For those travelling on a 60 day tourist VISA in Thailand there is always the option of a further 30 day ‘VISA extension’. This should be applied for before the expiration of the current VISA (after the first 30 days) and the application should be completed at the Bangkok Immigration Office at Chaeng Wattana, or at other Provinicial offices when outside of Bangkok. While possible to travel direct by taxi to the immigration office it is often quicker, and cheaper, to use the convenient rail networks. By underground (MRT) take the train to Chatuchak station, or by Skytrain (BTS) the Mo Chit station, then from Mo Chit / Chatuchak a taxi to the Bangkok Immigration Office will be roughly 100 Baht. Or to keep it ver cheap there is the bus option, numbers: 66, 51.
Full address: Immigration Division 1 Office, Chalermprakiat Government Complex, Chaengwattana Rd (soi 7), Laksi, Bangkok. Note taxis may drop you at the Government Complex on the main road (consular building) so be sure to show Chaeng Wattana Soi 7 otherwise a 30 baht motorbike taxi (or lengthy walk) will be necessary to find the Bangkok Immigration Office (pictured below). Also directions to Bangkok Immigration Office from the main road pictured below.
VISA Extension Application
Opening Hours: Bangkok Immigration Office hours are Monday to Friday between 08.30 – 16.30 (as below) with a one hour break between 12 noon – 1pm. It is best to arrive early, pick up a ticket and wait in line. Note the immigration office will be closed on public holidays in Thailand.
Necessary Documents: Passport with immigration (departure) card, the completed VISA extension form, one passport photo, photocopies of passport pages (photo page, current visa, immigration card) and payment of THB1,900
I rarely opt for the VISA extension in Bangkok when travelling on a 60 day tourist VISA. The reason being, that I would rather apply for a new 60 day VISA at an embassy outside of Thailand. For this I would schedule VISA runs every two months, I would make them cheap, and, in the long run, spending isn’t so much different. Yet I get some great travel experiences to go with it. To date I have covered most of the nearby borders and you can check here for full list of VISA runs from Bangkok.