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Apr
15
comment True current procedure and cost of extending Cambodia tourist visa in person?
No worries mate. You can buy me a beer next time we're in the same town (-;
Apr
15
comment True current procedure and cost of extending Cambodia tourist visa in person?
Yes I roughly knew that. I'm expecting that's why your extension is more difficult than mine was so it's relevant information.
Apr
15
comment True current procedure and cost of extending Cambodia tourist visa in person?
How many months were you asking for? Are you on a tourist visa?
Apr
15
comment What are the current requirements and process of obtaining a multiple-entry Chinese visa for an Australian citizen in Ho Chi Minh City?
I guess I better award you the bounty even though you missed the key point that they don't issue this type of visa at this consulate. I'll balance that by accepting my own answer.
Apr
14
comment How close to the end of my Vietnam tourist visa can I still get an extension (through an agent)?
Yes some places may have a rule about the number of days, but in other places the answer will be pragmatic, based on efficiencies of agents, officials, and transporting the passport. Vietnam seems more officious than Cambodia where I also extended a visa recently.
Apr
10
comment Which airlines with routes connecting Vietnam and China have free cancellations and can be booked online?
@EsotericScreenName: Yes I've been checked by the airline one time only, on a one-way flight to Malaysia from Australia and used a printout of a $10 train ticket to Singapore to satisfy them. I asked one of our first questions on the site about proof of onward travel in the lead-up to that trip.
Apr
9
comment Which airlines with routes connecting Vietnam and China have free cancellations and can be booked online?
@EsotericScreenName: My impression was they only care about the onward flight at the time of visa application. Nobody asked me about it at any other time on my previous two visits.
Apr
8
comment Which airlines with routes connecting Vietnam and China have free cancellations and can be booked online?
@RussellMcMahon: I've changed my plans since asking this question anyway since I now know that HCMC will only issue me a single-entry visa. So this question is now just for the general case rather than my specific case. Everything you read online though says they won't give you a visa unless can show flight tickets specifically. The Internet is wrong sometimes nonetheless. I think we might even have an older question on just that point ...
Apr
8
comment Which airlines with routes connecting Vietnam and China have free cancellations and can be booked online?
Wow. Everything is looking dicey. I think I'm going to go back to Laos and do it all the easy, cheap way that worked so well on my last trip. This time I'll pay attention to what airline they book and leave a note here!
Apr
8
comment Which airlines with routes connecting Vietnam and China have free cancellations and can be booked online?
@Lewis: I think you need to show both your flight in and your flight out. It doesn't have to be return but you will need to show both parts if it's not return.
Apr
8
comment Renewing or getting a new visa in Vietnam?
Vietnamese visa-on-arrival must be pre-arranged and is only possible for arriving by air, not by land border. This is very different to what most countries call "visa on arrival". The process for getting a Vietnam visa is pain-free it Sihanoukville, Cambodia and you get it the following day. You might want to find out how Vietnam feels about numerous successive visas though.
Apr
8
comment Renewing or getting a new visa in Vietnam?
See also: Possible to extend a Vietnamese tourist visa in Dong Hoi?
Apr
8
comment Possible to extend a Vietnamese tourist visa in Dong Hoi?
See also: Renewing or getting a new visa in Vietnam?
Apr
8
comment What are the current requirements and process of obtaining a multiple-entry Chinese visa for an Australian citizen in Ho Chi Minh City?
I'm not going to call him, I'm just going to fix them. (-:
Apr
8
comment What are the current requirements and process of obtaining a multiple-entry Chinese visa for an Australian citizen in Ho Chi Minh City?
I decided my backup plan is to go back to Laos from Vietnam and get a visa in Vientiane again. The China embassy there is very quiet, friendly, and free of fuss.
Apr
8
comment What are the current requirements and process of obtaining a multiple-entry Chinese visa for an Australian citizen in Ho Chi Minh City?
Eek! I bizarrely did not take a photo of my Chinese visa after I recieved it, though I did with every other visa on this trip and my last trip! I don't have the old visa number written anywhere either. I did find my old passport number plus my entry and exit dates for both of my visits on the double-entry visa at least. I guess I just have to ask at the consulate.
Apr
7
comment How to change flight dates without paying a high price?
Based on the excellent answer, I would vote to reopen this question if it were re-worded along the lines of "How to choose an airline when I might need to change my dates?" or somesuch.
Apr
7
comment What does the flight jargon “fare class” actually mean? Is it the same as either “fare basis (code)” or “travel class”?
So maybe we could have fare basis as a synonym then? It would be great if you guys could do a tag wiki by the way, since you grok this black art.
Apr
6
comment What does the flight jargon “fare class” actually mean? Is it the same as either “fare basis (code)” or “travel class”?
You, sir, have written the perfect answer! Do you think I made a reasonable new tag or would fare basis be better? Or one that covers both. I saw "fare class" in about four questions and "fare basis" in only one. But both turned up more times in answers and probably comments.
Apr
6
comment What gesture to make when hitchhiking in Iran?
@pnuts: The hitcher should never insist on anything. Hospitality is something you accept, never something you insist upon. People are free to offer hospitality or not if they like the cut of your job. The only time you should insist as a hitcher is if they're being inappropriate and you insist they stop and let you out.