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1. Posted by Benoist (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Hi travellers,

I'm going in mid october to bangkok, with a one way flight ticket.
Do you know how to get a visa to be able to get in Thailand?
After Thailand , my plan is to go thrue Laos,Cambodge, Vietnam , Myanmar to end up in India.

Does anybody can give me some tips about those destinations?How to get a visa to get in those country?
Which places i have to see?

Does anybody manage to get in Myanmar ?Where from?

Thanks for the advise.


2. Posted by jokar (Budding Member 27 posts) 8y

Hi Ben!

I'm assuming you carry a Spanish passport; according to Thai Immigration laws, Spanish passport holders do not require a visa to enter Thailand. From Bangkok, you will be able to get visas for Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar; they have embassies located there. Alternatively, you could get travel agencies to help you get the visas, they are easily found around.

If you want to get into Myanmar, the best is to fly into Yangon from Bangkok, or into Mandalay from Chiang Mai. Another possible way is to cross over to Myawaddy from Mae Sot in North Thailand, and then take a bus down to Yangon. Only the first option is the most regular and reliable route; I'm not sure if the Mandalay - Chiang Mai routes is still being flown, and it can be difficult to get a bus from Myawaddy to Yangon.

However, considering the current situation in Myanmar, getting a visa has become a very difficult thing to do; the number of visas being given out by the embassies have been greatly reduced after Cyclone Nargis, even tourist visas.

Also, you won't be able to cross from Myanmar to India overland; the border is closed to foreigners. You will have to fly over.

As for the other 4 countries:

If you love beaches, head to the southern islands, where the beaches are really good. Depending on your preference, you may want to go to Phuket or Koh Samui for a touristy beachy place, or for more peace and quiet, Koh Chang or Koh Phangan are better pics.

3 to 4 days in Bangkok is enough to get a feel of the place; this is also the place to get a cheap flight into Myanmar. If you are also heading to surrounding areas like Ayutthaya, then it may warrant a few more days there.

In the north is the "Northern Loop", which is great for adventure activites like whitewater rafting, trekking, and visiting tribal groups. The last time I was there, I went Chiang Mai - Pai - Mae Sariang - Mae Sot - Bangkok. Pai is a really great little backpackers' town, very laid back, great place to meet other fellow travellers. Mae Sot is where you can cross over to Myanmar for a day without having to get a visa. Whether or not the border crossing is open depends on the current political situation. From Chiang Mai, you can go to Chiang Rai and then to Chiang Khong, where you can cross the Mekong River into Laos and take a fast or slow boat to Luang Prabang in Laos. My advice is take the slow boat, it's safer and more enjoyable.

In Laos, I highly recommend Luang Prabang. I was just there about a week ago, and it was amazing. It's worth staying there for about a week, this town has a lot to offer. Vientiane really has nothing much, but it's nice to just sit at one of the cafes and just people watch for an afternoon.

I didn't get to explore the rest of Laos, but I've heard gd things about Vang Vieng and Si Phan Don.

Apart from Hanoi and Saigon, there are tons of place in between that are worth visiting. To name a few, there's Hue, Hoi An (great for clothes and shoes), and Mui Ne (great beach, great sand dunes).

I haven't been to Cambodia, so I can't say much about it. Anyways, hope this info is of some help to you. :)

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

I believe Thailand requires proof of onward travel. Myanmar could be a problem due to the recent cyclone damage. For Viet visa, you can prearrange an e-visa online (air arrivals only), Laos you can buy visa right at the border, not sure about Cambodia or India. If you can get a Burmese visa, you might have to fly in from Thailand. If you want to pay an agent, they'll do all you visa work for you at a price. Suggest you ask about Burma at the tripadvisor Myanmar forum.

Last I heard, Myanmar requires you to apply in-person at their Bangkok embassy.

You might be interested in the Bangkok Airways Airpass to all of your destinations except India (they also go to Malaysia and China):

[ Edit: Edited on May 30, 2008, at 10:40 AM by Daawgon ]

4. Posted by beamme84 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

I don't know much about the other countries, but I'll tell you a little bit about Vietnam since I was born there. Start from Saigon and make your way to the north.
Cu Chi tunnels (about 2 hours south of Saigon)
Benh Thanh market (great place to eat; don't get scammed into buying expensive things)
Not much else I can think of for Saigon. It's not my favorite place to visit because it's too bustling.

Nha Trang:
beaches and seafood

Places a long the way to Danang:
buy tropical fruits to eat along the way

Hoi An:
I was born here and I must say this small town has the friendliest people anywhere in Vietnam. Do go to beaches. Meet the local people; they love talking to foreigners, making fun of you in Vietnamese, but it's all in good humor. If you're buying souvenirs, be prepared to negotiate.

come to see old palaces. It's really quiet here, and I find it a little boring.

Anywhere north of Hue:
I don't know much since my dad is from the south and usually southern people don't go north of Hue. Wish I could help you there. Hopefully I'll visit Hanoi one day.