Visiting the Thailand Consulate or Embassy in Malaysia

The Thailand Consulate in Penang (and embassy in Kuala Lumpur) will charge you about 110 Malaysian Ringgit ($33 US / 1100 Thai Baht) for your 60 day Thailand travel visa. You cannot get a double entry visa from either Penang or Kuala Lumpur or Kota Bharu (a north-eastern city, close to Thailand).

If you're anywhere in the south of Thailand, Malaysia is a great option to get the Thai visa from. Most Western countries can visit free for 90 days. Just turn up (usually by bus or train) at the border (or airport) with your passport and you're in.

Chulia Street, Georgetown, with its cheap guesthouses

If you're in Bangkok, a comfortable, daily overnight sleeper train costing about 1100 baht leaves central Hualumpong Train Station (see near the number 4 on the river shown on my map of Bangkok), leaving at 2:45pm and arriving in Butterworth, Malaysia (where you can easily catch a 15 minute ferry to Penang) at 11:55am the next day. Book 2 or 3 days early because the train can get full.

If you're anywhere in the south, try to make your way to the town of Hat Yai where there are frequent minibuses for about 300 baht to Penang (4 hours), or you can catch 2 trains, one at 6:27am, the other at 2:50pm from Hat Yai, each taking about 6 hours. See my Hat Yai transport page for more info. Or of course fly from Bangkok to Penang (or Kuala Lumpur). is a cheap airline, especially if you book some time in advance. The Thai Embassy address in Kuala Lumpur is:

Royal Thai Embassy,
206 Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel. +60 (0)3 2145-8804 (visit between 9:30am and 1pm)

On the laid back island of Penang (connected to the mainland by one of the longest bridges in the world), the consulate's address is:

Royal Thai Consulate-General
No. 1, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman,
10350 Penang
Tel: +60 (0)4 2269484

Fishing with Penang's luxury hotels in the background over the sea

In the island's capital, Georgetown, many guesthouses and travel agents provide a visa service (where they get the visa for you) for between 20 and 30 Malaysian Ringgit ($6/$9 US). You just hand them your passport, a completed application form (which the hotel/travel agent will give you - see the thailand travel visa page for more information on this) and 2 photos. If you give your passport in the morning before about 9am, you should get your passport with Thai Visa included back the same day, at about 4pm. When people factor in waiting 4 times for the infrequent buses to and from the immigration office (or 4 times in a taxi), as well as the 2 waits at the immigration office, most decide to simplify things and have it done for them (including DIY me!) Most stay in the UNESCO World Heritage capital town on the island, Georgetown, with its cosmopolitan feel.

If you do want to go by yourself, the consulate is about 5 kilometers from central Georgetown. You must go in the morning to hand your passport in, between 9am and about 11:30am. Then you can pick it up the same day between 3:30pm and 4pm. A bicycle would be a nice way to do it - perhaps you could include a visit to the beautiful botanical gardens nearby. To see how to get there see this map. Notice in the bottom right hand corner is Lebuh Chulia (Chulia Street) - to get your bearings, use this Georgetown map to help you.

It's a great island and some of the best food (and value food) in maybe! There's a large Chinese and Indian population here - probably the 2 most famous countries for food......and it shows...restaurants are everywhere. For a guide to Penang and Georgetown, visit this page. To see details (including photos) of 53 hotels and guesthouses in Georgetown, head to this page. For a Penang map, click here.

Colorful trishaws waiting for custom

The lights of laid-back Little India in Georgetown, with its many restaurants

Family in Little India, Georgetown

Small park and promenade close to Georgetown's center

A large mosque in central Georgetown

Return from Thailand Consulate to Thailand Embassy

Return from Thailand Consulate to Thailand Travel Visa


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