Ok so if I bought a a one way ticket on the Internet to say Thailand from Australia and I have reconstructed some of my old e- tickets with current dates and destination, would I be checked at the ticket counter for a visa stamp.
Good, you adapted some old e-tickets to have a departing flight, NOT from the same airlines you are flying to Thailand with.
This is the USA information, there is probably the same information for Australians.
If you are a U.S. citizen tourist staying in Thailand for fewer than 30 days, you do not require a visa to enter the country, but your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your entry into Thailand. Thai Immigration officials may ask for your onward/return ticket, and airlines may ask for this information when you book or check in."
Australian tourists travelling to Thailand through one of the international airports on an Australian passport may currently enter Thailand for up to 30 days without obtaining a visa in advance. This is referred to as a “visa exemption”. Australian tourists travelling overland into Thailand through a border crossing may enter Thailand for up to 15 days without obtaining a visa in advance. A visa is required for longer stays or for travellers intending to work or to travel for purposes other than tourism in Thailand.
Thai authorities require all travellers to have at least six months’ validity remaining on their passports. You may be refused entry to Thailand, or may not be permitted to board your Thailand-bound flight, if your passport has less than six months’ validity.
The Australian Embassy cannot help you to get entry permits or visas, visa extensions or work permits for Thailand or other countries. Make sure you obtain visas, entry permits and extensions of stay from Thai immigration authorities or a Thai Embassy or Consulate.
Thailand is an easy one, figured you had 30 days, but you need to have a travel agent, or pay for consulting with me or Jeroen.
What I'm trying to do is get a one way flight ticket to Thailand on a tourist visa which would lower my cost
Then stay in Thailand for as long as I possibly can by renewing my visa by either border runs or converting yo a one year visa.