hassle at the border.
just a last piece of advice: if you chose to have your vietnamese visa done in bangkok, don't bother to go to the embassy yourself, travel agencies, i.e in Khao San area, can do it for you and for a cheaper price!
last june I went to Cambodia and applied for e-visa.. it was USD 25 few months ago.. very easy. only took 2 days to get my visa.
the web :
check where they can accept e-visa, I was arriving at the airport.
happy travelling !!
Brilliant - thanks again everyone!
I dont leave till 27th November so lots of planning to do before then.
I leave for my travels on the 27th Nov too! Hope it all goes ok for you. xox