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    Texas to wisconsin, 14hours. Bad weather past Illinois.

    Loved the road trip as I was driving.

    Honestly I would not take a bus or any other mode of land transportation to VTE. Period. ...

    Unless you knew the driver. Day or night.

    I'm not a gambler but have played the odds and somehow have managed.

    Good luck but forget the night train.

    Pakse to Vte waz 700,000 kip a day ago, via air one way. What is it worth? I don't want to know. Just sayen.

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    We heading to Laos tomorrow with VIP seating (I'm a big spender). Wifey is in charge of this trip, so I just follow orders and pay the bills.
    p.s If any of you have taken a bus in the Philippines or in Central America, this will be a piece of cake.

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    Good luck on your popo for the visa run! Yeah, traveling by bus in PI isn't really fun. I did a 12h ride Manila to Sagada back in May. Was actually 6+6; 6h to Baguio (nite trip), change bus (amd bus stn), then 6h to Sagada. To travel to my dad's province takes 6-8h as well, depending on traffic, change of buses & if the bus fills up.immediately. So 10h in aircon VIP bus is luxurious travel! (Ka-ching ka-ching!). Safe travels to you & your wife. Take pics & make a pic thread! Cheers!

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    6 hours to sagada from Bagiuio? That's only 100+km plus????. Now that is painful.

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    ^yeah, 6h from Baguio to Sagada, through winding mountain roads. We don't build tunnels in PI, instead we follow the contour of the mountain or seashore (for roads in the Visayan islands). That's why land travel takes a long time. It took me (& my friends) 4h ftom San Jose in Antique prov to Iloilo city, bcos the road passes by the towns on the seashore. Btw, I was already thankful for the 6h Sagada trip. Way back in 2009, it took my friend 8-9h Baguio to Sagada, bcos some parts were not cemented yet. Now Sagada.is a tourist destination (usually among younguns) bcos it was featured in a local movie. I mafe a pic thread of my Sagada trip in the PI section, look it up if interested.

    For your next visa run, you could try Mae Sot/Myawaddy (Myanmar border). Your wife doesn't need a visa to Myanmar (she can stay for 14 days visa-exempt), but you do. There are O/N buses BKk- Mae Sot (since you're so fond of long bus rides. Lol)

    Pardon the typos, am on fone. Cheers & happy safe travels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lolokalbo View Post
    We heading to Laos tomorrow with VIP seating
    Just so you know the thai consulate(s) in Vientiane (and Savannakhet) don't open until Wednesday the 4th of January.

    Make sure you have ALL the documentation you're gonna need to pull that 90 day single entry Non-Immigrant Type O visa.

    Good Luck, report back and let us know how it went..

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    I'm back.
    First, my wife has the right to change her mind and she did at the last moment. She was talking to her pinay friends, the night before we were leaving and they fed a bunch stories. So, that cancel and we did a Cambo run. Just a long friggin story.

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    ^heh.

    Just curious, which Cambo border did you use? Aranyaprathet-Poipet? Or other? Did you go to Siem Reap afterwards?

    What happened to the Vientiane plan? Do tell...

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    lolokalbo; what did you actually accomplish with the "Cambo run"?

    I mean did you guys just "border-bounce" <-stamp out of thailand, stamp in&out of Cambodia and stamp back into thailand so your wife could get a 30 day visa exempt stamp?
    OR
    Did you guys actually do a "visa-run" <- go to the thai consulate in Phnom Penh and apply for the single entry 90 day Non-O visa like your wife needs?

    If she "border-bounced" after the 1st of Jan and got a 30 day visa exempt stamp, she burned one of her TWO visa exempt entries per calendar year by a land border crossing.

    Just curious, what was the b/s excuse your wife's friends fed her that made you guys cancel the visa-run to Vientiane?

    She'da pulled a 90 day single entry Non-Immigrant Type O visa based on marriage to you without a problem and with minimal documentation.

    Oh, don't forget IF all your wife got was a 30 day visa exempt stamp, she can extend that by another 30 days at the immigration office for 1900baht.

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