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8 minutes ago, Prissana Pescud said:

That resolves the issue for me. Thank you. It is Ban Laem for me. Cheers mate.

 

Ban Laem is good.

 

Been many times , both with Jack Golf and in my own car.

 

Generally speaking, they do expect a 100 or 200 backhander for a quick turn around on the Cambodian side.

 

On the Thai side try not to look like a newbie otherwise the Thai hustlers will bother you.

 

I found a way to avoid all these hassles but too complicated to explain here.

 

Happy trip .

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11 minutes ago, Denim said:

 

Ban Laem is good.

 

Been many times , both with Jack Golf and in my own car.

 

Generally speaking, they do expect a 100 or 200 backhander for a quick turn around on the Cambodian side.

 

On the Thai side try not to look like a newbie otherwise the Thai hustlers will bother you.

 

I found a way to avoid all these hassles but too complicated to explain here.

 

Happy trip .

Thank you. So I get to the Thai border at Ban Laem, stay the night, front up at Thai border control at 8 am.

Get stamped through to Cambodia border control. (pay the $30 US for the visa)

I am still to look up any attractions in Ban Laem because I like to walk and visit the sights and sites.

So I have not decided if I will stay a night or a few days.

My Thai wife (my shadow) will accompany me on the ASEAN passport allowances (no fee, can stay for 30 days with a passport but no visa)

Then front up To Cambodian border control and pay..? for exit fees.

Go to Thai border control and be welcomed back like a long lost son.

Report to Prachinburi Immigration control within 24 hours of arrival back home?

Is that about it?

PS. Does Ban Laem in Cambodia have a golf course? I love trying to play the game. (Kabinburi has an excellent course if you play the game)

Cheers and thank you so much

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3 minutes ago, Prissana Pescud said:

Thank you. So I get to the Thai border at Ban Laem, stay the night, front up at Thai border control at 8 am.

Get stamped through to Cambodia border control. (pay the $30 US for the visa)

I am still to look up any attractions in Ban Laem because I like to walk and visit the sights and sites.

So I have not decided if I will stay a night or a few days.

My Thai wife (my shadow) will accompany me on the ASEAN passport allowances (no fee, can stay for 30 days with a passport but no visa)

Then front up To Cambodian border control and pay..? for exit fees.

Go to Thai border control and be welcomed back like a long lost son.

Report to Prachinburi Immigration control within 24 hours of arrival back home?

Is that about it?

PS. Does Ban Laem in Cambodia have a golf course? I love trying to play the game. (Kabinburi has an excellent course if you play the game)

Cheers and thank you so much

Ban Laem is pretty much a few streets with a few shops.  The nearest town of any significance is Pailin.  The only golf I see on the maps is around Siem Reap, PP, and one near Sihanoukville/Kampot.

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3 minutes ago, JackThompson said:

Ban Laem is pretty much a few streets with a few shops.  The nearest town of any significance is Pailin.  The only golf I see on the maps is around Siem Reap, PP, and one near Sihanoukville/Kampot.

Thank you. So I pay the fee and return the same day. Cheers. 

Went to Siem Reap 2002 for a week. Been there, done that. Depressing place.

Everything I saw had been shot up by PolPot loonies.

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30 minutes ago, Prissana Pescud said:

Thank you. So I get to the Thai border at Ban Laem, stay the night, front up at Thai border control at 8 am.

Get stamped through to Cambodia border control. (pay the $30 US for the visa)

I am still to look up any attractions in Ban Laem because I like to walk and visit the sights and sites.

So I have not decided if I will stay a night or a few days.

My Thai wife (my shadow) will accompany me on the ASEAN passport allowances (no fee, can stay for 30 days with a passport but no visa)

Then front up To Cambodian border control and pay..? for exit fees.

Go to Thai border control and be welcomed back like a long lost son.

Report to Prachinburi Immigration control within 24 hours of arrival back home?

Is that about it?

PS. Does Ban Laem in Cambodia have a golf course? I love trying to play the game. (Kabinburi has an excellent course if you play the game)

Cheers and thank you so much

 

No.

 

Ban Laem is a border check point. There is no town there and no hotels. Nearest hotels back on the highway 30 minutes away but nothing special.

 

If , as you say , you don't live too far away , just turn up at your own convenience. There is very little 9n the Cambodian side. Just a few hotels and the casino for the Thais.

 

With respect , you need to research this more so that you know what to expect. Check out Google maps and street view.

