Tourist visas for tourists, but what kind of visas are available if you want to stay in Thailand for a long period of time because you’ve fallen in love in a girl from an Asian matchmaking or Asian dating website? Unfortunately it’s not so easy, but there are some options.
There’s a lot of information about tourist visas in the internet. You can get 15 day visa on the border (in some cases for 30 days) or simply get 3 months visa in the Thai consulate. Refer to the info on official Thai website because the rules change often. Many websites give out-of date data.
If you marry a Thai woman or invest 100 thousand dollars then you won’t have difficulties to receive a visa. But what to do if these are not your cases? You can work officially in Thailand and yet be obliged to leave the country every 3 months to ask for the new 3 months visa. The first travel to Malaysia, Cambodia or Singapore can be interesting but later it starts to be a real breakneck. Thousands of people go every week to one of those countries, what is known as visa run. It makes no any sense apart of paying more money for Thai officials. Their bureaucracy is extreme. The first possibility is to open your own business. If you don’t know Thai language or don’t have Thai friends it can be a real problem. You’ll have to pay for a lawyer, 1 to 3 thousand dollars usually, depending on what kind of business and where. It is possible, many people do it. You can receive also a one year visa if you decide to learn Thai language in a school or on a university. There are a lot of offers in Bangkok, Phuket or Pattaya. However later you’ll have to go to school at least 3 times in a week and pay for the school during one year. There are also some less popular possibilities like retirement visas, visas for sportsmen, scientists, journalists, and so called religion visas. If you wish to stay a year in a Buddhist monastery for instance you could ask the abbot to write a letter and on this basis receive a visa. But if you like Thai women too much, will you stand a year in a monastery? That’s the true Buddhist question.