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Wang Prachan, Satun border crossing - warning

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I don´t see the problem. If they want you to stay one night, then just do that. Transport??? I am sure they will have a lot of people ready to drive you in what they will call a taxi.

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Have used Wang a few times, never saw a taxi or any transport further into Malaysia

 

 

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Wow! I have ridden through this border to Alor S’tar - that’s a long trek from the border to next town.

 

Taxi? Lol - I think there is very little chance of a taxi there, maybe at weekends when the market is at full swing.

 

OP: How was the deal at Padang? Were you directed to sit in the office for an interview with a female superintendent in order to get your stamp? 

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Right, it's not Thai immigration, it's Malaysia. I assume the Malay Hotel Industry (or somesuch) is paying big bucks to whoever got Malay Immigration to start doing this. 

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42 minutes ago, recom273 said:

Wow! I have ridden through this border to Alor S’tar - that’s a long trek from the border to next town.

 

Taxi? Lol - I think there is very little chance of a taxi there, maybe at weekends when the market is at full swing.

 

OP: How was the deal at Padang? Were you directed to sit in the office for an interview with a female superintendent in order to get your stamp? 

Padang was a piece of cake. No questions asked by the supervisor in the offices when leaving or coming back in.

 

Also, I saw three tourists on the Malay side milling about before I went to the duty free shop, I came out and saw them looking a little agitated but as they'd stamped out of Thailand I couldn't help them. 

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1 hour ago, Matzzon said:

I don´t see the problem. If they want you to stay one night, then just do that. Transport??? I am sure they will have a lot of people ready to drive you in what they will call a taxi.

Little chance of getting anywhere as there were no motorcycle taxis or any other kind of public transport available, walking or hitchhiking are the only options. It's a quiet place at the best of times but now it's dead as very few cars were coming through.

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23 minutes ago, schondie said:

Little chance of getting anywhere as there were no motorcycle taxis or any other kind of public transport available, walking or hitchhiking are the only options. It's a quiet place at the best of times but now it's dead as very few cars were coming through.

Ok, I´ve never been there. However, I find it very hard to believe that a Thai border crossing is not offering some kind of transportation. I am still pretty sure there are som guys with cars there that can drive you.

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1 hour ago, phuketrichard said:

Have used Wang a few times, never saw a taxi or any transport further into Malaysia

 

 

Most borders just have guys that transport you in their own car. They hang around everywhere. There is no problem.

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14 minutes ago, Matzzon said:

Ok, I´ve never been there. However, I find it very hard to believe that a Thai border crossing is not offering some kind of transportation. I am still pretty sure there are som guys with cars there that can drive you.

This border crossing is not like any of the other ones. On the Thai side there's no transport options as it's 20km from the nearest busy road and likewise on the Malaysian side. 

 

Even at Padang Besar the motorbike taxis have gone from the Thai side as tourists doing the out-in visa run have dried up. 

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17 minutes ago, schondie said:

This border crossing is not like any of the other ones. On the Thai side there's no transport options as it's 20km from the nearest busy road and likewise on the Malaysian side. 

 

Even at Padang Besar the motorbike taxis have gone from the Thai side as tourists doing the out-in visa run have dried up. 

Ok, sounds strange. If you say so. Still doubtful.

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21 hours ago, MrKFC said:

Right, it's not Thai immigration, it's Malaysia. I assume the Malay Hotel Industry (or somesuch) is paying big bucks to whoever got Malay Immigration to start doing this. 

It’s Thai immigration. there are a few reports about applying to TV holders, it effectively stops the in-out border hoppers.

 

The Malay immigration at Padang are pretty chilled, In another post the OP says they checked that he would be allowed back into Thailand before stamping an exit stamp and heard that they voided exit stamps so people could go back to Malaysia to spend a night.


it’s been like this for a long while now, but even the Sadao boss said, TV -  night in Malaysia, non-o can re enter on the same day. Wang Prachan were enforcing it a few years ago and then stopped, but never for non-o. The last time I had a ME visa was 14 months ago and rode my bike to the border every 3 months for a year and it was a nice ride and an easy and social border to cross.


I was chatting to a van driver taking tourists from Krabi, he claimed never to have problems, so it maybe worthwhile double checking with a company offering visa runs on the andaman coast. 

 

 

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