Having made it across the Laos/Thai border pretty easily we were dropped off in the evening in the random town of Udon thani in the North East of Thailand. We were greeted by lashing rain and tuk tuked it to the second bus station further outside the city> Once we arrived we received the devastating news that there were no more buses left that night going to Chang Mai in the North West of the country. That meant we would have to wait an extra 24 hours in the town, of which we knew feck all about. But it turned out grand! We went back to the city centre and found a fairly cheap hotel for the night, which happened to be situated right beside a huge shopping centre. Like staying in the Shelbourne hotel opposite the Stephen’s Green shopping centre back home! Fast food was the consumption of choice for the Boys in Green and we visited the local night market after before having an early night.
We arrived in to Bangkok at 5am fairly tired after we got very little sleep on our bus which resembled a karaoke bar. So we got our bags and walked to the hotel, checked in and got a few hours shut eye before heading to the Myanmar embassy at 9am. After much bartering with taxi drivers we eventually made it to the embassy only to find out that it was closed for some bank holiday. Body blow. We checked online afterwards and it turns out they have 22 bank holidays a year! Ah here! That left us with only one more day to get the visa, so all our hopes were pinned on Tuesday. So we headed back to the hotel just as the heavens opened, so not much was achieved. In the evening we went for some dinner with some Israeli friends and then out for some beers and dancing. We were all tucked up pretty early as we couldn’t risk not making the embassy early the following day
That said we still had heavy heads when we arose at 8am, got some breakfast and grabbed a taxi to the embassy. And it turned out to be one of those days. The queue was miles long and the visa system seriously outdated. Eventually we got our application in and were told to come back a few hours later, which we did after some lunch and finally we had the visa in hand. We headed back to the ranch to pack our small bags with clothes and then leave our backpacks at a travel agent for the length of our stay in Myanmar. For dinner we found a cheap but decent Indian restaurant and headed to bed for an early one as we were up at 4am to catch the flight. After a quick sleep, we grabbed a taxi and arrived at the airport with loads of time to spare. Some breakfast in the bellies and we were off to Myanmar.
We managed to make it up the following morning for the taxi to the airport. All checked in we said goodbye to Thailand with some local food. A lovely Burger King.
See ya in Hong Kong,