Border Bollix

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
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Trip End Mar 15, 2007


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Monday, August 7, 2006

I'm sure those monks are just ringing that ruddy bell at 5am just to torment me, and from the sounds of it, every dog in the neighborhood.

Over cramped bus as usual back to Payakk with being wedged between a monk and a mother with a kid on her lap right at the back of the bus with the single fan for the whole of the rear just falling agonizingly short.

Trundling into Payakk around 1pm, later than I'd planned, it was straight to the Cambodian border with Watapan and Ben for my final visa run (drive) while staying here.

Dozing off along the way I was woken by the car stopping at the side of the road as I peered sleepily out of the window to see a huge elephant with its baby coming stopping towards us beside the road There are quite a elephants in this neck of the woods which on this drive alone saw a fair few with some standing around in the fields as you would expect to see some sheep or cows back home.

We arrived at the Kap Choeng - Chom Som border south of Surin in the late afternoon with me again only just woken up (eyeing all monks with suspicion from now on) as I realized I had no passport photo for the Cambodian Visa but was told my a Thai official it was not needed as I crossed over still half asleep into Cambodia for a minute. Literally.

While filling out the departure bumf for Cambodia the border official asked for a 500 Baht exit fee which I refused to pay citing no such fee was required at the Poipet border. Backing down slightly to 200 Baht I took a gamble with continuing to refuse to pay someone who was still holding my passport and he eventually said he would waiver the fee when I asked for a receipt.

Feeling victorious I marched towards the Thai entry gate when I noticed the chump had not actually given me my exit stamp so had to go back again to continue arguing over a new fee for exiting the country after less than 24hours in it. Tired and irritable by this point I agreed to pay 100 Baht just to get out of there with Pen and Ben (sounds like a couple of kid's TV characters) staring at me from the Thai side wondering what the heck was going on.

We stopped at Buriram on the way back at an all you can eat restaurant which giving the look of some of the things laid out would have been better name what can you eat.
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