Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thai Visa Running

Below is an article about the methods used to obtain some persons lawful presence in the Kingdom of Thailand.

Thai immigration rules are always quick constrictive, varied and severe. Compared to the European Union, the United States of America, Canada, Australia or the United Kingdom of Thailand's immigration rules are relatively liberal. However, in comparison with countries in Southeast Asia, like Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia and the> Thai Immigration Rules are much stricter.

The distribution of the Thai visa-free travel is an aspect of the Thai immigration policy, which changed significantly over the years. There was a time, if not, Thai nationals could stay in the Kingdom for a virtually unlimited time, as long as it monthly trips to the boundaries to be stamped out and re-minted in the country on an exemption from the visa requirement. These trips were at the borderas "border runs" or "visa runs", which explains the etymology of these terms. Around the beginning of this decade began in Thailand immigration authorities think seriously about the exemption from visa program, and many changes have been in the past ten years. Most notable is the end of infinity "visa run", as it is now we only allowed a 15-day stamp on the national borders, and several "runs get border are" viewed with increasing suspicion. Although this method is running the visais set, there are other methods of maintaining status, would be even more useful to those who can remain in the UK.

The "airport visa run", has become somewhat popular as flights to cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Phen, and Ho Chi Minh City are fairly cheap. Couple this with the fact that the Thai immigration currently provides grants thirty days exemption stamp at the airport to many nationalities and a situation to take advantage of some of his choice from the airportin a similar way to previous frontier land use.

Another method of "visa runs", is now employed, that the operation to get to a nearby consulate and a tourist or non-immigrant visas. These travel documents at least 60 days status with the possibility of an option to extend the visa on the domestic market, Royal Thai immigration. However, consulates and embassies in Southeast Asia tend to become less cooperative in the granting of several tourist visas.

The Thai visaProcess is generally easier for those who begin the process of their country of origin or to travel back to their home country to apply for a long-term visa. This is due to the fact that many choose to apply for a long-term, multiple entry visa. This method requires a visa is still running, but the head is a lack of anger because it is not necessary to return a consulate. Even Thai Immigration stamps routinely holder of this visa and then return to it on the same daywith 90 more days of legal status in the Kingdom. Since this method provides the lawful presence in Thailand and has the least dismay, the preferred method for long-term travelers staying in Thailand.

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From the Hyatt to Allson

15 December, the day of departure for India, was that day of our first wedding, the 'woodlands wedding' as we called it, because it took place in Morialta Park. We spent that night in the Hyatt (thanks to Maria and Savvas) - there are photographs of Mark 'cringing' by the window and talking of his fear of heights - two years later, I've spent the night in a different hotel - also many stories up, but overlooking the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur rather than Adelaide.

The lack of electric light in the room (I hadn't placed the entrance key correctly!) didn't hide the peeling ceiling and mould-covered shower recess, but the bed was very comfortable with clean sheets and I slept really soundly. All the more soundly because after thinking that I had left my money belt with the Indian rupees in Adelaide, I found that I had simply packed it with wash stuff.

On the plane from Adelaide to KL, I started talking to the woman next to me - and discovered that she had also lived and worked in Whyalla, had taught a very good friend of mine, and had lost her husband just over four years ago. We spent most of the flight sharing our stories and talking about her husband, Trevor, and Mark. Agreed that it's like crossing a border into a new and strange country - life will never be the same again, forever the landscape has changed.

The stop-over in KL (free from the airline) included breakfast - a buffet of spicy noodles, fried rice, boiled eggs, chicken sausages, beef bacon and sliced fresh guava. So many items seemed very brightly coloured - even the marmalade for the 'toast' (warmed bread) was an unnatural shade of yellow, almost flourescent. I stuck to the fruit and noodles, washed down with plenty of coffee.

Before lunch, a walk in the area - a humid, muggy heat slowed the pace. It seems like a satellite city of hotels and abandoned boulevardes of colonnaded buildings three of four stories high that would appear to be unoccupied were it not for the washing strung from column to column on almost every building. There was an eery silence - apart from loud bird call from areas of thick tropical vegetation. Grass was growing between the cobbled stones and the buildings lookes though they had been beautifully painted at one stage (shades of yellow, soft peach and cream) but since fallen into disrepair and been taken over by squatters. Every wall was streaked with damp stains and there were piles of rubbish near many of the entrances. Quite strange. On one of the street corners was a tiny red-tiled shrine with a garshly painted buuddha inside, a McDonalds drink in front of him and a few incense sticks burning. There are no footpaths and descent to street level is down thick concrete steps over open drains that border the shop frontages.

