HUAY XAI- THEY ARE CLUELESS-HELP!

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  1. donvangilder

    donvangilder I successfully took a bike into Vietnam

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    i crossed over to laos right before noon today from chiang kong with my thai registered (in my name) honda 150 nsr. customs was closed at that moment so the guy told me to go to immigration and do my passport and come back at 13:00. when i came back, the custom's officer took my registration book, and the documentation that the thai's gave me, and told me to wait at my bike. after a little bit a guy came up to me on his scooter with my paperwork and told me to follow him on my bike to his office, which turned out to be a residence, about 1 km from the custom's office. this guy first said he would need 2000 bt to do the necessary lao paperwork, which he later said he would do for 1000 bt, as well as 850 bt for me and 800 bt for the bike to go on the slow boat to luang prubang tomorrow. this all seemed a bit sketchy to me so i said i was leaving. i went and got lunch and a guest house room (i have my bike and all my thai paperwork and passport) and thought i'd try back at customs. i talked to a different guy at customs this time and he sent me to a tourist office around the corner from customs. when i got there they had no clue what customs is talking about. i am planning to get on the slow boat tomorrow and going to pruang brubang, and i have all the necessary thai paperwork and my bike, do i need to be concerned about not having anything from the laos side besides my tourist visa? if so, can i do what i need to in luang prubang? these people seem to have no idea what is going on so i am left in a quandary. thanks for any help you can give me.

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  3. SilverhawkUSA

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    Don-

    Good advice from Davidfl. If you read the topic he suggested you will see I just went through all the new crap they are doing. I had a Thai/Laos speaker with me and we still did not get around the system. They told us that sometimes now it takes all day just to get the paperwork done. Don't be surprised that it seems a little unprofessional. The girl who helped us had to be called from school to come take care of us. Once in Laos we were stopped at many check points on this trip and they were not playing games. You will get a sticker that goes on your windshield that shows you are legally in the country with your bike and they do look at it. Good Luck.

    Dave Early

    Ever notice that "What the Heck!" is usually the right answer?
     

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