vegasmike6: now I definetely dont want to overstay !!!! thx for advise ....
what about the 7 days-extension of visa ? Do you know anything about ?
otherwise I really have to contact the Royal Thai Embassy here...
nice recommendations "TBH Thailand" .. I just wanna go with the flow...see some beautiful beaches, hopping from one island to others... , sometimes of course relaxing ...just take the most of it =)
lern to dive sounds great !!! where I absolutely wanna go is Kho Phi Phi ... I've been told it should also be one of the most beautiful islands isn't it ?
Your normal visa allows you to stay for 30 days. You can unfortunately not extend for only 7. When you get an extension from the Thai Embassy in your home country, it automatically extends for 30 days. If you over stay for even one day, you will have a very bad experience at the airport when you go through customs to fly back home. Trust me, it is not worth it. You can download the form you have to fill in to send to the Thai embassy from the internet, complete it, take 4 photo's and your passport and courier it to the Thai Embassy together with the completed forms. You will have your passport back within one week with your 60 days visa stamped inside.
Phi Phi is very nice yes and everyone should visit there at least once. It is far from Koh Phangan though, since Phi Phi is in the Andaman Sea and Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand, but you can do it. More than one way of travel is also possible if you want to keep it cheap.
Hope this helps. Ket me know if you need any more information.
Once you are done with the full moon party and wish to visit Phi Phi, you have several options. The travel shops will put you on a minivan and off you go. I would advise not to choose this way. The Thais usually pack the vans full, giving you very little room. The drivers all seem to have a death wish and this makes for an exciting ride. Because of this trait, I want as much metal around me as possible. Travel like most Thais do. Use the gov't bus system. Get yourself over to the Surat Thani bus station and book a seat to Krabi. Buses leave every hour. I would allow several days for Krabi before taking the ferry to Phi Phi. Railay Beach is worth a day trip IMO.
Now the visa problem. I agree with George. Buy a 60 day tourist visa while you have time. This avoids any issue with your airline and you are legal your entire trip. The other option is to accept the free 30 day visa exempt stamp, then go over to Immigration right before your visa expires and extend for 7 days, 1,900 baht. With this option, you may still have an issue with your airline allowing you to board. Check with them if you choose not to buy a 60 day visa. Good luck with your planning.
Many thanks for your advise and recommandations. I cant't wait to set off !!!
As you said...I'll contact the Thai Embassy here to avoid any problem.
best wishes from Germany =)
Enjoy your trip to the land of smiles, take care & have fun!!
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