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Kuala Lumpur Visa Run

Getting to Kuala Lumpur

Plane, train or automobile there are many choices on getting from Thailand to Kuala Lumpur, the quickest and easiest if you are in Bangkok is to fly from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
But as Malaysia has so many Border Crossing Points the choice can vary considerably on how you want to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Thailand Train Timetables

Northern Thailand
North Eastern Thailand
Eastern Thailand
Southern Thailand

For train travel in Malaysia you can check on the Malaysian Railway Official Web Site for departure times, arrival times, delays and also purchase E Tickets.
If you travel by train from Thailand into Malaysia your border crossing into Malaysia will be Padang Besar, they have a small duty free area and a currency exchange.

For bus/coach travel in Malaysia there are many choices, KTB is the largest and has Executive and Luxury buses, there are many other bus companies in Malaysia with varying degrees of luxury or lack of luxury, when booking some buses will have a 2 plus 2 seating arrangement, some a 2 plus 1 which will obviously give you more comfort but will cost more.

Countries that Require a Visa to Enter Malaysia

Afghanistan (Visa With Reference), Angola, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo Democratic Republic, Congo Republic, Cote D'ivoire, Djibouti, Equat. Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong (C/I or D/I), India, Liberia, Mali, Myanmar (normal passport), Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Serbia & Montenegro, Taiwan, United Nations (Laissez Passer), Western Sahara, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Other Nationalities and requirements

No visa is required for U.S.A. citizens visiting Malaysia for social, business or academic purposes (except for employment).

No visa is required for a stay of less than one month for nationals of all ASEAN countries except Myanmar. For a stay exceeding one month a visa will be required, except for nationals Brunei and Singapore.

For national of Israel, visas are required and permission must be granted from Ministry of Internal Security.

For national of Republic of Serbia and Republic of Montenegro, visas are required and permission must be granted from Ministry Of Home Affairs.

Nationals of countries other than those stated above (with the exception of Israel) are allowed to enter Malaysia without a visa for a visit not exceeding one month.

Malaysia Visa Rules

Visa is of utmost concern while traveling to any foreign country. Regarding Malaysian Visa, here are given certain facts:
  • The citizens of Canada do not need a visa for traveling to Malaysia for up to 3 months for business trips and tourism purposes.
  • Further than the date of entry into Malaysia, passports should be valid for as a minimum of six months.
  • If a national passport is not recognized by the Malaysian Government, the person must have a document instead of passport available at the nearest Malaysian Mission overseas.
  • Each visitor to Malaysia must fill in a Disembarkation Card (IMM. 26). And on arrival, it should be handed be to the Immigration Officer along with the national passport.
  • Even for traveling between Sabah and Sarawak, a passport/travel document is essential.
  • Visitor passes, issued for entry into Peninsular Malaysia, are not applicable for entry into Sarawak. New visit passes must be taken on arrival at entry-point in Sarawak.
  • Permanent residents or citizens of different countries must check the Visa requirements for Malaysia.
Malaysia Visa Requirements
Malaysian consulate and embassy, handles the task of issuing Visa to the visitors. Other entry procedures and visa requirements are given here:
  • Citizens of Bangladesh, China, Bhutan, Cuba, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, North Korea, Nepal, Myanmar, Taiwan, Vietnam and all Certificate of Identity (CI) holders must get a visa prior to entering into Malaysia.
  • Commonwealth Nationals (apart from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), British Protected Persons or Nationals of Ireland, Switzerland, Netherlands, San Marino and Liechtenstein, do not require a visa to enter Malaysia.
  • For a Social and Business not beyond three months, the nationals of Norway, Sweden, Italy, United States of America, Albania, Austria, Algeria, Belgium, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Czech Republic, Republic of Slovakia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Bahrain, Jordan, North Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Tunisia, do not need a visa.
  • For a Social and Business visit not beyond one month, the citizens of ASEAN countries do not need a visa to enter Malaysia.
  • For a Social and Business visit not more than 14 days, the nationals of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and South Yemen do not need a visa.
  • For a Social and Business visit not beyond one week, the nationals of Bulgaria, Romania and Russia do not need a visa.
  • For a Social and Business visit not beyond one month, the nationals of countries excluding those stated above (apart from Serbia Montenegro and Israel) are permissible to enter Malaysia without a visa.
  • Any visitor, planning to visit whichever part of Malaysia, requires only one visa to travel straight from one part of the country to another.
Types of Visa
The Malaysian Government issues three (3) types of visa to foreign nationals, stated below:

