Thursday, 30 October 2014

5 Thai Meals Visitors Must Try!




Thailand is home to many world-renowned dishes which gained favour among gourmands and gourmets because of their spicy, savory, and delicious flavours. What’s also enticing about Thai cuisine is that each part of the country often has its own specialty. Home-grown Thai meals are also typically inexpensive, further adding to the allure they have to visiting foreigners. Here are five must-try dishes to try during your stay at ShaSa Resort and Residences.



Salad first: the papaya som tum

Unripe papaya is the main ingredient for this tangy salad which is a Thai cuisine staple. The other ingredients that go into it can include dried shrimp, crabs, garlic, chilis, fish sauce, palm sugar and lime. It provides a refreshing counterpoint to the warm Thai climate, although its spicy taste can be a challenge to the uninitiated. This salad goes well with pork, fish, rice, chicken BBQ and steamed rice.



Khao Soi soup noodle

This noodle dish is one of the meal delights from Chiangmai. It is also spicy and comes in a broth prepared in semi-thickness using coconut milk. The full flavor of its wet rice noodles comes out with its ingredients of pickled mustard leaves, fresh chopped onions, and lime. A whole chicken leg is its typical viand companion.

Well-rounded Massaman curry

Amongst the many Thai curried dishes, this one earns points for its wide variety of ingredients. Its distinctive flavor comes from a rich mix of tamarind and fish sauces, chilis, coconut milk, palm sugar, star anise, and a host of other spices.
 
Chiang Mai sausages, the sai ua

This is another hot Thai entrée. Minced pork is its main ingredient which draws its fiery reputation from a potent combination of spices and herbs. Sai ua is a particular favorite in the northern part of Thailand which covers Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, and Chiang Rai. For under $1, you can partake of these sweet and savory sausages in roadside eateries at these localities.



Pat gra pao

Minced pork or chicken forms the main ingredient of pat gra pao, another spicy Thai meal offering. It is cooked with garlic, chilis, and basil, a searing combination that brings out all the spice and flavor with every chew of this Thai favourite best served with a bed of steamed rice.
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Monday, 27 October 2014

Chai Dee Cooking School




Chai Dee is one of the family-oriented attractions in the island resort of Koh Samui that you just have to see while staying at ShaSa Resort & Residences. This place is located in the island’s northeast coastal corner, cozily tucked amid tall coconut trees.

Essentially, Chai Dee is a restaurant where visiting families can enjoy a sampling of Thai home-cooked meals and snacks. The international dishes served here are as equally delightful.

Delightful meals and menagerie

But there are other wonderful things to do and see at Chai Dee. It is a cooking school and a petting farm as well. Children will be delighted in particular that while dining, they can feed their food scraps to Chica Dee’s charming pets which roam freely around the restaurant. These pets include not only dogs and chicken but a pig and a pair of goats as well.

The kids can also buy special treats for these lovable animals and for the resident bunnies, squirrels, turtles, and fish. Chica Dee is also home to cute sugar gliders, two myna birds, several budgies, and a talking cockatoo (only Thai please) and an Indian roller.

If the kids get bored with this amazing menagerie, which is highly unlikely, there’s a trampoline for them. And while the children are busy with their antics, the parents can try cookery at Chai Dee.

Temptations to stay longer

This Samui attraction is located near the Big Buddha temple, another must-see attraction in the island. Chai Dee was constructed in such a way that the activities it offers go as smooth as silk. A simple, roofed building houses the restaurant itself with all of its four sides open and looking out towards a garden and the resident animals’ domain. Chai Dee opens its doors to customers for breakfast and closes shop in the early evening. Homemade cakes and pies are also available here for possible take-outs.

Tarrying for some time at Chai Dee would be quite tempting. It is a place that is more than a restaurant, petting farm, and cooking school. The pastoral setting it provides is ideal for watching the beautiful island sunset. Moreover, its staff members are courteous and friendly, making Chai Dee truly ideal for all family members.
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Friday, 24 October 2014

