Visa run to Cambodia

An early rise for me, my first the entire holiday. Amazing how my internal clock knows when I need to get up early. I was awake 5 min before the alarm went off. I had packed my bag the night before so it was easy, get up, grab bag, head to pick up point.

The mini-bus that I was on was packed with tourists all doing a visa run to some place called Phoem Phem or something. Kak mission, I knew I had to sit in this bus all freaking day. Sigh!

When we got to the ferry I decided I needed to make a friend. I started chatting to a Danish guy called Lief, really interesting guy. He loves his diving and chasing the sun around the world. he told me all about Indonesia, I think this needs to be my next destination. Sound fantastic. Before I go to Indo I am gonna have to learn how to surf.

After the ferry crossing to mainland from Koh Chang, we were herded back into the bus for the long journey to the border. As I said, what a kak mission. Sigh!

We arrived at the border post and stamped through. What I realized after stamping through is that They cancel my 30 day visa and reissue a 14 day visa. The result is that I now only have a visa until the 6th January 2012, which worked out to be 7 days less than I had before. This wasted a whole day for me, cost me 3000 baht and basically fucked me for my holiday.

Not my finest hour, but there has to be a silver lining and I consider meeting Lief the Danish 55 year old guy that silver lining. What an interesting man, a diver and traveller with some fascinating life experiences to share with me.

Now I need to figure out what to do next, should I just pay the fine on exit for over staying my welcome and risk serious crap. Should I fly out to another country and stamp out again? What to do? A serious cock up on my part, but I consider it a life experience and will never make this mistake again.

I have chatted to various people about my options and it would seem that paying 500 Baht per day for each day past my visa might be the easiest thing for me to do. I have not got time at any stage to do another border run and buying a ticket might cost the same as buying a ticket. Decisions decisions…. Going to mull this over for the next week or so and chat to various people about my options before I make up my mind.