Just joined and what a brilliant site, me and my girl are heading to SE Asia for 4 months on 27th October excited or what!!!
we are looking at getting the train from Malaysia to Bangkok and then onwards to Chiang Mai, can anyone tell me what the situation is regarding visas when we cross the border into Thailand??
#1 stejill has been a member since 4/10/2006. Posts: 5
Welcome to Travelfish and glad to hear you like the site!
It depends on how long you're planning on staying in Thailand and your nationality, but here's the general rule:
If you're staying 30 days or less in Thailand you're entitles to a 30 day visa free stay -- that means they'll just stamp you in for 30 days. If you're staying longer, you'll need to get a tourist visa in advance which is valid for 2-3 months depending on the consulate you get it from.
Hope that helps
I dont think I worded my question very well, what I am after is specific information on the border of malaysia and Thailand as to where the visa is issued? Do we have to get off the train?
#3 stejill has been a member since 4/10/2006. Posts: 5
Hmm good question -- from memory you have to get off the train and clear immigration, but it's been years since i've crossed that way -- perhaps someone else can help!
The first time I did that trip a number of years ago, I had to disembark the train from Butterworth before the border and hop onto a bus that took me to immigration where I got my 14-day visa (okay, so it really was a while ago). Once I was through I got onto another train. I have a photo of the big sign that says, in about 7 or 8 languages, what people receive the death penalty for in Malaysia. Fortunately, one is not executed for not having a visa.
The second time I did the trip I did the same thing, but did not have to get onto a bus. Not sure why. It may have been the scheduling. Again, I got my visa in the immigration office at the border, this time for 30 days. I would be surprised if it's changed much.
yeah i had to get off the train.
#6 tuy has been a member since 21/1/2004. Posts: 13
The train stops at Padang Besar, which is the official border crossing from Malaysia into Thailand. They often check your passport on the train just before you arrive, but you MUST get off the train (it usually spends an hour or so on the platform) and pass through both Malaysian and Thai immigration areas. It's easy enough, quick, and you can leave your bags on the train whilst you do it. There's also an exchange booth where you can convert your unused currency into Thai baht.
There are no sevices that pass through the border without stopping. After the recent bombs in Hat Yai, expect more thorough security checks at the border, though this probably won't last.
#7 russellb has been a member since 8/8/2006. Posts: 12
Great, thanks very much for the information russellb,
Thanks also to everyone else who replied
#8 stejill has been a member since 4/10/2006. Posts: 5