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1. Posted by leeroy da brow (Budding Member 13 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi all

So this has probably been asked a thousand times before so i apologise in advance, i just cant find the exact info on this.
So im flying into Bangkok and plan to fly out again around 2 days later to phnom penh. I will then make my way up to Siem reap and make my way back to Bangkok overground by bus etc... My question is how will it work with visas and such like. I have read that UK citizens do not need a visa if staying in thailand for less than 30 days, but i was there last year just short of a month and im sure i paid for a visa when landing at Bangkok, obviously after no sleep on the long hall flight its very foggy to me. If i get stamped to be in thailand less than 30 days, will that still be valid when i hit the Cambodia/Thai border by bus on my way back? Ive heard theres no visas issued if going from Cambodai to Thailand unlike if you were to travel the other way around. Or can i just go and come as the time between my return flight home is only 20 days total? Alsowhen ariving in Cambodia by plane do you still need a passport photo like when you do the trip by overground?

Like i say real sorry if this is asked all the time, i just dont want o be caught out with only a limited time in paradise :)

Many many thanks in advance, happy travels...

2. Posted by ChanM (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Reply on yr questions:

Cambodian visa, you can generate VOA in any check point whether border crossing or airport.

Cambodia VOA, just prepare 2 photos and USD 20, about 15 - 20 minutes taking at the point.

Thailand and Cambodia has a bilateral single visa, anyway you are free visa to Thailand. So, you must generate Cambodian visa on your end.

Cross from Cambodia to Thailand, you can re-visit anytime. Meanwhile, land border crossing is 15 days free visa and 30 days free visa will be generated via int'l airports.

My below comment,

you should stay and travel over Thailand nearly to 30 days (if you come by plane) , and then heading to Angkor Wat by International bus start at Bangkok Bus Terminal (Thai call Mor Chit) at the Ground floor. Booking in advance is highly recommended due to it unfortunately will be fulled.

Price ticket: THB 750 or USD 25. Starting time: 9.00 am everyday.

Pattaya to Angkor wat (Siemriep) is also available if you need starting from there. Ticket price and schedule is no idea.

Road: Road in Thailand and the way to Siemriep is good, meanwhile from Siemriep to Phnom Penh's horrible.

3. Posted by ChanM (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I've just read that you "but i was there last year just short of a month and im sure i paid for a visa when landing at Bangkok"

I just wonder that you are in the wrong immigration gate, if you are UK passport holder. You just stand in the line of Immigration (30 - 90 days avail vary in citizens) not Visa on Arrival (15 days avail). Anyway, this point I ain't definitely sure due to I am Thai and surely I stand in the line of Thai passport.

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3579 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I checked with a visa website and as a holder of a British Virgin Island passport, will need to buy a visa to Thailand. UK passport holders get a free 30 day visa waiver when flying into BKK. My advice will now depend on which passport you hold. Since you invalidate your Tland visa (free or paid) as soon as you cross a Thai border, I think you need to re-think your plans if using a BVI passport. Spend as much time in Tland as you want before crossing into Cambodia. Why buy a 30 day Tland visa and void it after 2 days? If you are using a UK passport, then voiding a free 30 visa waiver makes sense. You will get a 15 day visa waiver when crossing back into Tland via road.

Cambodia requires visa photos no matter if air or land arrival. Have 6 photos with you before you start your adventure. I see you are planning on entering Tland via road after Siem Reap. Read about the route here. You will again have to buy a 30 day visa to Tland if using a BVI passport. Many countries get a free 15 visa waiver when entering Tland via road. You won't if using a BVI. While in PP, go over and the UK Embassy and see what they advise. You may have to buy another 30 day visa to enter Tland. Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Aug-2013, at 17:21 by vegasmike6 ]

5. Posted by leeroy da brow (Budding Member 13 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Thank you kind people for all your words of help and advice. Much appreciated! happy travels! :))))

6. Posted by clovish (Budding Member 22 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


As a UK citizen you won't have to bother for a visa as you are allowed to stay 30days max. with a visa exemption.
As soon as you come back to thailand you will have a new visa exemption.. If coming back by land (bus, train, bike) you'll get 15 days allowed. If by plane 30 new days.. So no visa, no charges..
For cambodia however its different, and it was previously mentionned: passport photos and about 20USD to get a visa (no visa exemption there).

You're probably already back home but that might help others ;)