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Visa Application for South East Asia travel (5 Countries)

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1. Posted by Lana-Josh (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y

My itinerary for a 4 month period is as follows:

India - Thailand - Cambodia - Vietnam - China (Hong Kong & Macau) to Beijing

I plan on applying for the India tourist visa ONLY since it would be my first stop. Thailand, I can also apply for a visa since it is currently free or not worry since I plan on flying in from India anyway which would automatically give me 30 days. As for the remaining countries, I do not have the exact dates of entry and wouldn't want to apply way in advance, especially China. Please let me know if I have the right answers to the following.

Cambodia visa - can be obtained in Bangkok for a few days. (2 - 3 days?)
Vietnam visa - can be obtained from Bangkok and/or Phnom Penh for a few days (3 days?)

Chinese visa - this I am unsure of. Since I am travelling by land from Hanoi to China, should I apply for the visa in Hanoi or can I actually cross the border and apply for the visa once I arrive in Hong Kong? Does anyone know if the visa requirements for applying in HongKong or Hanoi more stringent than applying here in the U.S.?

Thank you in advance for the responses.

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Lalena,
Just buy your Cambodia visa at the border. Official price is $20. Some crossings, Poipet, Koh Kong try to get you to pay in Thai baht. Don't, have your $20 and very little baht to show them. Here is a good resource for Cambodia. Read what others encountered when crossing from Thailand.

Buy your VN visa in Phnom Penh. You can get it in 1-2-3 days. Fast costs more. Most GHs will help you or use Lucky, Lucky Motorcycle. My Cambodia photos: page 1 show Lucky, Lucky. Figure $35. You must have the VN visa before hitting their border. If you are flying in, my blog: 'Off to SaiGon' covers VN 'visa on arrival'.

I would buy your China Visa when in HaNoi. Then you will know your arrival date. Hong Kong will give you 90 days on arrival, free. Good luck with your planning.

3. Posted by Lana-Josh (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y

Vegasmike6 - thank you for all the help. Was able to sort out my visas.