15 Day Visa for Thailand It appears Thailand is losing the plot, Thailand has changed the “Border Run” rules, if a person crosses a land border, and returns they only get 15 days, not the former 30 days.
When I first entered Thailand a few years ago there is existed this corrupt way of paying Travel Agents to extend the Visa. I personally feel that the corruption is returning because Thaksin is out of office.
Tourism helps all the people of Thailand, making foreigners pay for visas enriches the government coffers at the expense of the people.
When a government is not good at collecting taxes, they set up toll gates at the entrances and exits of cities and the country. Effectively forcing all goods and people to pay to enter or leave.