Every foreigner without Thai visa has to do visa-run every 30 days.
One can buy a tour from numerous travel agencies in Ao Nang and it costs 900 bath in low season and 750 in high season (I know it’s weird that in high season price is cheaper but they told it’s because there are too few people in low season and they drive buses half-empty).
And it’s also possible to drive to Malaysian border by yourself.
Route is something like this: to bus station in Krabi town by bike or tuk-tuk (60 bath); then bus Krabi – Hat Yai; then minivan Hat Yai – Sadao/Padang Besar. And back =)
Bus Krabi – Hat Yai costs us 240 bath per person (we bought tickets at bus station a day before).
The bus left at 7 am instead of promised 6 am and then drove around town to pick up passengers for another hour. So, we lest Krabi around 8 am.
There are buses every hour from 6 am to 1 pm.
We arrived to Hat Yai at 1 pm.
It’s important to leave the bus at the main bus station in Hat Yai. Many drivers try to drop you near touristic agencies which change 3 times more to deliver you to the border that the regular ticket at bus station.
Ticket at the bus station costs 50+ bath.
There are 2 ticket offices which sell tickets to the border. In both cases buses leave every 20 minutes. So,
— tickets to Padang Besar are sold in ticket office #24. Price is 50 bath. It takes 1 hour to reach the border. There were almost none at the check point. It took us 20 minutes to walk there and back. When we were back in Thai, we found that it’s hard to catch a bus back to Hat Yai from there. There is a bus station but minivans don’t stop there. Only regular buses which are cheaper (44 bath) and even as fast as minivans. But they do not pass that often. To find minivan – you should walk to the bridge you see in front of you. The station is somewhere over there.
— tickets to Padang Besar and Sadao are sold in ticket office #26. The seller speaks very poor English, but still… Ticket to Sadao costs 57 bath and it takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to get there.
But then the border is more alive and busy than in Padang Besar. It took us 30 minutes to get a new Thai stamp.
Transportation back to Hat Yai is better in Sadao. Minivans are on the left side near 7-11 and leave when full. The last bus is at 8 pm (from Padang Besar at 5 pm as I know). Price is the same, 57 bath.
In case you are late, it’s better to go to Sadao as there it’s easy to find hotel for a night and food from Thai to McDonalds. There are nothing like this near check point in Padang Besar.
When we looked for a bus from Hat Yai to Krabi, first suggestions were 280 bath per person for a bus going straight to Krabi. That’s too much as our tickets to Hat Yai were cheaper. And then we figured out that almost all buses to Phuket pass Krabi. Big comfortable buses with AC. Price was just 178 bath to Krabi by such bus.
We took one at 17.40 but it was not the last one.
And we were back to Krabi bus station at 11 pm. Well done =)
So, in total the cost of visa-run from Krabi to Malaysia by bike and buses is around 515 bath per person depending on check point you choose.
If you haven’t got any accommodation for your next trip booked yet, try it here: Airbnb.
You will get $25 discount for your first booking
and would be able to stay in a nice room or apartment rented from locals and not just in a dorm!