Hi all, I'm flying to Delhi at the beginning of next month, doing a guided tour of Northern India, before flying out to Bangkok on the 25th. My next flight is not until June, when I'll be flying from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, Australia. My plan was to make my own way around SE Asia, starting off in Thailand, visiting Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam and ending up in Malaysia in June, spending about a month in each of those countries.
Yesterday I posted in this forum asking for hostel recommendations for my first night in Bangkok and someone pointed out that I will be denied entry to Thailand if I do not have proof of an outward journey within 30 days and I might want to get a Tourist Visa in advance.
I want to hear from anyone who has done what I am planning to do (i.e. 'wing it' around SE Asia) and would like to know what you did with regard to a Thai tourist visa, i.e. did you get one or not? I know people use Thailand as a 'base', e.g. fly to Cambodia, fly back to Thailand, take a coach to Laos, etc etc, and this is what I want to be able to do as well. However I'm not sure what would be the best option for me visa-wise.
I have looked on the Thai Embassy website and it says the visas take 1 working day so I still have time to get one, but I wouldn't know whether to get a single or multiple entry one as I don't know how many times I will want to go back into Thailand (and it says you NEED to use all your entries!). I've also looked into booking an Air Asia flight out of Thailand to Cambodia before the 30 days is up, but I'm reluctant to arrange too much in advance because I might change my mind about where I want to go next when I'm out there (also they want the weight of your luggage - I don't know how much my luggage is going to weigh!)
Another thing - if I wanted to go to Thailand in order to get on a coach to Laos, for example, would they let me in if I hadn't booked the coach yet??
I hope I'm making sense, and apologies for the hugely rambling post, I just want to be able to bum around SE Asia for 5 months and don't intend to spend more than 30 days in Thailand at once but might want to pop back in for a few days at a time to arrange travel to other countries. I did try ringing my travel agency but they weren't very useful.
[ Edit: Edited on 19-Dec-2013, at 04:33 by Clare_Ruth ]