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10 hours ago, DrJack54 said:

OP, I will get slammed for this but reading your above posts you sound very naive. Asking about obtain METV in Asia after arriving visa exempt etc. Volunteering? Was that for accom etc. Doesn't often work that way. There are so many threads on Thaivisa based on how to stay in thailand for under 50 group using tourist visas and visa exempt. 9 months not difficult. 

Other countries such as Vietnam very easy to stay much longer.

You could consider 3 months in los 3 out etc.

 

haha won't get slammed - yes at the moment naive or probably better put - lacking knowledge

 

We have been to many places out of eu for short breaks so I'm surprised about the difficulty in understanding thai visas & how it all works . Vollunteering was an idea, there are a few services like 'Travelpackers' which seem good but our main accomodation will be couchsurfing & hostels

 

Will have a look through forum in more detail today, any links to said threads would be appreciated.

 

 

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11 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

You can only apply for METV at the embassy in London or one of the honorary consulate in the UK. They can only issued in your home country or a country where you have legal residency.

I would say the METV is the best visa to start with. You can get a total stay in the country of almost 9 months from it.

Dear Landre,  Here is my best advice ... UbonJoe is considered to be the best source of Visa related information you can possibly find.  Listen to him, and ignore pretty much what anyone else tells you.

 

There is no work for you here, unless you decide to become an English teacher and become rooted in one place.  This requires a work permit, and that can be quite a hassle unless done "above board" by ethical schools.

 

The person who told you 3,000 baht rent is referring to either a horrid little cold water flat in Bangkok, or something in a very small and remote village.  My advice for two adults is to budget for 12,000 Baht in Bangkok Condo and see anything less as a windfall.  You are not traveling here to hide out in some backwater village.  You are coming to have fun and adventure.  This generally means going to the more popular places .. they are popular for a reason .. so yeah ... cost more.

The visa thing is a monumental hassle ... so be prepared for that.  I have lived in Thailand for 9 very, very happy years ... but I have the luxury of being here on a Non immigrant O (IE:  "Retirement Visa) so relatively speaking, it is a very easy and simple visa to maintain year in and year out.
 

Wishing you every possible happiness here in The Kingdom.  Oh, one more thing ... Thai Visa is infamous for a rather dark, negative view of life here ... so complete your investigation on the visa (UbonJoe) .. get back to online research, and enjoy life!

 

 

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35 minutes ago, bangkokequity said:

Dear Landre,  Here is my best advice ... UbonJoe is considered to be the best source of Visa related information you can possibly find.  Listen to him, and ignore pretty much what anyone else tells you.

 

There is no work for you here, unless you decide to become an English teacher and become rooted in one place.  This requires a work permit, and that can be quite a hassle unless done "above board" by ethical schools.

 

The person who told you 3,000 baht rent is referring to either a horrid little cold water flat in Bangkok, or something in a very small and remote village.  My advice for two adults is to budget for 12,000 Baht in Bangkok Condo and see anything less as a windfall.  You are not traveling here to hide out in some backwater village.  You are coming to have fun and adventure.  This generally means going to the more popular places .. they are popular for a reason .. so yeah ... cost more.

The visa thing is a monumental hassle ... so be prepared for that.  I have lived in Thailand for 9 very, very happy years ... but I have the luxury of being here on a Non immigrant O (IE:  "Retirement Visa) so relatively speaking, it is a very easy and simple visa to maintain year in and year out.
 

Wishing you every possible happiness here in The Kingdom.  Oh, one more thing ... Thai Visa is infamous for a rather dark, negative view of life here ... so complete your investigation on the visa (UbonJoe) .. get back to online research, and enjoy life!

 

 

Pretty much your advice is spot on. Yes ubon is the man and his advice is #1 go to. Especially for visa advice etc. 

To suggest ignore all other advice is bit simplistic. Many members (esp under 50) have a lot to assist others in same boat.

The OP (as I posted early) sounds very  naive to put it lightly. Mentions have "substantial savings" then mentions couch surfing.

Your on an O visa extensions of stay. 

The OP will get lot of advice from folk that don't qualify for one.

 

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On 1/15/2020 at 5:03 AM, Iandre said:

We have good jobs and by then will have substantial savings

On 1/15/2020 at 5:03 AM, Iandre said:

Ideally we would like to volunteer through an app in exchange for place to stay, food etc 

17 hours ago, Iandre said:

there are a few services like 'Travelpackers' which seem good but our main accomodation will be couchsurfing & hostels

 

What are substantial savings for you? 5000GBP each?

I guess after a few months you guys are broke and have to go back home, so i would not plan too far ahead.

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