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Good Morning, Vietnam!

Posted on 01 March 2012 by christie

Vietnam countryside

Our journey to Vietnam began bright and early with a 7 AM minibus departure from Ban Lung. The first minibus took us one hour to the border at O’Yadaw – Le Tanh where we received our Cambodian exit stamp. We then proceeded to the Vietnam side at Le Tanh which was relatively hassle-free. You can’t get a visa on arrival at the border so we had pre-arranged our visa ($45) through a travel agent while we were in Siem Reap. Two Norwegian guys who were traveling with us to the border got rejected because they had no visa and no proof of onward travel after Vietnam. There are a number of countries who do not need a visa to enter Vietnam (U.S. is not one of them), however they must apparently show proof that they are leaving the country. We were all arguing with the border guards but they wouldn’t budge and told the guys they had to go back to Ban Lung and book a ticket before entering Vietnam. We continued to the next gate so we’re not sure what ever happened to the Norwegians. Continue Reading

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