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Hello, I'm entering Thailand from Malaysia by train,  Can I get a visa-on-arrival ( American ) at Padang Besar?

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Yes you can. Make sure you carry the equivalent of 20.000THB with you. I have heard of folks being denied entry in Padang Besar because of insufficient funds. You also should have a reservation on a plane for your flight home or elsewhere outside Thailand.

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Be warned you now have to go over the bridge and walk through up to immigration, through no-mans land, it’s a bit of a trek, there used to be a desk in the platform. 

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Actually it's not a visa on arrival. You're an American so you get a Visa exempt entry. This will allow you to stay for 30 days. Visa on arrival are granted only to a few nationalities and only allows 15 days stay.  As stated you should have equal to 20K THB on you just in case. I;ve only taken the train once and it was a nice experience.  It is a long journey spend the extra and get a sleeper. 

 

 

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17 hours ago, recom273 said:

Be warned you now have to go over the bridge and walk through up to immigration, through no-mans land, it’s a bit of a trek, there used to be a desk in the platform. 

Can you clarify a bit, I am going in a couple of weeks. Last time I went about a year ago, you came off the train, through Thai immigration and then Malaysian immigration/customs and made your way out or to Malaysian trains. Bit the same coming back, all done on the platform.

If you have to leave the station and enter Thailand through the road border post, how would you get back to the station, it is inside Malaysia.

When I went before, from Malaysia into Thailand, immigration on the platform was only open for an hour before the Hat Yai trains departed.

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This seems to be about entries into Thailand, so I'll move to a more appropriate forum.

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4 hours ago, sandyf said:

Can you clarify a bit, I am going in a couple of weeks. Last time I went about a year ago, you came off the train, through Thai immigration and then Malaysian immigration/customs and made your way out or to Malaysian trains. Bit the same coming back, all done on the platform.

If you have to leave the station and enter Thailand through the road border post, how would you get back to the station, it is inside Malaysia.

When I went before, from Malaysia into Thailand, immigration on the platform was only open for an hour before the Hat Yai trains departed.

Where was the immigration desk last time, were both Thai and Malay on the platform and you just hopped off the train, stamped in and out? 
 

if so, it’s not like that anymore, they have moved It to the new immigration building  - I haven’t used the train for a longtime - but I ride outwards on the odd occasion.
 

There is a recent post in the southern forum, with times and info that might help.

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30 minutes ago, recom273 said:

Where was the immigration desk last time, were both Thai and Malay on the platform and you just hopped off the train, stamped in and out? 
 

if so, it’s not like that anymore, they have moved It to the new immigration building  - I haven’t used the train for a longtime - but I ride outwards on the odd occasion.
 

There is a recent post in the southern forum, with times and info that might help.

If you haven't used the train for a long time how do you know there is no immigration on the platform.

There is a platform that the Thai trains leave from and you had to pass through immigration to get on the platform.

I ask again, if you have to leave the station to leave Malaysia and enter Thailand, how do you get back to the station in Malaysia to catch a train into Thailand.

I know what time the train leaves from Padang Besar to Bangkok, it is on my ticket.

 

I do not know what you mean "you just hopped off the train, stamped in and out? "

Last time we got off the Hat Yai shuttle, went through immigration, walked out of the station and caught a taxi.

Years ago when we went to Butterworth we got off the train, went through immigration and got back on the train. Since 2016 all Thai trains terminate at Padang Besar.

 

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Crossed that border last year in September. After getting off the train, you walk over the bridge to the Malaysian border. Stamp out, walk 5 min trough no-mans land, until you get to the Thai border. I know that there`s also a train on the Thai side, but no clue from where it departs. 

After exiting to Thai immigration building there are

- motorbikes to take you to the market where the mini-buses to Hat-Yai depart

- the regular bus to Hat Yai (crossing the street next to the police station)

- private transfers to Hat Yai/ Airport walking right when you get out of the immigration building (I bargained 1000 Baht, as I was with a friend who had a regular luggage and we were in a rush)

 

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34 minutes ago, SpanishExpat said:

Crossed that border last year in September. After getting off the train, you walk over the bridge to the Malaysian border. Stamp out, walk 5 min trough no-mans land, until you get to the Thai border. I know that there`s also a train on the Thai side, but no clue from where it departs. 