5 Must-Try Thai Desserts



Thailand is famous for its delightful desserts, a spillover of the country’s reputation as home to spicy and savory dishes. Typically, the sweet tooth amongst us can draw much pleasure in the indigenous flavor of Thai desserts as generously provided by fresh fruits, coconut, and sticky rice. Be sure to try the following desserts during your stay at ShaSa Resort.
Khao niew mamuang
This is the perfect combination of coconut cream, slow-cooked coconut sticky rice, and ripe mangoes. It has become so popular that Thai restaurants overseas also offer this dessert. Partaking of this offering though is best in Thailand because of the superior quality of the local mangoes. This dessert can be found in classy restaurants as well as in makeshift street stalls.
Khao niew bing
Also known as khanom bing, this dessert is prepared with sweet sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves. It is slow-cooked within a Thai traditional basket and mixed with sugar and coconut milk prior to being molded around chunks of sweet taro root or banana, all wrapped in banana leaves. Its sweet taste isn’t overpowering and what dominate are the quaint undertones of fruit and coconut in addition to the hints of smoked banana leaves. Sidewalk stalls typically sell this dessert.
Luk chup
This dessert stands out not only because of its exquisite taste, as its brilliant colors are also quite impressive. It is a Thai adaptation of the Portuguese sweet almond snack. Its ingredients include boiled mung bean, coconut milk and sugar all mixed into a pulp. The resulting mixture is then molded into various shapes resembling eggs, fruits, or other enticing items. For the finishing touches, colorful jellies are applied. Prepared food markets, along with a few select cafes and restaurants, are the main outlets for luk chup.
Roti
This is a yeast-less bread similar to the pancakes which originated from India. The Thai-styled roti is flaky outside and soft inside. Its preparation calls for swift and continuous flips of the dough on a greased and hot skillet. Roti comes either plain or stuffed with fillings like pineapple or banana. This dessert is a regular fare in Thai restaurants.
I-dtim mat phrao
This dessert is Thailand’s version of the European-American ice cream. It is prepared by combining pounded ice with a mix of coconut milk, sweet-flavored syrups, and sweet gelatin. Fresh fruit is added on top to complete the presentation of this dessert which is sold by mobile ice cream vendors.
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Choosing the Right Backpack



Backpacks come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes. Essentially, choosing the right backpack will depend on its durability to withstand the rigors of use and abuse. Here are a few considerations when purchasing a bag for your stay at ShaSa Resort.

Water resistance

The material of the backpack need not be totally waterproof. Preferable are packs which are made of water-resistant material which keeps the bags’ contents dry in case of a drizzle but, at the same time, allows some air to circulate. One great choice is a water-resistant pack which comes with a 100% waterproof tarp cover for use in instances of a severe downpour or torrential rains.

Multi-compartment

Go for bags which have multiple compartments. With these backpacks, it easier to organize the items brought along a hike or trip. The multi-compartment feature is most advantageous for trekking as load can be distributed to the optimum comfort of the user.

Built-in frames

Avoid the bulky backpacks with external aluminum frames which are increasingly going passé. Favored now are packs with internal frames which not only look more streamlined but easier to move around and won’t easily get entangled. These bags are lighter and easier to carry too as their frames are often made of carbon fiber composites or tough plastic.

Paddings

When in use, consider a backpack already an extension of your garments which should wear as comfortable as possible. Hence, backpacks with adequate hip and shoulder paddings are strong candidate choices. So are those padded or lumbar-contoured backpack designed similar to contoured chairs. These features will not only provide comfort but also help in load distribution as well.

Security

Backpacks with compartments having two lockable zipper ends are great for helping secure the bags contents whether from unwanted pilferage or accidental dropping of their contents. This feature can give you peace of mind especially if the backpack will be a checked-in luggage in a plane flight.

Size

Choose a pack proportionate with your weight. As a starting point, try a bag which has a capacity of 30 pounds or 15 kilos to have a feel of what would be the most ideal pack size.
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Friday, 17 October 2014

Dealing with Flight Delays 




Delayed or cancelled flights are the bane of air travelers anywhere. The factors which bring about sudden and unexpected changes in airline departure schedules are varied, and many of these are unavoidable such as weather and safety considerations. Nonetheless, there are measures which you can take in order to lessen the risk of a delayed departure when you leave ShaSa Resort to go home.



Book with a more reliable airline 

Check and compare the carriers’ track record on their on-time performance. Their websites can be a good source of this information as well as the online portals of aviation authorities which monitor not only the airlines’ fidelity to their schedules but also their routes’ turnaround times, average delays, and delay frequency.


