By: iamAldonLopez | February 2, 2019
The best thing about Mediakids Academy is that they will help you obtain all the requirements and cover the cost for your Non-immigrant B Visa and your work permit. All you need to do is to secure a 60-day tourist visa, so they can have enough time to process the paperwork.
There are options on how to get a 60-day tourist visa. You can apply to your nearest Thai Embassy before you fly to Thailand or if you have obtained a 30-day visa upon arrival. You can do the visa run application in any nearest border such as Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Based on my experience, I got 30-day visa upon arrival, so I had to go to Vientiane, Laos before it expires to get my 60-day tourist visa. It was very convenient since I took Sawasdee Transport Services. It’s an agency that helps you extend your visa.
60 – Day Tourist and Non-Immigrant B Visa Application
I had been on two visa runs to Vientiane, Laos. The first time was a 60-day tourist visa. Then, after Mediakids Academy handed me the requirements for my Non-immigrant B visa. Thanks to consultants of MediaKids for obtaining all the paperwork and SWD Agency for the comfortable transport and speeding up my Thai visa application. I never had any problems both times and things run smoothly. Now, let me tell you why I chose to have an agency rather than doing it by myself.
1. Convenient and hassle-free
As easy as 2 steps:
2. Cost breakdown
During my visa runs, I spent 10,000 baht. Here is the breakdown of my visa run trip in Vientiane, Laos.
NOTE: Visa fees vary on your passport. Canadian, UK, US passport may cost around 6,500 – 6,800 baht. You need to pay a Laos Arrival Visa which cost 1,500-1,800 baht. Some Asian countries are exempted on this such as; Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, and Thailand.
3. How does it work?
When I had my first visa run, I was in Bangkok. So, I had to go to SWD agency departure area which located at the parking lot of Tesco ON NUT, next to BTS Station ON NUT. Then, they picked me up at the Mall, Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima during my Non-immigrant B visa application. You need at least three days to get your Thai Visa. Below is the itinerary of the SWD agency trip to Vientiane, Laos.
• 5PM-6PM – Departure from ON NUT Tesco Lotus (BTS On Nut Station)
There will be 15 minutes stops for every 3 hours
• 4AM-5AM – Arrival at the border Nongkhai, Thailand – Laos
• 6AM-7AM – Need to pass the Thai border
• 8:30-11AM – Thai Consulate
– The application takes place between 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM.
– Need to join a long queue to get the claim number
• 11 AM – The most awaited check in at Nakhonesack Hotel in Vientiane
• 11:30AM-6PM – is your idle time. This is the best time to explore the City of Vientiane.
• 6:30PM-10PM– Get along with the people you were within the van.
• 7:30AM-9: 30 AM – Breakfast at the hotel
• 12 PM – Check out
• 1:30 PM- 2 PM – Go to Thai consulate and get the Thai Visa
• 2:30PM-3: 30 PM – Crossing the Friendship Bridge to Thailand
Take advantage of this time to go to duty-free shops and buy some things you want.
• 4PM-5PM – Welcome back to Nongkhai, Thailand. You have successfully processed your Thai Visa.
NOTE: If you only need to extend your time in Thailand for 30days or less, the best option is to show up at a local immigration office and extend your stay for 30days which will cost you 1,900 baht. Please be advised that you can only extend your visa once. If you have already extended your visa, you have to do the out-of-country visa run.
Things to do in Vientiane, Laos while waiting for your Visa
Patuxai Park also known as a victory monument. This park is just around the corner from Nakhonesack hotel. In just a few minutes’ walks, you will see the Presidential Palace, Talat Sao Market and a ‘tuk-tuk’ away to Mekong river. This victory monument is the center of the Patuxai park. ‘Patu’ means “door” and ‘Xai’, means “victory”. They called it as ‘a victory gate’ when they fought for independence against Japan, France, and Siam. Inside, the victory monument has decorated with hand-painted images of religious deities. Don’t miss climbing on top of the monument so, you will see the wonderful view of famous Lao temples, the Mekong River and the nearby neighbor, Thailand.
The people in the pictures below are all Filipinos. We were in the same van during my tourist visa trip, we talked a lot about their lives here in Thailand. I heard different stories about each other; However, these people have the same goal—to be able to help our families back home; Thus, we chose to sacrifice being away from our families in the Philippines.
My visa run in Vientiane, Laos is something I couldn’t forget. I met new people and became my friends. I roamed around the town. I was able to buy a very cheap thing from the duty-free shopping center in Laos. I had so much Fun! I recommend SWD Services to help you with your visa and Mediakids Academy for your teaching career here in Thailand.
After you processed your 60-day Tourist and you obtained your NON-B Immigrant Visa. This is the only time you can apply/process your work permit. In my case, Mediakids Academy is the one who processed it for me. I’m lucky that I have them! Once, you have your work permit. Make sure to do a 90-Day Immigration Report every 90-days.