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Planning 90 Day trip to SEAsia around Thai Visa restrictions

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1. Posted by DesmondHum (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

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Currently have a ticket booked to arrive in Bangkok on December 25th and depart Bangkok on March 25 was hoping to see northern & southern Thailand as well as Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and potentially Malaysia.

What's the ideal path when dealing with the via restrictions? I was thinking spending new years in Bangkok and then heading north before making my way into Laos at the 30 day limit, seeing Vietnam, then Cambodia, and reentering Thailand heading south for 2 weeks before going to Malaysia and then back.

Should I buy a visa online or just wait until I get to Bangkok? I heard someone say that I may not be able to get on the flight with my itinerary if I don't have a visa prior to leaving.

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

I have flown into BKK over 10 times and never had a visa beforehand. Citizens of most western countries are given a free 30 day visa on arrival. Your plan has you exiting Tland before the 30 day time period expires. Perfect. Tour Laos, VN, Cam. then enter again overland. You get a 15 day visa on arrival. Head south and tour Malaysia. Either fly KUL-BKK on Air Asia or overland again to BKK and home. I would fly this leg.

You do have another option. Thailand is now offering free tourist visas until March 2011. Contact your Thai Embassy and ask about the tourist visa and explain your travel plans. Perhaps they will recommend flying in with the tourist visa. What many airlines do not like is a one way ticket. You have a return ticket and that should satisfy both your airline and Thai Immigration.

Good luck with your planning.

3. Posted by DesmondHum (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

Quoting vegasmike6

I have flown into BKK over 10 times and never had a visa beforehand. Citizens of most western countries are given a free 30 day visa on arrival. Your plan has you exiting Tland before the 30 day time period expires. Perfect. Tour Laos, VN, Cam. then enter again overland. You get a 15 day visa on arrival. Head south and tour Malaysia. Either fly KUL-BKK on Air Asia or overland again to BKK and home. I would fly this leg.

You do have another option. Thailand is now offering free tourist visas until March 2011. Contact your Thai Embassy and ask about the tourist visa and explain your travel plans. Perhaps they will recommend flying in with the tourist visa. What many airlines do not like is a one way ticket. You have a return ticket and that should satisfy both your airline and Thai Immigration.

Good luck with your planning.

Alright cool thanks!

I was exploring the free visa option now actually because my concern is that (at least according to travelfish) British Airways can be kind of weird with flights so I call BA but their call center reps keep referring me to the consulate. I'm trying to speak to someone at BA that would be able to tell me whether they'll let me on the plane to go to Thailand in the first place.


http://www.travelfish.org/thailand-visas.php

4. Posted by Refinity (Budding Member 23 posts) 6y

Most airliners wont let you on the plane if you dont have a visa and your "exceeds 1 month".

Just do like I did a few weeks back : go to the embassy and get a free 3 month visa.

Enjoy

5. Posted by DesmondHum (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

I guess thats the consensus lol...

Thanks.. I assume it's best go to the consulate come December 1st?