Thai VISA runs have become a main feature on this blog, having now covered most myself in nearby Asia (check here for my Top 10 Thai Visa Runs), although my routine stop would almost always be Penang (Malaysia) given it is the cheapest and easiest tourist visa application from Bangkok (and also has fantastic food). However this route did become somewhat repetitive recently, and possibly it is no longer the cheapest, given my recent Thai Tourist Visa Application in Ho Chi Minh City was my cheapest to date. And this was due to silly cheap flights from Bangkok, and that those with British passports (along with other nationalities) are now exempt from visas when entering Vietnam. So we can just walk straight through the gates at immigration without even filling in forms (like in Singapore and Malaysia). So for my recent Thai Tourist Visa Application in Ho Chi Minh City we arrived during Independence day, the hungry ghost festival, and I think the Mid-Autumn Festival all wrapped in one. Which meant I would have to wait until the public holidays had ended before completing the Thai Tourist Visa Application.
Royal Thai Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City
- Address: Trần Quốc Thảo, Phường 7, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 700000
- Opening Days: Monday to Friday (closed on public holidays)
- Visa Application Times: Apply between 08:30AM – 11:30AM
- Next Day Collection: Pick up between 13:30PM – 15:00PM
- Thai Consulate Website here
We were based in Ho Chi Minh’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao Street when dropping off my Thai tourist visa application, and on pick up the following day we were staying in a fancy hotel along the Saigon riverside. And while we had been using Grab and Uber a lot on this visit to Ho Chi Minh, I decided to walk it both ways and on both occasions. Simply because I like to walk when in weird cities. But I can’t say it was fun, as the streets and pavements are a bit crap for walking. Anyway, I arrived around 5 minutes early to the Thai Embassy/Consulate to find around 4 other people there for a similar Thai Tourist Visa Application. And the Thai Consulate office is fairly tiny, with just a table, a couple of chairs, and two counters. Which was all that was needed. As it’s just very quiet even after the long holiday.
The necessary documents for Thai Tourist Visa Application in Ho Chi Minh City is no different to most Visa applications in Southeast Asia. Although it maybe best to check the embassy website for any changes.
- Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months
- Visa application form completely filled out
- Recent (4x6cm) photograph (s) of the applicant
- Evidence of travel (air or bus ticket to and from Thailand)
- Evidence of adequate finance (20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family)
- $40 USD (they do not accept VND)
My circumstances are different to most, as I am married to a Thai citizen, I own a 7-million Baht condo in Bangkok, and I have the options of other more long-term Thai Visas. But I do still come and go on Thai tourist Visas because it keeps me travelling. However my somewhat stable circumstances make no difference in the Thai Tourist Visa Application in Ho Chi Minh, as there is no substitute for the necessary documents that are outlined. So I still needed to show finances (print of online banking statement) as well as onward travel from Thailand. And the latter was a bit harder, as I ended up searching for a nearby Internet cafe (around the near corner on the main road) to book a cheap bus over the Thai-Lao border at Nong Khai. Which they accepted. So the Thai Tourist Visa Application was accepted, and the next morning I was back for no more than a minute for pickup. Straight in, straight to the desk, and then back out again. It really isn’t a busy embassy.