Jump to content
BANGKOK 24 March 2019 14:15

Recommended Posts

in 2018 i used 6 visa extemptions as iam UK Passport holder.

End of 2018 i decided to get SETV and in Jan 2019, i applied for Re-Entry + 30 day extension.  I left UK in Jan for 10 days and re-entered BKK.  The stamp says valid till 6th March 2019.

I plan to go Saigon on 6th March and come back 8th March.  Once i arrive in Saigon i will go to Thai embassy and get a SETV and collect on 7th Afternoon (Tight schedule i know)

 

Which airport would be best to return to for immigration purposes?  My choices are DMK or BKK.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

BKK is better than DMK, but you could still have problems even at BKK.

 

Coming from Ho Chi Minh City, it is certainly most convenient to return to Bangkok directly by air. However, if you want to avoid a nail biting entry, you might want to consider alternatives. These include:

  • Fly to Vientiane, cross the Friendship Bridge; domestic flight from Udon Thani to Bangkok
  • By land HCMC -> Phnom Penh -> Ko Khong (crossing to Thailand at Hat Lek) -> (Expensive) domestic flight from Trat to Bangkok on Bangkok Airways, or continue overland.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, BritTim said:

BKK is better than DMK, but you could still have problems even at BKK.

 

Coming from Ho Chi Minh City, it is certainly most convenient to return to Bangkok directly by air. However, if you want to avoid a nail biting entry, you might want to consider alternatives. These include:

  • Fly to Vientiane, cross the Friendship Bridge; domestic flight from Udon Thani to Bangkok
  • By land HCMC -> Phnom Penh -> Ko Khong (crossing to Thailand at Hat Lek) -> (Expensive) domestic flight from Trat to Bangkok on Bangkok Airways, or continue overland.

That sounds like a tough journey.  Whats the chances of me being able to get through immigration ?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
40 minutes ago, pantsonfire said:

That sounds like a tough journey.  Whats the chances of me being able to get through immigration ?

Personally I think you will have tough time at either bkk airports. Especially given planned SHORT trip to Saigon for setv. Only upside is being UK and visa exempt to Vietnam, if refused entry bkk it wouldn't be disaster if refused entry to fly back to Saigon. Your setv for Thailand would be valid and you could look at border entry as outlined by britTim. You didn't elaborate on your 6 VE in 2018. Time between and extensions etc

Edited by DrJack54
Error

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

Personally I think you will have tough time at either bkk airports. Especially given planned SHORT trip to Saigon for setv. Only upside is being UK and visa exempt to Vietnam, if refused entry bkk it wouldn't be disaster if refused entry to fly back to Saigon. Your setv for Thailand would be valid and you could look at border entry as outlined by britTim. You didn't elaborate on your 6 VE in 2018. Time between and extensions etc

 

my 6 VE during 2018 was mainly between 10-20 days spread out over the year.  To conclude, i would have a tough time and would depend on the IO?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, pantsonfire said:

 

my 6 VE during 2018 was mainly between 10-20 days spread out over the year.  To conclude, i would have a tough time and would depend on the IO?

Yes, but he will get a flag requiring him to check you out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, jacko45k said:

Yes, but he will get a flag requiring him to check you out.

Ok, as during my re-entry i didnt get asked any questions.  Possibly due to my current SETV yet to expire?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, BritTim said:

BKK is better than DMK, but you could still have problems even at BKK.

 

Coming from Ho Chi Minh City, it is certainly most convenient to return to Bangkok directly by air. However, if you want to avoid a nail biting entry, you might want to consider alternatives. These include:

  • Fly to Vientiane, cross the Friendship Bridge; domestic flight from Udon Thani to Bangkok
  • By land HCMC -> Phnom Penh -> Ko Khong (crossing to Thailand at Hat Lek) -> (Expensive) domestic flight from Trat to Bangkok on Bangkok Airways, or continue overland.

Fly to Vientiane from Siagon requires a change in Hanoi?  What is the friendship bridge?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, pantsonfire said:

What is the friendship bridge?

A bridge over Mee Khong river from near Vientiane in Laos, to Nong Khai in Thailand, with land border.

Edited by jacko45k

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

A bridge over Mee Khong river from near Vientiane in Laos, to Nong Khai in Thailand, with land border.

Just in case i need to plan this, I would 

 

Fly back to Saigon

Fly to Hanoi and change to Vientiane

Get a car to Nong Khai to cross border? or get a car to Udon Thani Airport

Fly from Udon Thani to BKK.

 

Who has done this trip and how long?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 minutes ago, pantsonfire said:

 

my 6 VE during 2018 was mainly between 10-20 days spread out over the year.  To conclude, i would have a tough time and would depend on the IO?

Short stays previously 10-20 is big thing in your favour. It always depends on io. As you would already be aware, have cash on you etc. As you would be aware....for the setv you required to have hard copy flight out of Thailand. Have that also handy if question by io at bkk airport

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, pantsonfire said:

Just in case i need to plan this, I would 

 

Fly back to Saigon

Fly to Hanoi and change to Vientiane

Get a car to Nong Khai to cross border? or get a car to Udon Thani Airport

Fly from Udon Thani to BKK.

 

Who has done this trip and how long?

No. You would fly to Saigon because that's how it works. You would then fly to Vientiane and make your way to border crossing. Last bit easy. What I don't understand is why go to Saigon in first place. Only staying minimum time. Why not fly bkk to udon. Minibus to non khai. Get your setv at Vientiane. Then back to Thai border to enter with your setv. Simple. Heck you could even try reenter Thai at that border trying VE. Unlikely but 2 VE per calander yr is allowed. Worth a try. If no go then get your setv

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

No. You would fly to Saigon because that's how it works. You would then fly to Vientiane and make your way to border crossing. Last bit easy. What I don't understand is why go to Saigon in first place. Only staying minimum time. Why not fly bkk to udon. Minibus to non khai. Get your setv at Vientiane. Then back to Thai border to enter with your setv. Simple. Heck you could even try reenter Thai at that border trying VE. Unlikely but 2 VE per calander yr is allowed. Worth a try. If no go then get your setv

I need to go to Saigon for work.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, pantsonfire said:

I need to go to Saigon for work.  

Work! ....anyway think you have options from folk above. 

Aside...I fly Saigon often, think early flight arrives about 9.30am, then passport control. Going to be very tight to get your setv application in am. They stop for lunch at 12 and think that means they accept sometime prior, maybe up to 11.30

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

Work! ....anyway think you have options from folk above. 

Aside...I fly Saigon often, think early flight arrives about 9.30am, then passport control. Going to be very tight to get your setv application in am. They stop for lunch at 12 and think that means they accept sometime prior, maybe up to 11.30

Yeah, it will be very tight, The flight lands at 9.10am and i dont have suitcase, iam hoping to get there just before 11.30am.  Otherwise, i have to go to the afternoon and collect it on 8th Morning?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...