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Old 21 Nov 2011
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Thai Border Crossing

Hoping someone can shed some light on crossing the thai border with a vehicle (we are coming from Malaysia).
We have just been informed that apparantly both you and the bike gets only 14 days now. Does anyone know if that is true? And if this is true, how easy is it to extend once you're inside Thailand?

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It Is Sort Of True

Hi Sanne,

If you are entering Thailand without any type of Visa it is true. If you fly in most countries get a month, but if you enter overland it is only 2 weeks. We crossed over from Malaysia about 6 weeks ago and it was the easiest border crossing of our trip to date. While in KL we picked up a 2 month tourist visa, and Thailand gave us one month on the bikes. They would not budge on giving us more. They just told us to to go to another border crossing and get it extended. And they did. We went to customs in Prachuap and they extended it the extra month without any questions (or fees!).

We also went before the first month was up and they still extended it one month from the old expiry date, and not one month from when we asked. We leave in 2 weeks, so lets see if that extension holds up when we go to leave. (There is no reason to think otherwise, Im just paranoid the first time I do these things!)
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I confirm the 2 weeks visa you get at the border when going overland.

I'm right now in Vientiane (Laos) waiting for the Thai Embassy to give me a 1 month visa. Here it cost 1000 Bath per person and takes 24h to get.
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Thanks!

Thank you for the replies. Have our 2 months visas now so now it's all up to the border people how long they'll give us on the bikes. Not expecting more than 30 days.

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Ask Nicely!

I was told to ask really nicely and maybe they will give you the 2 months. Maybe I did not ask nicely enough! ;-) Try it anyway, it cant hurt. And like I said, we had no problems extending it the extra month 3 weeks in.

Have fun!
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Just crossed the border into Thailand from Malaysia at Padang Besar. We came with a 2 month visa for ourselves and got 6 months on the bikes! Yes folks you heard right. No begging, grovelling just granted straight up.
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