QUOTE(gnasher @ Nov 24 2009, 10:43 AM)
I am going to Thailand in December. Although I will probably come back again, initially the free 30 day Visa should be fine, as I am planning on getting a train to Cambodia from that point.
However, I am reading that they are quite strict these days in that I need to show proof that I am leaving the country within 30 days? i.e. flight details etc. However I will not be flying, I will be going by train...
How can I get around this? I realise there is a 3 month tourist visa available also but for a number of reasons I am trying to avoid having to get one.
Can anyone shed any light on this please? How likely am I to be asked for proof of leaving within 30 days?
We arrived on 7 December and they stamped our passport with an exit date for 8 January. So we are in Hua Hin now for 3 weeks and will return to Bangkok on 2 January, then go on to Vietnam by train etc.. If we fly back to Thailand we can get another 30 visa, is we return by land it's only 15 days. We checked this with imigration at Bangkok airport.
there was no query about our onward journey when we arrived, we are on a 12 month round the world trip and our next exit showed departing from Singapore on 24 February.
One thing to be aware of is if anyone arrives by land from Malasia, you are only allowed to stay for 15 days. Alot of travel companies offer visa runs to over the borders, ie Hua Hin to Cambodia 1,000 baht.