Anybody else headin out in January? going to go for 6 or 8 weeks travelling. no set plans yet..land in Bangkok and the world is my oyster :-) bit nervous about headin out alone but I know it'll be grand :-)
anyone else in the same boat get in touch!!
".. going to go for 6 or 8 weeks travelling.."
Just a reminder you need to apply for a Tourist Visa BEFORE you leave for the trip!
- If you are using a phone for your research switch to a real computer for better results.
Thailand is awesome in Dec & Jan. I went there this year in late Jan.
Don't forget to go for snorkeling, diving at Phi Phi Island. Phuket beaches are awesome.
You will find many Europeans there in this season.
Travelling alone is fun, you will make new global friends.
I wish I could accompany you but I have plans for England in Dec.
You need to book a flight and accommodation very soon as that is high season and seats and rooms quickly fill up. Also book internal flights.
You could get a visa exemption for 30 days on arrival, then go to an immigration bureau and for 1900 baht, you will get a 30 day extension on your first visa exemption. It is a fairly easy process which takes just a few hours waiting, and money and passport photos.
Or you can have a few days out of the country (one overnight minimum) and get another visa exemption on arrival back in Thailand. Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, etc are good if you have not been there before. US$30 to enter Cambodia.
remember, day or arrival and day of departure each count as one day,
I will be in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore for the whole month of February. I will meet there some friends from England, but I won't stay the whole time with them. I have 2 options for flying there...Paris - Singapore or Paris - Bangkok...I will take the cheapest one...
I'm thinking to do...Phuket plus a boat trip to Phi Phi Islands.
...Ko Samui plus a boat trip to Ko Pha Ngan.
...Bangkok plus probably a bus trip to Pattaya.
...Probably a short visit to Chiang Mai.
...Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
If we cross paths close to this places, you're welcome to join me...
[ Edit: Edited on 18-Sep-2016, at 10:29 by MrSyn ]
Thanks everyone for the advice. Appreciate it :-)
DO NOT book internal flights... Catch the bus everywhere, it's around 60% cheaper. Snorkeling around Phi Phi isn't the best as the tsunami has destroyed all the coral around and it's not crystal clear. Catch a boat from Phi Phi and head further out, that's good snorkeling, usually the trip you will book consists of monkey island and visiting where the beach was filmed.. Even though they try to charge you to stand on the island...
I'll be in Thailand until the 3rd January.. enjoy your trip!
For a 6 to 8 week trip (42 - 56 days) you MIGHT be able to leave your home country airport without a Tourist Visa and you might be able to get the free 30 day Visa Exemption stamp at the airport in Bangkok. However, unless you have a booked flight out of Thailand within 30 days you might first have a problem just leaving Ireland! This is called Proof of Onward Travel.
If this Thai requirement is enforced in Ireland this might cost you more money than the price of a 60 day Tourist Visa. Your departing airline in Ireland just might NOT board you! (Your departing airline from Ireland is liable for returning you back to Ireland if you are refused entry.)
A work-around. If you intend to visit another country while overseas purchase a flight leaving Thailand before the 30 day point. (Perhaps Cambodia or Laos.) Then you can enter with a free Visa Exemption stamp. When you enter Thailand again you qualify for another free 30 day Visa Exemption stamp since you have the ticket home within 30 days. With a computer do a Google search for this "Proof of Onward Travel."
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Yeah, good idea to book a few nights for when you arrive because you are coming during high season. If you intend to use long distance bus travel DO NOT leave passport, money, computer, jewelry or other valuables in any checked in bag! Keep passport and money on your person. For carry on bags my preference is to have the bag in the overhead storage rack in a place where I can see it from my seat. (Have bags or packs you can lock.) Scams with bus travel is one of the scams that comes up along with a few other common scams. Do a Google search for scams to avoid in Thailand. Read some of the many posts for visiting Thailand for more hints. If you need hotel help include a price range.