After a hiatus of several years, Pattaya residents and tourists can now join minibus visa runs to Pong Nam Ron (Hot Water Spring) to extend their visit to Thailand without overnight stays. Departure point is Jomtien Soi 5 (law offices next to immigration bureau) at 7 am and being back around 4 pm. The regularity of the schedule depends on numbers of customers.
Tourists and expats with a variety of renewable visas, or requiring a new 30 days visa exempt, are able to use the new service. However, foreigners who initially entered Thailand with a 15 days visa on arrival need a Cambodian visa in advance and cannot be processed at border posts without one.
Jessataporn Bunnag, the attorney heading the International Law Office, said, “The bureaucracy is a little more complex than it used to be, so we recommend potential customers contacting us first.” He pointed out that Thai immigration rules restrict the number of land border entries for many foreigners to two in a 12 months period.
The inclusive cost of the new escorted service is 5,500 baht. The telephone contact number for enquiries is 087 513 3333, or call in at the law office and photocopy service in the Jomtien immigration car park.