Udon Thani to Laos
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Dec 30, 2011 5:36 PM Last Post By: Vientianeboy
Dec 29, 2011 4:37 AM
Udon Thani to LaosHi all, a friend and I are planning to take a bus from Udon Thani in Thailand into Laos to go to Vientiane. I've read that visas can be secured on arrival, but then I've also heard it can be a hassle, and I'm trying to search the Web to confirm if this is one of the checkpoints that can even issue visas to foreigners anyway, and I can't seem to find info on that either. Does anyone know if we'll have any major issues crossing through to Laos from Udon Thani by busy? Thanks!
Dec 29, 2011 6:44 AM
1Getting a tourist visa for Laos is a snack. All you need is a passport with atleast six months before expiry, a pssport sized photo and about 30USD (have the right amount of money in cash), then fill out two forms - an arrival card and the visa application.This will get you a 30 day tourist visa. The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge border crossing closes at 10pm.
I've been living in Laos for four years. An interesting place to visit. Don't forget to try Beerlao. The best beer brewed in Asia!
Dec 29, 2011 11:17 AM
Dec 29, 2011 4:56 PM
3As Hacky says, look up the information using the search function; all of it is available with a modicum of effort. I am always curious when people say they read it is difficult to get a visa and then don't state where they saw this. Where did you read this? Can you post a link or provide evidence of this?
Dec 29, 2011 9:15 PM
Dec 29, 2011 10:22 PM
5what wanderingstraycat says - if you haven't already got a visa they won't sell you a ticket on the international bus. You alternative is to get a bus from Udon Thani to Nong Khai, get off at Tesco and get a tuk tuk to the bridge. After Thai immigration get a bus across the bridge to Lao immigration. As long as you have photos and US$ (the amount varies with nationality) then it should only take about 10 mins to get a Lao visa.
Dec 30, 2011 10:53 AM
6If you are flying to Udon you can also take the mini-van, the counter is just inside the exit at the airport, for 200 baht. However, they may wait for a full load and how long that takes depends if you are the first or the last on the bus. The van will take you right to the border. You will also need six or seventeen baht (sorry, can't remember) for the bus across the bridge between the two border posts.
When you get to the border you will have to get the visa application. It may only take ten minutes but it can also take over an hour depending on the size of the queue. You will have to go to the 'second' window which will may be closed to get your visa application form. Be careful not to stand in the queue for the 'first' window for the form. Most visa fees are around $35 including Canadian and US citizens (plus an overtime processing fee of around 150 baht on weekends and outside the main business hours). The Aussies get a $5 discount because they funded Friendship Bridge. If you turn up without photos there is a little kiosk at the border where you can get them - at a price but I don't know what that is.
Much, much better to get your visa in advance if you can. The International Bus leaves from Udon bus station and it costs around 80 baht to get from the airport to the bus station.
Dec 30, 2011 5:36 PM
7"The Aussies get a $5 discount because they funded Friendship Bridge."
I don't know from where you got this piece of information, but the reason Australians pay less is because of reciprocal visa charges. It has nothing to do with funding the Friendship bridge.
A lot of misinformation in post #7
Getting your visa in advance is really silly advice as you will pay more, and it is ridiculously easy to get a visa on arrival. The ot charge is NOT 150 Baht, and in fact you should never pay for your visa in Baht as the exchange rate is very poor. Canadians do NOT pay $35, but pay the highest rate of $42.00 because of reciprocal charges.
Yes, you can get your photo take for a nominal charge, but anyone travelling should always carry a half a dozen passport photos anyway.
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