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Visa Run to Kota Bharu, Malaysia (3 days & 2 nights)

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Take the Koh Samui visa run with Samuipedia and get your new visa in a stress free 3 day trip to Kota Bharu in Malaysia. This trip makes the most out of your time as you get to do some shopping and sightseeing along the way.

Many people that visit Koh Samui find themselves wanting to stay longer in Thailand than their tourist visa allows. It used to be that you had to leave Thailand to be able to renew your travel documents to extend your stay.

Now however, you can take a Koh Samui visa run from the island to the Royal Thai Consulate in the Malaysian city of Kota Bharu.


Your Visa Run Journey


You start your journey by making your own way to the Raja Ferry pier in Lipa Noi. You should then board the ferry to Donsak on the mainland. There you will be met by Herbert, a multilingual Austrian who has lived on Koh Samui for many years running these professional trips – you might say he is a visa expert! From the pier you’ll leave in a fleet of mini buses that will take you all the way to the Thai/Malaysian border.

Arriving late evening, you’ll stay in a hotel overnight on the Thai side of the border – before you go off to bed, your passport, paperwork and visa fee will be collected and checked to while you sleep to ensure you have everything you need to get your visa.

You then have an early start the next day, leaving the hotel at 5am to cross the Thai and Malaysian border as soon as it opens up for the day. This is the first part of your visa run and your papers are stamped as you leave Thailand and enter Malaysia. Once you cross the border, taxis will take you all to the bustling city of Kota Bharu.

You’ll be dropped off at the KB shopping mall as it opens, while Herbert takes your passports and visa applications to be processed and stamped at the Royal Thai Consulate. At around 2:30pm you’ll get your passports back with your new visas in and you’ll start the journey back to the border in the taxis.

This is where the return part of your Koh Samui visa run begins. You’ll cross back over the border into Thailand where the mini bus back to Koh Samui. Due to the timings of the ferrys, you’ll then stop off in Hat Yai for around 5 hours, where you can enjoy the nightlife and most out of this exciting place. Explore the remarkable night market, grab a few drinks in the multitude of clubs and bars, such as the Post Laser Disc Pub where live bands play every night and maybe even sing a bit of karaoke!

At 1am the mini bus will take you to Donsak for the 6am ferry back to Koh Samui and you’re done!

If you’re looking for a fast and efficient way to get a legal long stay visa in only 42 hours, book your visa run from Koh Samui with Samuipedia.

Disclaimer: The visa transportation is done by subcontractors and the cars have a 1 Class Insurance which covers damages and accidents to the sum of THB 500.000 per person. Samuipedia accept no liability for claims above this amount and you join this journey by your own free will.


Visa Run Service to Kota Bharu



What's Included in the Visa Run?


  • All necessary transport from Donsak to Kota Bharu and back
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 night hotel stay
  • 1 way ferry ticket from Donsak to Koh Samui
  • 1 breakfast
  • Multilingual visa guide
  • Accident insurance


What's Not Included in Your Visa Run?


  • Not included is the visa fee which depends on the current legal situation and the visa you apply for.
  • Overstay charges are not included (currently 500 THB per day)


Visa Run to Kota Bharu Itinerary


Kota Bharu visa runs operate every Saturday with Herbert

Day 1
13:45-14:00 Arrive at Raja Ferry pier in Lipa Noi
14:00-15:45 Ferry crossing to Donsak on the mainland
15:45-22:30 Journey to the hotel on the Thai/Malaysian border. Lunch included. Several bathroom stops on the way. All paperwork and visa fees handed over before bed.
Day 2
05:00-06:00 Breakfast
06:00-14:30 Depart to the border. Journey continues in Malaysia by taxi to KB Mall in Kota Bharu, while you wait for your visa to be processed. Note: +1 hour time difference in Malaysia
14:30-00:00 Passports with new visas are received. Head back to the border checkpoint and continue to Hat Yai. Arrive at Hat Yai 18:00-20:00, where you have free time until midnight
Day 3
00:00-05:00 Journey from Hat Yai to the ferry port at Donsak.
06:00-07:45 Ferry crossing back to Koh Samui


What to Bring


  • Thai Baht for your visa application, Hat Yai & any snacks you might want to buy
  • Malaysia Ringgits for shopping in Malaysia
  • Personal entertainment, e.g. magazines, music, iPad, etc – it’s a long day
  • Change of clothes and toiletries


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