Cruising to Cambodia: All About Thai Visa Runs to Cambodia
Thai visa runs to Cambodia are an excellent way of extending that dream of hanging out in Thailand forever. Thankfully your original visa can be fairly easily extended through a series of different routes. There are, helpfully, a number of neighboring countries that make it easy to grab an extra entry stamp or a visa extension.
In order to extend your visa, you essentially just need to leave the country and come back in again. Obviously, with all things visa related, it’s a little more complicated than that. Luckily for you, we’ve got this handy guide.
This article outlines what we know works for American and UK passports, other countries should search specific guidance. Most European passport holders can follow the same system but those from other passport areas should consider exploring their own embassy websites.
It’s also important to note that it might be a better option for you to apply for a Thai visa extension at any immigration office in Thailand for 1,900 baht. You can get an extra 30 days without having to leave the country!
Getting a Thai Tourist Visa in Cambodia
Cambodia is a great choice of visa extension country. It’s a bordering neighbor making it incredibly close and convenient. It has a wonderful set of cities and world-famous landmarks, most notably the temples of Angkor Wat near Siem Reap. This makes it one of the best options, alongside the capital Phnom Penh and the border town of Poipet.
Siem Reap is arguably the most popular of Cambodian visa run destinations as not only is it packed full of culture but there’s also a wild night out in the town centre. The infamous Pub Street is a great night out and has incredibly cheap drinks with deals in every bar.
Phnom Penh is the nation’s capital and packed full of historical culture. It’s more developed and advanced than other Khmer cities but has its own charm. Plus, there is the visit worthy Killing Fields which outline the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge during their days in power.
Poipet is one of the cheapest and easiest destinations if you’re after a visa quickly and you’re not all that interested in actually visiting Cambodia itself. As a border town you can be in and out within 24-48 hours. You’ll be back sipping (or shotgunning) Leo before you know it.
What to bring on your Cambodian Thai Visa run:
- Your passport – goes without saying…
- Photocopy of passport ID page
- A set of passport pictures – some agencies require 2, others 4, some even more. Take a good few to be sure.
- Photocopy of your visa page
- Your departure card – don’t forget this, no card, no visa.
- 1000-2000 baht in cash, some agencies might take card but the majority will not. We suggest such a wide range of cash because the figures change all the time. Better safe than sorry, so we suggest taking as much as you can.
Flying into Siem Reap or Phnom Penh is going to be your quickest option, but also the most expensive option. That said there are some great deals available so it’s worth checking! The Poipet run is usually undertaken by minibus, it’s a hell of a drive and there are a huge number of accidents every year. Hopefully, you’ll be one of the lucky ones.
These runs will take you Aranyaprathet (the Thai border town) after a 3-hour drive. Once you’re there the experience will just sort of happen to you. You aren’t the first person to do this, tuk tuk drivers await and everyone in the town knows the visa business.
Some offices also allow the option to arrange an e-Visa in advance. This makes for a far easier time but isn’t always available. Search the consulate information when you’re looking into making a run.
Visa Run Tips from Bodega Vets
Make sure you plan your documents in advance. Trust us, you’ll feel unbelievably awful turning up without your departure card, passport or cash. It’ll just make the experience a pain rather than something that can be fun and interesting!