Single Entry Visa
It is issued to foreign citizens, who need a visa to enter Malaysia primarily for a social or business visit. As the name suggests, it is usually valid for a single entry. From the date of issue, it is valid for a period of 3 months.

Multiple Entry Visa
It is issued to foreign citizens, who need a visa to enter Malaysia primarily for business visit or government to government issues. From the date of issue, it is usually valid for a period within 3 to 12 months.

Transit Visa
It is issued to foreign citizens, who need a visa to enter Malaysia on transit to other countries. Foreign Nationals on transit, who wouldn't leave the airport precincts and continue their flight to the next destination, do not need a transit visa.

For full information on visa requirements to enter Malaysia check the Malaysian Immigration web site here.

Getting your Thai visa

Passports have to have at least 6 months validity and at least 1 spare page, these need to be submitted in the morning to be able to get them back the next afternoon at about 2.30pm, also the Thai consulate closes on both Thai and Malaysian public holidays so check your dates carefully, otherwise you could be there a few more nights than you expected, the TeakDoor Calendar has both Malaysian and Thai public holidays listed.

Malaysia is 1 hour ahead of Thai time so if you want to get back into Thailand that afternoon AirAsia have flights to Bangkok, or you can get a bus to Butterworth and continue on from there by train or coach.

Penang to Pattaya
A journey by road and train passing through Butterworth, Hat Yai, Chumphon, Bangkok, Pattaya.

Southern Thailand Train Schedules

AirAsia have 7 flights a day from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok at the following times, 7.50, 10.40, 11.45, 13.40, 16.25, 18.45, and 22.20, Thai Airways also has several flights per day from Kuala Lumpur to several destinations in Thailand, you can check if the flights are on schedule and the weather for all of Malaysia here.

Thai Tourist Visa

The Thai consulate in kuala Lumpur will require 2 passport size photos and a 100 ringgit fee per entry.

Thai Non Immigrant Visa

The rules for Non Immigrant Visas are forever changing, ie the paperwork you will need to supply etc, if you are applying for a visa so you will be able to get a work permit or renewing a visa if you have already got a work permit then this page will be of help, but make sure that you confirm with the Kuala Lumpur Thai consulate before you get there that the page is up to date, if you are after a marriage or retirement visa then this page will give you the guidelines, again check before you leave Thailand that the rules are still the same.

Non Immigrant ED 1 year visa

A letter from the Thai Ministry of Education and 2 passport size photos.
This visa will allow you to stay for 90 days and with a second letter from the MOE can extended every 90 days for the year at your local immigration office, the 90 day extensions cost 1,900baht each time and a passport photo is needed each time.

You can also do this using a letter from the school you maybe going to, ie if you was going to learn to speak Thai or learn about Thai culture you would be entitled to a ED Visa, AUA will do you this letter for free which will get you the initial visa but you will need to study with them to be able to extend your stay.

Royal Thai Embassy, 206 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone: (03) 248-8005, 8222, 8350, 8420 Fax: (03) 248-6527
email : thaikl[at]

Things to do Kuala Lumpur

Sunway Lagoon Water World
A theme water park, fun for the kids and adults.

Genting Highlands
This is where Jim Thompson of Thai silk fame was supposed to have disappeared, up in the mountains so nice and cool, has a theme park with fun fair rides and a casino.

