Making a Thai visa in Laos to Vientiane - personal experience

Doing once Thai visa in MalaysiaThis time I decided to try to make a Thai visa in Laos, more precisely in Vientiane. So, I share my personal experience and information from friends, and from the forums, all in one place.

If you just want to read my impressions about Vientiane and see the photos, you can do it here. Vientiane - the capital of Laos and French Asia.

The content of the article

Registration of a Thai visa in Vientiane

Type of visa and cost

In Laos, in a row, you can get only 3-4one-time Thai visas, then you will be suspected of illegal work in the kingdom. Therefore, you must either make a student visa, not a tourist visa, or show an account statement in a Thai bank and a certificate that the money comes from abroad. It is like a guarantee that your income is outside of Thailand.

The cost of a single Thai visa - 1000 baht.

Single entry tourist visa for 90 days. It is given for 60 days, and another 30 days can be extended to the immigrant. It is worth the extension of 1900 baht.

There is still a multivisa, but this is a very niche and hemorrhoid product, and besides, you will not get it anyway in Laos. You can read more about the types of tourist visas in Thailand here: All about visas in Thailand.

Consulate working hours

The consulate is open from Monday to Friday. You can apply for a visa from 8.30 to 11.30. You can pick up a passport with a visa on the next working day from 13.30 to 15.30.

Be sure to pay attention to non-working days and holidays, so as not to accidentally come to the closed doors of the Thai Embassy. This information can be read here.

How to get to the consulate of Thailand

Address of the Thai Consulate in Vientiane: Route Phonekheng, Vientiane, P.O. Box 128. But the address will not help you in Asia, they are of little use to them. If anything, the consulate is located next to the Lao-Singapore Business College (Lao-Singapore Business College), but it is better to navigate by the point on the map, which is at the bottom of the article.

To Thai consulate from Vietnamesethe bus station can be reached on foot: walk along Rue Nongbone to the right and after 7-10 minutes turn right near the bank. After passing the river, at the next intersection, turn left, there will immediately be a consulate on the left side of the road. Well, or just take a knock-knock.

The bank from which you need to turn on the way to the Thai Consulate

The bank from which you need to turn on the way to the Thai Consulate

Consulate of Thailand in Vientiane

Consulate of Thailand in Vientiane

Documents for a Thai visa

The website of the Thai Consulate in Laos lists the documents required for a Thai visa; in real life, we only needed for a one-time visa:

  • Passport valid for 6 consecutive months.
  • A copy of the passport of the first page and the page with the set visa at the border crossing with Taya to Laos. The latter will have to do directly in Laos.
  • 1 photo 4? 6 cm (if there is a child entered in the passport, then on him too). I stuck a photo of 3.5 * 4.5 cm no one said anything.
  • Application for a visa. The questionnaire itself is taken at the consulate or downloaded from the official site from this section (here is a direct link). Only the links are often broken and the Thais constantly change addresses.

The above list rolls over many years.

How to fill out a visa application form

There is such a sample of filling in pdf format, although it is for Malaysia, but this does not change the essence.

Items that may cause some confusion:

Nationality - Russian. Russia or Russian Federation - no difference
Nationality at birth - wrote Russian
Occupation - they wrote to the manager and blogger, they did not specify the place of work - no problem. Many people write Not working - and also everything is fine.
Issued at - do not write the police department, FMS and any other incomprehensible abbreviation, just write your city / country.
Current Address in Lao PDR - we write here the address of your hotel in Vientiane (from business cards, for example).
Permanent Adress - You can write here “same as above” or address in Russia.
Duration of Proposed Stay - especially without a difference, you can write 90 days or 3 month or something like that.
Countries for which travel document is valid - written, as in the example of "all countries".
Name and Address of Local Guarantor - again write here the address of your hotel in Vientiane.
Guarantor in Thailand - the address of your hotel / condominium in Thailand.

The process of applying for a visa

First day

The queue is of two options:

1. Live queue. If a lot of people, then its end may be behind the gate.

2. Not a live queue, but a number one, by coupon. That is, you first need to get a coupon with a number, and then go through it in the window to hand over documents.

But the result should be: delivery of documents and receipt of a receipt for issuing a passport the next day. On the street there will be helpers who offer to pass the queue. In fact, they will not do anything sensible, they will simply try to shove you in front of other people closer to the beginning.

If you suddenly forgot something from the documents, you can use the services helped on the street (more expensive), or inside the consulate on the 2nd floor. Copy A4 5 ?, photo 80 ?, fill in the questionnaire 20 ?.

Photocopy, there is a photo inside the embassy

Photocopy, there is a photo inside the embassy

Second day

The next day is better to come to the consulate.Thailand a little in advance, if you want to be free early, because Passports are often (but not always) issued in the queue. The issue takes place in the same building where you were issued a ticket. But in any case, do not get lost, go for the flow of people.

Comfortable hotels in Vientiane

Next to the consulate

Nearby there is a freshly built Muong thanh luxury

Making a Thai visa in Laos to Vientiane - personal experience

. Great hotel, everything in it is good and the rating is more than 8, but it costs about 2500 baht. Like a 5-star.

I specifically give a link to Roomguru, since you can see all the discounted prices on it and choose where you will book. Usually on Agoda this hotel is cheaper than on Bucking.

Nice hotel near the Thai consulate in Vientiane

Nice hotel near the Thai consulate in Vientiane

Inexpensive Douangpraseuth Hotel

Making a Thai visa in Laos to Vientiane - personal experience

. 1 night in this hotel costs only 800-1000 baht for a 2-bed room. It is very conveniently located, right next to the consulate on the opposite side across the road.

