So it was that time of the month and we had to leave the country to get stamped back in for another month. We had a couple choices when doing this… We could have
1.Flown out to some other country and then when we flew back in you would be granted another 30 days in Thailand
2. Take a bus to Ranong in Myanmar and get on a boat across the river to get stamped into Malaysia and then take the boat right back and get stamped back into Thailand (it is a full day trip)
3. Go to the Embassy and get a 7 day extension.
We chose number 2 because Songkran was that weekend and we wanted to be here for The World’s Largest Water Fight. I asked Blake to check our passports and make sure of what day we needed to be out of the country. He told me we needed to be out on the 12th so we decided to go on the 11th (which was Blake’s birthday) just to be safe.
I scheduled the trip and our pick up time was 6AM at the local bank right in town. I tried to get to bed as early as possible that night so that i would be rested for the long day.
I woke up about 5AM and went to make Blake some Happy Birthday Protein Pancakes and get some snacks together for the day. Before I knew it it was pushing 6AM and we were needing to get out the door and get to the bank. I pulled the motorbike around and managed to drop my phone and shatter it! What a great start to the day! lol
We pulled up to the bank right at 6AM and hopped on the mini bus. It did not seem too bad. The seats were comfy and the AC was pumping. I had brought along a travel pillow and blanket so I could snooze on the way. The trip was 5 hours to Ranong, then you have to get stamped in and out of both countries so depending on lines it takes 1.5-2.5 hours then you stop for lunch and back on the road for the 5 hour trip home.
The ride to Ranong was awesome. I slept the entire way! I got off the bus and we waited in line to get stamped out of Thailand. As we were standing in line, I opened up my passport and realized that we actually needed to be out of the country on the 10th. Since it was a 30 day visa and we arrived on the 12th of March, 30 days ends on April 10th!
The Thai Border
I knew we were going to get hassled and have to pay a fine which happened but it was not as bad as I thought. It was 500 Baht per person per day ($15) so thank goodness we did not overstay too long. After we paid our fine and got our stamp, we had to hop on this little ferry. The ferry took us over to the border check in Myanmar. The boat ride was a nice breezy 30 minutes each way. Getting stamped in and out of Myanmar was a breeze as well (it took about 20 minutes).
Here is my only pic of being in Myanmar. haha We were only there for like 20 minutes. It looks pretty though :)
Once we got back over to Thailand we had to wait in the same line again to get stamped back in before we got back on the bus. This whole back and forth stuff seems crazy to me! Why can you not just pay to stay longer?!?! ARghhh hahha! As soon as everyone was back on the bus, we drove a few miles to the lunch spot. It was not terrible but was not good either. Thank goodness we had some snacks for the day (several granola bars, 2 apples, 2 bananas, peanut butter, chocolate milk) and they held us over.
The ride back was not as easy as the ride there. I slept for the first 2 hours or so but then could not go back to bed. We stopped a few times for bathroom brakes and finally when we got back into Phuket I was so happy! Then I realized how bad traffic was! We got back to Phuket around 5:30 and we did not get dropped off until 8:15 ! It was pure hell!! By the time we both got off the bus jour butts were asleep and we were so tired from doing nothing all day.
We got home made a feast for dinner and crashed out! It was a long day but I would have to say it was a lot better than I expected. The only bad part was the last few hours of the ride home.