i'm heading to Thailand at the start of Sept and plan to travel of 6 months around Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos & Malaysia.
Does anyone have an idea what visa would be best for Thailand? considering i will be leaving and re-entering a few times and will probably be there for over 30 days at a time. Will i need one before i go? or get one when i arrive and just get it re-issued on the borders?
I've looked at thai embassy sites and stuff and its all a bit confusing, I'm sure a lot of u guys have done this sort of thing and could point me in the right direction???
I'm going solo so if anyone was thinking of heading east from bangkok along the coast to Cambodia in september, give me a shout.
It is probably simplest to just get a 30 day visa on entry to Thailand. You can do as many border crossings as you like, and get another 30 days each time.
but is it ok doing getting the visa on arrival if i only have a return flight 6 months later from Bangkok? do u not need to show that u have an onward flight or something within the 30 days?
You don't need proof of onward travel within the 30 days. Lots of people arrive in Thailand not knowing what there plans are so immigration never bother to ask for your travel details. You just leave the departure card they stamp in your passport blank until you know when you are leaving.
Yeah--they don't. And when you get to the border crossing (Poipet, I assume?), look for someone else in line who'd be willing to share a taxi with you to get to Siem Reap or wherever you're going (most people are going to SR at Poipet). Should be about $27-28 USD, but be prepared to pay as much as $30. IGNORE the touts that will try to hook you up with a taxi. Go directly to the taxi driver yourself. They can be pushy and rude, but just know exactly where you are going and what you are looking for when you get there. The best details on how to do a border crossing are at Tales of Asia.
The Cambodian visa office charges $20 USD or 1000 Thai baht for a visa at the border. The embassy in Bangkok charges the same, but unless you have time, it's $25 to expedite the process so you can get it back by 5:00 the same day (or the next day, depending on how late you go). The border office WILL try to tell you that they accept only Thai baht, which is not true at all. The visa stamp even says "USD $20," but right now, 1000 Thai baht is worth closer to $25.
I'd make sure to read the above web site for the latest scams and other unnecessary things that they will try to charge you. As much of a hassle as it sounds like, though, I'd recommend crossing by land so much more than just taking a flight because the Cambodia you see en route is not the same Cambodia you see in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Nevermind the fact that it's a lot cheaper.
Thanks for the advice rbyslipahs, that site looks really helpful.