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VISA Discussions => Border Locations => Topic started by: USA Expat on July 22, 2012, 07:34:30 AM

Title: Savannakhet, Laos
Post by: USA Expat on July 22, 2012, 07:34:30 AM
Thai Consulate in Savannakhet, Laos

This Laos city is located across the Mekong river from Mukdahan, Thailand.  There is a bridge which crosses the river from Thailand to Laos about 10km north of Mukdahan.

This Thai Consulate offers all visa services to foreigners wishing to visit Thailand.  Here is a link to their website Savannakhet Thai Consulate (http://www.thaisavannakhet.com)

I used the Savan Vegas Casino visa run package to get a Non "O" visa from this consulate. Overall, it was an easy successful trip.  Here is how it worked:

It all went very well.  The only surprises were the additional small fees for parking, crossing the border, etc. 
The buffet at the casino was marginal - all Thai food with a selection of 5 or 6 items.  The hotel also has a Chinese restaurant featuring a selection of Thai food (?), and a Western restaurant with steak, fish, hamburger, spaghetti, etc. 
The hotel staff were all great and very friendly.  The hotel and casino was nicely decorated, very clean.  I have been to Las Vegas many times, and they did a nice job of reproducing that look and feel.
The other customers at the hotel seemed to be low class folks all hoping to strike it rich.  It seemed like the hotel offers free food to nearly everyone, so the buffet was crowded with pushy Thai folks staring at the farrang.

I would do this again if I needed to cross the border for another visa.  It was very easy, and the hotel was a nice place to stay.
Title: Re: Savannakhet, Laos
Post by: USA Expat on October 10, 2013, 07:01:21 AM
Recently, I have heard that the Casino is no longer offering this service.  It seems that the Savannakhet Consulate has a new person in charge, and has made some changes.  This consulate is still a good option for getting visas, but they have eliminated some services, and options.  They are operating more in line with the other Thai Embassies and Consulates.