Visa Renewal in Thailand--Travel Thailand Series

QUICK THAI VISA RUN

EXPLAINING INITIAL PROCESS

I have obtained a non-immigrant "O" visa with multiple entries to Thailand from the Royal Thai Consulate General in my area two times. A non-immigrant "O" visa with multiple entries is good for one year, however, the visa must be renewed every 90 days. I have renewed my visa in Thailand tree times. In order to renew after the first 90 days, I need to leave Thailand and go to another country and then return. I choose to go to Cambodia because it is close to where I stay in Bangkok, Thailand when visiting. After researching the travel section of Bangkok Post the first time I needed to renew I decided to use the Quick Thai Visa Run for several reasons. I could get my visa renewed in one day, the departure time was not as early as some other services for the one day trip and the cost was 2000 baht ( about $65.34 US in January 20ll) for the round trip. The company would facilitate all the necessary paperwork. All I needed to do was bring my passport, a copy of my passport and two photos (2"x2"). It is important to call the number on card shown ahead of time to make arrangements.


View of cafe from Skytrain exit.  The coffee shop is in the tree area in front of the tall buildings in the picture.
View of cafe from Skytrain exit. The coffee shop is in the tree area in front of the tall buildings in the picture.
View of BTS Skytrain used to get to Ekkamai street .
View of BTS Skytrain used to get to Ekkamai street .
The front of the coffee shop.
The front of the coffee shop.
Copy of passport which is needed along with passport, photos and other documents completed while in the courtyard.
Copy of passport which is needed along with passport, photos and other documents completed while in the courtyard.
This short little gal helps with paperwork and assists on the bus during travel.
This short little gal helps with paperwork and assists on the bus during travel.
This is the man that checks paperwork and attends to the business details.
This is the man that checks paperwork and attends to the business details.
Inside the coffee shop.
Inside the coffee shop.
A statue of the monkey character that is well known from a poem in Thai culture.
A statue of the monkey character that is well known from a poem in Thai culture.
Just an advertisement for beer inside the courtyard.
Just an advertisement for beer inside the courtyard.
The 36 passenger bus was full and clean all three times I renewed my visa.
The 36 passenger bus was full and clean all three times I renewed my visa.
Gas station in area where we took a break around noon.
Gas station in area where we took a break around noon.
 I purchased 4 apples for 40 baht (a little more than a US dollar) on one of my trips.  The picture doesn't show the two monks dressed in typical orange robes that were eating in the open air restaurant area
I purchased 4 apples for 40 baht (a little more than a US dollar) on one of my trips. The picture doesn't show the two monks dressed in typical orange robes that were eating in the open air restaurant area
Now I know why the girl came by after I had been on bus for a couple of hours and handed me a couple of napkins--tissues.  They were for the  Thai  Hong Nam--(Room Water)--Bathroom. You decide how to use it and flush!!!
Now I know why the girl came by after I had been on bus for a couple of hours and handed me a couple of napkins--tissues. They were for the Thai Hong Nam--(Room Water)--Bathroom. You decide how to use it and flush!!!
A welcome surprise when I got back to seat 24 on my first trip.
A welcome surprise when I got back to seat 24 on my first trip.
Passengers eating.
Passengers eating.
I ordered fried rice with vegetables--yummy. There were at least eight different lunches to choose from.
I ordered fried rice with vegetables--yummy. There were at least eight different lunches to choose from.
We watched movies on a  DVD screen on the way to and from the Thai/Cambodian Border.
We watched movies on a DVD screen on the way to and from the Thai/Cambodian Border.
This is intersection where we turned right on the way to the immigration point.
This is intersection where we turned right on the way to the immigration point.
Overstays window does not show in the picture.  It is on the left and visa renewal for regulars on the right. Overstays are for people whose visa has alreaady expired and they have to pay more.
Overstays window does not show in the picture. It is on the left and visa renewal for regulars on the right. Overstays are for people whose visa has alreaady expired and they have to pay more.
Baan Lem integration point. The yellow King's flag and red, white, blue Thai flag tells me I am still in Thailand. I left my passport at the Thai immigration window and carried the photo and copy of passport with me when I crossed over to Cambodia.
