If you follow this blog you'll know I am on a big month long journey. I left Jakarta on Monday. I jumped into a taxi about 17:20. It took roughly an hour and a half to get to the airport but I was still there in enough time to have dinner of Nasi Gudeg Komplit before I checked in closed at 19:30. I was there with lots of time, no rushing around, no problems. I got out to the gate before it was open. The flight was an hour late leaving (left at 21:30 instead of 20:30) but I wasn't bothered since I had a seven hour layover on the floor of the KL (Kuala Lumpur) airport to look forward to.
I got through customs and got my bag, then picked a nice spot on the hard floor for a snooze. ok, so far so good. I woke up about 4:30 to check in for my 6:30 flight. The check-in clerk asked for my Visa for Vietnam. I told her I was planning on doing Visa on arrival. Apparently that's not as clear as the name implies. In Indonesia a visa on arrival means you show up, pay your $25 and they slap a page sized sticker in your passport. Done. I had read about preprocessing of visa's for Vietnam but thought it was just an option. It's not.
|Hopefully the part in my passport will look like this when I get there and pay another $25, bringing the total for the visa to $65. Ouch!|
* Update: Hello from Hanoi! I've arrived in one pieces though exhausted. I'm very happy to be out of the KL airport. Just heading out to check out the city now.