Thailand is an amazing county, and thankfully, the visa extension process in Thailand is easy. The country has so much to offer travelers. From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the quiet beaches of Koh Tao, Thailand has it all. On top of the gorgeous scenery, the food is delicious and very inexpensive. In fact, nearly everything in Thailand is inexpensive compared to many other places in the world. No wonder travelers from everywhere list Thailand as one of the best countries they’ve visited.
When we arrived in Thailand, we were given the standard 30-day visa upon arrival. After being here for a few weeks, we knew we wanted to stay longer. We talked to dozens of people about the best way to get more days and got dozens of different responses. Some told us we needed to leave via air so that we could get a new 30 days coming back in. Some told us that we could cross over with land and get days that way. Others told us to go to the immigration office within Thailand to apply for an extension. With so many different stories we weren’t sure what to do.
We decided that going to the immigration office before planning a visa run couldn’t hurt. Supposedly, the extension was a new option that not very many people knew about. When we arrived at the Chiang Mai immigration office we filled out an extension form. We waited for our number to be called, approached the counter, paid the 1900 Baht extension fee, and then waited for our approval. Within two hours we were in and out of the office with an additional 30 days added to our visa. The process was very well organized and extremely easy.
So, if you are planning a trip into Thailand and decide that you want to spend more then 1 month there, be sure to check out the visa extension process at the closest immigration office. It will save you time and money.
Tourist Visa Option
After speaking with many travelers and long-term ex-pats, other popular options are applying for a 60 Day Multiple Entry Tourist Visa. This is the option most ex-pat use who intend on staying in Thailand 6 months out of the year. This tourist visa can be extended and combined with visa runs. Using this visa option, with extensions and doing two visa runs, it’s possible to extend your stay in Thailand for up to six months. What is the catch? You need to apply outside of Thailand, preferably in your home country. We have heard some reports of people flying out to Vietnam or Malaysia to get this visa via Thai Embassies. However, we cannot confirm these reports at this time, as we have not personally attempted the process.