Arriving in Laos without onward travel arrangements - Possible?
Posted 23 March 2009 - 04:47 AM
Posted 23 March 2009 - 04:57 AM
To answer your question, I think the chances of you having difficulties over the lack of onward travel arrangements, are nil, to zero. If you're concerned, make some cursory arrangements, such as a Thai tourist visa and a bus ticket (won't cost much) to show some kind of intent to leave the country.
Which crossing do you plan to use?
Posted 23 March 2009 - 05:14 AM
Posted 23 March 2009 - 05:19 AM
Posted 24 March 2009 - 01:18 AM
BTW, do you need to arrange a visa to get into Thailand now? When I was there four years ago they stamped you passport for 30 days for free.
Posted 24 March 2009 - 04:56 AM
Posted 29 September 2009 - 01:11 AM
They were willing to copy my passport photo, but they tried to overcharge me for the service. Luckily someone was there to point it out, so I confronted the official and he reduced the price to the posted price.
So, yes, they are accommodating, but they are still looking to make some money off of you.
Edited by askhere, 29 September 2009 - 01:11 AM.
Posted 02 October 2009 - 07:15 AM
I guess with ASEAN, Laos is starting to be a bit more thorough with there immigration processing. Savannakhet did not have an x-ray machine, but have since got one. Normally it just sits there and they don't use it, but 1 time I did have to run my bags through. This was a day when there were several bus loads of Vietnamese workers coming from Thailand, so maybe this was the reason for its use that day.
When I go for the afternoon to shop, I leave with empty bags, and return with full ones and additional ones. They are never checked, I never pay any sort of duty, and I am never asked about anything I may have been doing in Thailand.
Also, with H1N1, the Health Dept. started to have people fill out a form re: where have you been and where are you going etc. You would be given it when you applied for your Visa, and then were to return it when you clear customs. I filled this thing out 3 times, and there was never anyone who wanted to take it on the other side. The next time, the Visa offical did not give me one, but when I cleared customs they wanted to collect it. I had to back out, go back to get one, fill it out, clear customs again, and then hand them the completed card. It would have been funny, but my bus did not wait for me and I was left to hire a tuk tuk to take me home. This is not unique to Laos, as I am sure we have all had our own "ass backwards" situations through out Asia.
Mandrunk is right. The Lao people are wonderful people, who are friendly, and always joking and smiling. This even applies to the Officials at the borders. They are always asking about my tattoos, practicing their english with me, and joking with me. I have never had an issue or bad experience making a crossing into Laos from Thailand, and as long as you're polite and respectful, I would imagine you'll have the same experience.
Having said all this, I don't know anything about Nong Khai or other crossings. I only use Friendship Bridge 2, and Savannakhet Airport. I did use the Lao Bao crossing from Vietnam 3yrs ago, but that's another story. I am sure much has changed there too, with the new "open borders".
One last thing. If you plan to stay in Laos for an extended period, I suggest you get extra pages in your passport if your country has that option. A Laos Visa is still an entire page, as well as in and out stamps for both Thailand and Laos, so staying 3 months you'll almost use 5 pages. I bought the 48 page option of the Canadian Passport before I left in Feb and have used 10.5 pages in 7 months. There is no Canadian Embassy in Laos, so the extra pages will save me an early trip to BKK if I need to renew.
I would look into the train, as you can now go all the way from BKK to Vientianne with the new trestle over the Mekhong.
Edited by Wigboy, 02 October 2009 - 07:18 AM.
Posted 03 October 2009 - 10:17 AM
I have never been asked for an ongoing ticket.
Posted 05 October 2009 - 05:27 AM
You can also fly in to Vientiane quite cheaply from Hanoi. Maybe you can get a cheap connecting flight via that route? Kunming is another option. There is also a cheap 24-hour long bus journey from Hanoi - if you care for the experience.
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