After exiting to Thai immigration building there are

- motorbikes to take you to the market where the mini-buses to Hat-Yai depart

- the regular bus to Hat Yai (crossing the street next to the police station)

- private transfers to Hat Yai/ Airport walking right when you get out of the immigration building (I bargained 1000 Baht, as I was with a friend who had a regular luggage and we were in a rush)

 

That would be the case if you intend to travel by road in Thailand. There are 2 stations, one each side of the border, the one on the Thai side is mainly for Thais that want to get off. Also looks like from the man in Seat61, border control within the station is still the same.

 

There are now two stations at Padang Besar, but here we're talking about the main (and original) Padang Besar station located on the Malay side of the border where Malaysian trains meet Thai trains.  The other station is called Padang Besar II and it's a tiny local halt on the Thai side of the border, only served by a few Thai trains.

 

At Padang Besar main station there are Malaysian and Thai border controls located inside the station building just a few metres apart, you go through one and then the other depending whether you're travelling north or south.

https://www.seat61.com/Malaysia.htm#Padang_Besar_station_information

 

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55 minutes ago, sandyf said:

I ask again, if you have to leave the station to leave Malaysia and enter Thailand, how do you get back to the station in Malaysia to catch a train into Thailand.

 

There are no longer any trains that cross the border from Malaysia into Thailand. There are effectively two stations, one on the Malaysian side and one on the Thai side. Trains on the Malaysian side are quite frequent. There are only a couple of trains a day on the Thai side, and it is probably not worth trying onward travel by train into Hat Yai. Bus or shared taxi is usually more convenient.

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28 minutes ago, sandyf said:

That would be the case if you intend to travel by road in Thailand. There are 2 stations, one each side of the border, the one on the Thai side is mainly for Thais that want to get off. Also looks like from the man in Seat61, border control within the station is still the same.

 

There are now two stations at Padang Besar, but here we're talking about the main (and original) Padang Besar station located on the Malay side of the border where Malaysian trains meet Thai trains.  The other station is called Padang Besar II and it's a tiny local halt on the Thai side of the border, only served by a few Thai trains.

 

At Padang Besar main station there are Malaysian and Thai border controls located inside the station building just a few metres apart, you go through one and then the other depending whether you're travelling north or south.

https://www.seat61.com/Malaysia.htm#Padang_Besar_station_information

 

Ok then maybe I missed it. I came by train from KL...so i guess it was the main station.  There was 100% no border control directly at the station. They directed me trough that no mans land border, where I also saw all other farangs who were in the train with me. I asked 3 different guys, if there was a border control directly at the station and everyone told me to take the walk through the bridge. 

So if there is a border control directly at the train station it`s well hidden, as there were no signs at all.

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17 hours ago, BritTim said:

There are no longer any trains that cross the border from Malaysia into Thailand. There are effectively two stations, one on the Malaysian side and one on the Thai side. Trains on the Malaysian side are quite frequent. There are only a couple of trains a day on the Thai side, and it is probably not worth trying onward travel by train into Hat Yai. Bus or shared taxi is usually more convenient.

Why don't you read what has been said before posting rubbish. Thai trains have never stopped crossing the border into the Malaysian station of Padang Besar.

As I have previously said my ticket is from Padang Besar, not Padang Besar(Thailand), to Bangkok and that journey originates in Malaysia.

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17 hours ago, SpanishExpat said:

So if there is a border control directly at the train station it`s well hidden, as there were no signs at all.

You are right about that. It is downstairs at platform level and only available to those travelling into Thailand by train. Opens about an hour before a train departs.

I went through there about a year ago to Langkawi and despite what has been said it would appear that nothing has changed.

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3 minutes ago, sandyf said:

I went through there about a year ago to Langkawi and despite what has been said it would appear that nothing has changed.

Things have certainly changed within the past year. They closed the Thai immigration booth at the train station in Malaysia.

There have been many posts about it since it happened.

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