How to Get a Thai Passport in Bangkok

October 5, 2012

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If your partner, friend or other needs to get a Thai passport in Bangkok here’s the scoop. My girlfriend needed a renewal and I decided it was worth going along to see how the service matched up to the UK. I was impressed.

We caught a cab to Chang Wattana, which is the main place to get passports, although some people go to Central Bangna, apparently.

The journey cost 125 Baht – including toll way – and took 15 minutes from Huay Kwang (where we currently reside). We got there at around 11am, although I’d recommened going at 9am if you want to be in and out sharpish.

Go straight to up the escalator to the second floor and bypass all the translaton touts that try to talk to you regarding various other services you might be there for.

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Join this queue

Hang right at the top of the escalator and join the cue for the window. Show your ID card and take a seat. We were number 982 and the screen was showing 763. Holy crap…we’ll be here all day; let’s get a coffee.

There’s two coffee shops and a big restaurant = handy.

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Big restaurant with plenty of seating

We spent 30 minutes downstairs and went back to join the crowd.

To my surprise the screen was showing 910 already!

I whipped out my laptop and starting tinkering.

Within 20 minutes my GF had gone in to get her passport.

She was out within 15 minutes.

It cost 1000 Baht and 60 Baht to post. It will arrive within 4-6 days.

Awesome! 1 hour tops. Comfortable. Clean. Food. Coffee, and a TV of course…this is Thailand. Taxis stop and pick up right outside. Not sure what the nearest BTS/MRT is but it didn’t look nearby.

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Keith Tyler October 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I went to the imagration office for my ED-Visa. and I got a bus from Victory Monument to the front door for free and back. the red bus runs 6-7:30 am from Victory monument and runs back to Victory Monument every 30 minutes.

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TheThailandLife October 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

oh, it’s the same place, right? Thanks for the bus info. That’s useful.

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Brad April 4, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Does anyone know of an agent service that will submit the documents for passport renewal in Bangkok. My friend cannot take an entire day off to process her passport renewal application.

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TheThailandLife April 4, 2014 at 11:14 pm

For a Thai passport? If so, a Thai passport can be applied for at Chang Wattana (Laksi) and then posted to your house for a small fee. The application process takes under an hour if you get there early.

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