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    Visa run for wife.

    Hi folks,
    I just got my retirement visa in Thailand and now I have to take my Filipina wife to Laos. She needs a type O visa from The Thai Embassy and we have never been to Laos. We will like to fly and spend a few days (5-6) looking around the Capital.
    Any information about flights, (we live in Pattaya)
    hotels, getting around etc. will be a big help.
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    lolokalbo

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    Quote Originally Posted by lolokalbo View Post
    Hi folks,
    I just got my retirement visa in Thailand and now I have to take my Filipina wife to Laos. She needs a type O visa from The Thai Embassy and we have never been to Laos. We will like to fly and spend a few days (5-6) looking around the Capital.
    Any information about flights, (we live in Pattaya)
    hotels, getting around etc. will be a big help.
    thank you
    lolokalbo

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    5-6 days might be a little long, there's not much to see in VTE. 3 days will probably do.
    Getting around is by tuk tuk, plenty available downtown, but not many away from downtown. It will set you back 50,000 kip (aprox 6 dollars) for a one way trip downtown, incl to the Thai consulate.
    Flights: Thai, Lao Airlines, Air Asia, all BKK-VTE.
    As for hotels - give me your budget and will recommend A dorm bed will cost 5 USD...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warrior View Post
    5-6 days might be a little long, there's not much to see in VTE. 3 days will probably do.
    Getting around is by tuk tuk, plenty available downtown, but not many away from downtown. It will set you back 50,000 kip (aprox 6 dollars) for a one way trip downtown, incl to the Thai consulate.
    Flights: Thai, Lao Airlines, Air Asia, all BKK-VTE.
    As for hotels - give me your budget and will recommend A dorm bed will cost 5 USD...
    I think a dorm will not work. The wife want a nice private soft comfy bed.

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    There are lots of hotels in the capital. Many prices. How much do you want to spend? B1000 will get you one that is ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles
    There is a website called google that will have your answers and more.
    I allus use kayak, include nearby airports and flexible dates (that means only plus or minus 3 days comin' and/or goin')

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    Will save about 5k baht each if you fly domestic to Udon Thani with Air Asia or Nok Air, instead of to Vientiane with Laos Airways.

    You can then get an international bus from the bus station for less than 100 baht that takes you to VTN. They should leave every 30 mins or 1 hour.

    I have friends living near the South and fly to Ubon, then a 1 1/2 hr minivan ride that is about 5k baht cheaper than flying international to Savannakhet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auroria View Post
    Will save about 5k baht each if you fly domestic to Udon Thani with Air Asia or Nok Air, instead of to Vientiane with Laos Airways.
    A quick look on the air asia website suggests 2 return tickets from BKK to Vientiane will cost Bt.9500 so you will be doing well to save 5k each using your alternate method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Auroria View Post
    Will save about 5k baht each if you fly domestic to Udon Thani with Air Asia or Nok Air, instead of to Vientiane with Laos Airways.
    A quick look on the air asia website suggests 2 return tickets from BKK to Vientiane will cost Bt.9500 so you will be doing well to save 5k each using your alternate method.
    BKK to Udon is typically 700 baht.

    Times 4

    2,800b. Say 3k.

    10k baht or 3k baht + an internatioal bus or taxi/tuk tuk.



    I'd rather not pay 6k baht in taxes to the Thai and Laos governments.

    Up 2 you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auroria View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Auroria View Post
    Will save about 5k baht each if you fly domestic to Udon Thani with Air Asia or Nok Air, instead of to Vientiane with Laos Airways.
    A quick look on the air asia website suggests 2 return tickets from BKK to Vientiane will cost Bt.9500 so you will be doing well to save 5k each using your alternate method.
    BKK to Udon is typically 700 baht.

    Times 4

    2,800b. Say 3k.

    10k baht or 3k baht + an internatioal bus or taxi/tuk tuk.



    I'd rather not pay 6k baht in taxes to the Thai and Laos governments.

    Up 2 you.
    So saving 7k not 10 then, thanks for clearing that up, but still have to dick around with buses and taxi's.

    I'd prefer to fly direct Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    thanks for clearing that up
    No problem. Any other time you need some help, feel free to ask.

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    savannakhet is a shithole, 2 nights there is too long. The tuk tuks want 200 baht for the shortest journey. you'll be happy to see the Thais again in Muldahan after leaving that shitpit.

    just re read the op and see you're off to Vientiane,ignore the above then

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    Thank guys for the very good information. You are all better than Google.

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    Hi Lolokalbo! I know what your username means. :-) Pinay ako. There are 2 pinays currently posting on this forum.

