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We are presently in the States getting ready to return to Dali. It looks like we can get one-year multiple entry Visa, but it will require us to leave China every 60 days. (Wanting something besides student Visa -- have had enough of Chinese university study.)

Does anyone have experience going from Dali to Myanmar? We have a vehicle and can drive. Seems there might be flights, and also that Myanmar offers advance approval for tourists Visas in the airport.

We'd prefer to drive from Dali rather than fly from Kunming.

Any one with experience?

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Wish we'd known this a couple of weeks ago. We arrived in Kunming on August 10th and left on August 18th. We stayed in the Bai Huo Da Lou area, and we were refused plenty of times between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. — very unashamedly.

Wish I'd read this article before then ... maybe we could have gotten some better results. Of course, in a city where the vast majority of people disobey the law unless the police are standing in front of them (and some don't obey then), no one should expect it to change UNLESS it's enforced. Fat chance of that, eh?

Kunming is still just as backwards as when we arrived in 2002 ... only now there are twice the number of people! No more taxis; but more cars, and entirely too many 2-wheeled vehicles! The rudeness of drivers in Kunming, especially the electric bike and motorcycle drivers, is astounding — absolutely unbelievable!

We heard from Chinese people even before moving that "Kunming is a big village" — now we know first hand.

We must leave China to fulfill our Visa requirement by Aug. 18. We've driven to HeKou and walked across to Vietnam before. The Vietnam Visa cost 600 yuan iirc. (We'd pay for same day at the consulate in KM because we live in Dali, and that's cheaper than the cost of extra nights in KM to get a Visa not 'same day'.)

Does anyone know the cost of the Laos Visa for Americans at their border? Is this drive better/quicker than going to Vietnam? I've also heard that a new road has opened to Vietnam since our last trip (2006). Don't know whether that is true or not, either. It would be nice to see Xishuangbanna anyway.

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