As previously mentioned, one of my main reasons for flying out of Sofia rather than Belgrade was to secure a visa for Thailand.
American passport holders are automatically given 30 days on arrival, but if you preapply, you can get 60 instead. Pay a bit more and you can turn this into a triple-entry visa, in effect giving you a full 180 days (provided you stay until each last possible day).
And while this is obviously preferable to having to leave every month, it is still a bit of a hassle. I like to play things by ear; to come and go when the mood happens to strike, not to have to stay exactly 60 days lest I forfeit the rest.
The solution? A 12-month multiple entry business visa. Yep, I got one! Don’t as me how, because I’m not going to tell you (it’d take too long to explain :P).
What I will tell you is that it feels great to know that I’ll have so much leeway. Now I’ll be free to i.e. pop over for Halloween after Vietnam, stay a month or two, then roam around Cambodia, come back for a week, maybe catch a flight to Burma, etc. Basically, to come and go as I please…for up to a YEAR!
Boy am I glad I decided to fly via Sofia 😀