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VISA - Thai, Cam ,Viet, Laos????

Travel Forums Asia VISA - Thai, Cam ,Viet, Laos????

1. Posted by E11ie (Budding Member 20 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


I was wondering if anyone could tell me the best way /the best visa to get and where to get them from.

I am flighing into Bangkok, will be there only a few days before heading through to Cambodia.
Will probably spend about a week in Cambodia, then a week in Vietnam, then through to Laos for a week before heading back into Thai for about a month + island hoping for the full moon party.

I will probably get around mostly by land, although depending on advice may fligh into Cambodia but not sure.

Fristly where do I get my Visa's for C,V,L ? And do I get them out there or before?
And secondly, What is the best visa to get for Thai. I will only be there a couple days at first but when I come back in I want to spend a good month around Thai and the local islands... What type of visa would I need and should I get it on arrival or before I go?

Ps. Also does anyone know how far in advance I need to sort accomodation out fo rthe full moon parties? And is there anything else I need to sort out for it?

Thank you everyone. And pps... I will be around May and in Thai for July if anyone is around as well?

2. Posted by kichikacha (Respected Member 328 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Ellie,


a) get a double/multi-entry visa for 3 months in the UK.
b) alternatively, you can also enter Thailand without obtaining a visa in advance for 30days if you fly into or 15 days if you arrive by land. Note!!! They may ask you for proof of return ticket/outbound ticket, especially at the airport!
Before, you're going back to Thailand again by land from a neighbouring country, and you need more than 15 days, you can easily get a thai visa in Laos or Cambodia.


Easy to arrange visas on spot for the other countries.
Usually, fairly easy and convenient using agents to arrange visas for you, paying a few extra dollars worth it.
Agents will give you the application form, you can make passport photos in Bangkok easily.

Laos: pick up visa at border, make sure you have US$ 35, don't pay in other currency.

Cambodia: don't get your visa at border, you will pay triple price (bribe), arrange visa in advance in Bangkok, Laos (Vengvieng, Vientien, LP). Fee US$20.

Vietnam: arrange visa in Laos, Cambodia in advance. (Visa on arrival might also be possible for UK citizens, but not really clear...). Fee US$25.

Recommend reading:
and wikitravel / travellerspoint articles on each country.

I can't comment on full moon party. I personally never book accommodation beforehand, but maybe it is a very busy period. You can inquire from other tourists when you are in thailand.

Have a nice trip!

3. Posted by E11ie (Budding Member 20 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thank you so much ... Visa's are the only real thing I am worrying about at the moment. It's all very confusing so cheers :)

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

For Vietnam it depends on how you arrive:

by land - you must have visa already in passport

by air - you can use the VOA Application Letter purchased online at any Vietnamese travel agent and visa will be placed in passport at the airport (if you prebook a hotel in Vietnam, most can sell you the VOA App. Letter too)

(in both cases you must prearrange for a UK citizen)

5. Posted by E11ie (Budding Member 20 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Cool. How do I will be going by land so how do I go about getting one before I get there... Do I do it in the Uk or in Bangkok?
And where shall I go to do it?

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3579 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Phnom Penh is the fastest, cheapest city to buy your VN visa. Most GHs will do it for you or many businesses as well. Do not try and do it yourself. Not worth the time or hassle to save $5. I use Lucky, Lucky Motorcycle Rentals, one day service at a decent price. It will be around $35 for a 30 day VN visa. The VN Consulate in Sihanoukville will do it in one day for $35 as well. This is much cheaper than your home country or Thailand. Good luck.