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Easiest/cheapest way to obtain 30 day visa into Thailand

Posted by Kylzz13 on 18/1/2010 at 09:24

Hi everyone:)

I have had a massive read through the forums regarding Thai visas, but still cannot decide what my best option is!

We'll be spending time in Singapore/Vietnam/Cambodia before crossing overland via the Poipet boarder crossing into Thailand. We want to stay for around 3-4 weeks, 15 days just won't be enough. We can't justify buying a flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok... there must be a cheaper way!

How easy it is to obtain a 30 day visa in either Singapore, Hanoi, Saigon or Phnom Penh, how much are these approximately, do they take long to issue and do they start when we cross the border into Thailand or from the date of issue?

The Thai embassy in New Zealand is in a different city and it just seems like a massive inconvenience sending my passport away.

If anyone can help I would really appreciate it!


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Posted by Kylzz13 on 18/1/2010 at 09:58

I should also add that we are travelling from 16th April till early June.

The Thai Embassy in NZ don't seem to know anything about the 'no fees' deal that applies to tourist visas at the moment either...


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Posted by exacto on 18/1/2010 at 10:02

massive inconvenience aside, i think your best option is to send your passport to the thai embassy in new zealand and request a 60-day tourist visa. there is a special promotion right now and those visas should be free until at least april. why not give the thai embassy a call or check out their website for details.

trying to pick up a visa while you are on the road will be a chore, and a much bigger inconvenience (and more expensive) than a trip to the local post office. better to sort it out ahead of time.

another option, if you can't bear mailing away your passport, is to fly from phnom pehn instead of siem reap into thailand, so you can pick up your 30-day visa exemption upon arrival at the airport. the flights from phnom penh via air asia are a lot cheaper than the flights from siem reap, and phnom penh is worth a visit as well. hope that helps. cheers.

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Posted by busylizzy on 18/1/2010 at 19:40

My suggestion was going to be what exacto posted - fly from Phnom Penh rather than Siem Reap . This means taking a bus from Siem Reap back to Phnom Penh. It's about 6 hours, and costs $5-7.

We did just that yesterday., Caught the 8am bus from Siem Reap, and once we arrived in Phnom Penh, we got a $5 tuk-tuk straight to the airport for the 4.55pm Air Asia flight to Bangkok. (You might want to consider a 7 or 7.30am bus to build in a bit more safety time).

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Posted by Kylzz13 on 19/1/2010 at 03:08

Hi guys,

Thanks so much. I think we will do PP last and fly into Bangkok :)

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