get on to Thai Airways' Kunming office. they often have deals which work out fairly good value. check the airline's website for baggage rules - every airline is different, and policies regarding bicycles are particularly difficult to deal with. watch out for words like "recognised" when talking about bike bags/boxes. i.e. it needs to look like a bike bag, not just be a bike bag by virtue of having a bike in it :)
A. yes. i hear that, strictly speaking, the amount of time given to you upon entry is at the border guard's discretion. so, in theory, you could ask nicely at the border for more days. i'd not bank on it though.
A1. Next to the Kunming Hotel. The consulate is listed on this site.
A2. apply between 9am and noon. get back two days later, if i remember rightly. might even be next day. i paid CNY230 for a 60 day (EU passport). this is issued with an 'enter before' date that's a few days after you say you plan to enter the kingdom.
A3. passport, two copies of application form, each requiring photo, passport copy, plus another simple summary form
B. 30 days
B1. US$37. payment in other currencies is permitted, it appears from a printed list that i snuck a look at, but it works out a bit more expensive. i'm pretty sure CNY is possible, but to be sure, i'd show up with the greenbacks.
B2. passport, photo (maybe 2, i forget)
this information is current as of early November for the Thai consulate in Kunming and November 30th for the Laos border crossing at Mohan-Boten.
@bucko - would love to look at your Mile info some more, as i'll be travelling to Mile soon, but having to press 'stop' every page turn on your tune of a guy who sounds like he's having trouble curling one out is doing my nut. 我的两份
no-one's reviewed this place for nearly 3 years! i think i know why: it's solid. a bit boring maybe, but they get the job done: food on the table in good time, attentive staff, wide selection of items. the 'Prague Breakfast' is a fine feed, still good value after the recent price increase.
i've recently rediscovered this place. it's a little hit and miss, but i have to say that with a little experimentation, you can find some quality food here. while not perfect, the vindaloo is the best i've had.
i first sampled the Silver Spoon burgers a few weeks back - not bad at all, though i was unconvinced that they were 1/2 pound. another visit yesterday, and this time i was persuaded... definitely a fat burger. i was very happy with my cheese and bacon burger. diners with large appetites, be warned - you'll need a side of something to make a meal - the burger is just a burger - no fries.