In an article called, “Tips for Travel to Southeast Asia,” Kent St. John revealed all of the most important information about attaining and having a visa.

He wrote, “In several countries in Southeast Asia, it is preferable to get a business visa rather than a tourist visa, even if your intention is just to tour.

CAMBODIA: A Cambodian business visa is $30 and can be extended indefinitely, a tourist visa $25 can only be extended once.

VIETNAM: Once you have entered Vietnam, you may want to go to a travel agency and obtain a business visa. Most agencies in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City can arrange the required “sponsor”. In Vietnam, a business visa is good for three months, is easier to extend, and allows for multiple entries. All in all, it makes traveling Vietnam easier.

Some other facts on visa requirements:

Bangkok is the center for getting visas to anywhere in Southeast Asia.
Myanmar requires that all Foreign Independent Travelers exchange a minimum of $300 US upon arrival.

When landing at Laos’ Wattay airport, make sure you have $50 US in cash for your 15-day visa. Nothing else is accepted. For a longer stay contact Diethelm Travel P.O. Box 2657, Namphou Square, Vientiane, Laos, Tel: 856-21-3833

The visa situation is by far one of the most confusing matter concerning traveling Southeast Asia. The State Department can give you contact information at and will provide a run down on visa requirements.

Use the embassy contact numbers for up to date information. By far the best website for information on visa, health, and basics on Southeast Asia can be found at

If you want to arrange visas once you arrive in Southeast Asia, contact Diethelm Travel. They have offices in every country in Southeast Asia:
Diethelm Travel Kia Gwan Bldg II 140/1 Thaon Withayu Bangkok Thailand 10500