Baan Lem integration point. The yellow King's flag and red, white, blue Thai flag tells me I am still in Thailand. I left my passport at the Thai immigration window and carried the photo and copy of passport with me when I crossed over to Cambodia.
The river below the  bridge we walked over.
The river below the bridge we walked over.
The bridge--I was BOMBARDED with young children asking for money. The one little girl that stuck with me every time I crossed the brdge is foremost in picture.
The bridge--I was BOMBARDED with young children asking for money. The one little girl that stuck with me every time I crossed the brdge is foremost in picture.
The Thai flags stopped and Cambodian flags began over the water and the bridge
The Thai flags stopped and Cambodian flags began over the water and the bridge
This was a shrine in the nearby area we walked to.
This was a shrine in the nearby area we walked to.
A portion of the big gateway into Cambodia that we were directed away from and re-directed thru that metal cattle corral-affair.
A portion of the big gateway into Cambodia that we were directed away from and re-directed thru that metal cattle corral-affair.
The gate with vendors crossing over. They were stopped by authorities to have their goods checked.
The gate with vendors crossing over. They were stopped by authorities to have their goods checked.
Another picture of gate and traffic.
Another picture of gate and traffic.
More commerce and traffic.  The bridge is in backgrond.
More commerce and traffic. The bridge is in backgrond.
This is looking back toward Thailand.
This is looking back toward Thailand.
This is looking into the Cambodian town. The Cambodian guard motioned me to go thru a little metal gate and into a gated area that had a duty free shop. I didn't go into the shop...all I saw was alcohol bottles, cigarette cartons, medications, etc.
This is looking into the Cambodian town. The Cambodian guard motioned me to go thru a little metal gate and into a gated area that had a duty free shop. I didn't go into the shop...all I saw was alcohol bottles, cigarette cartons, medications, etc.
A guard or someone would tell to go there, (Cambodia), we'd get there, scratch our heads, someone said go back to the Thai station, we went back there, and finally one of the Thai staff led the 3 or 4 lost sheep in my group back to  Cambodia.
A guard or someone would tell to go there, (Cambodia), we'd get there, scratch our heads, someone said go back to the Thai station, we went back there, and finally one of the Thai staff led the 3 or 4 lost sheep in my group back to Cambodia.
...as I and others walked back and forth on the bridge in the little area between the Thai immigration and Cambodian immigration.
...as I and others walked back and forth on the bridge in the little area between the Thai immigration and Cambodian immigration.
Vendors and others.
Vendors and others.
Commerce
Commerce
Lady carrying shells to eat on wicker tray on her head.
Lady carrying shells to eat on wicker tray on her head.
Finally I have my passport in hand and then go back thru the hallway to original Thai building and get my visa stamp for 90 days--which was the whole object of the trip.
Finally I have my passport in hand and then go back thru the hallway to original Thai building and get my visa stamp for 90 days--which was the whole object of the trip.
I wandered down the street on the Thai side where there were vendors on each side, but there was no craftwork so I bought nothing.
I wandered down the street on the Thai side where there were vendors on each side, but there was no craftwork so I bought nothing.
A white budha statue from afar.
A white budha statue from afar.
Scenery
Scenery
A rock mountain.
A rock mountain.
I'm not sure if these are rubber trees or trees used to make paper.
I'm not sure if these are rubber trees or trees used to make paper.
Scenery with dry looking foliage.
Scenery with dry looking foliage.
Market area along the roadside.
Market area along the roadside.
Mountain rock scene from a distance.
Mountain rock scene from a distance.
This rock mountain has a cave like cut out.
This rock mountain has a cave like cut out.
Looking at the roadside from the bus.
Looking at the roadside from the bus.
The road.
The road.
Boganvilla flower/tree/bush
Boganvilla flower/tree/bush
Brightly colored boganvilla.
Brightly colored boganvilla.
Looking down on Sukumvit street traffic from the BTS Skytrain.
Looking down on Sukumvit street traffic from the BTS Skytrain.

LOCATION FOR PICK-UP AND PROCESS

PICK UP LOCATION

Pick up and meeting place was at Baanrai Coffee Shop on the corner of Sukhumvit 63 and BTS (Skytrain) Ekkamai Exit. The coffee shop is by the big Honda dealership and the courtyard can be seen from Skytrain Ekkamai exit.

