Bangkok Podcast: Visa Run

2017-10-18T21:48:02+07:00December 13th, 2010|Bangkok Podcast Season 1, Expat Experiences|6 Comments

Bangkok Podcast 31: Visa Run

On this episode we disucss the much-hated, much-maligned visa run, the process of renewing your visa by traveling outside of the country that you live in. Most anyone who lives in Thailand has experienced this process, and Tony and Greg go over the who, what, why, and how of the whole process, drawing on personal experience to try and answer a few questions: is it better to do on your own or use a service? Can you send your passport with an agency and stay at home? How do you deal with border bribery, and which border crossing is the best?

Also, Tony – in the name of research – has used three of the most popular Bangkok visa run services and gives us a rundown of the pros and cons of each one. Who has the best lunch? Who has the friendliest staff? And most importantly, which ones use a big bus, and which ones use tiny vans?

Greg also tells us about his recent trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and we discuss how Twitter came to the aid of our friend, adventure-seeker @Vaitor, when he found himself in a Thai hospital and needed the help of a translator.

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  1. Tek December 13, 2010 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Thanks Tony, much appreciated!

  2. John December 13, 2010 at 11:38 am - Reply

    For the stingy guys (visa run to poipet):

    – first get the Cambodian visa online: 25 = 750 bahts (note: if you prefer to go to the embassy, better to pay in US Dollar, there’s indeed a surcharge if you pay in Thai Baht)

    – book a same-day two-way ticket with some bus company on Kao San road (explain it’s for the visa run), 450 with Greater Mekong Tour, up to 600 with other agents (departure at 9am, back at 6pm)

    Once at poipet, to speed up things on the Cambodian side, I strongly recommend to pay 200 bahts to get into the “express” line (just ask any cambodian border agent and ask for vip service): only 5 min instead of 20 min or more on busy days.

    • Tony December 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the info John.

      For me the 600 Baht extra it costs to use the visa service is well worth it but if someone is really watching their every baht it’s nice to know there are cheaper options.

  3. zenredsalon December 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I believe Jack golf have 2 buses

    The first one runs early at 5am

    But another runs at 8am

    You may want to check and update on that…

    Also – for anyone who gets stuck in poipet for whatever reason – or misses their bus.
    The Casino buses will take Westerners home for a few hundred baht.

    • Tony December 24, 2010 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      You’re right. I just noticed on their website that they offer 2 departure times, 5:00AM and 7:00AM. Thanks for pointing that out.

  4. Johan Hansson February 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    What a great blog. I discovered it today actually. Just want to say that I saved it as a bookmark. I had no clue about Thai Visa Run before. Thanks. I will recommend this site to my friends.

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