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Visa run from Koh Pha Ngan to Satun/Malaysia

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1. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 7y

I need to do a visa run from Koh Pha Ngan in a few days time and I was wondering if anyone has any general advice. I don't have any dollars so don't want to go to Burma and would prefer to go to the Malaysian border. I've been told different things by different travel agencies though, so if anyone has done this visa run before or has any tips then it'd be greatly appreciated.

For example, is it best to stop overnight in Satun or do it all in one go? And once at Satun do you need to get a taxi to the border? Or is there buses? Just cos it sounds like the visa run package doesn't actually take you to the border.

2. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 7y

Ar, and just to clarify, I need to come back to Koh Pha Ngan after doing the visa run.

3. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 7y

I would suggest you to do Sadao - Bukit Kayu Hitam. I am not so sure about Satun. As I know, you can get a ferry from Thammalang to Langawi Island in Malaysia for the visa run or else, you might need to go to Wang Prachan in Satun and cross over to Wang Kelian, Malaysia. I'm sure there must be vans and buses from Satun town to the border. Nothing much in Satun town. As for Sadao - Bukit Kayu Hitam, you can either stay in Hatyai or Dannok and there's a lot of transportations from Hatyai. And easy for you to go back to Surat Thani as well. At least there are more attractive places in Hatyai than in Satun. It is better to stay a night before heading back to Koh Phangan because the journey to the Malaysian border is very long and tiring. Good Luck;)

4. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 7y

Thanks. I did a visa run at Hat Yai last year but that was from Koh Phi Phi. I had it in my head for some reason that Satun was closer from the Koh Pha Ngan side, but looking at the map, Hat Yai is fairly easy to get to as well so I think I'll do it from Hat Yai again. Cheers again.