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I have just returned from laos...

In a related note, never having been to Laos, what is the best currency to pay for

1) the Thai visa at the embassy

2) hotel

3) the visa for Laos

4) other expenses (souvenirs, restaurants, transport...)?

Can one pay for the above in Thai baht, Lao kip, or is it a good idea to take some US dollars (I would have to exchange baht to dollars in this case)?

for me i used Thai bhat, for all the above, ussally get change in lao it wold work out cheaper to change but if you only there in and out 24 hours easyier stick bhat, for me anyways!

chris

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for me i used Thai bhat, for all the above, ussally get change in lao it wold work out cheaper to change but if you only there in and out 24 hours easyier stick bhat, for me anyways!

chris

Cheers, chris. Good advice.

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I have just returned from laos...

In a related note, never having been to Laos, what is the best currency to pay for

1) the Thai visa at the embassy

2) hotel

3) the visa for Laos

4) other expenses (souvenirs, restaurants, transport...)?

Can one pay for the above in Thai baht, Lao kip, or is it a good idea to take some US dollars (I would have to exchange baht to dollars in this case)?

1)Baht

2)U.S$

3)U.S$

4)Kip

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Borders are ussually open 7 days a week, having said that its local and general elections in thailand both this weekend and next so thier might be problems or staff shortages leading to big ques etc so try stay clear if ya can.

chris

Hi

Thought I would have a few days in Vientiane a chance to have a run out in the new Fortuner. Tried to get a car passport when the vehicle was registered in BKK but told I would have to appear there in person, As car was being reg'd by garage this was difficult and involved a 800 km round trip. But they advised no problem. do it at my local Licensing Centre Buriram.

So a trip to Licensing center only to find I had gone on a public holiday (Will I never learn) so back again the next day. Sorry, Passport Rot can only be issued by a province that borders a foreign country, but no problem get one in Nong Khai. Just remember to take Blue Reg book and Yellow Tabien Baan.

Saturday morning, hmmm, (you can see where this is going) off I set and 5 hours later arrive in Nong Khai, after a visit to the tourist police I establish that the issueing center is at the driving test office, good directions, no problem!

Well obviously no one ever needs to take a car over to Laos at the weekend, because it is closed until Monday!!

So 2 days in Nong Khai could be worse but I still do not have the Passport Rot and the way my luck is going anything could happen!

Anyway I can now tell in great detail where the office is as I have had plenty of time to locate it.

Coming into Nong Khai from Udon Thani A2 (A12) on the left hand side about 1 km from town center is a VERY large Government building turn left immediately after it and just before the giant Tesco Lotus sign. Go right to the end of the road about 500m and on the left hand side is the Driving Test Center you will see the test course marked out in the grounds.

Now according to the guard I have the right place and it should be open Monday at 8.00am. Time will tell ?

Maybe I should take the test whilst I am there as I managed to be relieved of 400baht for speeding having been stopped twice on the way!

TBWG :o

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Borders are ussually open 7 days a week, having said that its local and general elections in thailand both this weekend and next so thier might be problems or staff shortages leading to big ques etc so try stay clear if ya can.

chris

Hi

Thought I would have a few days in Vientiane a chance to have a run out in the new Fortuner. Tried to get a car passport when the vehicle was registered in BKK but told I would have to appear there in person, As car was being reg'd by garage this was difficult and involved a 800 km round trip. But they advised no problem. do it at my local Licensing Centre Buriram.

So a trip to Licensing center only to find I had gone on a public holiday (Will I never learn) so back again the next day. Sorry, Passport Rot can only be issued by a province that borders a foreign country, but no problem get one in Nong Khai. Just remember to take Blue Reg book and Yellow Tabien Baan.

Saturday morning, hmmm, (you can see where this is going) off I set and 5 hours later arrive in Nong Khai, after a visit to the tourist police I establish that the issueing center is at the driving test office, good directions, no problem!

Well obviously no one ever needs to take a car over to Laos at the weekend, because it is closed until Monday!!

So 2 days in Nong Khai could be worse but I still do not have the Passport Rot and the way my luck is going anything could happen!

Anyway I can now tell in great detail where the office is as I have had plenty of time to locate it.

Coming into Nong Khai from Udon Thani A2 (A12) on the left hand side about 1 km from town center is a VERY large Government building turn left immediately after it and just before the giant Tesco Lotus sign. Go right to the end of the road about 500m and on the left hand side is the Driving Test Center you will see the test course marked out in the grounds.

Now according to the guard I have the right place and it should be open Monday at 8.00am. Time will tell ?

Maybe I should take the test whilst I am there as I managed to be relieved of 400baht for speeding having been stopped twice on the way!

