INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT OTHER EMBASSIES IN THAILAND CAN DO TO HELP TRAVELERS
It is good for travelers to be aware that, in addition to their own embassy, other foreign embassies in Thailand may be able to help with certain issues. For instance, visitors who want to travel from Thailand to another country can get information about what is needed to cross the border into that country. Applying in a third country for a visa can be tricky, so the consulate of the country you want to enter is the place to get the best information. While the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, for instance, will accept visa applications from people who are physically in Thailand, they recommend that people apply in their own country. This is because the process for accepting the application may take a long time.
Each country has different rules for
visas, and the country's embassy is the point of contact for accurate
and up-to-date regulations. For instance, some countries will not allow
you to enter their country if you have been there in the previous three,
six, or twelve months. This will be valuable information when planning a
backpacking excursion. Trekkers can plan their entry and exit from the
country based on this information, and the embassies can help make sure
this all happens smoothly.
Backpacking from Thailand
While backpackers and trekkers are known for being spontaneous, in fact most plan their routes ahead. The vast majority of travelers to Southeast Asia begin in Bangkok. Situated in the middle of Thailand, the next stop will be north or south. Experienced backpackers suggest planning the round trip rather than from one destination to another. Commonly, backpackers combine trips to Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. These can be volatile areas, and having the best information as you plan your trip is important. Even if you have planned the most logical route, events can change your plans.
Conflicts and Natural Disasters Can Happen
reasons to look to foreign embassies for help are when conflicts or
natural disasters arise in a country you plan to visit after leaving
Thailand. The embassy of the country in question can give you
accurate information about the situation and let you know which parts
of the country would be best to visit. There is a real advantage to
being able to visit the actual embassy and speak with consular
personnel who have a direct line to the country--especially in
emergency situations such as these.