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Worry-Free Non-O-Visa Savannakhet

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3 hours ago, TheRoadWarrior said:

if i pickup my visa at 14:00, is there enough time to get to the nokair bus service which is at 17:00?

 according to some posts it seems like theres adequate time, but things can change daily.

No problem with the return journey on Nok. In the unlikely event that you are short of time, they will pick you up near the bridge (avoiding the need to get into Mukdahan) though that is not their preference. They will phone you (as I recall) about 15 minutes before the van is due to leave, and you can arrange with them to collect you on their way past if you have encountered a major delay. (I did have the international bus break down on me once, so it is nice to know you have this insurance.)

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8 hours ago, TheRoadWarrior said:

or should i just fly directly into savannakhet?

the flight is twice as expensive....

BUT, once you factor in taxis, busses, etc (especially going to DMK vs BKK)

i think the overall price ends up coming in fairly close.

I looked at flying Lao Airlines as well, but with their flight times, you have to stay 3 days.

 

I would use them if you could use for 1 day or even 2, but not 3.

If you're on a schedule, they make no sense.

Cost was about 7000 Baht which is 3 times more than Nok.

 

Tuesdays and Wednesdays seem like the safer days to use.

 

Pick ups don't take very long.

I was out of the embassy by around 2.10.

Got to the Nok pick up place Ploy Palace hotel at 1530hrs.

 

As I was the only one on the coach, they phoned the driver and he came

to get me at 1600hrs instead of 1700.

 

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14 hours ago, tlandtday said:

Check Thaisanuan Tours VIP from Bkok to Mukdahan.  I believe it arrives very early so I would consider it but definitely I would never take the yellow bus from Pattaya I took in the past.  The bus averaged about 40 km per hour, was super uncomfortable and late. 

 

i never take bus at all unless its just bkk-pattaya, thats not too bad.... but any further than that and id rather fly.

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6 hours ago, Will27 said:

I looked at flying Lao Airlines as well, but with their flight times, you have to stay 3 days.

 

I would use them if you could use for 1 day or even 2, but not 3.

If you're on a schedule, they make no sense.

Cost was about 7000 Baht which is 3 times more than Nok.

 

 

yeah this is the part that annoys me, their flight timing is terrible and it makes you stay 3 days because you arrive too late to start your visa first day and the return flight is too early you dont have time to pick up...  vientianne via laos airlines had a perfect schedule for me could fly in and out in less than 48hrs, but my school did all my paperwork for savannakhet this time.

 

and 7k for the flight seems bad... but nok air is 3k+, and then you factor in the taxi to DMK instead of swampy is an extra 800ish each way, so already up to 4600+, then add in the additional busses and taxis etc... the diff would only be 2k which id gladly pay EXCEPT that their timing is useless.

 

might consider a 1 way fly in, and nok 1 way return

 

i really hate busses/taxis/transfers 😉

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58 minutes ago, TheRoadWarrior said:

 

yeah this is the part that annoys me, their flight timing is terrible and it makes you stay 3 days because you arrive too late to start your visa first day and the return flight is too early you dont have time to pick up...  vientianne via laos airlines had a perfect schedule for me could fly in and out in less than 48hrs, but my school did all my paperwork for savannakhet this time.

 

and 7k for the flight seems bad... but nok air is 3k+, and then you factor in the taxi to DMK instead of swampy is an extra 800ish each way, so already up to 4600+, then add in the additional busses and taxis etc... the diff would only be 2k which id gladly pay EXCEPT that their timing is useless.

 

might consider a 1 way fly in, and nok 1 way return

 

i really hate busses/taxis/transfers 😉

My flights were about 2800 Baht.

 

You've lost me on the 1600 Baht taxi prices TBH.

 

 

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57 minutes ago, Will27 said:

You've lost me on the 1600 Baht taxi prices TBH.

I suspect he uses airport limos rather than jumping in a meter taxi.

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On 6/9/2019 at 4:23 PM, BritTim said:

I suspect he uses airport limos rather than jumping in a meter taxi.

 

i dont live in bkk.... the difference in price of taxi to DMK is about 400-600 more than swampy... so there and back to dmk adds 800-1200 vs swampy

 

my previous number was based on last time i went many years ago... apparently rates are cheaper at the moment

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Ill be spending the evening in Mukdahan then going to the border early Wednesday morning I think. Buses run to the border from the Mukda bus station every hour in the mornings unless things have changed.

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10 hours ago, johnny1966 said:

Ill be spending the evening in Mukdahan then going to the border early Wednesday morning I think. Buses run to the border from the Mukda bus station every hour in the mornings unless things have changed.

You will probably find that if you have to apply for a Laos visa on arrival once over the bridge, the bus won't wait for you. In this case you just take a hired ride to the embassy. Pretty common occurrence.

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just booked my flight with nokair... guess ill have to suffer through the DMK trip and bus rides 😞

 

any recommendations where to stay? preferably something with internet that moves faster than a snail, as was my last experience in laos 

 

i only care about 2 things.... wifi and aircon... would sleep on the floor as long as those 2 things are ok.

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11 hours ago, Denim said:

You will probably find that if you have to apply for a Laos visa on arrival once over the bridge, the bus won't wait for you. In this case you just take a hired ride to the embassy. Pretty common occurrence.

Waited for me on my 2 trips.  download the visa form & fill it in before you travel.  first time I didn't, but bus driver still waited for me & several others.

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14 hours ago, TheRoadWarrior said:

just booked my flight with nokair... guess ill have to suffer through the DMK trip and bus rides 😞

 

any recommendations where to stay? preferably something with internet that moves faster than a snail, as was my last experience in laos 

 

i only care about 2 things.... wifi and aircon... would sleep on the floor as long as those 2 things are ok.

I can recommend both Avalon and Aura Residence.

They're next door to each other.

 

Only a 10 - 15 minute walk to the consulate.

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3 hours ago, Will27 said:

I can recommend both Avalon and Aura Residence.

They're next door to each other.

 

Only a 10 - 15 minute walk to the consulate.

Yes, Possibly the only 2 Decent places near The Consulate.....But a Warning DO NOT Eat at that Chicken Barbeque opposite Charged 450 Baht for a Chicken & A Bit of Sticky Rice,Then had The Shits after eating there !!

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So, I have a question on the 90 day part of my ME Non O Visa from Savannakhet. I will go to Chong Chom border crossing close to my home and I wondered if anybody could tell me the process? Do I have to enter into Cambodia. pay the fee and then turn around and come back? Or, can I just get the Thai side to stamp it for me? My 90 days will be on Tuesday. I want to be prepared, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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23 minutes ago, teetersb said:

So, I have a question on the 90 day part of my ME Non O Visa from Savannakhet. I will go to Chong Chom border crossing close to my home and I wondered if anybody could tell me the process? Do I have to enter into Cambodia. pay the fee and then turn around and come back? Or, can I just get the Thai side to stamp it for me? My 90 days will be on Tuesday. I want to be prepared, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

You have to get a Cambodia visa on arrival and enter there.

Thai immigration will not stamp you back into the country if you do not have entry and departure stamps for Cambodia. It is the same at all land border crossings.

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