I've been a keen reader of this website for a while now as i'm planning on going travelling in September around SE Asia and then onto Australia. I've found it really helpful so i'm hoping anyone can me out with a query of my own!
In a nutshell i'm hoping to enter Thailand by air at Bangkok and travel northwards and then onwards to Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia. I'll be then re-entering Thailand and travelling southwards to Malaysia and Singapore and then flying to Australia.
My concern is the requirement for proof of onward travel. I have this itinerary in mind of where I want to travel but i am hoping to kinda wing if you know what i mean, to not be rigid about travelling to set dates? I was looking at entering on a one-way ticket and just going on from there by land, taking it as it comes. I am intending to apply for the Tourist Visa as my travelling should take no more than 60 days (and I understand this visa allows re-entering into the country within the 60 day period?). Could anyone suggest how i can get round this problem as i am guessing i won't be issued the visa beforehand if i don't meet this particularly requirement? Is it worth buying a cheap flight out of the country and forfeiting it or forfeiting an open-ended return ticket to the UK, I've heard this mentioned a few times?
Failing that would it be possible to apply for the 30-day tourist exemption on the 1st time I am enter Thailand (at Bangkok airport) and then for a 15-day tourist exemption later on from Cambodia-Thai border? Again though doesn't this require proof of onward travel?
If anybody could help me out with this with a suggestion or two you would be a hero! I'm guessing i'm not the only one who has encountered this problem?!