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.
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.
Kota Bharu visa runs operate every Saturday with Herbert
|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.|
|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|
|00:00-05:00||Journey from Hat Yai to the ferry port at Donsak.|
|06:00-07:45||Ferry crossing back to Koh Samui|
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