Traveling to Thailand Overland

Thailand has land connections with neighbouring Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Malaysia.

Foreign tourists can enter Thailand on Free visa-exempt stay, Visa on Arrival or tourist visa obtained at Thai embassy or consulate. For more information on Thailand visa options, see our Thailand Visa page. 

Overland crossings

Thailand has over twenty international overland border crossings making it possible to arrive overland from LaosMyanmar, Cambodia and Malaysia.

Overland border crossing

Overland border crossings from Laos

The most popular overland border crossings from Laos are Vientiane / Nong Khai (coming from Vientiane) and Huay Xai / Chiang Khong (coming from Luang Prabang). Savannakhet / Mukdahan crossing is also widely used by travellers coming from the south of Laos. All international overland border crossings suitable for all foreign passport holders (including the ones in need of Visa on Arrival) from Laos are as follows:

  • Ton Pheung / Chiang Saen (Chiengrai)
  • Huay Xai / Chiang Khong (Chiengrai)
  • Muang Ngeun / Huay Kon (Nan)
  • Nam Hueng / Tha Li (Loei)
  • Vientiane / Nong Khai (Nong Khai)
  • Paksan / Bueng Kan (Bueng Kan)
  • Tha Khaek / Nakhon Phanom (Nakhon Phanom)
  • Savannakhet / Mukdahan (Mukdahan)
  • Vang Tao / Chong Mek (Ubon Ratchathani)

There are international routes from Bangkok's Ekkamai Bus Terminal to destinations in Laos such as Vientiane and Pak Se.

Overland border crossings from Myanmar

Crossing overland from Myanmar is not that popular because traveling by land to the border can be really problematic on Myanmar side. But if you feel adventurous enough, can try using these international border crossings:

  • Tachilek / Mae Sai (Chiengrai)
  • Myawaddy / Mae Sot (Tak)
  • Htee Kee / Phu Nam Ron (Kanchanaburi)

Overland border crossings from Cambodia

The most popular overland border crossing from Cambodia is Poipet / Aranyaprathet as it’s the most convenient for the ones coming to Thailand after visiting the world famous Angkor temples. There are few other options to cross the border if you are coming from the northern or the southern part of Cambodia:

  • Anlong Veng / Chong Sa Ngam (Sisaket)
  • Poipet / Aranyaprathet (Sakaeo)
  • Phsar Prum / Ban Pakard (Chanthaburi)
  • Koh Kong / Had Lek (Trat)

There are international routes from Bangkok's Ekkamai Bus Terminal to destinations in Cambodia such as Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

Overland border crossings from Malaysia

The most popular overland border crossings from Malaysia are the Padang Besar (used for crossing on the train too) and Bukit Kayu Hitam / Sadao crossings. All international overland border crossings suitable for all foreign passport holders arriving from Malaysia are as follows:

  • Wang Kelian / Wang Prachan (Satun)
  • Padang Besar (Songkhla)
  • Bukit Kayu Hitam / Sadao (Songkhla)
  • Kota Putra / Ban Prakop (Songkhla)
  • Bukit Berapit / Betong (Yala)
  • Bukit Bunga / Ban Buketa Bridge (Narathiwat)
  • Rantau Panjang / Sungai Kolok (Narathiwat)
  • Pengkalan Kulor / Ban Ta Ba (Narathiwat)

Thailand border crossings map

 

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