Obtaining a Vietnam visa in Kunming, China
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jun 19, 2013 1:34 AM Last Post By: mitchkin
May 25, 2013 9:12 PM
May 25, 2013 10:02 PM
1Yep. Lots of posts on how to get the visa . Do a search.
I got one earlier this month. Here's one of several links:
May 25, 2013 10:07 PM
Bus from Kunming to Hekou 河口, where you cross to Lao Cai, Vietnam. Can break the trip halfway in Jianshui 建水 if you have the time.
Alternatively, there's now a train from Kunming to Mengzi 蒙自, from where you take a Hekou bus.
Straight forward trip, either way.
May 26, 2013 1:24 AM
3Visitors plan travel to Vietnam form Kunming via border crossing on land, they are requested to have a visa pre-arranged by the Vietnam Consulate General in Kunming or nearby.
Embassy of Vietnam in Beijing, China
Address: No 32 Guanghua Rd., Jiangou menwai, P.O.Box 00600, Beijing, CHINA
Phone: (86-10) 6532 11
Fax: (86-10) 6532 57
Consulate General of Vietnam in Guangzhou, China
Address: 2nd floor, Hotel Landmark B Building North, Qiaoguang Rd. (Haizhu square), Guangzhou, CHINA.
Phone: (86-20) 8330 59
Fax: (86-20) 8330 59
Consulate General of Vietnam in Kunming, China
Address: No. 507, Hong Ta Mansion 1 No. 155 Beijing Road, Kunming, China
Phone: (0086-871)- 351
Fax: (0086-871) 351
Consulate General of Vietnam in Nanning, China
Address: 1st floor, Touzi Dasha, 109 Minzu Avenue, Nanning, CHINA
Phone: (86-77) 1551 05
Fax: (86-77) 1553 47
May 26, 2013 5:16 AM
4When crossing the Loa Cai border, this area on the VN side is the jumping off point to Sapa, there are shuttles meeting the trains from Hanoi to take you to Sapa, a wonderful hiking region and also many ethnic minorities. Allow at least 2-3 nights in the Sapa area, more if you plan to summit Fanispan,. Most people go to and from Sapa on the night trains from Hanoi, there are 3 each way, each evening, about 6pm, 730 and 9pm. Get the soft sleeper, promise.
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May 26, 2013 1:33 PM
May 27, 2013 2:15 AM
6I did this in Feb this year.
Getting the Visa is straightforward. Pay the extra 100RMB for express service and you'll have it in 48 hours. The consule is pretty close to the train station but a bit of a bugger to find.
The buses between Kunming and Hekou are very, VERY badly timed as the trip takes about 10 The last bus leaves IIRC at about 7pm meaning that it arrives at about 5am, leaving you with 3 or so hours (And a walk of several kilometers) before the border opens at 8am (But, earlier buses will, of course, mean a longer wait).
I think I paid about 15,000D for the mini-bus to Sapa (Going all the time).
May 27, 2013 4:48 AM
May 27, 2013 5:01 AM
8Certainly wasn't that much in Feb. I may have paid 20,000 but not more. I remember I paid 30,000 for the trip back to Lao Cai as I booked for a certain time through my guest-house (Who, obviously, took a cut) and then got mucked around by the driver who hung about trying to fill his van and almost made me miss my train to Hanoi.
Mind you! The weather in Feb was pretty diabolical. Maybe that had something to do with it?
May 27, 2013 3:38 PM
Jun 10, 2013 2:25 AM
To make Vietnam visa from China, you can make visa on arrival online, to know more, visit here: http://www.vietnamvisaonline.net/article/vietnam-visa-tips/china-government-has-accepted-vietnam-visa-on-arrival/
- The time to process your visa is within 1-3 working days(except Saturday and Sunday) . URGENT processing service fee: - 1 working day plus 10 USD/pax.
- The fee $20/pax
However if you travel in land, that means travelling by bus or motorbile, you must make another type of visa. To know more detail, please send an email to get exact reply: Support@VietnamVisaOnline.Net
Edited by: vietnamvisaonarrival
Jun 19, 2013 1:34 AM
11Thanks for the great information guys. I am now going the opposite way around due to unforeseen circumstances. I will now fly from Hong Kong to Bangkok, play around in in Thailand for a few weeks then head north and back up into China, Kunming, via Vietnam.
I'm also thinking of heading back into China via Myanmar/Burma - anybody have any experience of that? I read bits and pieces about having to hire a guide????
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