Go even choosier on connecting flights

 
Booking a non-stop flight should be your priority. But if you can’t avoid having a connecting flight, reduce the chances of missing it by allowing enough lead time to compensate for the possibility of a delayed schedule. Again, check info on aviation authorities’ websites on which carrier or airport have problems on connecting flights.



Having enough leeway for a connecting flight can also work to your advantage. Should you arrive early and just have carry-on luggage, there’s the possibility of flying on an earlier flight as a standby passenger and still have a reserved seat on the next flight. The carrier will be happy too if your original flight has a heavy booking as they’ll have an extra seat available.



Give least preference on a last flight

 
When booking with your airline of choice, limit your choices to those flights leaving at least an hour or two prior to the last flight. Should your original flight be cancelled or delayed, there’s still the possibility of flying in the next aircraft scheduled to depart. This way, you’d be able to avoid the inconvenience of sleeping at the airport or spending extra in a hotel which would happen if the last flight you booked is cancelled.



Input flight delays in your itinerary

 
Take into consideration possible flight delays in setting up appointments and schedules in your travel itinerary. This will help make your trip less stressful as flight delays are one of those things that air passengers just have to live with.
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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Expats & Thailand: A Love/Hate Relationship




Many expatriates in Thailand can’t help but harbour an ambivalent attitude of love and hate for their host country. Certainly, there are two sides in the coin for this Southeast Asian nation which prides itself as the only in the region not subjugated by a Western power. It is for this reason that the country changed its name from Siam to Thailand, taking on the word “Thai” which means free in the native language.
Akin to this free spirit is the Thais non-domineering and friendly nature. This is what has gained favor most among expats, the better half of their feelings for this country that urges them to stay despite the negatives that they too encounter here. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the Thais are among the friendliest in the world, accommodating and caring even to complete strangers.
Positive Thai outlook
The more relaxed way of life in Thailand compared to Western cultures is another enticement for expats to overrule whatever they dislike in living in this country. Thais have a very positive outlook on life. When faced by adversity, their typical approach is “mai bpen lai,” meaning “never mind and don’t worry” as the unwelcome predicament will soon pass. With this fundamental in the ebb and flow of life in Thailand, a positive outlook too becomes ingrained among the country’s expats.
Cost of living which is considerably more affordable than in developed countries is another vital reason why farangs choose to stick it out in Thailand. For a fraction of the rates in Western cities, they can have upscale living quarters in Bangkok, for instance.
Life and leisure advantages win
And while Western dishes are widely available locally at great prices, Thai cuisine compares favorably with the best of the world but doesn’t cost that much. The same is true with local shopping which not only offers competitively priced quality items but also enables alternatives from a wide range of goods, be it in shopping malls or night markets.
Lastly, leisure spots in Thailand like ShaSa Resort are plus factors that can outweigh the minuses that bother expats about this country. Even just an overnight stay at the beaches of Koh Samui can be enough for love to prevail over the hate that some expats entertain about living here.
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Football Golf on Koh Samui





Football golf is a relatively new game. A combination of football and golf, it has quickly gained following in the Thai resort island of Koh Samui, as both sports are also popular activities in Thailand. The rules of play in golf apply but a regulation soccer ball is kicked toward each hole in order to score. The player having the lowest tally emerges as the winner at the end of the game.

As a full-fledged sport, this game is called footgolf, and already has a significant international following and is now overseen by a world governing body. A World Footgolf Championship, in fact, is scheduled for this August in Germany. Be sure to play "footgolf" during your stay at ShaSa Resort!

Special course layout

A round of football golf on Koh Samui, however, is more than just competition but a fun-filled activity wherein all members of the family and their friends can enjoy. Play is also a bit shorter, as the Koh Samui football golf course is a par 69 layout. Footgolf matches, on the other hand, are typically held at championship golf links which are longer at their par 72 regulation play.

The Koh Samui football golf course was constructed exclusively for the game. The well-manicured fairways of its 18-hole layout meander across verdant coconut plantations. A full round of play can take between one to one and a half hours, depending on the ability of the players. This whole tour of the course covers about a kilometre.

Superb design and location

This unique recreational facility in Koh Samui is very well-designed. It offers challenges to players with an eye for risk-taking in their game. At the same time, the course affords beginners easier paths to enjoy the game. A players’ mix of varying ages and gender is therefore quite possible, enabling loads of fun besides competition.

