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1. Posted by asbo (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

im lost in all the info avalible........ i plan on flying 2 thailand for 1 month then cambodia ,vietnam and laos for a month or so by road or train, and bac 2 thailand for 2or 3 weeks.then fly out 2 oz. HOW WILL THE VISAS WORK FOR COMING BACK IN TO THAILAND AFTER MY FIRST 30 DAYS HAS BEEN USED UP?????

and can i get visas for the other contrys just at the borders or do i need them b4 i go???? help.... i feel thick....

2. Posted by KevinRB (Inactive 76 posts) 7y


I can help you with Thailand, but have no advice for the other countries:

Ok, in terms of the Thai visa I assume you are from UK / USA / EU ?, if so these are thge latest rules.

When you arrive on your international flight, you will be given a 30 day "Exemption Visa", which allowsyou to stay in Thailand for 30 days - all easy so far !.

You then leave Thailand, and to be honest Thai Immigration are not interested how you leave, by train, by bus, by plane, by sea or even by foot !!, but be warned DO NOT OVERSTAY YOUR VISA, they charge you 500thb/day, and its to be avoided.

When you arrive back in Thailand IF you arrive on an international flight from ANY other country, you will be given another 30 day "Exemption Visa" - same rules as above.

IF you arrive back in Thailand by ANY OTHER METHOD other than international flight, you will be given a 15 day "Visa on Arrival" which permits just a 15 day stay. The only other way to extend the second stop, would be by doing a "visa run" to either Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos or Cambodia (whichever is closest from the point you are staying), by doing the visa run you can get a further 15 day "Visa on Arrival" giving you a maximum of 60 days in Thailand in total.



3. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

If you leave Thailand after 30 days and return via a land border, you'll be permitted to stay a further 15 days. If you fly in, you'll get another 30 days.

It's not a Visa by the way, but just a stamp in your passport with the date of entry and the date you'll be expected to leave by. If you overstay the time limit for any reason, you'll be fined 500 Baht a day up to a maximum 14 days, after which you'll be incarcerated as an illegal immigrant. See Overstaying your welcome

4. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 7y

We're unable to tell you without knowing your nationality. For visa info, check out the respective travel guides (see the Red Tape section) for the countries you want to go to.

5. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 7y

Wow... this is a record... THREE replies within a minute! :)

6. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting Hien

Wow... this is a record... THREE replies within a minute! :)

Yes, Kevin pipped me at the post. We both responded at the same time.

7. Posted by asbo (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

cheers... i read some were the visa run was not aloud any more. but your help is good..... if any 1 knows if its all changed let me know.....

im english by the way....... thanks peeps.

were is the best place 2 meet travelers in bangkok??

8. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

You could consider joining the Couchsurfing network and meet up with other members all over the world. Their FAQ page explains how it all works.

By the way, Visa runs continue as before. The only difference now is that by crossing into Thailand via a land border, you'll only get 15 days stay. But you can do that as often as you wish. What Thailand is trying to do here is to dissuade 'perpetual tourists' from doing Visa runs in order to avoid applying for an actual Visa.

9. Posted by Nomad4me (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

As mentioned Thailand give visa exempt of 30 days on arrival.

Off to Cambodia and they give visa on arrival US$20 and 2 passport photos required.

Vietnam you must have a visa before you arrive. This can easily be arranged in Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville. Not sure on the going price but was about $60 last time for single entry.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

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

Others covered Thailand & Cambodia, I will comment on the VN visa. The real price is $25, but it is very unlikely you will be able to buy one for that price. I paid $45 in the US, plus postage. You will pay appox. $60 in BKK if you want it in 1-2 days. The cheapest place to purchase your VN visa will be Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville. I have paid $28 in PP, $30 in S'ville. It may have gone up a bit since, but you should be able to get your 30 day VN visa for less than $35 in Cambodia. Good luck with your planning.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-May-2009, at 22:28 by vegasmike6 ]