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Tomorrow I'll send in my application for a three-month, multiple-entry Vietnamese visa to the Consulate in San Francisco. There are two applications on-line, one to send to the Embassy in Washington, DC and another for the Consulate. Since I live on the left coast, I'm using the Consulate. Either way, the fee is $180 (it's $150 for one-month, multiple-entry; $100 for one-month, single entry). They also require a 2x2 photo (two if you use the Embassy) and a FedEx or USPS Express Mail return envelope. Processing time is quoted as about 3 days--add shipping time both ways, and I'm hoping to have it back in <10 days.
One last detail... an International Driver's License from AAA... only $15 and two passport-size photos--and you don't have to be a AAA member. If you're a Costco member, it's only $5 for four passport photos--by far, the best price around. I bought 20.