MEETING TIME, DEPARTURE, AND INITIAL ACTIVITY

I had been instructed to arrive by 9:00 a.m. with departure on the bus at 9:30 a.m. sharp. I first filled out out departure/arrival cards, providing 2 photos, copy of passport and passport and 2,000 baht.

STAFF

The assistant helped me with the paperwork and spoke a little English.

A gentlemen collected and checked all the paperwork.

THE COFFEE SHOP

I got an iced coffee mocha at the shop and enjoyed waiting in the courtyard.

WAITING IN THE COURTYARD

The scenes and setting of the courtyard were very inviting and music played quietly over a speaker.

DEPARTURE

When it was time we all walked down the sidewalk for perhaps five minutes and waited for the bus.

THE BUS

We boarded the 36 passenger bus. It has always been clean and comfortable. There has been a full load on all three of my visa renewal trips.

TRAVELING ACTIVITIES

We were given a bottle of water after the trip began. A movie was turned on for those who preferred that over looking at scenery, reading, visiting, sleeping, etc. We were handed back the copy of our passport to carry with us when we crossed the border. We were shown a menu and the assistant wrote down what each person wanted for lunch. When we were close to the lunch break stop, the assistant went down the aisle with a roll of toilet tissue, pulling off generous sections and handing them to all the females.

LUNCH STOP

We stopped around noon at a gas station that had a 7-11, local Thai food market stands, hong nam (Room Water) meaning a restroom, and an outdoor restaurant. The area had beautiful boganvilla flowers shubbery.

When we boarded the bus we found our lunch in a styrofoam cotainer setting on our seat.

IMMIGRATION POINT

We arrived at Baan Lem on the Thai/Camodian border around 1:30 p.m.

VISA RENEWAL PROCESS

DEPARTURE FROM THAILAND

We were given our passport by the assistant and waited in a line to have our visa stamped showing we were departing from Thailand.

ENTRY INTO CAMBODIA

We then walked thru that area and the assistant collected our passport again. She carried them to "somewhere" and they were all stamped showing our arrival in Cambodia.

We carried the copy of our passport over the bridge and spent a half hour or so in the small area of Cambodia that we were allowed to be in.

Many young children approached us as we walked across the bridge, asking us for money. After we boarded our bus about an hour later, there were no children to be seen and all the hustle and bustle of previous activity was gone.

We were able to use the hongnam again, buy duty free items or just look around, watch local people crossing thru the gateway across to a Cambodian town. A guard insured that we did not enter that area.

RE-ENTRY INTO THAILAND

In about a half hour we walked back to the same building we had given our passport to originally to show we had departed and stood in line to have our passport stamped for another 90 day visa.

We then spent a little more time on the Thailand side where there were many Thai shops with food, clothing, trinkets, souvenirs, perfume, watches, cameras, the whole gamut of merchandise.

RETURN TRIP TO BANGKOK

We boarded the bus and travelled the same route home. We stopped at the same gas station area for a break. We could watch a movie if we wished. i took a number of pictures of scenery.

Traffic was heavy in Bangkok and it seemed like forever getting back once in Bangkok. It was dark. We arrived at the coffee shop area and I quickly got off, with passport and visa in hand, and boarded the BTS Skytrain for "home" in Bangkok at least for another 90 days before needing to repeat the process of visa renewal.

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kanzonames@yahoo. 5 years ago

Wow, great job, I really appreciate all the pictures and commentary.


mmagie 5 years ago

Great first hand information. Pictures are an added bonus.


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delphine781 5 years ago from Thailand

I like your hub, very detailed information and the photos give the extra touch. The visa runs for me are in Thailand pain in the ass. I have a business here but need still to go every 3 months out for crossing the border, so you are seating for 6 - 8 hours for one way in the bus, just to get the stamp and back again the same time of seating. And one time in 15 months I have to go to Penang for 3 days to get my 1 year working visa. I wish the Thai government would do it more simpler. I understand the government, that they try to stop the illegal workers, but people like me who have serious business here have to suffer. http://www.sailingtourphuket.com/


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E Jay 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado Author

The renewal of visa with this company took from 9:30 a.m. departure (they ask you to come at 9 to fill out the paperwork) and you return to a Sukhumvit Sky Train Station about 7:30 or 8 pm, depending on Bangkok traffic. Thanks for your comment Delphine. E Jay


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