Hi fellow seekers.
I have previously settled on using a 1 year, multi entry, Non 'O' (marriage) visa to stay 179/180 days (+) in Thailand as the simplest way to cover all my bases for on my annual visit. 40 years married, 15 years on 6 month stopovers in Thailand with wife.
I won't rant (too much) about how the new 'system' has thrown our lives into chaos - though i really, really want to.
This year, I fortunately found out in time that major changes were afoot and called the Thai Embassy (London) whose traditionally (allegedly) rude and irritable staff recommended a 90 day Non O visa which could be extended in Thailand - they did not say for how long.
... Cut to 5 hour Chaeng Watthana ordeal without description of procedure to amass all documents ...
They would only give me a 60 day extension (leaving me 30 days short) and recommended doing a border run via an airport to get a 30 day visa on arrival upon my return. Another money pit.
Gnashing of teeth.
The questions arising ...
1. Am I likely to have difficulties requesting a 30 day stamp/visa on arrival (at Swampy international) if I do as the Immigration officer suggests (after 90 day visa + 60 day extension) ? - Any experience/es anyone?
2. Would a land border run (at say , Kanchanaburi) be less likely to be successful?
3. Assuming I do not want to be involved with bank deposits and health insurances in the future, am I stuck with this regime or perhaps going abroad after 90 days to get another 90 day Non 'O' (or other) visa at a thai embassy?
4. The Multiple entry option was not available when I applied online - despite the button showing on the screen - is this likely to be a permanent feature of non 'O' visas?
I might be flying to Vietnam or Penang at the end of February so I'll report back.
Would appreciate some feedback in advance tho'.