A round of football golf on Koh Samui can readily be included in visitors’ itineraries. The course is conveniently located close to most of the beach resorts and hotels in the island. Built close to the family-friendly beach of Choeng Mon, the course is just a five- to 20-minute drive from Big Buddha, Chaweng, and Lamai Beach.
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Monday, 13 October 2014

Flight Carry On Luggage Guide



Airline passengers would be well-advised if they first check their carriers ‘ policies on carry-on luggage. The guidelines for hand-carried bags can vary depending on the type of aircraft Carry-on space, for instance, may be quite limited for turbo-prop planes as compared to jetliners.  

However, don’t just assume to have more leeway on a bigger aircraft as the number of passengers onboard a flight and plane seating configuration can also determine the allowed hand-carried items. The varying carry-on luggage allowed on different aircrafts would be a particular concern for passengers with connecting flights. Hand-carried items allowed in a previous flight may not be accommodated as a carry-on and may have to be checked in with the rest of the passengers’ large luggage.

Rule of thumb on weight and shape

As a general rule, when flying to ShaSa Resort on Koh Samui an airline would allow each passenger one personal bag and one carry-on bag. What smart travelers would choose as a carry-on would be a bag with a width measuring 18 inches or less. This is considering that the hand-carried luggage allowed in most airlines typically doesn’t exceed 45 linear inches which can be computed by adding the length and width of the case.

Generally, 40 pounds is the weight limit for a carry-on bag. Odd-shaped bags which are either too long or too wide may be rejected even though these are within the weight limit. Most airlines would have at their gates a sizer box for a quick check if a passenger can carry a particular bag on board.

Small items allowed

The personal bag that a passenger can bring aboard the plan can be a purse or briefcase, a laptop case, tote bag, or book bag. Extra paraphernalia such as camera bags and diaper bags or child seats and strollers for ticketed children can also be carried inside the aircraft. Nonetheless, it would be wise to limit such extra accessory items to preempt any potential hassle while boarding.

Issues with other passengers can also be avoided if utmost care is taken in storing carry-on bags at the plane’s overhead compartment. Having just the right sized hand-carried luggage would be an advantage as there’s the option of placing it under your seat, particularly in crowded flights when overhead bins can fill up quickly.
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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Getting a 30 Day Extension on your Tourist Visa




Most tourists visiting ShaSa Resort on Koh Samui typically carry a 60-day visa. This tourist visa can easily be extended by 30 days. Basically, there are two ways to get this extension.

A visa run is one common practice. This is done by going to a country bordering Thailand, like Laos or Cambodia. Visa extensions can be facilitated at several border points and just entail leaving Thailand and promptly turning right back. The hitch here is that it would require at the very least a day of traveling to the border areas and have the visa extension processed there. 

Visa runs would be advisable for those tourists who want to take side trips to the lesser known travel attractions in Thailand or have quick visits to its bordering countries.

Immigration office protocols 
A less circuitous route would be to apply for the 30-day visa extension in the main Thai immigration office in Bangkok which has been relocated in the northern suburban part of the city on Chaengwattana Road. The other major cities in Thailand have counterpart immigrations offices where applications for visa extensions are processed. 

Prior to visiting any of these offices, you’ll need to prepare several documents. One is your passport with the Thai departure card. Also required are: a photocopy of your passport’s photograph page, a photocopy of the passport’s page containing the stamped tourist visa, and two copies of your passport-sized photos. You’ll have to pay a fee of 1,900 baht for the visa extension processing.

Be prepared to wait in line 

Application forms for the visa extensions are available at the immigration offices reception desk where you’ll be asked for your Thai address and the purpose of the extended stay. After accomplishing the application form, submit it to the receptionist who’ll check if it’s complete and assign you a number if it is.

You may have to wait for about 15 minutes before you’re number is called, depending on the number of applications received. Submit your documents and pay the visa extension fee to the window which called your assigned number, then wait again for about 15-20 minutes for your name to be called and your passport returned already with the 30-day extension.
 
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Friday, 10 October 2014

New Thai Tourist Visa Rules: What They Mean for You





Thailand has undertaken several major revisions on its visa system in recent years. One of the net effects of these changes is that Western tourists visiting Thailand are allowed shorter periods of visit but with various options to extend the stay under varying circumstances or conditions. These regulations can be confusing, especially if a visit to the country will be longer than 30 days. Here are some insights shedding more light on new Thai tourist visa rules that can help you during your stay at ShaSa Resort.



