We are now back in Bangkok getting ready to go to Cambodia. We applied online for the Cambodian visa but need to go to the Vietnamese embassy to acquire the Vietnamese visa. Hopefully we can get that tomorrow and head off to Siam Reap in Cambodia on Tuesday – Wednesday at the latest.
From Krabi we went with the bus to Ranong. Ranong is on the Burmese border and we were hoping that we could go over to Burma for a couple of days but Pon, our travel agent in Ranong, told us that there is nothing to see in Burma – at least not close to this border. There are two nice islands out of Ranong where we could have rented a bungalow on the cheap and snorkeled and sunbathed but we decide to take the night bus to Bangkok after one night in Ranong.
On offer were four categories of busses: 24 seat VIP bus, 32 seat VIP bus, 38 seat 1st class bus and 2nd class bus. 2nd class bus didn’t have any toilette but the others all had toilettes, air conditioning and a stewardess on board. The only difference was the width of the seats. the 24 seat VIP had seats like a business class airplane seats. The 1st class had just regular seats and the 32 seat VIP was somewhere between. Since it was over eight hours bus ride we decided to take the 32 seat VIP bus, which was quite nice but next we’ll probably just make do with 1st class. At least while we are not thicker then we are now :)
As I wrote before, we have been under-blinged during the first part of the trip. This has felt uncomfortable and people have been looking at us like we just landed in Thailand. Finally we have made the minimum of two bracelets each, I have two on my wrist plus one necklace and Elínborg has one on the wrist and another one on her ankle. Now we can finally blend into the seasoned farángs (foreigners) in Thailand.