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Thailand - onward travel question and beach questions :)

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1. Posted by Calvin117 (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

Hey guys and girls!

My girlfriend and I (both Canadians) are making a trip to thailand at the end of november, moving on to cambodia, vietnam, then laos, and back to thailand for the last stint. All in all about 3 1/2 months. A few things I'm worried about:

-Getting onward travel to cambodia so we dont get refuted at the airport in Bangkok. My plan is to buy a plane ticket into Cambodia, from what I've read, this should appease customs. Problem is, I dont know where to buy a plane ticket FROM, I want to fly into Phnom Penh however.
We want to go to a nice beach area, prefferably close to an airport so we dont waste too much time on travel. But I dont want to go to a crowded, environmentally unfriendly, dirty, expensive resort. Can anyone reccomend a cheap, authentic, scenic area for me to look into? If it was close to an airport that would be great too so we could pop on a plane and move on to cambodia. We'd have about 3 weeks to stay in whatever area we choose.

-Hostel bookings! Is the southern beach area going to require a booking for a hostel? I dont want to get down there and have no place to stay. I have no idea how busy it will be during this time of the year (peak season).

I have more concerns but maybe I will post them as I get to them! In the final phases of planning things (a rough plan it is!).

Thanks for any help anyone can offer!

2. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

Your post is a little confusing, with "Im going here, then I'll be here". when you say southern beaches are you talking about Thailand's southern beaches?

Im currently in Southern Thailand and was talking to a hotel owner about the high season. Seems most places will be very crowded and he suggests booking ahead. This website has a very good booking service you can use. You can wing it and just arrive and probably not have a problem finding a room, but your not going to get a good deal and it might not be at the place you want to stay.

As far as booking a ticket, try asiarooms dot com and go to their flights section, you can book flights to all places in asia.

when you enter Thailand if you dont already have a 3 month tourist visa you'll pretty much automatically be given a 30 day visa, so no need to worry about immigration there or an onward ticket.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 7y

Quoting Calvin117

Hey guys and girls!

My girlfriend and I (both Canadians) are making a trip to thailand at the end of november, moving on to cambodia, vietnam, then laos, and back to thailand for the last stint. All in all about 3 1/2 months. A few things I'm worried about:

-Getting onward travel to cambodia so we dont get refuted at the airport in Bangkok. My plan is to buy a plane ticket into Cambodia, from what I've read, this should appease customs. Problem is, I dont know where to buy a plane ticket FROM, I want to fly into Phnom Penh however.

Thanks for any help anyone can offer!

When you schedule a flight out of Bangkok don't schedule the flight immediately after landing. Take a few days to see Bangkok too! There are two airports that serve Bangkok, make sure you know where your connecting flight takes off from. Some local, within Thailand flights also fly from Don Muang, on the other side of Bangkok.

I have never been asked for proof of an onward ticket. If you use the search function on this forum and other forums like the Thai Visa Forum or TripAdvisor Forum you will see that this question comes up pretty often. Many tourists come to Thailand and then purchase tickets there to other countries. Will you be flying on a one way ticket or will you have a round trip that you will use at a future date from BKK?

From Canada you will get a free 30 days entry stamp in your passport at the airport. If you leave for another country before the 30 days is up you will get another free 30 days on your return to Thailand. You can do this to get no more than 90 days out of 6 months. I have never been asked for proof of onward passage even though I always had a ticket, which means nothing if it happens to you. Do you have a return ticket out of Bangkok? Your return ticket may be enough to convince immigration. If you only have a one way flight, check the price of a round trip from your country - some round trip tickets are the same price as one way flights!

Good luck.

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Calvin,
As Albert has stated, the Thai Imm. officials rarely check for onward travel documents. I am going to assume you have a return flight out of BKK. That should satisfy IMM about onward travel. If you know the dates you want to hit Phnom Penh, you should book your flight on
Air Asia. You do save by booking early.

Now your beach time in southern Thailand. I am going to suggest the smaller islands, Koh Jum
and Koh Lanta. Both have far fewer visitors than Phuket, Phi Phi, Samui, Railay, etc. I recommend you take the overnight bus from BKK to Krabi. This way you save one night's accomodation and arrive in the morning. Best time to get the ferry and find a room. Spend a full day sightseeing in BKK, then get yourself over to the Southern Bus Terminal and book your bus to Krabi. Most leave around 5-6pm. Once in Krabi, you can get a ferry to either Koh Lanta or Koh Jum. Good Luck with your planning. Send me a PM if you have questions.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 15, 2008, at 2:49 PM by vegasmike6 ]

5. Posted by Calvin117 (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

Thanks a lot for replying.

I have a round trip ticket already booked, mind you the return date is 3 1/2 months later, so I was worried if I get checked they would assume I was being a bum in Thailand for that long and boot me out of the country. To tell you the truth we dont even want to fly into Cambodia, its just another expense and hoofing it would be more exciting anyway. I suppose I am being overly paranoid about this onward travel thing.

Thanks for the beach suggestions, we will check it out! Looks like we will have nothing booked, just going to wing the whole thing. I am sure we will be fine, at most perhaps we will do some booking as we travel. Thanks again. Vegasmike I might PM you if I have more questions, you seem to be an expert!

Calvin

6. Posted by Calvin117 (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

On second thought, I am going to book an onward flight. I did a bit more research and it looks like more and more people are being asked for proof of onward flight. I found a flight for 7,000 baht to Phnom Penh, for my girlfriend and I. I just dont want to take chances. I could always try and refund the ticket, or just ditch it and head out early to Cambodia.
The trip looks like this: Thailand: 30 days, Cambodia: 15 days, Vietnam: 15 days, Laos: 15 days and back to Thailand for a month. I guess we can feel it out, we might end up staying longer in whatever place we get hooked on, I've heard a lot about all of these countries, my mind is abuzz with excitment. Heres to safe travel.

7. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Calvin,
You have probably already read my blog and looked at some of the photos for VN, Cambo, Thailand. One suggestion is to shorten up your 15 days in Cambodia. I think you will enjoy 3 days in PP, perhaps 2-3 days in Sihanoukville, then 3-4 days in Siem Reap. Into Laos from Cambodia. Of course you will decide this while there, but I would add a few more days to VN. It is difficult to travel the length on VN in 15 days w/o just riding bus after bus. 21 days is more realistic. PM me if you have questions.