Between our two stays in Vietnam (the first one, visa-free, and the second one with a e-visa), we decided to visit Laos – a choice motivated by the need to slow down, to rest, in a quiet place, in the heart of a country renowned for its lush nature and gigantic caves. And while the spectacular natural scenery was there, Laos had surprised us in many other ways – surprises that didn’t make our road-trip so chill: few challenges, a little bit of corruption, a lot of waiting time on the road side and dust swallowed along the dirt roads!
South East Asia
We already knew it, and this experience confirms it: holding a French passport is a big advantage, because it is possible for us to enter the Vietnamese land visa free for 15 days or with a one-month visa for Vietnam that we got by simply applying for it on Internet (e-visa or electronic visa). Very simplified procedures, to better take advantage of it!
When we went to Laos by land with our French passports, we hadn’t taken any steps to make our visa for Laos in advance: indeed, it is quite possible to get your visa directly at the border – which is a big saving in time, energy and paperwork!