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1. Posted by louloul (Full Member 75 posts) 11y

Hi all..

I am currently travelling in Northern Thailand for approximately 1 month and as you may know the 30 day visa i got given upon entry will have expired by then. I will also want to spend 1 month in the islands and so will need to leave the counrty at some point and re-enter for a new visa.

I am thinking of visiting Koh Chang and Koh Samet as a means of then going into Cambodia and straight back in to Thailand. Anyway, what i would like to know is are these places really worth a visit compared to the islands we will see in the south and will i need a cambodian visa? I have already been to Cambodia and really just intended to leave and re-enter Thailand within thew hour...can this be done without a visa (i.e in no-mans land) or will i need the 20 dollar visa.

One last question...if anyone can suggest another quick and easy exit/entry route along the way i am open to suggestions...
Thanks Guys n' Gals
Louise

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

if you are in north - Laos and Burma.
if south - penang in malaysia is a lovely place to spend a few days

3. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Hi
As far as I am aware you do not need to leave Thailand you just get your border stamp on exit and turn round "immediately" and get your new free visa on border arrivals,but their is 60 day tourist visa,appox $20 at any province immigration office wherever you are or at arrivals coming into Thailand.
As MassageUK posted Burma and Penang are very much worth a one day trip just to experience the thrill of a new country as you are at a border anyway;All the Best on your Travels.

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting MASSAGEUK

if you are in north - Laos and Burma.
if south - penang in malaysia is a lovely place to spend a few days

Visa's are required for both Laos & Myanmar

5. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Hi
At some border crossing into Burma from Northern Thailand you can get a "1 day pass" and as far as i can remember you leave your Passport in the Burma Border Post and retrieve it on coming back and you have to be back before it closes!!!!!
The pass only entitles you to visit that border town,no further.
All the best on your travels,your only get one chance??so what do you do at the time!!!!

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting jackboy

Hi
At some border crossing into Burma from Northern Thailand you can get a "1 day pass" and as far as i can remember you leave your Passport in the Burma Border Post and retrieve it on coming back and you have to be back before it closes!!!!!
The pass only entitles you to visit that border town,no further.
All the best on your travels,your only get one chance??so what do you do at the time!!!!

Did your passport actually get stamped when you crossed between Thailand & Myanmar?

7. Posted by vix (Inactive 31 posts) 11y

Hi.

Ive just been to thailand and have had the same issue's as yourself. My mate and i stayed in pattaya for a couple of nights and did a visa run to cambodia. The agencies there arrange visa runs...you get taken by minibus to the border and then you are left to sort your visa's out...you have to queue up and have your passport stamped etc as you leave the country and then you basically just cross the road and do the same to go back into thailand...and recieve your new visa stamp. This actually took us a day practically with the trip from pattaya and all the waiting around. Personally id consider staying in rayong if you are going to koh samet (which by the way is lovely!) and go to koh kong for your visa run. We went to this part of the border when we went to cambodia and it was much better than poipet. Again I believe if you go into any agency they will arrange the visa run for you.

As for the islands, I found each one very different actually..so I think they are all worth a visit. I went to both koh chang and koh samet. I prefered samet as it was a better kept island in my opinion and had prettier beaches. Its an island with less westerners and more thai's which made a nice change (thai's from bangkok often holiday on samet since its closer than the other islands).

If you do go to samet, i can recommend some places to stay if you tell me roughly how much baht you want to spend!

Have a brilliant time.
Vix.

8. Posted by vix (Inactive 31 posts) 11y

P.S Actually just had a quick look at my passport and the actual border crossing wasnt called koh kong...i think thats where we stayed. The stamp actually says 'Bavet' which i presume is the actual border name. Its right down south practically by the sea. anyway have a look see what you think.

9. Posted by vix (Inactive 31 posts) 11y

Sorry got it wrong again! Bavet is the border we left cambodia from to go to vietnam! Tne one from thailand to cambodia is Klong yai!

10. Posted by louloul (Full Member 75 posts) 11y

Hi thank you all for your advice...i think vix that we will cross and turn around immediately for the visa at southern cambodia.

For those of you that wanted to know about the myanmar border...u can go for one day and you do get a myanmar stamp. You only have to pay $5 at the mae sai border crossing. I would do the visa run here but we are working our way slowly south so it will make more sense to do it along the way.

Thanks all again
Louise

P.s Koh Samet accomodation reccomendations would be cool . I think our range is $5-8