I have a tentative solution to our departure delay for our exploration of everything Asia has to offer. Still choked up about the costs of the vaccines, but it's done-nothing can be done about it now, but wheels are turning and I am good at finding solutions to logistical problems and dealing with red tape. This means we probably need to start getting our visa applications process started, though I'm not sure if the visa for India and/or China is valid from the date it's stamped, or valid for a period of time and then you can enter within the next x number of years for y amount of time. That's my conundrum. Also, the Vietnamese visa is not processed consistently depending on where and when you try to get your visa. Visa on arrival, they often charge outrageous fees with threat of deportation. I'm hoping to be able to get the Vietnamese visa in Phnom Penh, and I need the visa that adheres to the passport because I'll be going into Laos after Vietnam, and when entering Laos from Vietnam, even at the land border, they want proof that you left Vietnam, even though you are standing at the border waiting to cross, so it takes longer to get the visa that "adheres" to the passport vs the visa they give out which they remove upon exiting the country, so it's like you were never there as far as your passport is concerned. The visa that adheres takes longer to process and I don't like the idea of being without my passport for 4-5 "business days" whatever that is considered to be in Phnom Penh. Another one of those things that I'd like to have all taken care of before we leave, but since it is such a long trip, I don't know if getting a visa in the US before leaving would help if it's only good for a few months or a year to enter Vietnam. It may be a year before I make my way into Vietnam. Does any of this make sense? Has anyone done this before or have experience/advice to give me regarding this? I've heard that it's possible to get a Chinese visa in Hong Kong, but again, the rules are not universally enforced. China is definitely a place I want to spend some time, so I'd hate to miss out on it because of a visa problem. I've also heard that it can take an entire day of waiting at the office in Hong Kong to submit your application (if you're lucky enough to have filled it out EXACTLY right, otherwise you start over again at the end of the line) and then you have to come back in a few days and wait in line again to get your passport back, hopefully with an approval for visa. Probably costs more to get it on the spot in Hong Kong, too. I've worked out everything else but these things, but these things are still an issue and I'm the kind of person that has to have a definite yes or no, or at least detailed, step-by-step instructions in the process and need to know what to expect. It's the anxiety of not knowing that causes me to have panic attacks and really get worked up, and they would probably not let me in if I looked all frazzled about the situation. I hate that all three of these countries inconsistently enforce/process visa applications. Vietnam can't even guarantee you what the price will be when you apply.
If you read all of this, you are a real trooper and you get a star next to your name. A gold one. Good job, and thanks for listening to my rant.
Now if you know of anyone who could give me some solid answers, that would be much appreciated!