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1. Posted by Chelle13 (Budding Member, 50 posts) 23 Jun '14 05:01

Hey guys!

So I'm 21, bored and want to travel. Travelled the east coast of Australia six months ago and I've had the travel bug ever since! I cannot get Thailand out of my head! Would love to get out of here for a year or so! Anyone else in the same boat? I'm open to anything! :)

Michelle :)

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1545 posts) 23 Jun '14 09:44

If I had the time/money to travel for a year I certainly wouldn't spent the entire time in Thailand. SE Asia has loads of fabulous/inexpensive options in Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc...

Have fun with your research/planning.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by hollymcnab (Budding Member, 18 posts) 23 Jun '14 12:40

Hi!!

I'm.out in Thailand from the 17th of December for a month travelling alone! Then I'm off to OZ for a year. Would love to know someone when I'm out there

Holly :)

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1297 posts) 23 Jun '14 18:56

I cannot get Thailand out of my head! Would love to get out of here for a year

From Ireland, staying in Thailand for any time over 30 days requires a tourist visa. The money you have available at the time you leave home is what you live on for the year. You can not legally work in Thailand without a work permit and they are hard to get. Unless you have a special skill that a Thai citizen cannot fill obtaining a work permit is almost impossible to get. Foreigners who illegally work, while dodging arrest, often find the hours long, the work hard, and the pay low. This means affordable accommodations are very basic, with cold water, squat toilets, no A/C, etc.

To enter Thailand on the free 30 day Visa Exemption requires a round trip plane ticket. Tourist visas you buy back home. Visiting other countries means different visa requirements

http://thaiembassyuk.org.uk/?q=node/44

A year is a long time. Traveling between Thailand and other nearby countries is not difficult.

There are some wealthy expats and retirees on pensions who manage to stay for a years in Thailand without working. There are some foreigners who work for foreign owned companies with business interests in Bangkok. Jobs with foreign companies usually have some good salaries. But you apply for those jobs back home. Then that company handles the work permits, etc.

The late November through late January time frame is more expensive for hotels in Thailand. From some countries plane tickets for flights in December, especially near Christmas and New Years holidays cost more than other months of the year.

If money is a factor stay for less time in Thailand. Maybe 60 day Tourist Visa with a 30 day extension if needed.

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Jun-2014, at 19:08 by karazyal ]

5. Posted by falcon 50 (Budding Member, 6 posts) 3 Jul '14 08:42

Hi
Thailand very beautiful
I will be in bangkok 15th july
See you hopefully

6. Posted by avneet (Budding Member, 24 posts) 8 Jul '14 05:14

Thailand for a year!! don't you think that's so much,try visiting around the place,South East Asia has many more attractions:)

7. Posted by elliefuller (Budding Member, 18 posts) 12 Jul '14 09:32

Hey.

I just got back from SE Asia & I personally think f*k it & go for it! I'm about to do a year working & travelling in Oz. In between my 1st n 2nd year I'm going back to Thailand for as long as my money stretches! I could easssily live in Thailand permanantly it's an amazing country. I stayed on Phi Phi for 4 months!
However there are other nice surrounding countries, I particularly liked Laos (tubing)
I can't blame you for not being able to get Thai out your head.. wait til you get there!

Ell

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1297 posts) 12 Jul '14 14:21

Frequent same day border runs are being more seriously scrutinized. Thailand is cracking down on foreigners staying a long time without proper visa. Anyone planning to stay in Thailand for a long time should stay current with visa requirements.

http://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2014/07/thailand-cracks-down-on-border-runs/

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/725610-thailand-visa-crackdown-banning-walk-in-visa-runs-to-begin-august-13/

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/738876-confirmed-visa-run-crackdown-effective-from-august-12-2014-thai-foreign-ministry/page-12

Have a good day.

9. Posted by Amylouise2194 (Budding Member, 9 posts) 25 Jul '14 03:44

Quoting hollymcnab

Hi!!

I'm.out in Thailand from the 17th of December for a month travelling alone! Then I'm off to OZ for a year. Would love to know someone when I'm out there

Holly :)

Hi,

I'm planning on going to Thailand then on to OZ for a year in January.
What places are you looking at in Thailand?

Amy (:

10. Posted by Amieeemorris (Budding Member, 6 posts) 30 Jul '14 04:29

hey im going to thailand in august, literally staying out as long as i can.
im going with my friend in august til nov then going to nz but my friend goes home from nz beginning of jan so im gonna be going back to thailand on my own.. so im in need of travel buddies haha!
what time you thinking of going? x