 

If you think this is a pleasant crossing point with civilized towns on both sides .... think again.

 

Bare balls crossing point ...

Nothing else.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Prissana Pescud said:

Thank you. So I get to the Thai border at Ban Laem, stay the night, front up at Thai border control at 8 am.

Get stamped through to Cambodia border control. (pay the $30 US for the visa)

I am still to look up any attractions in Ban Laem because I like to walk and visit the sights and sites.

So I have not decided if I will stay a night or a few days.

My Thai wife (my shadow) will accompany me on the ASEAN passport allowances (no fee, can stay for 30 days with a passport but no visa)

Then front up To Cambodian border control and pay..? for exit fees.

Go to Thai border control and be welcomed back like a long lost son.

Report to Prachinburi Immigration control within 24 hours of arrival back home?

Is that about it?

PS. Does Ban Laem in Cambodia have a golf course? I love trying to play the game. (Kabinburi has an excellent course if you play the game)

Cheers and thank you so much

In general, your understanding is good.

If looking to spend time in Cambodia after crossing at Ban Laem, you could consider going into Pailin for a quick look around and a meal, then heading to Battambang. This is not a must do trip, but perfectly OK for a change of scene. You could also consider spending a day or two in Chanthaburi which I consider rather pleasant. As I recall, there is golf in the area.

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47 minutes ago, BritTim said:

In general, your understanding is good.

If looking to spend time in Cambodia after crossing at Ban Laem, you could consider going into Pailin for a quick look around and a meal, then heading to Battambang. This is not a must do trip, but perfectly OK for a change of scene. You could also consider spending a day or two in Chanthaburi which I consider rather pleasant. As I recall, there is golf in the area.

Cheers. You blokes are so good and thanks again for taking the time to do this.

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Gents:

 

I am US national coming off a number of years of Non-O retirement visas. Exiting on the final day. After 30 days in Laos, applying for a single-entry 60-day tourist visa from Savannaket Consulate. Have cash and outbound flight ticket.

 

Will Consulate be receptive?  Can I also extend for an additional 30 days in-country?

 

Will then fly out to a neighboring country, and not re-enter Thailand.

 

Thanks.

 

Paul 

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13 minutes ago, PaulinSaphanKwai said:

Will Consulate be receptive? 

No problem to get the visa.

13 minutes ago, PaulinSaphanKwai said:

Can I also extend for an additional 30 days in-country?

Yes

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Taking into account the current messy situation with the new booking system at the embassy in Vientiane, can anyone say how it looks like over there and in Savannakhet? Is it smarter to go to Savannakhet or is it overcrowded?

 

I already have an appointment in Vientiane for the 26th, but I probably won't be able to make it and they removed the "Cancel" button from the booking website, so I can't re-schedule. Visa (TR, already extended) expires on 26th.

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24 minutes ago, kandi said:

Taking into account the current messy situation with the new booking system at the embassy in Vientiane, can anyone say how it looks like over there and in Savannakhet? Is it smarter to go to Savannakhet or is it overcrowded?

 

It should not be that bad in Savannakhet unless a lot of people start going there due to the problems in Vientiane.

24 minutes ago, kandi said:

I already have an appointment in Vientiane for the 26th, but I probably won't be able to make it and they removed the "Cancel" button from the booking website, so I can't re-schedule. Visa (TR, already extended) expires on 26th.

I would keep checking the site to see if the cancellation button comes back or they inform you of another way of doing it.

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5 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

 

It should not be that bad in Savannakhet unless a lot of people start going there due to the problems in Vientiane.

I would keep checking the site to see if the cancellation button comes back or they inform you of another way of doing it.

 

Thanks, I thought the same. Well, there's not much more I can do anyway. I'm not even bothering calling or emailing them.

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On 3/15/2019 at 4:42 PM, ubonjoe said:

No problem to get the visa.

Yes

 
Hello Ubon Joe:
Two days ago, I made this inquiry:

"I am US national coming off a number of years of Non-O retirement visas. Exiting on the final day. After 30 days in Laos, applying for a single-entry 60-day tourist visa from Savannaket Consulate. Have cash and outbound flight ticket.

"Will Consulate be receptive?  Can I also extend for an additional 30 days in-country?"

 

Your answer was at the time:  "No problem to get the visa."

 

Today's question:  Would the same apply if I filed my visa application at Thai Embassy in Vientiane, Laos?

 

Thanks.

 

Paul

 

 

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