I was looking into the possibility of Indonesia and Malaysia aswel, just makes it a little more difficult to work out a route. Anyone know roughly how much it would cost to get from Ho Chi Minh City to either of these? either by boat or plane. I seen prices from HCMC to Singapore or Kuala Lumpur for around £160 ($250 US) with Vietnam Airlines one way which was a little more than I was expecting.
If you buy your visa for Vietnam in Laos of Cambodia do pay attention to the commencement date. We got ours in Vientianne through a local travel agent and found out two weeks later when we crossed the border that two weeks of the visa's validity had expired!
As we were there for more than 30 days, but less than 44, it turned out not to cost us anything. We got an extension in Hanoi through the hotel for US$22 if I recall rightly.
If you have the time, crossing from Vietnam at the southernmost land crossing and entering Cambodia (or vice versa) will give you time to spend in Sooky and the really laid back townlet of Kep - with cheap-as fresh Crab meals.
Holders of British passports must obtain a visa before travelling to Vietnam. To obtain a Vietnam visa, your passport must be valid at least 6 months after your planned return date. You require one free page in your passport for a Vietnam visa. An application form can be downloaded from the Vietnam embassy website. This must be completed and signed before being sent, with passport, passport photo and visa fee, to the Vietnamese embassy in London.
As mentioned above you can always try and get your multiple entry visa sorted before you go then you avoid the unlikely (but still possible refusal) at a re-entry point as things can change at any time on the borders of Thailands neighbouring countries. I like to play it very safe and get my visas in advance where possible. I remember re-entering Bangkok from Cambodia and I automatically got a 30 day visa stamp on arrival and my friend was randomly given only 15 days without explanation.
Singapore wears a cloak of many colors! What wonderful stuff in an island! But a stay in this city that never sleeps will be complete if visitors choose one of the cheap hotels in Singapore to rejuvenate there.