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Carlosm

Going to Savannakhet, advise needed.

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I'm going to Savannakhet at the end of the month to get mt multi entry visa based on marriage. The plan is, travel by my car Monday. Staying 2 nights in a pre-booked hotel near the Embassy. Tuesday, take PP+docs to the Embassy and submit. Next day around 2pm pick up my PP and go home.

Advise :-

Can i drive into Laos over the friendship bridge and onto my hotel ?

If not, is there a safe car park on our side ?

In another thread i read that Tuesday is quiet compared to when the mini buses go, is it very quiet can i go to the Embassy anytime ?

Payment for such as food and tuktuk's, can i use Baht in Laos ?

'Any' other advise most welcome !

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You can take a car across but you must get a passport for it in LOS and insurance cover for Lao....

PS. Get to the bridge early, I get there about 8.30am. In the past I have waited over an hour for a bus only to be trampled on by Chinese looking folk. You must fill out forms the other side of the bridge for a Lao visa + cash.

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When buying bus tickets to cross the bridge ask at the kiosk if a bus is due or just gone. If you just missed and don't want a long wait you can often hitch a ride across the bridge on a passing pick up or sedan. just before it gets to the immigration checkpoint. Of course the driver will expect a payment for the ride, normally not more than a hundred baht.

 

Visa on arrival on the Laos side can be a bit slow but once completed get a taxi to your pre booked hotel.

 

If you are staying in Savann on Monday night that will mean after your drive you will be arriving in the afternoon so you can go straight to your hotel since visa applications are only handled in the morning.

 

You might do better to arrive in Savan on Tuesday afternoon and submit your application on Wednesday then collect it on Thursday before heading home. This , because a lot of the hotels will be full on Monday with people using a visa run service.

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Any hotels anyone can recommend?

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24 minutes ago, Tanoshi said:

Any hotels anyone can recommend?

I've looked on 'Agoda' website and there are plenty of well rated hotels near by.

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25 minutes ago, Carlosm said:

I've looked on 'Agoda' website and there are plenty of well rated hotels near by.

Can't beat a personal recommendation though!

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21 minutes ago, Tanoshi said:

Can't beat a personal recommendation though!

Totally agree, also on Agoda you can read the personal reviews as well as see what Thaivisa users think.

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Take small money, lots of 20Baht and 50bahts, 1 dollar bills useful too .

In my opinion it more hassle than benefit take a car over for what only really needs be a one night stay and bus station is right by the consulate with plenty hotel options across the road . Also tuk-tuk can be fairly cheap with bit of bartering if want use it ...

 

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Better to stay in a GH or hotel nearer the city centre (night market area) if you plan on having an evening or 2 out.

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5 minutes ago, Samuel Smith said:

Better to stay in a GH or hotel nearer the city centre (night market area) if you plan on having an evening or 2 out.

And how far is the night market area from the embassy? And how much from the bridge to the night market area for a tuk tuk or whatever?

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2 minutes ago, Mitkof Island said:

And how far is the night market area from the embassy? And how much from the bridge to the night market area for a tuk tuk or whatever?

Walk.  No need for a tuk tuk from the bridge, the bus goes to the bus station.

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3 minutes ago, Samuel Smith said:

Walk.  No need for a tuk tuk from the bridge, the bus goes to the bus station.

And the bus station and night market are how far from the embassy ? And how often does the bus leave from the Thai side of the bridge ? And where is the exchange place?

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OP, you can get a car license from the transport department, But it's easy to leave your car in the shade, secure parking, for a few baht.

 

   BTW, it's not the embassy it's the Thai consulate. First, you'll see the Thai customs who check on overstay, that can take a bit when many overstayers pay their fines before you can check out..

 

  Next step is to pay for a visa sticker to get into Laos, you save good money when you pay with $ American. Do not pay twice, they often ask for an additional 200 baht after you've received your visa, just don't pay it.

 

 Don't go there on a Monday, Trans seems to be right with Wednesday,  and be there early. I'll attach a visa form for the Savannakhet consulate, it makes all a bit faster when you've got all prepared.

 

  Take plenty of small bills, they also take coins. Always ask for Thai baht, the Kip is pretty much unwanted like a disease.

 

   There're plenty of guesthouses with air for around 500 to 1,000 + baht. A great place to have decent food is a restaurant with a huge penguin in front. It's called  Restaurant Cafe Chez Boune

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g811038-d3970903-r349672146-Restaurant_Cafe_Chez_Boune-Savannakhet_Savannakhet_Province.html

  

Their breakfast is breathtaking, fresh baguettes, cheese, orange juice,etc..

 

Make sure that you've got your original marriage certificate, a copy of it, a copy of the house book and some photos. The visa is 5,000 baht.

 

 If you like beer, Lao beer is much better than any Thai beer, try the dark Lao, a real beer.  

 

The Tuk Tuk drivers seem to love it to rip you off and drive around town then ask for a lot of money, enough to drive in a Bangkok cab for hours!! 

 

 Sometimes, it's possible that your passport is already done at 1 pm before you get back into Thailand, double check your arrival/departure card and the dates of your visa.

 

 There's also a duty-free shop, should you want some fags or liquor. 

 

  Have a safe trip! 

 

 

 

  

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