Hi fellow travelers!
I have a bit of a dilemma! I'm flying from Montreal to Bangkok on March 7th.
I may have went a little too fast in booking my ticket. It's a return, one year open, ticket. I'm looking for a TEFL certification center and I have one in mind in Bangkok or Chiang Mai. I will go look for myself and then decide upon a school. After I choose a school, I plan on traveling to Malaysia, Singapore and catch a plane to the Philippines. My course in Thailand should start around May which gives me 2 months or so to travel.
Once I pick a school they will help me get the necessary visa (a non-immB visa or something like that) but I will have to do this from the Philippines or wherever I will be at the time.
Anyway, I seem to have 2 choices for now and I have about 1 week left to figure out what to do and I need some kindly advice as to what to do!
1) I get the travel agent to change the return date on my one year open ticket to reflect a return date withing 30 days so I can travel within Thailand with a 30 days exemption and then have plenty of time to leave the country. (although I can get the return date changed for free one time I wonder how much it would cost for more than once, not too much I hope).
2) Do you think that they would give me a 30 days visa exemption even if my ticket is opened for one year with a return date near a year from now?
I would apply for the tourist visa right now but I am leaving in less than a week. I was initially under the impression that I could get a VOA (visa on arrival). Also, I live in Quebec City, which is far from any Thai Embassy (I called them this afternoon and the process would take much more than a week).
Any suggestions would be welcome! Thanks in advance!
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 28, 2007, at 4:08 PM by josephg ]