Has anyone heard of this? I was reading some visa information provided by Ann's Tours and it says
"To exit Vietnam by land to a bordering country, an exit permit is needed. The process takes 4 days and can be done at our office."
This is news to me. Anyone heard of this?
Never heard that one before. To enter bordering countries (China, Laos, Cambodia) you would need an entry visa. Where is Ann's Tours located ?
It's a Vietnamese tour company (pretty highly regarded).
Another question. I just got my Vietnamese visa and it's valid from April 10 to May 10. If I enter the country on April 20, then do I still have to depart on May 10 or before? Or do I get 30 days from day of entry?
I assume it is possible for a visa extension. How much is it and how is it done?
The clock starts the date stamped on the visa, not when you arrive. You will have to leave on May 10th. You probably can extend your visa, I have not done that. I have traveled overland from Phnom Penh to HCMC 3 times and you do not need an exit visa. You do need to keep the yellow sheet they staple into your passport when you enter. Make sure you have that when you leave. One guy from our bus lost it and had an hour hassle and bribe to leave. Good luck.
Thanks, VegasMike. The exit permit seemed bogus. I wasn't sure how they could only allow you to stay in the country 30 days and require you to get permission to leave.
I saw Thailand is one of your favorite places so I assume you've spent some time in SE Asia. I have 6 months (leave in 10 days) there and was going to focus my attention on Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam with China (Yunnan), Myanmar, and Malaysia also possibilities.
Are there any hidden gems that are off the tourist track that you could recommend?
You will have tons of info on Thailand & Cambodia. I have not been to Laos or China. My friend did go to Myanmar, loved it, toured many ruins that are seldom visited. Angkor is special, but heavily toured. Heaps of BPers do Angkor, boat to PP. Bus to HCMC. My only advice is to take the open tour bus from HCMC to Hanoi or the reverse. At either Nha Trang or DaLat, look at going to the Central Highlands by motorcycle guide; (Buon Me Thuot & Pleiku)weather permitting. Not fun in the rain, I can tell you. Worth doing if you want an off the beaten path look at rural VN. Many hill tribes there and many VN War battles in this area. VN is just fun to tour. Plenty to see, from the delta to Sapa in the north. Beaches and diving if you want, mts and hill tribes, big cities, French influenced buildings in Hanoi and Hoi An. Very cheap plus pretty girls everywhre. E-mail me if you need more.
LAOS : Luang Prabang & Veng Vieng