Can any of you recommend a hostel in Khao San Road which might be in charge of the Visa to Myanmar? I know itÂ´s personal, but perhaps they can make some arrangements in order to save time. Maybe I am mistaken, I donÂ´t know. And a hostel which could take us from the airport? Thank you.
#1 gracetandil has been a member since 4/12/2008. Posts: 56
Good to see they've got the VOA up and running again, hopefully it'll last this time but at $40 for a tourist visa it's a fair bit more than getting it in advance from other countries in the region ($20 in Phnom Penh or Vientiane, around $25 in Bangkok) if you've got the time to wait a few days. However if you're travelling directly from say Europe or the States it's a great option.
gracedantil - if case you aren't from one of the countries that grants VOA, sure there are plenty of agents around Khao San who will assist with your visa but they'll ask around $60-$70 for the privilege - getting it yourself is fairly straightforward and costs 860baht for 3 working days turn around or a same day visa is possible if you have an airline ticket departing within 48 hours (1250 baht). Using an agent doesn't speed up the processing time. Much cheaper even if you get taxis to and from the embassy to take up less of your own time.
I just realised I was getting myself confused between the supposedly launching soon online e-visa and VOA. Previously VOA was only available to tourists flying directly from from either Cambodia or China or those on a pre-arranged package tour but from this link it looks like they have changed this again! Wonder if this means the government has given up on the e-visa?!
OK, it seems the options are either asking a tour agent around KSR or doing it by myself. as I am from Argentina which is not included in the list. I still have plenty of time ahead so I will wait. Thank you all of you.
#5 gracetandil has been a member since 4/12/2008. Posts: 56
KSR travel agents are known to be dodgy. Avoid that area.
#6 longbeach has been a member since 28/3/2012. Posts: 307
Doing it yourself is a better bet than a KSR travel agent, since all they're saving you is two nice river trips to Sathorn followed by one stop on the Skytrain. Good advice about getting the Visa here:
Other people have complained about queues, but there weren't more than three people waiting this morning (a Friday; which means waiting until Tuesday to pick up)
#7 enigmatic has been a member since 14/4/2011. Posts: 84
I have read on Travelfish that the best option to get a visa to Myanmar is in Bangkok. That is why I am HERE. Yes. Thank you.
#9 gracetandil has been a member since 4/12/2008. Posts: 56
Another question: do you know when are the holidays in Thailand and or Myanmar??? Thank you. And thank you "enigmatic", I read the link you provided.
#10 gracetandil has been a member since 4/12/2008. Posts: 56
The general consensus here is that you don't go to Khao San Road for anything other than a pizaa or a beer - and then maybe not. Certainly not for a business arrangement such as a visa to Burma. I belive Longbeach phrased it best.