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Suggested routes from Thailand to neighbouring countries?

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1. Posted by Alloy1 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Hi,

My fiance and I are setting off on our RTW trip beginning of October where we fly into Bangkok. We have 3 months to travel round Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Am just in process of applying for our Thai visas and we need to put down how many entries into Thailand we need.

Can anyone suggest any good routes?

Thanks,
Allie :)

2. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Hi Allie

Firstly you don't need to apply for your Thai visa in advance. I know that some travel agencies suggest that you need to get a multi entry visa in advance if you intend entering and exiting Thailand a number of times. This is not the case.

You will be granted an automatic 30 day visa when you arrive in Thailand and each time you cross back into the country from Cambodia, Laos etc you will be granted a further 30 day stay (There are other posts about Thai visas on TP if you want to check this).

This makes planning your trip around SE Asia much easier.

3 months gives you ample time to travel through Cambodia into vietnam then on in to Laos overland. You could also consider a couple of internal flights if you didn't want to spend so much time on the road.

Please send me a PM if you need a more specific info.

Have a great trip

Mike

3. Posted by Alloy1 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Excellent, thanks very much for the info Mikey B ;)

4. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Hey I just returned from south east asia last week, after having a fantastic time!!!!As for my view on the whole visa thing....my problem was that I had a flight into Bangkok but my return flight was actually from singapore, so after several conversations with the thai embassy in hull, it turned out there was no way I would be granted my 30 day visa upon arrival in thailand as i had no evidence that i was leaving their country. So unless you have either an extended visa upon arrival or you have a departing flight out of thailand within 30 days of arrival, they wont let you in. I would say you are best off getting a multi entry visa before you go or less you could encounter problems when you get there, speaking to a lot of people, several had had problems as they didnt have the proper visas. Its only £20 and its so easy!!!!!

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

20 pounds down the drain - and it's for every single entry to Thailand.

emmigration rarely asks about a returning ticket - if you have one show them any if not tell them that you have an electronic ticket.

Out of many times I have been to Bangkok only one time (the last) they asked me about it.

6. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Quoting Twinkle

Hey I just returned from south east asia last week, after having a fantastic time!!!!As for my view on the whole visa thing....my problem was that I had a flight into Bangkok but my return flight was actually from singapore, so after several conversations with the thai embassy in hull, it turned out there was no way I would be granted my 30 day visa upon arrival in thailand as i had no evidence that i was leaving their country. So unless you have either an extended visa upon arrival or you have a departing flight out of thailand within 30 days of arrival, they wont let you in. I would say you are best off getting a multi entry visa before you go or less you could encounter problems when you get there, speaking to a lot of people, several had had problems as they didnt have the proper visas. Its only £20 and its so easy!!!!!

I have never been asked by immigration at Bangkok about when i am leaving. I arrived with a one way ticket from London a few weeks ago (not for the first time) and had no problems. It's a well known fact that Bangkok is generally the starting point for most peoples travels in SE Asia, and some people arrive not knowing when and where they will go to next.

7. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

I agree with Mikey B too. I wouldn't bother getting my visa for Thailand in advance as you are wasting money. The 30 day visa is free at the airport.