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Savannakhet, Laos
« 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

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:
  • I made reservations via the Savan Vegas website and in the comments I said I was doing a visa run for a Non "O" marriage visa.
  • I received a phone call from a girl at the hotel confirming what I needed to do, and she also reviewed with me the documents I should bring with me for the visa.
  • I also received an email from them detailing out everything, including stating again what documents I needed to bring
  • We drove our own car to the Friendship Bridge in Mukdahan and found the Savan Vegas office located in the parking lot on the Thai side of the bridge.
  • Parked the car in a covered parking area near the Savan Vegas office. - cost 150 baht for one overnight trip
  • We took all our papers inside the office and the girls took my passport and prepared the entry and exit papers for Laos and Thailand.
  • My Wife does not have a passport, so they took her Thai ID card and prepared a temporary passport for her to use. - cost 100 baht
  • They then took my passport and her temporary passport to the border and got everything pre-stamped with the exit stamps so we did not need to wait in line at the border crossing. - cost 50 baht
  • At the Laos border, the Savan Vegas staff took my passport, photo, and 1,500 baht fee and took care of getting the Laos Visa on Arrival.  They also took my wife's temporary passport to the window to be stamped for us while we waited in the air conditioned van.  - cost 40 baht
  • Arrived at the casino and was greeted by a girl waiting for us and took us directly to the Check-in desk to get our room and paid the 1,499 baht room fee, plus a 1,000 baht deposit.
  • Then she took us to their VIP desk to get the paperwork started.  They had the application form for me to fill out, and would have made copies of everything if I had not already had copies.  They verified all the documents, had me sign some papers, then they told us to come back to the desk the following day about 2:30PM to pick up my passport.
  • We proceeded to our room where our bags were waiting.  I should mention that the room was very nice, clean, and comfortable.
  • We played around the casino, went for a 90 minute massage for myself and the wife at the spa (one was free included with the visa run package), took a taxi into Savannakhet to look around, did some shopping, had dinner at a nice restaurant on the river, etc. Then the following day, at 2:30PM, we went to the check out desk to check out of the hotel (late checkout is included), and the girl from the VIP desk greeted us there with my passport and original documents all ready to go.
  • We went outside to the van and left for Thailand.  At the Laos side of the border, the Savan Vegas people took my passport and wife's temporary passport to the window to get the exit stamps (again while we waited in the air conditioned van). - cost 40 baht
  • When we reached the Thai border, across the river, we exited the van and went to the window ourselves to get the entry stamps.  The hotel staff cannot do this for you since the immigration people want to see your face and take a picture.
  • The van took us to our car, helped unload our bags into the car, and off we went

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.
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Re: Savannakhet, Laos
« Reply #1 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.