Doing a Thai Visa Run

Last week it was that time again to do another Thai visa run. After spending 90 wonderful days in the Kingdom, I had leave the country for an hour, only to be allowed back in without question only to repeat the process again in 3 months. Such is the hassle with visas when traveling, just a stupid rule all over the world to make money (*shakes fist at the Illuminati*), but no worries, it’s not like I have a real job or anything.

Thai visa run by minibus

Since I wanted a quick in and out (that’s what she said) Thai visa run, I decided to use Bangkok Buddy, for 2,500 baht they take care of your Thai visa run. They even heard you like sheep from one point to the next, making the whole process a doddle, allowing you to focus on messaging girls on Thai Friendly or play Line (famous messaging app in Asia). From Sukhumvit Soi 12 just outside Korea town, they ask you to meet up at 4:30am. You need to bring the following:

  • Passport
  • 2,500 baht
  • 1 passport photo

You hand everything to the nice looking lady sitting down on the chair and she fills in all the paperwork, while you wait and enjoy the ‘refreshments’ on offer. The minivans were pretty spacious and clean, it even had leather seats and decent aircon. It took around 4 hours to get to the border with a one pit stop. At the border my ‘guide’ directed me where I need to stamp out. After I crossed into Cambodia, he took my passport, give me a buffet voucher and told me to visit the casino and shoot the dice.

Poipet Casino

I had a quick look at the food at the buffet and thought to myself, not even once. I walked back out and headed to the casino. Gambling is legal in Cambodia by the way and they have a few casinos right on the border. They had blackjack, baccarat, roulette and some other crazy Asian games I’ve never heard of. I cashed in 1,000 baht of chips and made my way to the roulette table. As I placed my bets all I heard from other players was”durka durka durka farang farang duka durka”, was kind of fun. Everyone at the table was friendly enough.
poipet casino

In England, the croupiers are pretty fast and you usually get about one spin every minute or so. Here it took them around 15 minutes to spin the kunt once, I am not exaggerating either. I was there for just over 30 minutes and in that time I managed to place 4 bets ( I was two tabling). Go figure.

AsI did my Thai visa run on a Sunday, the waiting time was longer than I would have liked. I entered Cambodia around 9:15am and was ushered by my ‘guide’ around 11am that it was time to go. As I was queuing to get let back into the Promise Land, this took around an hour waiting in line. Even though I have 3 tourist visas in my passport and a bunch of 30 day stamps, the immigration officer didn’t ask any questions and let me past and gave me a cheek wink.

It took another 4 hours to get home and from start to finish it took around 12 hours. I think if I went Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday it would have taken a lot less time.

Bangkok Buddy visa service

You can do a Thai visa run yourself and it works out slightly cheaper but I think for the service and peace of mind, Bangkok Buddy is a good option. They are cheap and they do everything for you, the price also includes the fee for the Cambodian visa which is $20. The staff were friendly and nice, everything went smoothly, was legit and I have no issues with the service. Wb/10.

If I was ever to do another Thai visa run I would use these guys for sure. No problems and very professional.

21 thoughts on “Doing a Thai Visa Run

  1. 15 January, 2015 at 10:57 am

    nice trip report, welcome back

    1. 15 January, 2015 at 11:06 am

      lol thanks. Possibly the spammest comment ever, made me lol tho.

  2. lloyd
    15 January, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    You did not do a visa run, you did a border hop. Totally different.

    1. 15 January, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      I think they are the same Lloyd.

  3. Aims
    15 January, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Hi! Just a question: suppose I came 2nd Jan. and only got a month stamp, if I go with this company, do I get a 3 months extension or only a month? Thanks!

    1. 16 January, 2015 at 2:59 am

      Only 1 month unless you decided to use their package to get you tourist visa in which case you will need to stay in Cambodia for a few days.

      1. Aims
        19 January, 2015 at 2:06 am

        Thanks!

      2. Antsy
        11 August, 2015 at 4:44 pm

        Can this 30 days you get by border hopping also be extended to 60 at immigration?

        1. 12 August, 2015 at 2:59 am

          Yes it can be extended for another 30 days for a total of 60 days for 1,900 baht.

  4. Kdog
    16 January, 2015 at 2:37 am

    So, once again, there is a new flavour of the month. After all the panic and horseshit of last years new tourist visa problems, people being denied entry and all that fun stuff, they have now forgotten and gone back to the same old system of not giving a shit? For fuck sakes.

    1. 16 January, 2015 at 2:59 am

      Lol, welcome to thailand 😀

  5. Pascal
    17 January, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    id rather set myself on fire than get up in the middle of the night to spend a whole day on a shitty bus with ac blasting in my face the entire trip

  6. Luke
    27 January, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Nice new post, but you forgot to tell us how much you won at the casino. Or did you lose?

    1. 27 January, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      won 300 baht. Nothing to shout home about. Will learn baccarat next time I’m there, plenty of tables running, but even they take 5 mins per hand.

  7. Wayne
    3 February, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    What would happen if you were denied entry back into Thailand? I assume you leave all your possessions in your apartment.

    1. 3 February, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Not give a single fuck.

      If I got rejected I think I would just fly in.

  8. nurseRon
    16 March, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    So it’s all back to normal now (on the longterm expat visa runs)???

    1. 16 March, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Yes mate, seems to be business as usual.

  9. Karl
    26 July, 2015 at 9:50 am

    So each time you get a 3 month visa?… I am a UK citizen wanting to visit Thailand for 3 months what’s the best thing to do about visas..?…. I thought you only got a 60 day tourist visa and was planning to then go to Malaysia on the 60 th day and return after 2 days back into Thailand…… Any advice would be appreciated

    1. 26 July, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Hey Karl, get a single tourist visa which allows you to stay for 60 days, then extend that in Bangkok for another 30 days. Every tourist visa gives 60 days entry which can be extended for 1,900 baht for an extra 30 days.

  10. 22 August, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I’ve done the Poipet visa run a couple of times and the last visa run I did was to Ban Laem. I quite enjoy the 3 month visa run, a bit of scenery, some food and a few beers, back in BKK for late afternoon!

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