You will also learn about the border crossings in these countries, like where and what these land crossings are all about.
First, some general tips!
In some cases, it isn't practical to get a visa before your departure because it may expire before your even reach the particular country.
Note: When you arrive at the airport, you have to fill out an arrival card.
You'll be asked to fill out where in Thailand you're going to stay. If you haven`t made arrangements with any guesthouses, I've experienced that it's good enough to write that you will stay in "Banglamphu area" (the backpacker area in Bangkok). If you have pre-booked a room at a specific guesthouse, you can of course write it down.
Considering visa run?
Many backpackers prefer this because:
... the positive side about obtaining it in advance is that you save time at the airport and border crossings. If you already have one, you don't need to fill out boring and countless application forms and you can just pass through.
Note: Since you're going backpacking, your focus is the Tourist Visa. This means that you're visiting a country for tourism purposes. It also means that you can't work on this kind of permit.
I will guide you through the requirements for each country, costs and where you can renew it! Click on the links below.
Border crossings in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and India
Want to cross the border, but don't know where?
Pearl from the backpacking forum:
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