VISA RUN (Ranong) - THAILAND

Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
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Trip End Oct 14, 2009


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

So, we left Ko Tao last night and took a night ferry to the mainland.  This ferry had beds for everyone.  It was just like a big dorm room in a hostel.  Imagine sleeping in a double bed with your husband/wife and also with another Thai stranger.  Everyone was layed out on the ground but the mattresses were far too close together.  It was one of the roughest boat rides I have ever been on.  It took hours to fall asleep and when I did get over the shaking and bouncing of the boat, I couldn't stay asleep for long.  My next door neighbor kept putting his knees and feet on me.  Gross.  I had to shove him twice and wake him up twice.  I think he was also doing other things I don't care to mention.

Finally, when we got to the port, we got in a taxi, but more like the front of a truck with bench sitting in the back.  We told our driver to take us to the bus station, but instead he pulled over on the side of the road and flagged down a big bus that was leaving town.  Some guys got out and took our bags and threw them on the big bus.  Luckily, they were heading to the town we were - Ranong, for the visa run.  It was a really really nice bus though and super happy our taxi driver knew how to get the bus - you know, just pull over on the side of the road with your fingers crossed.

We got to Ranong and to the pier.  We took a long tailed boat across the river/bay to the country of Myanmar to get out of Thailand and to arrive again to get another 15 days in the country.  The boat ride took quite awhile and the water was the most absolute dirtiest water we have ever seen.  And it was splashing on us too.  But the ride was okay and we had it back into Thailand, but probably carrying a new disease from the water.  Once we got to the boarder, a guy and his posse guided us the 500 meters to the customs guy and even stamped our passports.  When we were done he handed Brian a Myanmar bill and said it was a present.  What?  Money as a present...in a 3rd world country???  Sure enough the guy told Brian to go buy something with it.  And then we wanted Thai money for his money (which is worth a lot more).  When we said no thanks he was a little upset.  We are sure making friends with the locals.

Ranong is a somewhat run down and we have to wait for 6 hours for our night bus to Bangkok.  We're hanging out in a restaurant.  They have a lot of cats here, lots.  They are all a little malnourished, so when one came up to me, I thought I'd give her a little crumbs from my food.  Now, I'm pretty sure I just gave her an Asama attack.  We should really wait somewhere else.  It's funny because the cats keep going up to Brian and they keep jumping up into his lap.  If you know Brian at all, you know he doesn't like cats.  They just keep going to him.

We finally got on our bus and took the 10 hour ride to Bangkok.  Oh, how I missed Bangkok...
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