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Laos embassy in Bangkok, is visa by mail an option?

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As others have stated, just apply for a visa on arrival at Wattay airport or at the relevant Friendship Bridge, as even with a valid visa you still have to queue to gain your entry stamp.

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Visa on Arrival is not an option if taking the Udon Thani bus, they require a Laos visa at the time of ticket purchase to avoid a long delay.

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You did not state you were taking the international bus from Udon,your correct in saying you need a vise for lao to book this bus.Just get a bus from UDon bus station to Nong khai then tuk tuk 60 Baht,to friendship bridge.Then get Visa on arrival.After exiting immigration cross the road to your right walk 50 mts catch Local bus (Green) to Talat Sao (bus station)8000 kip,or taxi 

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1 hour ago, NamH2O said:

You did not state you were taking the international bus from Udon,your correct in saying you need a vise for lao to book this bus.Just get a bus from UDon bus station to Nong khai then tuk tuk 60 Baht,to friendship bridge.Then get Visa on arrival.After exiting immigration cross the road to your right walk 50 mts catch Local bus (Green) to Talat Sao (bus station)8000 kip,or taxi 

If taking the train I might as well get off in Vientiane and then take a tuk into town right? 

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I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong,but I think the train terminates at Nong khai.If you follow my instructions in my previous comment you will be in the town centre if you get off the bus at Talat Sao bus station.

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There's a connecting train to Vientiane. 1 hour wait but I'm fine with that.

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22 hours ago, cnx355 said:

You can also now get Laos official eVisa visa online

 

https://www.laosevisa.com/

This does not appear to be a Laos government site,but an agency. BEWARE of rip off price. I got caught out on an e-visa site for cambodia,a friend at the time did it for me turned out to be an agency in Vietnam paid $40 instead of $20 a few years ago.

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16 hours ago, Hal65 said:
18 hours ago, NamH2O said:

You did not state you were taking the international bus from Udon,your correct in saying you need a vise for lao to book this bus.Just get a bus from UDon bus station to Nong khai then tuk tuk 60 Baht,to friendship bridge.Then get Visa on arrival.After exiting immigration cross the road to your right walk 50 mts catch Local bus (Green) to Talat Sao (bus station)8000 kip,or taxi 

If taking the train I might as well get off in Vientiane and then take a tuk into town right? 

2 years ago asked a tuk tuk to take us to the border, "sorry now tuk tuk can not, take the train."1233096057_IMG_0045(2).JPG.2512711bf1c473e6cde07ac06aec39ee.JPG

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Posted (edited)
20 hours ago, NamH2O said:

You did not state you were taking the international bus from Udon,your correct in saying you need a vise for lao to book this bus.Just get a bus from UDon bus station to Nong khai then tuk tuk 60 Baht,to friendship bridge.Then get Visa on arrival.After exiting immigration cross the road to your right walk 50 mts catch Local bus (Green) to Talat Sao (bus station)8000 kip,or taxi 

Took an international bus one time destination vientiane bus drove off without us at the border the driver would not wait, while we did the visa, bags on board, luckily someone falang took our bags and waited until we arrived at venetian bus station.

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The train connection from Nong Khai to Thanaleng (Laos) runs about twice a day. Thanaleng is in the middle of nowhere and usually only a tuk service which departs when full. Far better you alight at Nong Khai and catch a tuk tuk (30 Baht) to Friendship Bridge 1 and cross over and then decided on the relevant transport option into Vientiane - Green bus, tuk, taxi.

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2 hours ago, CelticTam said:

usually only a tuk service which departs when full

This is the first I've heard of this, have you taken this route recently? I haven't read about this in Google

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On 8/17/2019 at 4:49 PM, Hal65 said:

If taking the train I might as well get off in Vientiane and then take a tuk into town right? 

If taking the train, I would suggest alighting at Nong Khai station (about 1 km from the Friendship Bridge) and crossing there. Taking the train across is time consuming and leaves you open to rip offs at the terminus in Laos.

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Posted (edited)

@BritTom I have read a few comments now, here and on TripAdvisor, suggesting the path you mention. I'm weighing it as I'm sure it's more popular for a reason.

 

The thing that makes me lean towards the train is this:

 

  1. Easier/less hectic visa lanes
  2. Less time overall in a vehicle (I don't mind sitting in a station as much as I can handle computer tasks, but in a vehicle it's not as good)

 

That problem with the limited tuk availability is a concern though. I guess it's a 2 sided coin of the less traveled road: easier visa process, but more hassle from station to hotel because of less public transport.

 

I'll grit my teeth and pay a max of 300 thb to a tuk at the Vientiane station even though there's a 20 baht bus at the vehicle bridge, Laos side. Any more than that and I might just do your route from then on.

 

 

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I used to just use a travel agent. They would pick up my docs, pics and passport and return it a few days later with the visa from the Embassy. Forget the cost something like 1200-1300B

 

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