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Laos Cambodia Vietnam ??? help

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1. Posted by cosa (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Ok i have been to thailand before so i know everything about there, but i need help on the other 3 countries above, basically i will be going from thailand overland to cambodia through vietnam and then to laos,i dont know much about these countries so i have lots of questions sorry!! i want to know should i get all 3 visas in thailand?? where are the main places to vist in these countries?? i also heard there is no atm machine in those coutries?? so what do i for money risk bringing thousands of baht across border?? and also are they safe for travel i heard route 13 in laos is dangerous and also there is lots of gun crime in cambodia???

2. Posted by CharmWay (Budding Member 44 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Oh, I'll only talk about Vietnam, my country.
I think you heard wrong information.
Many of Vietnam Banks have ATM machines, which accetps the many types of card likes: Visa, MasterCard, American Express. FOr example, you can use VietCombank's ATM, without fee for withdrawal.
THe main places to visit in Vietnam are: Sapa, Halong, Hanoi (in North), Hoi An, Hue, Phong Nha- Ke bang (Quang binh Province) (in Middle) and Hochiminh City, Mekong Delta (in the South)

3. Posted by mrtabalo (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Just for your info, ATMs ara not available in Laos and Cam at present. However, it's very convenient to draw money using ATMs in Vietnam. you can find ATMs in cities all over Vietnam. I think it's possible to get visas in Bangkok. as for laos and cambodia, getting visas is a straightaway process and very simple so it's no need to apply in advance, you can get it upon arrival at any international border crossing

4. Posted by lcassey (Budding Member 29 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Plenty of ATM's in Phnom Penh where I am at the moment! Visa real easy just pay $25 on arrival you'll also need a passport photo or else they charge you an extra $1

Make sure you bring plenty of US $ with you as it's the only currency they accept. Most bars hotels restaurants etc wont accept Cambodian Riel! Phnom Penh great city though, very cheap, small enough to get around and the Choueng Ek killing fields memorial with over 8000 skulls in a glass case is a very sobering and moving experience!

5. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am in Cambodia at the moment & have seen international ATM's in Phnom Penh & Siem Reap, not sure about the rest of Cambodia though.

As for Laos, I think Vientiane (the capital) now has international ATM facilities, but I used travellers cheques. Just be sure to bring a stack of dollars in case you arrive some place where you can use an ATM. Many places also allow you to get advances on a visa card.

As for visas, you only need to get a visa in advance for Vietnam. Visas for Cambodia & Laos can be obtained from most borders. Check in advance before entering certain borders. You'll need passport photos as well for these visas.

As for your concerns, about route 13 in Laos & guns in Cambodia, I had exactly the same concerns before I came to these countries. Don't worry about that, it seems pretty safe to me. Just exercise the same caution as you would at home. Remember plenty of travellers now come here without many problems. The biggest problem you'll have is people hassling you to buy things or use their services.

Enjoy your trip!

6. Posted by rebmamber (Respected Member 40 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

ATM's in Cambodia (as already mentioned), as well as in Laos in Vientiene and Luang Prabang.

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1999 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Just a caution on ATM use overseas. SOME credit cards have huge fees for each ATM transaction withdrawal. Check with your credit card company and see what they charge for overseas fees. You may be better off using your credit card with the lowest fees. And, since the fee is on a "per transaction" avoid a lot of small withdrawals where the fees may be as much as the amount taken out!

Many credit unions allow their members to buy travellers checks without fees. Same rule applies here, avoid buying a lot of small denomination TC's where you pay an individual fee to cash them.

Change your leftover Laos and Cambodian money in their countries before you leave. Those two currencies are hard to unload after you leave that area.

In Pnom Penh you can take a boat up to Siem Reap, Angor Wat. The boat ride is around 4 hours long and goes through a huge lake where the catfish are as large as sharks.

In Laos I found the Plan de Jars area interesting. Beefsteak was real cheap (could have been water buffalo.) Pick up a Beer Lao T-shirt. The beer was pretty good too!