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just sharing my experience in Pakse at the Vietnamese consulate

its located in the touristy area where most of the hotels are, no need to get a tuktuk

open monday to friday, AM and PM but they have a long lunch break

I walked in. no one else there. no queing

they asked me where i was from, i said UK he explained about the new visa waiver for 15 days, but i reply that i want to spend longer time in vietnam than that

i though i could get a 1 month visa and asked about that and if i could extend it in country. he told me no problem, but i could have either a 1, 2 or 3 month visa, and then said they were all the same price

of course i asked for a 3 month. it was $70 to get back in 2 days, or $80 for same day. gave them $80 and walked out with 3 month single entry visa, after 5 minutes wait

theres an overnight bus BKK to Pakse, and an overnight bus from Pakse to Danang, so you could get to Pakse in the morning, get visa in afternoon and be on the overnight bus into Vietnam. or pakse has an airport,

all in all it was a very easy visa to obtain

Good report. You didn't happen to ask the cost of a 3-month multi-entry visa?

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just sharing my experience in Pakse at the Vietnamese consulate

its located in the touristy area where most of the hotels are, no need to get a tuktuk

open monday to friday, AM and PM but they have a long lunch break

I walked in. no one else there. no queing

they asked me where i was from, i said UK he explained about the new visa waiver for 15 days, but i reply that i want to spend longer time in vietnam than that

i though i could get a 1 month visa and asked about that and if i could extend it in country. he told me no problem, but i could have either a 1, 2 or 3 month visa, and then said they were all the same price

of course i asked for a 3 month. it was $70 to get back in 2 days, or $80 for same day. gave them $80 and walked out with 3 month single entry visa, after 5 minutes wait

theres an overnight bus BKK to Pakse, and an overnight bus from Pakse to Danang, so you could get to Pakse in the morning, get visa in afternoon and be on the overnight bus into Vietnam. or pakse has an airport,

all in all it was a very easy visa to obtain

WOW, this is good to know. It's such a good deal.

Last year I applied for a 3-month single-entry VOA. I first

paid US$30 to a travel agency for an approval letter on-line

and then US$45 upon arrival at Sai Gon airport plus the

air-fare from BKK.

I heard that you could extend your 15-day VISA-EXEMPT

entry for 15 days at one of travel agencies licensed by

the government once you're in VN but must show an

onward ticket when applying for one. You could pay

more to get away with it, though.

You can extend your VISA once you're in the country

no problem. I know some Western expats who have

entered VN on a 3-month visa and extended it three

times to stay in the country for a total of 1 year without

even having to leave the country once.

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I ticked the box for multi entry visa. but the Consulate guy came back and told me i coudn't have a multi entry, only single

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I ticked the box for multi entry visa. but the Consulate guy came back and told me i coudn't have a multi entry, only single

Maybe you'd try the VN Embassy in Phnom Penh or the Consulate in Sihanoukville,

Cambodia. I heard they are among the best to apply for VN visas. I hope they still

are after the new immigration rules have been implemented this year.

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Hello,

I heard the news that the VN VOA fees (stamping fees) go down,

starting next Monday on 23 Nov.2015.

Both a 1-month and a 3-month visas with a single entry go down

to US$20 from US$45 in fee accordingly.

Hope the news is true.

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Vietnam visa stamping fee has massively reduced from 23rd November 2015, for specific price list you guys may check here:

https://www.vietnam-evisa.org/visa-fee.html

Hot news for those who plan to travel to Vietnam from this year !

I checked a number of online Viet visa companies. Nearly all have updated their fee structures with the new lower stamping fee.

I wonder if anyone has gone to the Viet embassy in Bangkok to get a visa since the fee cut.

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Vietnam has made it very hard to stay in the country long-term by restricting visas to 3-month single and multi-entry ones. There are backdoors, which is pretty much how VN operates anyway. Nearly all visas are provided by third parties, otherwise known as agents. Providers have been listed on FB expat sites, such as for Ho Chi Minh and Hoi An/Da Nang. Probably others, too.

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Is the Vietnam Embassy / Consulate in Bangkok easy to get to via MRT or BTS?

BTS Chitlom station. Get off on the even-soi side. Walk down Wireless Road. Viet embassy across the street from the massive US embassy.

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For anyone in Bangkok, you can get a 30 day Visa for Vietnam at the Vietnamese consulate here in Bangkok on Wireless Road.

Because I am an American it now costs me $25 and takes 2 or 3 days.

Two day service is for what they call "express service", "normal service" takes 3 days which actually means you apply in the morning of the 1st day, and can pick up the completed visa on the afternoon of the 3rd day.

They give you a receipt for your payment on the day of application and hold your passport, the receipt can be shown to the Thai police as proof the Vietnamese embassy has your passport if you are stopped by the police on a passport check in Bangkok.

Vietnam is looking for tourists now, and in my opinion they are friendlier than Thailand towards tourists.

Of course, like any country in Southeast Asia there are still some scams but anyone with a little common sense will soon that find Vietnam has fewer scams than Thailand does.

Last year it was $45, for Americans, but was dropped back to $25 at the beginning of 2016

For those with U.K. passports, I believe a 30 day tourist visa to Vietnam is now free.

the Vietnamese embassy does not yet offer the 3 month visa at least here in Bangkok. but I am told by people in Vietnam you can get a 3 month visa there from an agency in Vietnam, although I have never tried that myself.

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with a US passport what's the cheapest visa and transportation to Ho Chi Minh City from Bangkok? I think the embassy in Bangkok is only open 2-4 and maybe in the morning

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I can't remember the exact hour it opens but it opens in the morning for visa applications and then in the afternoon until four for pickups of completed visas.

And yes, things there are changing fast, but they will not yet issue you a 3 month multi entry visa here in Bangkok, at least at present for Americans.

That may be coming soon, since Obama visited Hanoi and had a bowl of Beef Pho soup in a shop there.

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