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Fact Sheet
Thailand Overview
Getting to Thailand has never been easier; multiple carriers provide long-haul flight services to the Land of Smiles from all over the globe. And with the advent of budget air travel, getting to Thailand from a regional locale hub can be very cheap if you book online. Thailand borders Malaysia, Burma, Cambodia and Laos and all these countries have land borders you can cross over to enter or leave Thailand. The ongoing border dispute with Cambodia over the Preah Vihear UNESCO World Heritage site sometimes makes for temporary closings of the Aranyaphratet-Poipet but for the most part itís pretty simple to make these border crossings. Laos has different visa prices for different nationalities (Canadians pay the most), while Cambodia has standard visa fees. Many nationalities can enter Malaysia free for a month at the three main Malay-Thai border crossings (Padang Besar, Kota Bahru and Satun). And you can go inland in Burma on a day pass at a number of locations like Mae Sai, but you cannot stay for an extended period of time (without special permission), you must fly in to do that. In Thailand, it used to be easy to do a quick turnaround by travelling to the nearest border, getting an exit stamp from Thailand, an entry stamp from the neighbouring country, then doing an immediate turnaround and head back into Thailand with a new 30-day visa. Thai authorities thought that this was too tempting for neír-do-wells and have limited the length of that new visa to 15 days, though if you leave the country, by land, air or sea, and fly back in you can get another 30 days. Rules seemingly keep changing as to how many of these visas you can be awarded consecutively, so check with thaivisa.com for updates. You can now travel to Vientiane by train; you used to have to get off at Nong Khai and take vehicular transport across the Friendship Bridge, but the rail link now extends over the Mekong River. The second Friendship bridge from Mukdahan to Savannakhet now allows people to travel directly by road from Bangkok to Hanoi though the quality of the asphalt can change dramatically along the way.  

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