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 and application is completed at the Bangkok Immigration Office. While possible to travel there direct by taxi it is often quicker and cheaper using the convenient rail networks; by underground (MRT) travel to Chatuchak station or by Skytrain (BTS) the Mo Chit station. From Mo Chit / Chatuchak the taxi fare to the Bangkok Immigration Office will be a rough 100 Baht.
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.
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
Travelling on a 60 day tourist VISA I rarely opted for the VISA extension in Bangkok. The reason being, I would rather apply for a new 60 day VISA outside of Thailand. I would schedule VISA runs every two months, make them cheap and in the long run spending isn’t so much different, yet I get some great travels to go with. Check here for full list of VISA runs from Bangkok.