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In my experience it can make a lot of difference at which consulate in which country you apply for a visa in an upcoming country on your trip.

For instance I seem to recall that it was easiest to get a visa for Iran in Trabzon, Turkey; and easiest to get a visa for Azerbaijan in Batumi, Georgia.

So I'm wondering if there is any place along my route through Southeast Asia that is easiest for getting a Chinese visa. I'll be passing through:

• Singapore • Malaysia • Thailand • Laos • Vietnam

If it makes any difference I'm not a citizen of any of these countries. I'm an Australian citizen travelling overland with as little planning as possible. I almost certainly won't be getting my Chinese visa before leaving Australia.

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May I respectfully suggest this as an alternative title "Which Chinese Consulates or Embassies in South East Asian Countries have an easier processing of visas"? –  hagubear Jul 21 '13 at 11:26
    
Singapore is undoubtedly better, but are you a Singaporean or non-Singaporean (but Asian) applying for Chinese visa? What is your passport condition? You probably know this already, but it probably also depends which nationality you are? You need to add this information for the users to understand the scenario better and give you a bit more realistic answer. –  hagubear Jul 21 '13 at 11:28
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As a general rule of thumb I've often found it easiest to apply for visas in countries that border the country in question*. Those consulates/embassies are usually larger and more used to dealing with a variety of different issues. So for example, apply for a Chinese visa in say, Vietnam. I recently did this and the whole experience was very hassle free. The embassy is right in the center of Hanoi, easily accessible, well staffed, and fast at responding to applications.

*The exception to this rule is of course when the neighboring countries are unfriendly towards each other...

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I might be coming in from Laos because I don't need a visa there like I do for Vietnam. But I've been to Vietnam before and would love to go back. I don't expect it to be too hard to get a Vietnam visa in a neighbouring country but China has more requirements and I've never been there before. –  hippietrail Jul 23 '13 at 10:28
    
Likewise, Laos is a neighboring country for China so I guess it should be relatively easy to get a visa for China in the capital, Vientiane. However I have not done this so I can't comment. Also, regarding a visa to visit Vietnam - you may qualify for a visa on arrival if you are landing at one of the major international airports and fill in an online application. Details here: myvietnamvisa.com/faqs.html –  Paul Raftery Jul 23 '13 at 11:58
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Chinese Embassy in Bangkok seems OK, many foreigners apply there. Not sure if it's any easier than other places (I have not done the CN visa elsewhere), but it seems straightforward and efficient enough.

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