File the tourist visa application at your local Thai embassy



You’ll be given an initial 60-day tourist visa if your application is processed at Thailand’s embassy in your home country. Through one of immigration offices in Thailand, this visa can be extended for 30 days for a 90-day total. This 90-day period can still be extended if you make a visa run by traveling to the Thai border with Burma, Laos, or Cambodia, and turning right back to Thailand. You’ll have another 30-day visa extension through this exercise. Under the new Thai immigration policies, you can go on two more visa runs, in effect allowing your tourist visa to be extended up to 180 days. You’ll have to leave Thailand already after this 180 days’ total expires.



The path for a second tourist visa



Once you’ve used up the 180-day extended tourist visa, you can still prolong your stay in Thailand. You’ll need to leave the country too as in the visa run. Your destination this time would be a nearby country which has Thai embassy or consulate where you can file an application for a second tourist visa. Typically, your choices are Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Burma. Other options include Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia which is preferred by some travelers because of the friendly Thai consulate staff in Kuala Lumpur. One condition though is you’ll have to stay for a minimum of three days in the Malaysian capital.



Arriving visa-less



First-time visitors in Thailand can stay in the country even without a tourist visa. Their passports will be stamped a 30-day tourist visa upon arrival. They may only have to show to immigration officers their plane tickets for departure from Thailand. 
 
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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Thai Airlines: Options for Domestic Flights




Thanks to the deregulation of the passenger air travel industry in Thailand, the cost of flying to ShaSa Resort has become increasingly affordable. As no airline has a monopoly on any of the existing domestic routes, the competition among passenger carriers resulted in lower fares. These are typically offered during the tourist off-season at rates substantially discounted from the regular fares. Quite delightful, roundtrip airfares under $100 can be had by passengers well-informed on options on Thai domestic flights.

Those planning a trip to such destinations as Koh Samui will likely consider booking a flight with the Thai Airways, as it is the most well-know carrier in Thailand. This popularlity however equates to relatively higher fares. At the same time, there’s a pervasive feeling among Thais that this airline accords preferential treatment to foreign passengers to the disadvantage of the locals.

Book early for discounts

If these concerns are a bother, Air Asia is one of the desirable alternatives. Besides charging less, it also operates routes to most major Thai cities. Also, its international flights not only cover Asian countries, like Brunei, China, India, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore, but also the U.K. To avail of Air Asia bargain fares, an early booking would be necessary.

Some of the best deals in budget fares can also be had at Bangkok Airways. What’s good about this airline is that its operations are focused on domestic flights, operating as it is in 20 Thai cities. These local routes include Koh Samui, Sukhothai, and Trat wherein the airports were constructed by the airine itself. Flying regularly with Bangkok Airways could mean gaining benefits from its Flyer Bonus Club, a scheme by which passengers accumulate points which could later be exchanged for free flights.

Look at the small players

Smaller airlines are added options for budget airfares in Thai domestic flights. One choice, PB Air focuses only on seven local destinations and is carving a reputation as one of the friendliest carriers in Thailand.

One Two Go is another player in Thailand’s domestic airline industry, but its safety performance is suspect. It has yet to win the complete confidence of passengers following the crash of one of its flights to Phuket which was traced to pilot error and resulted in 90 fatalities.
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Friday, 3 October 2014

Choosing the Right Suitcase




Selecting a suitcase for your trip to ShaSa Resort can be very subjective. Occasional travelers may only need an inexpensive one made of light material, while those who travel a lot are likely to choose designs with sturdier features. At any rate, here are a few tips when choosing the suitcase just right for your travel needs.

Set your price range

Don’t splurge on a suitcase if you travel seldom. Spending $25 on a bag maybe enough; just replace it, if it’s no longer fit for the next trip. For those who live in a suitcase most of the year, it’s smart not to spend over $150 for their bag that will endure the wear and tear of travelling frequently. Suitcases above this price level can’t get any much better, and what you’ll be paying extra for is just the brand names of the manufacturers behind them.

Weigh the pros and cons of materials

Good protection is what you’d essentially want in the materials that a suitcase is made of. Determine which type best suits your travelling requirements. There are bags made of hard casing like plastic, but this can crack beyond repair. One alternative is cases made of polycarbonate; cracking is unlikely but its disadvantage is denting. Avoid suitcases made of these hard materials if you intend to use them as carry-on bags. These can be difficult to store in planes’ tight overhead bins. Lighter, soft nylon bags are preferable in this case for they can easily be squeezed into limited space. Common damage to these suitcases, such as broken zippers and worn-out corners, can also be repaired easily.

