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Thai visa waiver+travel to Cambodia

Posted by stusie94 on 6/6/2013 at 09:04

Hey guys, me and my girlfriend are planning on going to SE Asia in june/july for 38 days in total.

The plan is to be in Thailand for 18 days, then travel to Cambodia for around 6 days, then be in Thailand again for the next 14 days.

The problem is, as I understand it, to qualify for the visa waiver I need proof that I will be leaving Thailand within 30 days.
However, we want to go to Siem Reap by bus from Bangkok (apparently there's now a direct bus route) but I can't find anywhere to book tickets online, so I won't have proof that I'm leaving the country in time.

I was wondering if there's a way to get around this without booking flights to Cambodia or buying a visa as we're on a fairly tight budget.
Also, does anyone know where I can book this bus online, or where to get a ticket in Bangkok?

Thanks guys.

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Posted by captainbkk on 6/6/2013 at 09:25

you cannot book that bus online, ONLY way tix are sold is in person at the behemothMOchit BUSterminal in north-BKK it still is a lot cheaper to do it in the old-style stages-check
You also did NOT give full details, TELL what airline you use into BKK and from WHERE. IF you happen to be OZzie, then out of luck, as they will pester you for tickets OUT in 30 days, by AIR. Cheapest will be BKK'PnPn on airasia. nut any ticket out of Th has at least 700 THB airporttax in it, which happens to be more as the total busfares BKK-SR or even PnPn if doing wisely. Flying BKK-SR is very costly.
As has been told here now at least 12345 times, it is not a problem of Thai immigration, but the airline check-in in SOME places and SOME airlines and occasionally even the transit stop on the way to BKK. These often reflect the draconian rules that country imposes on Thai citizens wanting to visit it.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 6/6/2013 at 11:15

Ditto as above. Qualifying for the visa-exempt entry on arrival is a non-issue, as long as your nationality qualifies for it you'll get stamped in for 30 days. The potential problem comes at check-in for the flight to Thailand. This is an extremely common dilemma for travellers to Thailand, as "officially" you're meant to have a return or onward flight ticket within 30 days, but enforcement of this varies for different countries, airlines, staff, etc. So you can try contacting your airline and try to get something in writing, or you can buy a cheap flight to Cambodia, or you can get a Thai visa in advance, or you can just take your chances at the airport. And for your other question unfortunately there is no way to buy bus tickets out of the country online.

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Posted by stusie94 on 6/6/2013 at 13:11

Thanks for the replies guys.
I'm flying from the UK with Etihad, stopping in Abu Dhabi

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