Getting around Kuala Lumpur

Maps of Kuala Lumpur

Useful Malaysia Links

Malaysia News Feeds
Malaysia Weather Forecasts and Airport Arrival and Departure Times
Currency Converter
World Time Zones
Asia Weather Forecasts and Airport Arrival and Departure Times

Time and Date in Malaysia

Other Thai Embassies and Consulates in Malaysia

Kota Bharu

Royal Thai Consulate-General,
4426 Jalan Pengkalan Chepa,
Kota Bharu, Kelantan 15400,
Telephone: (099) 744-5266, 5934, 748-2545.Fax: (099) 744-9801


Royal Thai Consulate-General
No. 1, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 10350 Penang
Telephone: (60-4) 2268029, 2269484
Fax: (60-4) 2263121
E-mail : thaipg[at]

Members visits to Kuala Lumpur

One of our members spends 4 days in Kuala Lumpur
A trip on the Sky Bus, a stay at Legend Hotel, a stay at Replica Inn, a walk round Masjid Jamek to photo various buildings and a trip to Petronas Twin Towers at night.
More of our members visits to Malaysia can be found in our Malaysia Travel Forum.

Kuala Lumpur Guesthouses

The Haven Guesthouse

The HAVEN Guesthouse, located in the heart of Kuala Lumpurís Golden Triangle, offers more than just a roof over your head. Keeping intact its old-world charm amidst the hustle and bustle of modern Kuala Lumpur, The HAVEN is for discerning travellers who are seeking comfort and chic on a budget. Cozy, intimate and comfortable, The HAVEN offers a chance to experience the real Kuala Lumpur at its finest.

Fan Rooms from 78 ringgit per night
Dormitory from 28 Ringgit per night
No. 3, Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur

The Haven Guest house

Travellers Palm Lodge

NO 10 Jalan Rembia off of Tengkat Tong Shin
50200 Kuala Lumpur
Rooms from 50 ringgit per night
Dorm 25 ringgit per night

Travellers Palm Lodge

Anjung KL Guesthouse

4, Tengkat Tong Shin
(Off Jln Bukit Bintang),
50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel & Fax : +603-21486812
Mobile : +6012-2923908
(If you are facing Muar Restaurant, they are on your left side beside Muar Restaurant)

Rooms from 65 ringgit per night
Dorm from 30 ringgit per night

Anjung KL Guest House

Classy hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Corus Hotel

Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur,
Telephone (603) 2161 8888
Fax (603) 2161 2393
Toll-Free 1-800-88-0888
Room rates starting from 190 ringgit per night.

Corus Hotel

Dorsett Regency Hotel

172 Jalan Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Telephone (603) 2715 1000
Room rates from 220 ringgit per night.

Dorsett Regency Hotel

Hotel Equatorial Kuala

Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur 50250
Room rates from 550 ringgit per night.

Hotel Equatorial Kuala

Hotel Maya Kuala

138 Jalan Ampang
Kuala Lumpur 50450
Room rates from 700 ringgit per night

Hotel Maya Kuala

Melia Kuala Lumpur

1633 Jalan Imbi
Kuala Lumpur 55100
Tel: (03) 2785 2828 - Fax: (03) 2785 2818
Room rates from 205 ringgit per night

Melia Kuala Lumpur

Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Putra Po Box 11488
Kuala Lumpur 50746
Phone: 3 4042 5555 Fax: 3 4041 7236

Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur

Pearl International Hotel Kuala

5 Batu Jalan Kelang Lama
Kuala Lumpur 58000
Phone: 603 7983 1111 Fax: 603 7983 2211

Pearl International Hotel Kuala

Prince Hotel And Residence Kuala

4 Jalan County
Kuala Lumpur 50450

Prince Hotel And Residence

Renaissance Kuala Lumpur

103 Jalan Ampang
Kuala Lumpur 50450
MalaysiaPhone: 603 2162 2233 Fax: 603 2163 1122


Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur

168 Jalan Imbi
Kuala Lumpur 55100
MalaysiaPhone: 3 2142 8000 Fax: 3 2711 8143

Ritz Carlton

Other popular destinations for doing a visa run from Thailand