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    Visas, passports and finally, beer.......

    So, after an interesting run from Chiang Kong down to Savanakket to grab a Non multiple "O" we finally made it back to Chiang Kong.
    The visa application was a breeze. We arrived at the embassy/Consulate at 10.30 and there was nobody there. Rocked up to the counter only to find I'd forgotten a bit of a photocopy so legged it back to the very helpful ladies who've set up office opposite. Copy done, leg it back, bit of a joke with the faceless official
    and everything submitted.

    "Come back at 14.00 tomorrow" said the disembodied creature. Righty oh.

    The Tuktuk that had bought us from the bridge had waited patiently and off we set for the Aura Residence, a 2-3 Km run.

    A bit of a slow down as it was only 11.30 and the room wasn't ready but a cold Lao beer passed the time and at 12.30 we were in.

    Point to note. We booked the Aura on Booking.com and be advised they will not accept credit cards. Cash only is the unbreakable rule. I complained a bit and, as I wanted a late check out we finally came to a solution. Namely, he'd give us a 12.30 check our and I'd pay cash. All good.

    The room was fine, the wifi weak but the water hot.

    The have a restaurant attached where we ate that night. Yes, well OK I suppose but they haven't quite got the idea of pasta alla l'italiani.

    Nevertheless a very expensive bottle of Argentinian red helped smooth out the wrinkles.

    The next morning we got a bit of a breakfast around 09.30. She reckoned the soup was good. My eggs were eggs.

    Checked out at 12.30 and sat in the bar doing social media stuff until 13.00 when our faithful TukTuk turned up and off we went to the Embassy.

    I was second in line and, at 14.00 on the dot they opened up. Grabbed the passport, checked it out, all good and back onto the Tuk Tuk.

    Got to the bridge 15 minutes later and started the whole Laos exit procedure.

    FYI, you don't need US$ 1500 Thb will do.

    Through immigration, onto the bus and Thailand here we come. Easy peasy.

    Got to the car (Thb250 per night) loaded up and off we set.

    Job done.

    Now onto the second bit; my aussie passport is full. Well there's one page left and as the various Thai and Laos immigration officials were keen to point out, I need a new one.

    Fair point.

    So, on Thursday it's a bus down to Chiang Mai and on Friday morning, bright and breezy at 09.00 rock up at the Meridian to apply for a new passport.

    Then the days my own until I grab the bus at 08.00 on Saturday morning to go home.

    All good.

    End of story.

    Should any one want info on the various hotels we stayed in on the way down and back then please ask and I'll add.
    I'll also add the very useful info I got from Ron Elliot, the Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai. Top bloke.

    Finally, id anyone is up for a Friday afternoon beer or 6 let me know.
    I'm spending the 2 nights at the Nap in Chiang Mai Hotel but can travel.

    All the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    my aussie passport is full.
    You are blessed JJ.

    NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

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    hey; If I was in the neighborhood I'd be there. I'm plodding along here in the freezing cold south.
    I'd sure like to compare notes on your conventional western style cancer treatment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl View Post
    hey; If I was in the neighborhood I'd be there. I'm plodding along here in the freezing cold south.
    I'd sure like to compare notes on your conventional western style cancer treatment.
    That's certainly been interesting. Particularly with the latest results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    FYI, you don't need US$ 1500 Thb will do
    For UK and USA its 35 USD for a Laos visa which equals 1136 baht

    For you Aussies its only 30 USD which is 956 baht.

    Youvre been mugged mate

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    Its confusing how youve wrote this, you pay the 30 bucks(1500 baht) to get into Laos,not get out, dont you?

    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    Got to the bridge 15 minutes later and started the whole Laos exit procedure.

    FYI, you don't need US$ 1500 Thb will do.

    Through immigration, onto the bus and Thailand here we come. Easy peasy.

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    You're right, we paid going in.

    I had no problems paying the 1500 as I had no dollars at the time and couldn't be assed to wander around sourcing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    We booked the Aura on Booking.com
    I stayed in that Aura last year, 25USD it shows i paid on booking.com.it was alright

    Ive never seen rain like it. I had to change room, cus the rain burst through the seals of the balcony door.

    This is looking from outside the restaurant downstairs CJ



    If you walk up that road that runs vertical in the above pic for a few hundred yards; theres this new bar/restaurant on your left that i went in for a couple just before the heavens opened



    And the only other thing i did there was go the river the next day whilst waiting to pick up my passport



    Hope you dont mind me adding to your thread mate.

    Its a bit shit Savannakhet on your own

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Its a bit shit Savannakhet on your own
    A business venture right there for rentals if you set up in mukdahan.

    Visa service with a happy ending

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    Have you been to Mukdahan?

    Theres more nightlife in Savannakhet

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    I had no problems paying the 1500 as I had no dollars at the time and couldn't be assed to wander around sourcing them.
    They would have refused them anyway for being too old, or too new.


    Laos should do one of those E-Visa things that people can get for Cambodia, think it saves passport space too if you're a visa runner, and don't get extorted by chicken-heads in uniform.

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    Stayed at the Aura a couple of months back too.

    Followed the road from this pic and 100 metres down you end up at a big beer shed place...



    Think the locals called it Heineken instead of the name on the front. Not a bad place at night with the band going.

    Bogon Tip #528

    When staying at the Aura, ask for a room facing the main road. the ones on the other side give you zero perving opportunity from the massive balcony.

    Bogon Tip #529

    If you turn left out of the Aura, go to the top of the road and do a right at the roundabout where the bus station is, you come across a 7-11 type place that sells small bottles of Hoogarten beer for about 70% less than Thailand.
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    Black diamonds? I shit 'em.

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    Its sleeping pills you need in that shithole

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    ^ Bogon Tip #530

    As soon as you finish at the Thai consulate at around 10am, buy 4 large beer Laos and drink as quick as possible in your room (I done it in just under an hour), and it should make you sleep until hunger kicks in around 1pm.

    Easy way to kill 3 hrs.

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