    I can't recommend much abt planes or mode of transport from your location. But I have visited Vientiane and it's a small city. Good for 2-3 days max. Go see Buddha park - as they say, it's overrated, but I think your wife will like it.

    If you're inclined to stay longer in Laos, maybe you could go up to Vang Vieng and see some nature stuff.

    If BLD comes to post on this thread, try to meet up w/ him (if he's agreeable). He lives in VTE & has worked/lived in PI for a time. He even eats bagoong & dinuguan! But not balut ! (Sissy, lol).

    Cheers & enjoy have a good trip! Take pics & make a pic thread later!

    Welcome to the board. I hope you have thick skin. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auroria View Post
    Will save about 5k baht each if you fly domestic to Udon Thani with Air Asia or Nok Air, instead of to Vientiane with Laos Airways.
    About 5k baht per person... each way bud. And that's if they're on promotion.

    That fokin' Laos Airlines are a rort if ever there was one.


    Wouldn't mind, but last time I saw they were on the news after using the Mekong as a fokin' runway.

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    If he,s in Pattaya he can fly out of utapao on airasia to udon Thani a quick bus or taxi to nongkhai border , sorted, Katie, please don't keep mentioning Baluts I'm trying to forget them fookers , prolly won't sleep well tonight. The Op can PM me if he needs any info

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Auroria View Post
    Will save about 5k baht each if you fly domestic to Udon Thani with Air Asia or Nok Air, instead of to Vientiane with Laos Airways.
    About 5k baht per person... each way bud. And that's if they're on promotion.

    That fokin' Laos Airlines are a rort if ever there was one.


    Wouldn't mind, but last time I saw they were on the news after using the Mekong as a fokin' runway.
    the times they are a changing luigio Lao had to jump through a lot of hoops to become a part of ASEAN community, consequently they had to sign the open sky policy, airasia flights from Vientiane to Bangkok are really cheap now, pretty sure Lao airlines didn't realise they were giving up there monopoly but hey, fuk em. som nam na. Silk air just entered with a flight to Singapore but on one leg you have to go through Luang Prabang, crafty coonts the Lao. Keep some of the loot in country. Lao airlines do have a nasty habit of crashing, but the last time I enquired they told me not to worry as they only have 3 crashes a year . And they had already had those

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Hi Lolokalbo! I know what your username means. :-) Pinay ako.

    Welcome to the board. I hope you have thick skin. Lol.
    ho, ho, old man with a bald head ?
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    Oh one more thing kalbo don't go to the Thai embassy on a Monday or a Friday, gets crazy busy, and when you go get to the embassy around 7.30 am and get in line( it opens at 8.30 ) there are hundreds of fuckers most days, get your missus to stand in the line while you go and get a numbered ticket, most people don't realise there's a ticket system so stand in line for ages for fuck all. , if your docs are all good you collect your passport at 1.30 the next day. I've never had to do it but have had to take work colleagues down there, keep your fingers crossed and hope the staff (or you) aren't having a bad hair day, good luck. BLD
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    Ha ha. Stand in line and ask when the ticket master at the airport proper will come back from the toilet. Did that for an half hour today in Pakse. We were told ten minutes bla bla so I decided to tour the airport.

    That took about 15. It was then I told the gf that a building south had an ticket office sign on it I saw a few days earlier. So I told her I was walking regardless of what she was told. Some Loas from Connecticut caught my drift and rolled along.

    We had tickets 15min later.

    Pakse to VTE 770,000 kip one way each. 93usd. And I must say If we (I) didn't know anyone around either town I would think it's the pits as well. I mean really, I have an interpreter for a traveling companion and things are still painful.

    Good luck, fish.

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    @bld - close. The OP's nic means Grandpa Baldie. I didn't disclose his secret, but since you did, then Iet the cat out of the bag!

    I'm guessing Grandpa won't have a bad hair day - he doesn't have hair!

    Good onya, Grandpa, for having a sense of humor. Made me chuckle at your nic.

    @fish - yeah, I was surprised that the VTE airport was so small. When I got to the lobby from immigration, I said to myself - that's it??? But Vte was a nice change from the skycrapers of KL, where I had gone to before visiting Vte. Cheers, enjoy ur vacay & don't tink too mutt. Farang tink too mutt, so they get stressed out, even during holidays.
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    ^ Weren't they given lots of money to built an airport by the Americans, and then spent it all on that Patoxai Arc De Triomphe instead?

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    Was at the airport a few days ago and was surprised to see the domestic terminal had been knocked down, they are using a large shed as a temporary domestic until the new ones built, Good move I reckon, the old one was pretty shitty

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    Hi lolokalbo. Mabuhay! Welcome to TD. I'm also a flipper. Which part of PI is your wife from?

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