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Thai Visa Requirements to Play with Fire on Ko Phi Phi Island

by admin | September 23rd, 2010

Travelers to Thailand tend to either love or hate Ko Phi Phi Island, the idyllic setting of the movie version of “The Beach.” If you fantasize about unspoiled, quiet tropical islands, you’ll more than likely be disappointed. However, if what you’re looking for is an all-night beach party, Ko Phi Phi will probably knock your socks off.

One thing that makes the beach parties at Ko Phi Phi so interesting is the large numbers of people playing with fire. Thai locals perform stunts like poi (dancing/gymnastics with fire) and jump rope with flaming jump ropes, often inviting tourists to join in.

Over at Nomadic Matt’s blog, Sean Ogle recommends a sobriety check before indulging your inner pyromaniac. Thai beach parties are almost always fueled by innocent-looking children’s beach buckets filled with a not-so-innocent concoction of Red Bull, soda and booze, and Ko Phi Phi is no exception. Ogle explains the dangers of this flammable combination:

The combination of buckets and the fire antics that take place at beach bars such as Ibiza and Apache put inebriated travelers in a position to have the best nights they’ll never remember, yet leave them with scars that will never let them forget the nights they spent on Ko Phi Phi.

Yikes! So remember, kids: fire jumping first, buckets of booze second.

Also, remember to make sure you know what travel documents you’ll need before you go. Americans entering Thailand don’t need a visa for stays of less than 30 days. However, if you’re taking a few months off to travel in Thailand and surrounding countries, you might want to stay longer than that.

In that case you can apply for a 60-day Thailand visa before you leave. To submit your application, you’ll need the following documents:

  • Your US passport
  • A completed Thai visa application
  • 2 passport photos
  • A copy of your round-trip ticket
  • A copy of a bank statement showing a balance of $500 per person or $1000 per family.
  • RushMyTravelVisa can help expedite your Thai visa, as well as any other visas you might need for your journey. We’ll review your itinerary and let you know what visas you need, help you with the applications, and expedite your visa paperwork for the fastest possible processing.
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