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    Laos Visa run, Thailand Vientiane

    So you got to do your Thai visa run and your going to Vientiane, first off keep heading for Nong Khai and then you get to see signs for Vientiane, right up close to the Friendship Bridge on the right is a car park on the right, only Thai signs but look for one stop signs and some shop houses and its there, at 90baht per night it is a bargain and he has a couple of nice dogs.

    So park the car and pay the moron and walk the 100 meters to Thai immigration, did I mention that the car park attendant is a moron? Believe me he is.

    Go and hit the currency exchange and get 35 US dollars in nice clean untorn notes if you are a lovely UK person, now this is needed as you do need a visa to enter Lao, your Lao visa is valid for one month, right you got your visa time to get out of Thailand, for your visa you also need a couple of passport pictures and a photocopy of your main passport page.

    Next you got to pay your 15baht to get across the Friendship Bridge, yeah you get a ticket, most times they will bus you across in a fan bus but they also have minibuses as well.



    The big bus for getting across Friendship Bridge.



    So your in Laos and all sort of sorted out, next you got to get to Vientiane and the Thai embassy, you got to be there before 12 so now is the time to start rushing, prices are all up on a sign and listed so you wont get ripped off like you do in Thailand, 250baht for a tuk tuk to take you into Vientiane, if your gonna fok around and want to go to the Thai Embassy first and then onto a hotel expect another hefty 50 baht charge, but your gonna be there a while



    So when you get to the Thai Embassy, or is it a consulate? who gives a toss anyway, walk through the gates and walk towards the mass of people on the left, yes you got to stand in queue regardless of the weather cos you are farang scum, now this is really well organised, you got to give your passport and paperwork into the place on the left, then you walk over to the building on the right where hundreds of people could be waiting and you wait till they call out your name so you can pay the money for the visa you have applied for, could they have possibly designed it any worse than that? I really don't think they could.

    So you got a few choices here, Non immigrant visas at 2,000baht a pop and only single entry if your pathetic farang reason is that you married some Thai bird, 1,000baht a go tourist visa seems a pretty good deal if you only want 60 days, probably can get a double entry tourist visa, but hell, why bother.



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    DD, why do you still need to do visa runs so often?

    You have lived here for 10+ years and are married to a Thai (at least I think so)

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    ^What you think and what are facts are 2 completely different things

    Anyway so you got your lovely passport back from the Thai embassy in Vientiane, you got your taxi waiting who is going to charge you 300baht for all his driving about, and off you go to the Friendship Bridge to get back across to Nong Khai.

    On the Lao side of the bridge there is a duty free and some shops and supermarkets, worth having a look round as stuff like cheese and other essentials that you get reamed up the ass for in Thailand are dirt cheap here.



    There is a small fee if you want to bring your car across, just make sure you got all the paper work sorted out first.



    This shop I wondered what sort of rolls they were selling for quite a while, pretty sure the main ingredient was papaya



    Duty free stuff is cheap as chips, but hit the super market, local Laos cigarettes are 70baht a carton, yes a carton of 200, the local whiskey, red or black is 100baht a bottle and is made under the supervision of an Australian, I am sure that is something they can be proud of.



    Then it's back across the Friendship bridge to Nong Khai and onwards to Pattaya yet again.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    stuff like cheese and other essentials that you get reamed up the ass for in Thailand are dirt cheap here
    How much is the cheese ?
    What brand is it?
    Any problems bringing 25kgs across?

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    ^I was thinking about getting more cheese from Thailand after that revelation

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    I only brought back the cream triangles, some dumb Frog name, 60baht in Laos, 140baht in Thailand per pack, it is cheese spread stuff.

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    I'm thinking of a few days expedition up there. Which paperwork is needed to take a car across?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    worth having a look round as stuff like cheese and other essentials that you get reamed up the ass for in Thailand are dirt cheap here
    I wasn't aware that that was a payment option in Villa. Is there a notice or something up that I've missed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    Which paperwork is needed to take a car across?
    Ownership, probably insurance and driving license.

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    ^ Hmmm... Oh well, guess I'll have to bring the missus along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    Which paperwork is needed to take a car across?
    Ownership, probably insurance and driving license.
    Now I understand why have parked your car.


    MeMock, Dirtydog has been smart enough never to marry a thai.

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    [quote=Fabian;527261][quote=dirtydog;527193]
    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil


    MeMock, Dirtydog has been smart enough never to marry a thai.
    Or smart enough NOT to !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabian View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    Which paperwork is needed to take a car across?
    Ownership, probably insurance and driving license.
    Now I understand why have parked your car.


    MeMock, Dirtydog has been smart enough never to marry a thai.
    Beat me to it ! Read it late - connection down for an hour or so - TIT

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    [QUOTE=Fabian;527261]
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post


    MeMock, Dirtydog has been smart enough never to marry a thai.
    except for the fact he has to go a visa runs every 3 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Ownership, probably insurance and driving license.
    Nope, you need a permit for the car
    Last edited by Thetyim; 07-02-2008 at 12:24 PM.

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    The car permit is interesting.
    It is issued by the Land Transport Dept.
    Agencies charge 200-300 USD to get you one
    In Nong Khai the LTD charge 500 baht
    You can also get one where your car is registered and one person claims to have paid only 70 baht

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    So you can get a visa in one day? I thought that you had to apply one day and pick up your visa the next.

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    You need to get your visa application in before 12, you can then pick it up the following day after 1pm.

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    ^ DD is the Non "O" visa (based on married to a Thai woman) only a 3 month one? and just asking for mate like, can you get one for being married to a katoey?

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    I'd like to see Lopburi3 answer that one on TV

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    Guesthouse / Hotel in Laos DD?

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    Some hotels and guesthouses in Lao here http://teakdoor.com/view.php?pg=laos-visa-run

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    Thanks for info. Have to go there in a few weeks for my Non-Imm B visa. People say Vientiane is like old-style BKK (Frenchified) and there are plenty of hotels in town (backpacker to comfy class). Can't say I'm looking forward to the Thai bureaucracy but hope my g/f has as much clout there as she does locally.
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    DD - another question or two as I do this shit later today and the last time I did this was 2 or 3 years ago :


    Go and hit the currency exchange and get 35 US dollars in nice clean untorn notes if you are a lovely UK person, now this is needed as you do need a visa to enter Lao, your Lao visa is valid for one month

    1. Dollars - do I get that on the Thai side of the border BEFORE I go over? Is it near the immigration counter?

    right you got your visa time to get out of Thailand,

    2. Where did I get the visa before I left Thailand?

    for your visa you also need a couple of passport pictures and a photocopy of your main passport page.


    3. You are talking about the Thai visa not the Laos visa?

    4. 250 Baht for a tuk tuk to the capital? Fuck what happened to the minivans they had 2 or 3 years ago for 100 Baht?

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    1) There are NO money changing facilities at the border. Get your dollars beforehand!

    2) You get the Laos visa at the border within 10 minutes - one photo required, or a 1 $ surcharge. You can also get the visa beforehand in Bangkok - same day processing for an "express fee", which is similar to what you pay at the border.

    3) Thai visa. They do insist on the pics.

    4) You can still get to Vientiane for 100 bt by tuk-tuk, or much less by public transport.

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