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LAOS TO CHINA: whats the situation?

Travel Forums Asia LAOS TO CHINA: whats the situation?

1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

We need HOTEL RESERVATIONS AND AIRPLANE TICKETS, return tickets...
VERY SIMPLE AND REASONABLE REQUIREMENTS TO get a tourist visa.

1. But, what if you are cross country travelling? You have a ticket valid for a year, but you dont want to RESCHEDULE IT YET... YOU need to pay to rebook the ticket. What if I am not yet going home... What I want to go to Mongolia or Burma.... Anyone has this problem? Can they just look at our passports and know that we are crossing borders and that we are not some retired school teacher traveling on a package tour.

2. Hotel bookings... Can you book and cancel later? What if you are staying with friends? or couchsurfing mates?

Can we just give our passports to an agency and they do all the magic?

3. DID THEY increase the rate for Tourist visa to China???

4. They only give 2 weeks tourist visa.

WELL ACTUALLY, This system is not really new for Filipinos. I got my 1st Visa for only 14 days, ages before the Olympics came. While my blonde friends can conveniently pay an agency to get their LIFETIME PARTY visa.

I need to find travelers who are planning to enter China from Laos.

2. Posted by gwelty (Full Member 83 posts) 8y

Hi Swept Away,

To be quite honest, I don't understand what you are asking. Instead, I'll touch upon some points you made and offer my thoughts. I've done the Laos to China crossing by bus and can offer whatever experience I can.

1. Traveling in and out of Laos is no big deal. It is for China however. Unless you have a double-entry visa, I wouldn't recommend leaving China unless it is for good. If you'd like to visit Mongolia, I'd plan to make that your last stop. As for Burma, personally I am staunchly opposed to traveling into the country. With an imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner and thousands killed for peacefully fighting for democracy, visiting the country as a tourist, in my opinion, is tantamount to spiritual suicide. It is impossible to seek enjoyment traveling in that country unless you are actively suppressing your conscience to do so.

2. Booking Hotels-in which country?

3. Yes, tourist rates have increased, at least for US citizens, from $50USD last year (for myself) to now $130USD (via the Los Angeles Chinese Consulate). This may very well be in preparation for the Olympics. Non-US citizens are currently paying $30.

4. Who only gives 2 week tourist visas?

3. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Thanks

yes, my inquiry is too messy. I am paranoid, the gods are reading my text. LOL!

I don't want to pay too much for a China Visa.

Will things be back to normal after the Olympics. Like 90 percent of the cHINESE i KNOW, i DONT CARE About the Olympics.

4. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

I doubt the visa fees will change, but then it was also surprising to hear about the restrictions on Tibet being lifted. Personally I don't think they will drop any visa fees until well after the games.

A lot of countries have increased fees lately. I don't quite get why? Yes they can make major money, but with rising costs internationally and air fares rising I would have thought they would be trying to attract people to visit.

5. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

[quote=outcast]I doubt the visa fees will change, but then it was also surprising to hear about the restrictions on Tibet being lifted. Personally I don't think they will drop any visa fees until well after the games.

The Chinese are notorious for increasing prices every spring festivals and the rates never go back to normal.

I think Cambodia and other places in Asia should make their Visa fees extremely expensive, especially for Americans. Why? Because I have already been to those places. I won't be coming back. So I wish all these government should make their Visa applications are strict as the US or Japan.

IM JUST KIDDING.