Examine the suitcase parts

Handles and straps are important considerations when choosing the right suitcase. Removable straps are advantageous. So are double handles in suitcases as these bag parts can take a lot of abuse when airport workers load them up on a plane’s cargo hold. Select suitcases with sturdy zippers or give preference to the latch system that secures the hard-case bags. Likewise preferable are four-wheeled suitcases which are easier to handle when boarding or deplaning. Finally, choose a case with a sleek design which enhances maneuverability and easier storage.
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Best Times to Visit Koh Samui


The best time to visit Koh Samui is during July 

The prevailing weather in Koh Samui is favorable for ShaSa Resort visitors at nearly any time of the year. In fact, its venerable climate is one of the reasons why this island resort, considered by many as a jewel in the Gulf of Thailand, has grown to be one of the top tourist attractions in Southeast Asia.

The peak tourist season in Samui starts from December up to February. During this period, a visitor can expect temperatures around the 30°C level. The calmer waters offshore the island makes for a truly enjoyable holiday vacation. In December, tourists can expect some tropical showers but these typically don’t last long and may even provide a quaint highlight during the trip.

Warmer periods

An off-season drizzle would be most welcome during a Koh Samui trip between March and June. During these months the temperature in the island is warmer and can rise up to 40C° or 100°F. Possible water shortages can be one drawback going to the island in this period.  Beachcombers and shell hunters will be delighted though that at low tides, much of the coastline is exposed and the waters are shallower than usual. Some relief from the warmer weather can be expected toward the late afternoons when thunderstorms typically occur.


Cooler weather prevails in Koh Samui from July to September. The island experiences its mini-monsoon season during this period. Visitors can expect days of heavy rains and occasional storms to keep them company at these months. Many tourists aren’t bothered at all by such weather disturbance which can, in no time at all, vanish and usher in a sunny but refreshing day.

Monsoon months

Umbrellas would be a must for those travelling to Samui in October or November. These are the rainiest months in the island, although daily downpours are a rarity. The rainy season in the island is unlike in many other places in Thailand. This season, though not prolonged, is hard to predict in Samui.

 It is reasonable to expect though that during these monsoon months, some days can be sunless and the sky heavy overcast. Caution should also be exercised when indulging in water-related activities as the seas during this period can be very rough.

Visiting Thailand: What Visas are Available?




Most foreigners on a visit to ShaSa Resort in Thailand need not have a pre-approved visa if they intend to stay for less than 30 days. This visa waiver is extended to holders of passports of a Western country or other countries which Thailand extends such a privilege. A 30-day entry stamp is issued to these visitors if they arrive by air, while a 15-day entry stamp goes to those entering Thailand at any of its border points.
These visa waivers can only be used four times to prevent potential abuse. Once a waiver lapses, the visitor need to apply at the Immigration Office for an extension or a visa which costs 1,900 baht.
Choices for tourists
Thailand issues several visas. These are generally classified as tourist and non-immigrant visas. There are two types of tourist visas—single entry and double entry. These are extended to visitors whose singular purpose is for tourism and not business or employment.
A single entry visa is good for 60 days which can be extended by 7 days up to 30 days, depending on the immigration officer. Length of stay for the double entry visa is also 60 days, but its holder can cross any of the Thai border points and promptly reenter the country for another 60-day allowed stay.
For businessmen, students, retirees
There are several types of non-immigrant visas which Thailand issues. For visitors on a business trip, the country issues the non-immigrant “B” visa. Foreigners who work in Thailand also need this visa to legitimize their local employment. Documentation from the company employers is typically among the requirements for this type of visa.
Students who wish to pursue education in Thailand will need to apply for a non-immigrant ed visa. An application for this type of visa will require proof from the school they are enrolling in. Holders of this visa are typically required to enter and reenter the country every three months, again as a safeguard against illegal residency.
Much longer stays are accorded to holders of the non-immigrant O visa which are extended to foreigners eying retirement in Thailand or to those who marry a Thai national. For the latter, one basic requirement is an original copy of the marriage certificate. The retirees, on the other hand, should be at least 50 years old and can show proof of at least 65,000 baht monthly income or an 80,000 bank balance.
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