The Kingdom of Thailand borders four countries: Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia, numerous parts of boundaries followed natural features such as Mekong River. Thailand has a number of border crossings, all border crossings must be at an official international crossing where you will obtain a passport stamped / visa validated, all accept payment in either U.S. Dollars or Thai Bath. There are also local border crossing places, where local inhabitants cross the border.
ROUTES FROM MYANMAR (BURMA)
Historically Burma and Thailand have fought many wars over territory. Today, many borders areas are disputed, the few crossing points are frequently closed and the Thailand’s relationship with Burma can generally be described as wary. Nowadays, tourists are allowed to obtain a one-day visa from the Thai side to visit Burma.
Some border crossings link Thailand and Myanmar, they depend of the current state of relations between the two countries and the legal crossings are:
Myanmar Embassy in Thailand
- Tachileik in Shan State (Myanmar) / Mae Sai in Chiang Rai province (Thailand).
- Myawaddy (Myanmar) / Mae Sot in Tak province (Thailand) with Moei River as natural boundary.
- Three Pagodas Pass which links Payathonsu in Kayin State (Myanmar) to Sangkhlaburi in Kanchanaburi Province (Thailand).
- Taninthayi Division (Myanmar) / Prachuap Khiri Khan Province (Thailand).
- Victoria Point in Kawthaung (Myanmar) / Ranong (Thailand).
Address: 132 Sathon Nuea Road, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66 (2) 234 0278
Thai Embassy in Myanmar
Address: 91 Pyay Rd., Yangon
Telephone: 21713, 21715, 21716
ROUTES FROM CAMBODIA
Cambodian visas are available on arrival and cost $20. You need to provide one photo. There are six legal border crossings:
Cambodian Embassy in Thailand
- Poipet in Banteay Meanchey Province (Cambodia) / Aranyaprathet in Sa Kaeo Province (Thailand), this is the most direct access from Siem Reap to Bangkok, you should expect long waits, the border is open from 07:00 till 20:00 hours, visa on arrival to Cambodia costs 1,000 baht.
- O’Smach in Oddar Meancheay Province (Cambodia) / The Chong Chom pass in Amphoe Kap Choeng in Surin Province (Thailand), border is open from 07:00 to 20:00 hours.
- The Cham Yeam Checkpoint in Koh Kong Province (Cambodia) / Hat Lek in Trat Province (Thailand), is the most convenient way to travel between the Sihanoukville area of Cambodia and Thailand’s Koh Chang, the border is open from 07:00 to 20:00 hours, there is a casino on the Cambodian side and an ATM on the Thai side.
- Anlong Veng, in Oddar Meanchey province (Cambodia) / Chong Sa-Ngam (Thailand).
- Phsa Prum in Pailin city (Cambodia) / Ban Pakard in Chanthaburi province (Thailand), this route allow fast trips from Phnom Penh to Bangkok overland.
- Daun Lem in Battambang Province (Cambodia) / Ban Laem in Chanthaburi province (Thailand).
Address: 185 Ratchadamri Road,Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Telephone: +66 (2) 254-6630, 253-9851
Thai Embassy in Cambodia
Address: No.4, Boulevard Monivong, Sangkat Srass Chork, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
Telephone: (85518) 810860
ROUTES FROM LAOS
Demarcation is complete except for certain Mekong islets. There are seven legal border crossings between Laos and Thailand:
Laotian Embassy in Thailand
- Ban Houayxay in Bokčo province (Laos) / Chiang Khong in Chiang Rai Province (Thailand). The border is open from 08:00 to 18:00 hours, seven days a week.
- Nam-Hueng (Laos) / Amphoe Tha Li in Loei Province (Thailand).
- Vientiane (Laos) / Nong Khai (Thailand), Nong Khai is only 20km from Vientiane, the capital of Laos; the First Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge is a good choice to cross the border, the border office is open from 06:00 to 22:00 hours, seven days a week, most visitors can get visas on arrival at the border.
- Savannakhet (Laos) / Mukdahan (Thailand), the Second Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge connects Savannakhet to Mukdahan, there is a regular bus service between these cities, Savannakhet has a Thai Consulate which is in one of the older colonial buildings which this town seems to have many. Savannakhet also has an airport. The border office is open 09:00 to 16:30 hours.
- Thakhek in Khammouan province (Laos) / Nakhon Phanom (Thailand), border crossing open 08.30 till 15:00 hours.
- Vang Tao near Pakxe (Laos) / Chong Mek near Ubon Ratchathani (Thailand), there is an ATM in Chong Mek, border crossing open 06:00 till 19:00 hours.
- Paksan in Bolikhamsai Province (Laos) / Amphoe Bueng Kan in Nong Khai Province (Thailand), it is a ferry crossing point, border crossing open from 08.30 till 16.30 hours.
Address: 520, 502/1-3 Wang Thongland, Bangkok 10310
Telephone: +66 (2) 539-6667-8, 539-6679
Thai Embassy in Laos
Address: Route Phonekheng Vientiane, P.O.Box 128
Telephone: 2508, 2543, 2765
ROUTES FROM MALAYSIA
The Malaysia-Thailand border consists of both a land boundary across the Malay Peninsula and maritime boundaries in the Straits of Malacca and the Gulf of Thailand/South China Sea. As you cross into Thailand you gain an hour so remember to adjust your watch, this can also cause confusion about the opening and closing times of the border crossing.
There are at least seven border crossings between Thailand and Malaysia which are open to foreigners:
Malaysian Embassy in Thailand
- Wang Kelian in Perlis state (Malaysia) / Wang Prachan near Satun (Thailand). It is a road crossing.
- Padang Besar in Perlis state (Malaysia) / Padang Besar also known as Pekan Siam in Songkhla province (Thailand). It is a road and railway crossing.
- Bukit Kayu Hitam border pass in Malaysia / Dannok village, Amphoe Sadao in Songkhla Province (Thailand). It is a road crossing.
- Pengkalan Hulu, known Keroh, in Perak state (Malaysia) / Betong in Yala Province (Thailand). It is a road crossing.
- Bukit Bunga in Kelantan state (Malaysia) / Buketa in Narathiwat Province (Thailand). It is a road crossing.
- Rantau Panjang in Kelantan state (Malaysia) / Su-ngai Kolok in Narathiwat Province (Thailand). It is a road and railway crossing.
- Pengkalan Kubur in Kelantan state (Malaysia) / Tak Bai in Narathiwat Province (Thailand). It is a ferry crossing.
Address: 33-35 Sathon Tai Road, Thung Mahamek,Sathon, Bangkok 10120
Telephone: +66 (2) 679-2190-9
Thai Embassy in Malaysia
Address: 206 Jalan Ampang 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: (03) 2488222, 8350, 8420