Clueless on how to do it? Me too, not until I get there.

As a newbie in Thailand I don’t have idea how things works here plus communication is a big challenge because people can barely speak English. No one to ask other than my co-farangs.

Same with other foreign teachers I needed to process my Non-B working visa good for 3 months prior to getting my work permit. To be honest I had a hard time finding ways on how to do it and what do so I decided to make a blog hoping at least some may come across and would benefit from it.

This is the easiest way to get your visa done in penang if you are coming from south towns like Surat, kho samui, chumpon, phucket and Krabi.

Mode of transportation

If you want the quick and easy one, you can take the airasia flight from bangkok going to penang ( no direct flight from surat to Penang ), a bit expensive like around 4000- 8000baht round trip and will take around 2 hrs. If you want the less expensive one you can take Van or Train. Both cost around 700-800baht.

I took the long but inexpensive route, van. 9 hours travel and from the Van terminal they drop me off to hatyai and transferred to one more van Hatyai – Penang, it costs around 750Baht one way. We passed through Thai and Malaysian Immigration for exit and entry visa on the boarder.

Where to stay

In Penang the van dropped us to georgetown where most of Farangs go. Don’t worry people speaks English and you will be surrounded with many backpackers. I like Georgetown, everything is here. 711, Beach, historical places, street arts, street foods and pubs. A lot of hostels, hotels and guest houses you can choose from just walk around and you will find places costs range around 40-80 ringgit with aircon, upto you since price varies on room type and amenities.

I stayed at Malabar Inn, a block away from Jim’s cafe where I planned to have my visa done. I originally wanted to stay at Jim’s place since most people recommend this place however I arrived here around 11pm and they are fully booked, the receptionist was kind enough to suggest Malabar Inn.

How to process my visa

In Penang there are a lot of agencies who can process your Visa for you while you tour around the area and just wait for the Visa. They get your documents and you pay them at 700BAHT plus 3000BAHT for the Non B visa. Two well known agencies here are Banana and Jim’s, I picked Jim’s and never had a problem. He took my documents 9am and asked me to come back next day 2:30PM to pick up my passport with the stamp of my Non B. Easy peasy.

If you want to do it on your own you need to be in Thai Immigration before 9AM and taxi will probably cost same thing because you need to get back next day 2:30PM to pick up your visa.

The agencies will also help you book your van going back to Thailand or wherever you are bound to after getting your visa. Just ask them since they are really helpful.

Places to see

Below are some of the places I went to. Tips though, be ready to walk around georgetown area and bring your walking shoes. Download UBER because you will be needing it, cheaper than getting taxi.

Malabar Inn
Malibu Cafe
Time tunnel
3D art museums
Batu frenghi
Pinang hill
Botanic Garden
Georgetown Bars and pubs
Sri Ananda Bahwan restaurant
China town & chinese foods
Penang little india and Indian food
Steet foods of Georgetown
Queen victoria memorial clock tower
St George Church
Love lane

I will definitely write another blog with the more detailed form of this places I visited but I hope the list will somehow help you have an idea which to visit.

I spent 5days here and it was awesome.

Hope your Visa run will be as smooth as mine. Goodluck!

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