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BANGKOK 23 May 2019 01:37
theboogeyman

Do you need to have your passport with you when staying at hotels in Bangkok?

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My wife and I live up north and we’re thinking about staying a couple of days in Bangkok on the 7th 8th and the 9th.  Last time we stayed at a little beach hotel in Rayong a few years ago I didn’t have to show them my passport at the hotel, in fact I didn’t even bring my passport with me on that trip.  Has that changed?  Do you have to have your passport on you if you are staying in a cheap hotel?  It’s been a while since we stayed in any hotels around here a few years actually but last time I didn’t need my passport and I’m just wondering if that’s still the same.  

 

I always have a picture of my passport saved on my iPhone every where I go and a picture of all my stamps and extension stamps as well just in case I’m ever stopped by Law Enforcement or if I have to show anyone.  At the hospital sometimes they ask to see my passport but they always accept a picture of it off of my iPhone.  

 

So are we now required to carry our passport when staying in hotels away from home in Thailand?  I’ve never needed it before on just regular family outings but it’s been a while and I’m not sure if that’s changed.  Can anyone please let me know?

 

Also what if we decide to take the bus?  We’re either going to rent a van or probably take the bus.  I’ve actually never used the bus in Thailand before and I’ been here for 5 years normally we travel with family or rent a van.  Do you need to have your passport on you on the bus in Thailand when traveling long distances?  We’re not going across any borders just a 5 hour trip to Bangkok back and forth a few days.  In the past I’ve taken multiple leisure trips all over Thailand and have stayed in multiple hotels and I didn’t even bring my passport with me, but I’m just wondering if that has changed because it’s been a few years since we’ve gone out of town for more than a day.  

 

I always carry valid forms of ID in my wallet and I always have a picture of my passport on my iPhone but I just don’t like carrying my passport unless I have to.  I only take my passport with me when going to immigration or the embassy normally.  I’m just wondering because I’ve heard immigration has gotten tough on hotels about reporting foreigners staying there.  If they need to see my passport I’d prefer to just show them the picture on my phone I just don’t like carrying it around unless I actually need it for immigration or the embassy.  I treat my passport and immigration documents like gold.  In the past I’ve gone on a lot of leisure trips without carrying my passport but I just want to make sure that I can still go on long trips and just leave my original passport at home locked up.  If I do need it is a picture of my passport on my iPhone acceptable at hotels or bus stations?  

 

Oh and one additional question does anyone know if Bangkok is gonna be packed next week because of the ceremony for the new King?  On the 7th 8th and 9th?  Or was that only this week?  I’m not really planning this trip very well it’s kind of a spur of the moment thing.  

 

Thanks for any information.  

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1 minute ago, BritManToo said:

I just carry  my Thai D/L for the bus.

Your wife can book the hotel room with her ID card.

Okay that sounds like nothing’s changed since the last time we went on a leisure outing.  Although I’ve actually never taken the bus before and I don’t have a Thai DL.  Would the bus need to see my passport?  I always keep a picture of my passport on my iPhone and valid forms of ID from the United States in my wallet but I prefer to leave my passport safely at home when traveling the country on leisure trips.  I usually only bring my passport out with me only if I’m going to immigration or the embassy or if I need it for any other type of business.  I just don’t like carrying it unless I have to I treat all my immigration documents like gold.  Bangkok is about a 5 hour trip from where we live.  

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1 minute ago, Puchaiyank said:

Always carry and secure your passport when travelling...the hotel will likely make a copy to report you are staying with them to immigration...

I always keep a picture of my passport on my iPhone I prefer to keep it secured at home and I’ve never needed it before on any leisure trips inside the country but it’s been a while since we’ve gone out of town on leisure trips for more than a day.  Last time we did a few years ago the hotel never even asked for it but I know that may have changed.  I could always show them the picture of it on my iPhone they accept my picture of my passport on my iPhone all the time at the local hospital.  

 

I don’t know you maybe right maybe I should bring it just in case I just don’t like carrying it if I don’t have to.  Last time we stayed in a little beach hotel in Rayong they didn’t even ask for my passport.  I’ve been in many other countries before I retired where some hotels want to hold your passport which I never liked.  That’s never been an issue in Thailand but it has been a while since we’ve stayed in a hotel and I know that times have changed around here.  Maybe I’ll just bring the darn thing with me just in case because you are right but I just don’t like carrying it unless I have to I’m always afraid of losing it or something I always have to treat it like my wallet when I’m carrying it it’s just a minor annoyance is all.  I guess I should know better with my background of traveling.  Thanks 

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5 minutes ago, Puchaiyank said:

Minor inconvenience to pack passport...always error on the side of caution... 

Yeah I know I used to constantly travel but this is the longest time I’ve ever stayed in one place so maybe I’m getting to relaxed about that.  

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7 minutes ago, Pravda said:

I have stayed in around 100 hotels in Bangkok and Pattaya and always needed my passport, no exceptions.

 

You can have it on the phone and email it, that would work, but they will want a copy and your wife has nothing to do with anything.

Really well it’s been a while since we’ve stayed in a hotel around here and I haven’t traveled for a while now.  I used to travel all the time.  I’ve actually never had any hotels in Thailand ever ask for my passport but it’s been a while since we’ve stayed in any hotels around here.  In the past I’ve always just left my passport at home on leisure travel within the country and I never actually needed it, but I understand times are changing around here.  I’ve stayed at hotels in other countries especially in Europe where they actually want to hold your passport which I always hated.  I’ve never had an issue here before.  

 

But the more I think about it I ought to know better with my background so I’m just going to take it with me and carry it with my wallet.  It’s just that this is the longest time I’ve ever stayed in the same place for so long in like 25 plus years.  I’ve been here 5 years now and I don’t remember the last time I’ve ever lived in one place for so long or not traveled abroad for this long.  So I’ve just gotten used to going out without my passport unless I need it for something.  Here in Korat the cops never stop you unless you’re doing something wrong and it’s been a few years since we’ve stayed in any hotels around here.  Last time we stayed in a hotel was just some little beach hotel in Rayong and they didn’t even ask for my passport and in years past no other hotels around here have ever asked for it either so I’ve kind of just gotten used to not carrying it unless I need it for business.  But I guess times are changing in Thailand immigration is getting tougher on hotels about reporting foreigners staying there.  

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Personally I never carry my passport when travelling domestically in Thailand and have never had any issue with that. Since 2012 I have generally carried a pink ID card so used that. Prior to that I generally used any photo ID (licence, APEC card) for checking-in and boarding domestic flights. For hotels, their primary consideration is getting paid. Mostly I use a Thai credit card so they have some ID from that. Once in a while they ask for more (e.g. passport) but I never have it and have never been denied a room. 

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1 minute ago, thedemon said:

Once in a while they ask for more (e.g. passport) but I never have it and have never been denied a room. 

As previously mentioned the low-end digs / hotels are more relaxed but international hotels will require valid ID and, if necessary, your stamped departure chit.  

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2 minutes ago, OneEyedPie said:

As previously mentioned the low-end digs / hotels are more relaxed but international hotels will require valid ID and, if necessary, your stamped departure chit.  

 

Not in my experience and in any case I don't have a (sic) stamped departure chit.

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