COMPARE NONG KHAI VIENTIANE VISA RUN TO MUKDAHAN SAVANNAKHET VISA RUN
If you know Vientiane the capital city of Laos and have already been there to apply for a tourist visa or any non immigrant visa you will be disappointed by Savannakhet, the second city in Laos. because it has nothing interesting enough to go there but it's Thai consulate that delivers Thai visa easily.
If you compare a visa run to Vientiane consulate and a visa run to Savannakhet consulate the latter is closer to the friendship bridge 2 than Vientiane is to the Friendship bridge 1, and the border crossing is faster at Mukdahan - Savanakhet because it is less crowded as few foreigners are crossing there.
Savannakhet is not as welcoming as Vientiane where you can find a lot of western food restaurant and where most of the hotels offer free WIFI Internet connection.
At Savanakhet few hotels offer Internet, and few of this connected hotels have WIFI available from the room.
Savannakhet is not yet a touristic place and it's even surprising to find a Thai consulate there, so you won't find many tourist agencies and cafes of bars as you can find at Vientiane.
At Savannakhet the most famous western food restaurant is called Cafe de Boune (or Boon) and is a very expensive place where nobody who has been to Vientiane eating cheap and good western food, pizza, pasta, or French food, wants to go. Cafe de Boon owner is an arrogant Lao French woman who doesn't care her customers and dare to sell them overpriced food that is not even good or nice: 2 fried eggs cost 100 Thb and all the menu is overpriced.
If you really want to eat western food you will find few other places but still, prices are a lot higher than at Vientiane and the choice is not as large: no bakery or French restaurant at Savannakhet, and only 2 or 3 coffee shops.
Internet shops also are hard to find at Savannakhet, as well as good street food that is not available as it is in Thailand or even at Vientiane. You can eat some street noodles at Savannakhet but mostly you will have bones in your dish and will hardly find any chicken meat to eat.
So you can understand how different is Savannakhet from Vientiane in Lao, and if you have to go there for your visa do not expect anything good.
This city is mostly famous for its casino, the Savan Vegas casino where Thai gamblers go to play but also to relax in a nice American run hotel. People going to the casino usually do not even visit the city that has nothing to offer to someone coming from Thailand.
The only reason why going to to Savannakhet is it's Thai consulate where you can get a two entries tourist visa when you already have many tourist visas in your passport and even when Vientiane Thai consulate denied you the right to have one more of this visa. Also, any other kind of Thai visa that allow to stay in Thailand for a while as non-immigrant O visa or non-immigrant B visa, or even ED visa (education visa) is easy to get at Savannakhet.
If you are looking for a cheap place where to stay at Savannakhet go to Leena guesthouse as it is the only cheap hotel offering free WIFI Internet, but if you want a nicer hotel go to Savan Vegas hotel or Dansavahn hotel near the river. Frankly, if you just want to sleep in clean sheets and be able to use internet, go to Leena and do not waste your time checking other places.
The bus trip to Mukdahan and Savannakhet hotel can be long, so if you prefer to fly to Ubon Ratchatani in Thailand then take the VIP transit mini van to Mukdahan, a service from Ploy Hotel in the center of Mukdahan.
Also, a famous travel agency called Roonmai travel can pick you up at Ubon Ratchatani airport and cross the Friendship bridge 2 to go to the Thai consulate at Savannakhet directly:
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org - Tel: 042 - 674063 or 08 - 1592 - 6966
Unlike Thai vans from Udon Thani airport that cannot cross the bridge 1 at Nong Khai, a Thai van can cross the bridge 2 at Mukdahan, and this is quite convenient to directly go to the consulate after your flight from Bangkok or any other place.
If you go to the border on your own you can also use the public bus to cross the border: pay 50 Thb and go by bus to the Lao immigration.
In the future you won't have to go further than the bridge to get your visa as a new Thai consulate is being built right after the bridge on Lao side and this is the place where visa will have to be applied within few months.
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