Traveling from Indonesia to Thailand

traveling from indonesia to thailand

Southeast Asia is on everyone’s bucket list. Paradise islands, stunning beaches, incredible food, and fascinating temples are just a few of the draws which tempt millions of travelers each year.

Thailand and Indonesia are 2 of the most popular locations in the region but there is no shared border (and therefore no Indonesia to overland crossing).

This means travelers need to enter Thailand from Indonesia either by plane or boat. The cheap option of traveling by bus, the preferred choice for many backpackers, is not available.

To avoid a longer, more expensive journey, travelers can go via another country such as Vietnam or Malaysia. This is a better option for backpackers who are spending months in the region, though holidaymakers who are short on time might not be able to benefit from this possibility

The Thailand eVOA is already available for eligible travelers which makes it easier to make the journey. It saves the hassle of going to an embassy or consulate to apply for a visa.

Flying to Thailand from Indonesia

The quickest way to get from Indonesia to Thailand is by plane . The journey takes around 4 to 5 hours and several airlines run flights including Garuda Indonesia
AirAsia, AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, Indonesia AirAsia, and Jetstar Asia Airways.

You can find flights for around 100 USD and there are numerous routes you can take. You can get direct flights from the following airports in Indonesia: Jakarta, Denpasar, Medan, Yogyakarta, and Bandung. Most of the cheapest and quickest flights go to Bangkok.

Indonesia to Thailand by Boat

Other than by plane, the only way to get to Thailand from Indonesia is by boat . It is more expensive than flying, and obviously much slower. There are no budget options, only luxury cruises. If you have a few thousand dollars to spend, there’s one cruise which starts in Jakarta and ends in Bangkok. It takes around 13 days!

If you have time, but a more reasonable budget, you can jump on a cheap ferry from Medan over to Malaysia and then make your way up to Thailand by bus. You can reach Haytai (in the south of Thailand) from Kuala Lumpur in just over 7 hours.

Apply for a Travel Visa for Thailand from Indonesia

Travelers from certain countries can visit Thailand for up to 2 weeks using the Thailand visa on arrival. Visitors need to complete the Thai eVisa application in advance of their trip, it only takes a few minutes.

Citizens from the following countries are eligible:

Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.