Kingston’s Journal: A Change of Pace

A bit of novelty species things up.

Last night and today was time for me to do my first visa run that has been tried and true by others. The journey itself is fairly inexpensive, about $20 each way from Bangkok to the border town of Nong Khai before hopping the border and getting into the capital city of Vientiane, Laos which costs only a couple bucks. 
Of course part of the reason why it is so inexpensive is due to the fact that I’m doing a lot of walking and I’m DIYing the process which puts more work on my end. It also leaves room for a lot more confusion and screwups. For instance, I walked across the friendship bridge not knowing that I had to get stamped out on the Thai side before going to Laos. Unsurprisingly, I was the only one walking the bridge with signs in Thai marking the sidewalk as closed.

In addition, the Royal Thai Embassy and the Royal Thai Consulate are 2 separate buildings. This added to the stress of getting off a 10 hour bus, misinterpreting the border crossing procedure and arriving in a new country without an internet connection. 

I was able to get everything submitted in time though, now it’s time to wait until Monday where hopefully I can get the work visa. I fell asleep on a bench afterwards and didn’t do much the rest of the day. I’ll save the exploring for tomorrow.

Kingston S. Lim

July 19, 2019

Vientiane, Laos

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