Vietnam Immigration Law
Popular opinion is that renewing a Vietnam visa is easy. They say, “if you have a three month visa, you don’t even need to leave the country, either go to immigration or have a service process your extension for you…three more months…no problems.” You can do it three times – a full year of Vietnam travel without ever having to leave the country. Excellent!
Well, not so much. Be forewarned, sometimes it’s not all that straightforward.
I recently got denied entry into Thailand. Here’s my (cautionary) Vietnam visa tale. Continue reading
Cambodia / Vietnam Border Crossing at Ha Tien
I publish this first day’s account of Vietnam as an exercise in judging how different first impressions are from well-informed ones. Later on, there will be many follow ups in which I probably retract all my initial observations. I also want to share with fellow travelers my experiences at this border crossing.
First of all, I have to say that Vietnam has impressed me (mostly from the view out a bus window today). I am generally impressed with the infrastructure and the hale, hearty look of the people I saw on my rural journey today. For a country with such a large percentage of its population well below the (government idealized) poverty line, most everyone appeared happy and healthy.
I also feel like a child. I know what I want, but don’t have the words to get any of it….so, I point, I pantomime, and I laugh. Continue reading