Just an update on those who want to get a visa for Laos from the consulate here in Kunming. The new consulate has moved out to has moved to Foreign Consular Area:
Consulate- General of the Lao P.D.R
6800 Caiyun Bei Road,
I never got anyone to answer the phone, but they will process your visa (need two photos, your passport and filled out form). In fact it is cheaper and easier to do it at the point of entry upon arrival. And they only give you an hour window to pick it up so without your own transportation it is a pain to get out there.
The Kunming Bus website (if you read Chinese) is useful if a bit clumsy to use: www.kmbus.com.cn/
Not your original question, but thought I'd add it nonetheless. To get to the West Station (Xibu Keyunzhan ) one option is to take the #82 from Nanping Jie (right at the center of town). Since it entails going from one end (zhongdian zhan) to the to other (in Majie) it is relatively easy to get on with a backpack or small suitcase. The station is about 100 meters on the left (exiting from the bus).
The official bus site actually will give the wrong result if you type in "xibu keyunzhan"(西部客运站) instead type in "xishan qiche keyunzhan" (西山汽车客运站)
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