sigmoid wrote:Unfortunately, with a very long and very porous border Laos is intimately linked with T-land, and as "LOS" starts shutting the country down a la North Korea, the Lao PDR is inevitably affected. I don't think there is any land crossing to Myanburmar, China and Vietnam are on the other side of the mountains (24-hour plus bus rides, or pay for flights), the crossing with Cambodia (Veun Kham/Dom Kralor) is quite remote, beyond 4000 Islands.
For expats in Laos, It's not a huge problem. Unless things have changed, you can get a one-year multiple-entry visa (or, possibly 6 months), either through your employer or an agent. So, it's just the people who do borders runs every 30 days to get a new Lao visa, literally for years, are the only ones affected. Nowadays, most everything you need is available in Laos, and as the Lao PDR conintues to develop, there will be less and less need to travel to Thailand for anything.
Plus as it says, you can still fly in, if you really want to for some weird reason.
Another, more important point is why Thailand has decided to limit these free entries. The answer, of course, is they need the revenue. 35 million tourists per year (probably 40 - 45 million for 2017) is not enough if they're showing up with paying for a visa.
ONE simple reason, to limit/STOP those people living and working in thailand illegally!!
ps; there only calling for 32 mil tourist this year
Thailand is not "shutting " the country down at all!!
land crossing from where to where?
u can cross from laos to China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and if ur a local to Burma
From Thailand u can cross by land to Burma, Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia
I hvae no idea what ur on about
In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. HST