When I arrived here on 22 November I know this day would come around quickly enough and with my Tourist Visa good until next Sunday I reluctantly made my way to Soi 5 Jomtien this morning to get my 30 day extension. I had my phone and iPad fully charged for what I told myself would be at worst a 3 hour wait and if in luck maybe an hour and a half. So I was well prepared to kill time.
When I arrived at 13:17 ( I checked my watch as I took my place) there was a queue stretching about 3 metres back from the main door. It moved fairly rapidly and I was at the counter where they give you a ticket in about 10 mins. The girl checked my documents, told me I needed a second photocopy of my receipt from immigration (my apartment got it when they registered me online on the immigration database) and gave me ticket 198.
Grand, plenty of time to get the copy done next door and come back I thought. There were a few people ahead of me and overall it took about 3 mins to get the copy done. As I reentered the immigration building all set for my long wait I was quite surprised to hear number 198 being called to desk 1. Really I thought, and sat down at desk 1 a bit flustered as it was all a bit of a rush. The lady checked my copies, gave me the second set back (not sure why they wanted them done in the first place now) and said please wait 10 minutes.
7 minutes later her colleague called my number and handed me back my passport, all done and dusted and roll on the rest of my trip. I left the building at 13:37 the battery on my phone showing 100% charged and the iPad untouched in my bag.
So can’t fault the place on today’s experience.