I have to go to Laos soon to get a non-imm visa...I was just wondering if anyone knows what would happen if I got a bus direct from Thailand to Vietianne.. a standard bus...does anyone know the process...would the bus stop for people to get the Laos visa, or is it presumed that people already have that?
cool...thanks for your quick and helpful response fred
yep...don't forget your photos
cool, cheers.. any idea what size Laos are after?
Also if you're Canadian you get a couple more inches of shaft up the rectum compared to people from other countries...don't understand what Canada did to Laos to have to pay more for the same visa an American gets...were the Americans wearing Canadian flags on their uniforms as they bombed Laos?...
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The bus from Nong Khai to Vientiane will usually require the Laos visa beforehand, because if you don't have it you will hold up the other passengers waiting in line to get your visa at the border.
So, if you don't get the Laos visa beforehand, just take a bus to Nong Khai, then hire a tuk tuk to take you to the border for like 50 baht; go through customs, get your Laos visa then take a baht bus to the bus station in Vientiane for another 50 baht or so. Ignore the Lao taxi drivers, just follow the locals and get on the gated truck (baht bus or whatever you wanna call it). This will take you to the morning market (talad sow?)/bus station in Vientiane.
At the market, get yourself a sandwich for 10,000 kip (20 baht). Then head east on Nongbone road for 1 km, turn right, Thai consulate is 400 meters down on your left, on the corner. Turn in your paperwork and fee at the consulate (time your trip so you arrive in Vientiane in the morning so you can do this). Then get a guesthouse outside the consulate. There are a number of cheap ones right near the consulate.
The next day, pick up your passport at 12:30, head back to the market/bus station, catch the bus back to Nong Khai for 50 baht and you'll be back in Thailand late afternoon.
I'd recommend avoiding buses all the way to Vientiane. invariably, even if everyone allegedly has a visa, some itiot'll stil make it take all day. guess what? if you're part of a bus, you'll have to wait for that idiot.
Imodium can't stop me.
Another quick question. The address on my contract is different to the address that I have now..moved last week. The address on the contract is of a hotel.. When I hand in my application in Laos for the non-imm B, will it cause any problems that my address on the form is different to the one on the contract?
Also, the condo where I am staying now kind of isn't on a road..its more like a driveway/huge pathway kind of thing off a road.. Not worth asking the owners the exact address as they won't have a clue what I am on about..Do you think it will be ok just to put my condo number, name of the complex and the road that it is off? Do they even check these things?
nobody is going to actually check on the validity of the address, but if there are inconsistencies in your paperwork the immi man might have a problem with it. So try to get everything to match up as best a possible.
I would redo the form and put the address that matches your contract...all that matters is that you don't raise any interest...having the differing addresses just might do that...better safe than sorry...
What your address actually is doesn't matter...