I have visited many countries and, if I needed a visa, I have always been able to get it at the border. Not so with China. In order to get a visa for China a number of things were required. A 3 page application form, my passport, a passport photo, a copy of my plane ticket, a copy of my itinerary, and copies of my hotel bookings. You can not get a visa for China if you tell them you are going to Tibet. SO, I had to make up an itinerary, and book hotels etc. I often use Booking.com and many places you can book, not pay until you get there, and they have free cancellation. I got my visa, and it is good for 9 years, multiple entry. Since it cost $142 I plan to use it more than once – how’s that for an excuse to return to China! A visa for Thailand is available at the border, but, it is only good for 30 days. I thought it would be easier, and cheaper to simply get a 60 day visa here before I left as I will be there about 55 days. It was a simple one page application form, one passport photo, and a copy of my plane ticket. It only cost $40. as I only needed a single entry. I will enter Thailand twice, but the second time will be a short visit – just to get to Bangkok and fly home, so the visa at the border will be adequate. Getting excited – can’t wait to be back on the road.