TBWG :o

dont forget you will need 2 passport sized photos of the car, and a full sized newspaper type one of you pointing at the car, then your spouse pointing at you and the cars steering wheel. indicating you are the nut behind the wheel! :D i joke you!

if you do get car to laos and ya in area of embassy/ consulate call in if ya get chance cos a lot of people due up thier over xmas & new year just in case owts changed, good luck and dont put oil in ya radiator!

chris

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I was just in Laos 2 months ago, did not even think to ask for a double entry....I iwll go in Jan if I can get my 60 visa exstended 30s days in Bangkok...any one haveing troulbe with the 30 days exstentions?? If everything goes good Tuesday or eds I must aplay then off to Lao in Jan so hope I can get a doulbe

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I was just in Laos 2 months ago, did not even think to ask for a double entry....I iwll go in Jan if I can get my 60 visa exstended 30s days in Bangkok...any one haveing troulbe with the 30 days exstentions?? If everything goes good Tuesday or eds I must aplay then off to Lao in Jan so hope I can get a doulbe

dont forget you can do 3 x border runs after your extention, but as mentioned on here earlier, maybe just do 2 then keep 1 as a spare.

chris

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I have a 3 entry tourist and went to Nong Kai just before the first 60 days expired and asked for the usual 30 day extension. I was refused, but was told they would give me a 7 day extension for 1900bt. I decided to forget the extension and just go across the border and return for 1500bt. Later I was told by another officer from Nong Kai that the guy just wanted a little tea money. Anyone else run across that problem at Nong Kai?

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Good for you!

I have never heard of this.

How does one apply for a Tourist visa X 2?

Does that mean you received 2 separate Tourist visa stickers in your passport?

Did you submit 2 applications at the same time?

Thank You for any additional information you may be able to provide.

I just returned from Penang where I was denied a Tourist visa and given a Transit visa. I also had a stamp on the Transit visa saying "Do not apply for a visa in Penang again".

Why have you been denied a tourist visa in Penang, can you give more information ?

Thanks.

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Just got back from Vientiane also. My partner and I both got our doubles with no problems!!!! Thanks everyone for walking us through it!!

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Good for you!

I have never heard of this.

How does one apply for a Tourist visa X 2?

Does that mean you received 2 separate Tourist visa stickers in your passport?

Did you submit 2 applications at the same time?

Thank You for any additional information you may be able to provide.

I just returned from Penang where I was denied a Tourist visa and given a Transit visa. I also had a stamp on the Transit visa saying "Do not apply for a visa in Penang again".

Why have you been denied a tourist visa in Penang, can you give more information ?

Thanks.

it would appear that penang is no longer bieng helpfull and to some people on the visa is stamped "not to return, its on another thread so that why seems to be a good option at this moment, the Thread on pennang click here

cheers chris

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Excuse my ignorance .. but when you say tourist x 2 do you mean 2 months or 2 entries...

I came to Thailand on a tourist visa was given 60 days at the airport and have extended it once at Chiang Mai immigrastion office for another 30 days..

But I understand I now have to go to the border to getr more time .. I thought I could only get another 30 days at border .. but cabn i get more??

Also .. when I get to the border .. goiing to Vientiane... do I have to stay over ion Laos for the night and get visa back the next day .. or do I just turn around and come back>??

BTW I have NZ passport and am over 50 and will probably apply for the over 50 retitement visa when I run out of entry opportunities..

Cheers

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Also got a double t.v. today............................. a Monday! Arrived 08.30 and the place was already rammed, so it might be better to go on another day for this reason only. ( I was using a new passport which have had some bearing, I don,t know).

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Excuse my ignorance .. but when you say tourist x 2 do you mean 2 months or 2 entries...

I came to Thailand on a tourist visa was given 60 days at the airport and have extended it once at Chiang Mai immigrastion office for another 30 days..

But I understand I now have to go to the border to getr more time .. I thought I could only get another 30 days at border .. but cabn i get more??

Also .. when I get to the border .. goiing to Vientiane... do I have to stay over ion Laos for the night and get visa back the next day .. or do I just turn around and come back>??

BTW I have NZ passport and am over 50 and will probably apply for the over 50 retitement visa when I run out of entry opportunities..

Cheers

tourist x 2 you can enter on it 2 times,

you should be able to do 3 border runs but the popular advice given on here is just go 2 times in case of problems that way you would be able to enter again.

border run no just go in and out many falangs and agents there to help, no problems

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Good to hear this venue still sort of tourist "friendly"

I've never been but I'm considering this location for my next renewal.

One thing I don't know though, is if there are visa agents performing the same type of service provided in Penang, e.g. without having to go in person to the embassy.

Should such agents be available, can anyone recommend one or two of them.

Thanks in advance,

Edited by pomchopkao

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