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Escape to Burma

Thai labour to Burma ^^


Getting VISA -- arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh

I can't stand Bangkok heat wave anymore. Gotta find somewhere to go .. or else the savings (which is not mine) will go rotted!! hehe ^^

Air Asia is supposed to offer the lowest deal at this hour. last Friday we checked the price and the fare is quite acceptable. (5,000 bht - round trip BKK-Rangoong) We'll catch early flight (7 am) this coming Friday.

Now comes the visa issue. Burma has no visa on arrival. Despite being a Thai, you still need to apply for visa. The guide book said you can either go to the embassy yourself (on north Sathon rd.) or spend lil more money at visa service available at Kaosarn road. The process should take 2-3 days.

AS we decided to buy ticket 5 days before the flight. That doesnt leave us much time for application. But from the guide book, there should be no prob. So we headed to Kaosarn road with passport, 2 photos, and money.

Life is not easy on us this time. Finding a travel agent who's willing to service you with 100% confidence seems as easy as finding a drop of water in the desert! Monday and Tuesday turn out to be holiday (damn, normally i love holidays!) So we have only Wednesday and Thursday left for the application process.

Worst of all, there seems to be double standard for Thai and Farang (western) applicants. Many travel agents insist that Burmese embassy takes longer time to process western applicants, especially american!! So 2 days time is very risky. Many said we've got slim chance to get it before Friday.

After almost hour of searching, at the last agent, we paid 2,200 baht each for the service!! (others offer 1,400 -1,800 for a 2-day-service) But at that time, we were hopeless and exhausted. Plus, the owner showed such confidence that we feel (lil bit) better. Still, he guaranteed that as a Thai, i'll get visa on Thursday for sure. But he can't 100% guarantee the american's application!

In worst case, we'll find out on Wednesday if we both get the visa. Then we'll see how we'll proceed from there!!

woooh...BIG finger crossed! (*^__^*)

P.S. : our travel agent's name is "Pawana" ..that means "Pray" in Thai..how ironic!!

So guys...help us pray...will come update the result again this coming Wednesday...which is..tomorrow! arhhhhhhh

Good day ka ^^

Posted by kicapu 03:46 Archived in Myanmar Tagged backpacking

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