Visa on arrival at the Laos side of the
Friendship Bridge near Nong Khai. The normal
cost is $30.00 US or B1500. On Saturdays,
Sundays, Holidays, and between the hours of
6:00 AM – 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
the cost is $31.00.
A 15 day visa costs 800 baht from an agent
like B.I.S. Travel in Loi Kroh Rd & takes
3 days. Don't buy your visa in Nong Khai as
you will be ripped off.
Miscellaneous costs: be prepared to pay
entry fee and administration fees totaling
about B50 on the Laos side. This Communist
country is starting to get the hang of
Transport across the bridge. Buses go by
every 10-15 minutes and cost B10 each
way.Transport from the Laos Border to
Vientiane. Best to take the vehicles that are
a cross between a tuk-tuk and Baht bus into
town. Takes 40 minutes to an hour and should
not cost more than B50 per person unless you
hire one privately, then it should run
anywhere between B100 and B150 each way. They
will gleefully haggle with you.
Hotel: the Asian Pavilion Hotel for B800
per night Breakfast included. Nice place, good
size room, big bed, and hot water. Good
location, 10-minute walk to the Thai visa
building. Phone: 856 21 213430. There are many
other hotels of all price ranges in the same
area and I have a list of 7 or 8 if you would
The visa: 2 pix and B300 for a 2 month
Tourist visa. The visa will take 2 days to
process (the day you apply, ready the next
afternoon). There are those that will promise
“Express Service”…The Embassy is adamant
that they will not speed up anyone’s visa.
They even have a sign up in the lobby stating
that very fact. Be warned and prepared to
spend at least one night in town.
The visa section is not at the Thai Embassy.
It is along the main street on the way to the
Victory Monument across from the big market.
It is in a little strip shop area on the end
opposite of the Bank of Ayudhya.
The visa section accepts applications
(available there) from 8:30 – 12:00. The
visa can be picked up between 1:00 and 4:00 PM
the following afternoon. The visa will not be
ready for pick up in the AM.
Currency: national currency is the Kip. I
was unable to locate any ATM machines although
the banks will cash advance on Visa and Master
While we were there the Kip was trading at
191 Kip/Baht and 8550 Kip to the U$D. Beer Lao
(big ones) was trading at about 120 Kip to one
bottle. Good beer.
Recommended: the National Museum, walking
distance from the area hotels and a real
reminder as to how things are on the Communist
side of town. The Scandinavian Bakery near the
Fountain has excellent pastries, sandwiches
and snacks. Open from 7 –7 daily. Nice
little Italian restaurant next door.
The only people that came up and bothered
me were a few beggars (who sure as Hell looked
able to work to me) and a couple of Katoeys
who were quite persistent.
The mighty Mekong River is an easy walk
from the hotel areas and with all the food
stalls and the cold beer worth the trek. What
are you going to do, sit in your room while
your visa is being processed?
On the Nong Khai side of the river there
are a couple of good deals; the one we chose
was the Mekong Royal Nongkhai Hotel. Business
was slow, slow, slow so we were able to get a
great room overlooking the Mekong for
B700/night including breakfast. They are also
very helpful in providing Laos visa service,
rides to Thai Immigration, Vientiane Hotels
and Nong Khai information. Phone: (042)
420024.Mittraphap Tour (042 467880, 467359) in
Nong Khai will process your Laos visa for you
but it is about B1000 more than just getting
visa on arrival. Do it yourself is highly
to Butch Colvin for this
Khong in (Laos) can process your visas
but to obtain a Visa on the border will cost
you 1800 baht & the boat across 20 baht
consulate has a notice up on the board stating
that only single entry "O" visas are
given on non immigrant visas and then before
it expires you take it up with the next
immigration point where you are residing. But
it now takes 48 hours to process your non
immigrant visas not 3 days as before. Only one
entry allowed still & they are only really
interested in tourist visas!!.
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