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Old 5th March 2019, 15:40   #91
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I will be visiting Phuket and Krabi along with family during mid-April. Planning to spend 3 nights in Krabi and 5 nights in Phuket. Please suggest things to do / places to visit in Phuket and Krabi with young children. Also, need some suggestions on accommodation near beaches.

We will be flying directly to Phuket from Bengaluru. How's the Visa on Arrival queue at Phuket Airport?
Visa on arrival at DMK airport was a mess when we went in Dec'18. Took us 3.5 hours waiting in queue to get the same.

If excitement is what you are looking for then stay in a hotel near Bangla Market in Patong. Best to skip Phuket as its not a place for family types instead target Patong.

Do 4N in Patong, 2N in Karabi and 1N in some other beach place.

Tuk-tuk are expensive in Thailand with no sense of rate vs KM i.e. a mere 2KM ride ends up costing as much as longer 5-7km rides. Take international driving license from India before going, else driving there can be an issue. Moreover insurance gets void without proper license.

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Thai Visa on Arrival (V-o-A) terms have undergone a few changes - primarily this is targeted at those who work out of Thailand and have overstayed their timelines; but it does affects all tourists and especially those who plan to do country hopping (/backpacking) across Thailand and neighboring countries.

To put in a summarized perspective, if you are planning to do a >14-day trip to Thailand, get the visa through the selected local agencies than opting for VoA option; this will allow you a 60 day stay option. VoA option now allows only 14 days stay.


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We have returned from Phuket today. Visa on Arrival was super fast at Phuket International Airport. Both visa and immigration were done within 15 minutes. I have filled up the application online and took print of the barcoded application on which photograph was pasted. Other documents required were Passport and Arrival/Departure card of Thailand.

While we were in Thailand, we heard that Visa on Arrival fee exemption is extended until October 31. Here is the news - Thailand extends the scheme of waiving VOA fee till October 31

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