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Many people choose to use the Andaman Club instead of the public sea boarder to do their visa runs in Ranong. The drive from Samui is pretty easy and the air con ferry ride to the private island is a lot more pleasant than the long tail boat ride to the main port, albeit more expensive than finding a good deal with a long tail driver at the public port.
The Samui Times went to the Andaman Club pier immigration to find out what the situation is with boarder bounces at this popular port.
For those who have arrived on holiday in Thailand and got a 30 day visa exemption on arrival, that is to say that have not previously applied for a non b or tourist visa before arrival in the Kingdom and have been granted 30 days stay when they landed by plane, a trip to the Andaman club for an 15 day extension will not be permitted. Anybody who does not have a printed or stamped visa in their passport will not be given passage to the island.
Anybody with a legitimate multiple entry visa will be permitted to travel to the island and receive the amount of days their visa allows them to have on return from the island. For example, if you are in Thailand on a 1 year multiple entry visa that requires you to cross a boarder every 90 days, once your 90 days is up you can travel to the Andaman Club and will be given 90 more days on your return at the Andaman Club Immigration office.
The new sign at the Andaman Club Pier states
2.1 For those with transit visa or exemption of visa, he/she must present evidence of adequate finance equal to 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family.
2.3 For those with a visa on arrival, he/she must present evidence of adequate finance equally to 10,000 baht per person and 20,000 baht per family.
2.4 For those on a non-immigrant visa, he/she must present evidence of adequate finance equal to 20,000 baht per person and 40,000 per family.
It is worth noting that the Samui Times correspondent who traveled to the Andaman Club was not asked for any proof of finance on return to Thailand.
The Andaman Club ferries currently run from the Ranong Thai Boarder to the Andaman Club at
14.00 ( Fri, Sat and Sunday only)
And from the Andaman Club back to Thailand at
14.30 (Fri, Sat and Sunday only)
Ferries after 17.00 are often only reserved for Andaman Club residents.
For information on doing a visa run to the Andaman Club in Ranong click here
For information about the Andaman Club click here to visit their website here