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How to get to Chong Mek?

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Gentlemen, I am planning to take my wife and kids out for a little adventure in May and was thinking about crossing into Laos (Si Phan Don) through Chong Mek. All information regarding transportation, visa and hotels/guesthouses is very welcome.

Thank you in advance.

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I have not been in a long time, so my information may be out of date.

 

The last time I visited, just crossing over the border a short distance to shop required showing your passport or id card, and payment of a few baht, but no visa was needed. A visa was needed to go inland to Pakse and beyond. The visa is available on arrival. The cost varies by nationality, typically US$35-40. Make sure you have dollars, or you will end up with an exchange rate of about 50 to the dollar to pay in baht.

 

As I remember, there are infrequent and slow buses from Ubon bus station to Chong Mek. It is only about 100km, and negotiating a reasonable rate for a taxi should not be too hard. I would not pay more than about 800-1000 baht.

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