The visa run north
of Phuket via Koah Lak (where I joined)
to the Ranong border crossing between Thailand and Myanmar, is a guided "Visa Run" out an into Thailand on the same day get a rentry visa to join
my Thai wife and our children where they wait at at a beach hotel Khao Lak, Thailand. The Ranong border immigration processing check point is
the nearer to Phuket than Penang is but without Thai embassy or consular services in Mayanmar, farlung
(non-ASEAN citizens) can only get 15 day visas back into Thailand. Ranong
Thailand is a fishing port with a casino and is near hot springs. I met the Australian owner of Mike's Bikes near
Nai Harn Beach Rawai in the immigration queue waiting for our exit from Thailand to be checked.
His accountant overlooked his visa renewal during the recent Songkran holiday.
There are three sections:
Over stayers. I was told
overstaying in Thailand is @ $30 per day.
The visa run mini bus from Phuket to Ranong had a couple of
Germans, a Vietnamese hairdresser, a girl from Laos and a couple of Philipinos. The Germans got a one year non-immigrant visa from the
Thai embassy in Germany with condition they leave once during the year. The non-Thai Asians paid 1,000 bhat. Farlung 1,500 for the visa run.
Still good value considering the distance travelled, guidance all the way through the visa run process and delisious lunch included in the
visa run. The Germans say the Myanmar border town of Kaw Thaung is quite nice but with exclusion beyond 3km and expensive hotels, it at the
moment is not recommended accommodation near Thailand and an eco friendly tourism revenue loss to Myanmar.
Photo of visa run mini bus with
boarding at Khao Lak for a Phuket to Ranong
visa run, .
VISA RUN FROM PHUKET TO
The visa run south
to Penang is about 600km and usually includes
overnight accommodation in
Penang Penang is a predominantly Chinese island so enjoy the
Chinese food restaurants while in Penang. You can stay in Penang
city CBD hotels or resorts near the beach at places such as Butu
Faringi. Many visa run companies will arrange a whole package in
getting your re-entry visa to Thailand, travelling via HatJai to the
Thai Malay border crossing and return to Phuket or Bangkok in an
airconditioned mini van.
The advantage of a visa run
to Vientiane is that Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, is right on
the Thai Lao border, on the bank of the Mekong River. Being a capital
city it has a Thai embassy where ASEAN and non-ASEAN citizens can get
more than 15 day Thai visas. As a farlung father of a child born
in Thailand, I got a non-immigrant "O" category
Thai visa for 3 months. If you're NOT on a visa run package, know
there are very cheap form filling clerk
near the Thai embassy in Vientiane. Most get to Nong Khai from
Bangkok by train, bus or plane via Udon Thani airport
or Lung Pramban airport The AirAsia
air hostess calls Udon Thani airport the "Udon Thani International
Airport" which is also on the airport gateway sign. As far as I know the only time it was an international
airport was when it was built by the American airforce for international
boming flights mainly on the Ho Chi Min Trail in Vietnam and Laos.
The MANY farlung who live in Isan (north east Thailand and southern Laos
near Vientiane) would like Udon Thani airport to be an international
airport. It would mean easy visa runs by air and easy international
travel without having to go via Bangkok. Cost of a visa into Laos for
farlung is 1,300 bht plus the 60 cents for a bus fare from Thailand to
Laos over the Lao - Thai Friendship bridge as it is call in Laos.
Click thumbnail photo of Friendship Bridge tolls for vehicles.
VISA RUN FROM CHIANG MAI TO LAOS
I was last in
Chiang Mai near
Chiang Rai in 1976. If you do a visa run from Chiang Mai to either
or Laos or Mayanmar, non-ASEAN citizens will only get 15 day Thai Visas
unless you apply at an embassy in Rangoon or Vientiane. With the new
AirAsia route from Chiang Mai to
a visa run by air to China is now an option.
VISA RUN FROM
BANKOK TO THAILAND'S BORDERS
With so many transport
options to so many Thai border crossing points, visa runs by air
conditioned by,mini-bus, train, plane has a multitude of choices.
VISA RUN FROM
THAILAND TO CAMBODIA
Information about the visa
run from Thailand to the Cambodian border would be appreciated.
As with all Thai visas, citizens
from ASEAN counties get:
more border crossing points.
See video of the Mekong River border crossing point near Phraphutthabat
"Si Chiang Mai" for produce and ASEAN citizens only.