From Pattaya to Penang Island Malaysia by train toward Thai Visa
Update: 29.July.2018 Previously: 1.May.2016
I have been in Penang Islang toward Thai Visa four times. It’s easy, not stressful, cheep in all my trip to get Thai Visa.
Where to get ticket?
Best of all is booking before trip. So I go to train station in Pattaya to reservation sleeping train-ticket from Bangkok to border Padang Basard.
Bangkok to Padang Besar (once daily): Departs at 15:10 – and next day Arrives at 08:30 Train Class: 2nd Class Sleeping Air-con Ticket Price: Upper Berth – 870 baht | Lower Berth – 960 baht Official Website & Schedules: http://www.railway.co.th/
Trip to Pedang island-Malaysia
On trip day go to Pattaya North bus-station, the bus for Ekkamai (Bangkok), 108 Bhts.
On Ekkamai from bus station walk about 50m until you get to the stairs to the Skytrain – BTS..climb up the stairs, and buy BTS – train-ticket to Asok (Sukkumvit) junction , 25 Bhts.
Than go down stairs to MRT-underground train to Hua Lamphong (Bangkok reilway station), 26 Bhts.
At 15:10 hour train it is leaving Bangkok railway-station toward border of Padang Besard.
The Train change at conjunction at border. And go to immigration checkpoint at 1st at Thai and 2th at Malaysia *for Malaysia Visa it’s free for 30 days… Border Staff give me to fill in a form of Arrival/Departure card, kindness lady of a border officer help me to fill a card. After you stand-in line and when it is your turn you have to stand in place in front of the camera and then put your finger on the scanner. And then officer only stamp in Passport the Malaysia Visa.
Border Padang Basard, KTM Malay “Coach for ladies only”
Can buy train-ticket at Padang Besard train-station to Butterworth, 11.40 RM (Ringit Malaysia).
“*From 26.Juny, 2016 it’s change. Before that you can buy train-ticked in Thailand all include from Bangkok to Butterworth Malaysia.”
On Pedang islang they are chances to go with Ferri both or by Bus. Ferri it’s 1.20 RM to Pedang island. From Pedang island drive the Ferri boat to Butterworth it’s allways free of charge.
The faithful ferry service, a major connection to the mainland from Penang
Free “Cat” Bus in Penang island. And when came back toward Thailand, when came down from farri free cat combi vans to KTM (railway station in Butterworth). Or walk about 500m to KTM.
BookingIsland Penang – George Town Hostels, Hotel, Guest-house. The most cheaper it’s street Chulia, street Love Lane, etc. And the most cheep it’s hostels dormitory where it’s few bads with shared toilets, shared WC, shared living room, shared kitchen. It’s better reservation at advance on Agode, on Booking.net, on Hotels.com, etc. I am staying in Hotel Hong Ping, (92.00 RM) Jalan Chulia (*Jalan = Street) . *Hotel Hong Ping it’s not yet in list of online booking
Foods & Drink & Entertainment
No far avay from Hotel Hong Ping it’s Yeap Noodles Shop. Which it’s recommend by TripAdvisor and normally me.
Fruit I go to oposite 7 Eleven in an open booth shop.
Bakery Jalan Chulia
ART in Lebuh (street) Chulia car Classic FIAT Tricycle Rickshow in Lebuh Chulia Batu (beach) Feringghi
Thai embassy in Penang Malaysia
1, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
3 days must be the minimum in Penang island, Malaysia. For 1st. day when coming at 11:00 – 12:00 on Penang island it’ll to late to go to Thai-Consulate which is collect Visa application only to 11:30 hrs. 2nd day it will collect your Visa application. And a 3th day it will give back at 14:00 to 16:00 hrs. *unless you can find what kind of another transport not train.. example..the man at mini-Van who has shop with print-copy in-front Thai-consulate he offer me arrange with other people transport to Thailand by mini-van bus or by boat. The Offers include koh Lanta, Phuket, Krabi, PiPi island, koh Samui, or Bangkok
I geted Thai Visa for 3 months, Turist Visa for 60 days, and 30 days I can stamp in Yomtien-Pattaya immigration office fee 1,900 Bahts
Bus No. 101 or 104 opposite 7 Eleven, runs every 15 minut. Bus-Ticket 1.40 RM. 4.2 km to Royal Thai Consulate. Stop at adverse Hospital at Jalan Burma then has 1.1 km walk to Royal Thai Consulate or drive to Bus station Opps Balai Polis Pulau Tikus, Jalan Burma. Or take Taxi-car, price 17 RM – 18 RM. (*piti it’s not or it’s very rare taxi motorcycle)
“Almost everyone can get 15 days stay visa travel by land or/and 30 days Visa if you have print-copy of airline tickets.”
Prices are as of May 2016. Visas can be extended once in Thailand at any Immigration Office.
Thai Visa Type
Duration of Stay
Single Entry Tourist Visa
Single Entry Non Immigrant Visa
Multiple Entry Non Immigrant Visa
An easy way to getting your Thai Visa on island Penang
Another comfortable way to get your Thai Visa it’s tour agents in Georgetown. They organise your Thai VISA application. Put in your passport the same day you are arrive, fill in the forms, pay an extra 300 Baht (30 RM) agency fee and let them do the job. The 60 day tourist VISA should cost 1,800 Baht (1,500 VISA fee + 300 agency fee). But I didn’t. Complicated it’s that at country’s who must have return air-ticket. Agent was not so shore about Slovenia to must have return air-ticket or not? And agent wants to charge an extra for acquire air-ticket for out off Thailand. I was turn away off that office. I was trying to getting in other office but even worse. The next day I am do it myself, went to Penang Thai consulate. They was not demand air-ticket.
**Turist agent will buy and Print a fully refundable/unrestricted e-ticket to show at Thai Consulate. A simple way to do that is to buy a cheap (USD 50 or so) one-way ticket online to e.g Kuala Lumpur with a low cost airline on Expedia, US site, or AirAsia, VietJetAir, etc. The ticket can be cancelled and refunded with no fee within 24 hours. Other airlines can give more options but the purchase price can be high.
Please note: none of the above is illegal in any way.
Documents you’ll need
PrintCopy Passport of the first page with picture and print-copy passport with last Visa (At Thai Consulate at working hours it’s Van where you can copied and take a picture)
Arrival/Departure Card (which’re getting on the border)
Travel ticket (the best of air-ticket follow train ticket, bus ticket, boat ticket, etc.)
When you asking for Visa 2th time you must bring still: e.i. best of all bring at 1st time
Your contract to your lodging (apartments or house or hotel or etc.) in Thailand where a momentary is your address
Statement of your bank in your country (display of Bank which it’s must not been older then 3 months)
Penang Heritage City – a suits for Penang Island it is now part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Cities Program. The capital city, George Town, has the most numerical of pre-war buildings in all of South East Asia which are as yet intact. The place is so rich with history, not only George Town but all Penang island.