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As many of your know, Thai Embassies are no longer giving out the one year non immigration visa to American citizens traveling to Thailand. Unless you have a Thai wife.
Since I’m not married and too lazy to join a language school in Thailand for a one year Thai education visa, I’m forced to do “visa runs” every three months.
This “Visa Run” was to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
From Bangkok: I recommend you fly AirAsia. This will set you back around 8000 baht (266usd) round trip. Sometimes much less if you are able to take advantage of a promotion.
From Koh Samui: This is where I departed from. Bangkok Air was having a promotion of 7200 baht (240usd) round trip.
You will want your hotel near one of two areas. KLCC (the twin towers and near the Thai Embassy) or Bukit Bintang (the main nightlife area).
As always, I looked on www.Agoda.com first but didn’t see anything that really caught my eye. And I didn’t want to pay 200usd a night for a room.
On my first trip to K.L. I stayed at the Tune Hotel which is a basic, but a clean 2 – 3 star hotel:
Not a bad hotel, 30usd a night. However, it was pretty noisy in the morning and if you don’t get the double bed, your twin bed will be very small. About a 10 minute taxi ride to the Thai Embassy.
They also don’t mind if you bring a girl back to your room.
On my second stay in K.L. I stayed in a much nicer 4 star hotel which is 70usd a night:
The airport is not close to the city center. To get to your hotel, you have 3 options:
1- Take a taxi. This will cost about 1,500 baht, 45usd.
2- Take a one hour bus ride to KL Sentral. Then a quick 5 or 10 minute taxi to your hotel. The bus will cost 100 baht (3usd) and the quick taxi ride will cost about 150 baht (5usd).
3- Take a 28 minute train ride to KL Sentral. Then a quick 5 or 10 minute taxi to your hotel. The train will cost 350 baht (12usd) while the taxi will cost about 150 baht (5usd).
Note: KL Sentral is the main bus and train terminal in Kuala Lumpur.
1- Prepare all your documents. You will need:
– Your passport
– Two password photos
– Two copies of your passport
– Copy of your airline ticket in and out of Thailand. Make sure your stay in no longer than 2 months.
– 110myr (cost of the Tourist Visa)
– Bank statement proving you have more than 1,000usd
– Application filled out and signed
(You can download here: http://www.thaiembassy.org/kualalumpur/)
Note: Even though I had all these items prepared, the only ones they actually took were the application, one copy of my passport, and one passport photo. However, it is best to come prepared and bring everything.
2- If you’ve never been to the Thai Embassy before, always easiest to take a taxi. Submissions are done Monday thru Friday between 9:30am and 11:30pm. You will then come the next business day to pick it up.
3- The address to the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur is:
206, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur,, 50450, Kuala Lumpur, WP Kuala Lumpur 55000, Malaysia
Note: The red and yellow taxis in KL are required to use a taxi meter. And are very inexpensive. Depending on traffic, you can get to most places in KL for between 100 – 200 baht (3 – 6usd)
Also Note: This is one of the most organized Thai Embassy’s I’ve ever been to. You walk it, take a number, and then sit down. No waiting in line for an hour like in Singapore.
On the next business day, you show up with your receipt and pick up your passport with your new Thai Tourist Visa. Pick up hours are between 2:30pm and 4:00pm.
– The main nightlife area is in the Bukit Bintang.
– The best place to go party and meet girls is at the Havana bar in Bukit Bintang. Then when that closes, go to the club inside the Hilton Hotel.
– As always, I recommend getting a local sim card right when you arrive. You can purchase one inside the airport. Get the Maxis Hotlink sim card.
– Taxis are pretty cheap in KL. Just be sure to ask for Taxi meter. Also, you will be charged double on all taxi rides after midnight.
– KL has some huge malls, and mean huge. Check out the KLCC mall inside the twin towers and the Times Square mall which has a small amusement park in it.
– The Hardrock Café is a great place to grab a drink. It is packed on Friday and Saturday nights.
– Zouk is the hottest club in KL. Three different clubs in one all playing different music. Many girls, and only a few foreigners. However, not an easy pickup spot for foreigners. Imagine Thong Lor in Bangkok.
– Batu Caves is a major tourist attraction in KL. Check it out, pretty cool.
– Alcohol is not nearly as cheap as in Thailand. In Havana, 5 beers will cost you 750 baht (45usd). Bottle service starts at 5,000 baht (160usd) in most clubs.
– Everyone speaks great English and there are some good American restaurants in KL.
– Traffic in KL can be very bad. Never travel in taxi between 4pm and 7pm. Use the train.
Posted on Gods of Thailand December 15, 2012 in Visa Information