At the large shopping mall opposite the hotel, I changed $5 and the money I managed to buy a replacement set of sunglasses (brand M Jackson - hmm, the equivalent of $2), a bottle of water, a cup of coffee, some medicated wipes - and still had change!

Back to the hotel for lunch - another self-serve buffet (so I tasted everything) - squid curry, chicken curry, vegetarian curries, more fried noodles and fried rice. Many small dishes of accompaniments - mostly based on seafood and very strong spices - and followed by garshly coloured cakes (which I didn't taste!) and more fresh fruit. Ready for a nap, I discovered the secret to electricity in the room (thanks to one of the many staff members who hover around ready to fulfil every need) and watched a little of Channel 7 - self-described as the 'Feel Good' channel. It was actually quite interesting, segueing from a segment on skin-whitening creams to an interview with two gentlement from the Islamic Sciences conferences currently taking place in Malaysia.

Have started reading Bill's recommendation - 'The Age of Kali'. The travel agent had suggested that I fly into Patna and drive to Bodh Gaya where the Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree. Rather glad that I decded against the idea when I read this passage: 'No one has ever called Patna a beautiful city, but revisiting it , I found i had forgotten how bad things were. As you drive in through the outskirts, the treeless pavements begin to fill with occasinal sackcloth shacks. The shacks expand into slums. The slums are surrounded by garbage hjeaps. Around the garbage heaps, goats, pigs, dogs and children compete for scraps of food. The further you go, the worse it becomes. Open drains line the roads. Besides them, lie emaciated migrants from famine - struck villages. Sewer rats the size of cats scamper among the rickshaws...' then he writes of 'an initiative to resuscitate the moribund Bihar tourist industry - a paramilitary Tourist Protection Force was to be set up - providing a heavily armed escort for any Japanese tourists wishing to brave a visit to the site of Buddha's enlightenment...'

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Malaysia Honeymoon Tours - Celebrate Your Honeymoon In Heaven

Malaysia is a land of islands and one of the most visit countries in Asia. This island has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It has everything for all types of tourists like forest, golden sandy beaches, mountains, rivers and national parks. Honeymooners can opt for scenic beaches like penance, Lankawi and many more, Many adventure activities like diving, River rafting, exploring caves paragliding, bird watching can be done while in Malaysia.This island also offer various types of water sporsts and adventure activities like water skeeing scuba diving snorkeling and many more.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpuir is famous for its delightful mix of cross-cultural influences and traditions, which will no doubt pique your interest throughout your stay. It has retained it old culture and traditions many temples mosques and other religious places are there, It has the blend of Modern city and traditional life. Kuala Lumpur, affectionately known as KL, is an amazing cultural melting pot. Here, you will wander through communities of Chinese, Malays, South Indians, East Malaysian ethnic groups, Thais, Indonesians, Sikhs and a huge community of expats. Explore its nooks and crannies, and you'll discover captivating sights, sensational sounds, aromatic smells and fantastic people.

Genting Highland

Genting Highland is a famous mountain resorts of Southeast Asia with its cool mountain climate remains a firm favourite amongst both Malaysians and foreigners. It offers a cool respite from the hustle and bustle of the city capital.. Lush green tropical rainforest shrouded in a veil of perpetual mist makes it hard to believe that you are just minutes away from the sweltering equatorial heat and the ever dusty city. Here, consistent temperatures between 16 and 23 degrees provide natural air conditioning. Also located within its grounds are a superb collection of hotels so that visitors never have to leave the area if they don’t want to!


Penang's outstanding beaches and excellent sights have made it one of the most popular destinations Malaysia. A fascinating fusion of the East and West, Penang embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm It is one of the finest tourist destinations of South east asis One can explore other attractions like the Snake Temple, dedicated to a Buddhist healer-priest ,well-preserved heritage buildings, etc . . Long regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang also entices visitors with its beautiful coasts and scrumptious cuisines.


Lankawi has many attractions like the mythical giants crocodiles Eagle Square the mini park filled with scenic ponds, bridges, Under water world- the marine aquariusm with more than 5000 types of aquatic life , Ibrahim hussain museum. It also consists of a group of around 100 islands. Few of them have been designated for tourism and visitors from all over the world enjoy the beauty of Lankawi.