But the hotel has deteriorated recently, the rating has plummeted and in fact, apart from the location there is nothing good already. Therefore, I can not recommend it.

Douang Pra Seuth Hotel

Douang Pra Seuth Hotel

Douang Pra Seuth Hotel

Douang Pra Seuth Hotel

Area with guest houses and hotels

If you need something else, then look in the same place, on RoomGuru service, the benefit of hotels in Vientiane dofiga. You can watch directly on the map to get closer.

True, the main hotel area is not right next toconsulate, about 15-20 minutes to walk (or tuk tuk to go). For convenience, I made a screenshot with a schematic layout of the consulate and hotels, so that it would be clearer.

Hotels in Vientiane

Hotels in Vientiane

How to get to Vientiane

Through Udonton

  • First we need to get to the Thai cityUdonthani (Udonthani), located 50 km from the border with Laos, where you can transfer to a direct bus to Vientiane. There is a railway station in Udonthani, so you can take a train from Bangkok. And from Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, you can fly by plane. From large cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai, night buses go, the journey time is 10-14 hours.
  • Udonton has two bus stations: No. 1 (number one) in the city center near the railway station and No. 2 (number two or new bus station) on the outskirts. We need NUMBER 1, as buses depart from there to Laos. My bus, Chiang Mai-Udontani, came in at number 2, so I had to continue by tuk-tuk to the first bus station (80-100 baht, driving time 15 minutes). So remember, buses can arrive at both bus stations.
  • It is best to arrive in Udontani early in the morning (5-6in the morning), if you want to be on the same day to apply for a Thai visa. The bus to Vientiane leaves from the bus station number 1 at 8.00, 10.30, 11.30, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00, travel time 2 hours, cost 80 baht. The ticket window opens at 7 am, and there is already a queue. At 7.30 am the tickets for 8 am were sold out completely, and the sale went at 10.30.
Bus Schedule Udonti - Vientiane

Bus Schedule Udonti - Vientiane

The bus to Vientiane stops twice -before the friendship bridge, where you pass the Thai border guards, and after the friendship bridge where you pass the Lao border guards. It's hard to get lost there, just keep your crowd out of the bus.

If you move everywhere by tuk-tuk, and come to the border on your own, then you need a bus to cross the Friendship Bridge, it costs 15 baht.

Other options

  • Direct buses to Vientiane also come from such cities as: Nong Khai (Nong Khai) is almost on the border, and KhonKaen (Khon Kaen) 150 km from the border. Therefore, if there are such buses, then you can get from your city to Nong Khai (the most convenient option) or to Khon Kaen.
  • Until Nong Khai can be reached from the bus station number 2 inUdonton. Buses start walking from 8 am, while the journey takes 1 hour. And from Nong Khai to get to the border on a tuk-tuk, or take a direct bus to Vientiane.
  • From the bus station in Udontoni get to the border with Laos by tuk tuk.

Way back to thailand

Straight from the Thai Embassy to the border withThailand can be reached by tuk tuk. At the exit, the drivers directly attack themselves, offering services. The cost is about 60 baht per person, low because an entire group is recruited.

And, if you go by bus, then the schedule of the bus Vientiane - Udontani and the bus Vientiane - Nong Khai are below. It is better not to count on the last flights, as there may be no tickets.

Bus timetable Vientiane - Udonti

Bus timetable Vientiane - Udonti

Bus Schedule Vientiane - Nong Khai

Bus Schedule Vientiane - Nong Khai


From our reader information, Alex, thank you!

07.07.The 2014 ticket for the bus of “company 407”, which is located on Sukhumvit road, on the territory of a gas station, almost immediately after the turn off from the Central Central road (see photo pin on the map), costs standard = 551 ?, VIP = 680 ?. Took at 20.00, the price includes water / roll / rice with some kind of minced meat. 2-storeyed bus, the standard is quite comfortable and there is much more stretched legs with an increase of 185cm :)
0700 arrived at BusStation in Nong Khai, i.e. the road was 10.30-11.00 hours. From there, on another bus to Vientiane, that is, we came from Pattaya to Nong Khai and immediately bought a ticket for the next bus to Vientiane.

Bus Location 407

Bus Location 407

Ticket Office in Nong Khae

Ticket Office in Nong Khae

The return scheme for returning to Pattaya is the same. At the Nong Khai bus station, where we got from Vientiane, we take a ticket to Pattaya. We left at 5.30 pm and arrived in Pattaya only at 8.00 am, i.e. the road was almost 15 hours, either because of its route (it made many stops along the way in settlements, taking passengers and dropping off passengers, or because of weather conditions — it rained, then a hopeless fog, in which the speed was naturally minimal. I heard from people according to their experience, they left at 20.00 and arrived in Pattaya by 06.00 in the morning, that is, 10 hours on the road.

Consulate on the map

Consulate of thailand

Consulate of thailand
Thai consulate where everyone does one-time visas.
Read more.

Thai consulate where everyone does one-time visas. More details.

I recommend very much good and detailed maps of Vientianethat you need to keep on your computer orprint, if you are going to move a lot around the city, there are guesthouse and sights, and in general all the necessary places. Although it is possible to simply put, it also has to dofig everything you need.

Yes, I almost forgot, recalculated the rate of Lao Kip to bat in this way - 10.000 kip = 40 baht. The course is approximate, but it seemed convenient to me to be considered dozens.

P.S. Good luck getting a Thai visa!

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