January 5th 2012
Alcohol Cigarettes and the Nightlife, costs and more , along with a snapshot of the days expenses..
Day 4: Living in Thailand
Today was my bi weekly trip to Mae Sai - Tachilek in Myanmar to renew my visa exemption. It takes about a half day to do the 140k - 90 miles round trip, including a stop for lunch.
Total for the day: 640 Baht $21.50 - Total Remaining: 5,690 Baht
Types of Visa for the under 50's
- 14 day Visa Exemption 500 Baht - $16.80
- Gas to go to Mae Sai 80 Baht - $2.70
- Lunch 60 Baht - $2.00
If you are considering staying in Thailand for more than 30 days it is important to get a Visa in your home country before leaving. This will save you a lot of money and is much easier than obtaining a visa in another country in South East Asia aftewards.
The under 50ís are somewhat limited to the types of visa they can obtain easily, the simplest, and the one that I would suggest for any one arriving in Thailand for the first time, is a Tourist Visa this allows you to stay in Thailand for 60 days and can be extended another 30 days from within Thailand, making a total of 90 days. In your own country
you can also obtain multi entry tourist visa valid for 6 months
saving a lot of time and expense.
For most of us living in Thailand border runs "physically leaving Thailand then coming straight back" become a part of life a small price to pay for the ability to be able to live here. It is possible to fly to Thailand with out a Visa "you will need a return or ongoing ticket to board the plane though" On arrival you will get a 30 day exemption, you can then extend that 30 days one time. Bi Weekly border runs are not possible any more you will need a visa to stay more than 60 days.
Continue Reading Day 5: Alcohol, cigarettes and night life prices.