Illegal aliens on the run

Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 30, 2010

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

After an interesting conversation with some Swiss gentleman we discovered we had not recieved visa's when we arrived in Thailand... Stupid American girls. On the Malayasia side we recieved our exit stamps, looked at eachother and said, "Wow, that was easy!" We took the tourist photos of the Thailand sign and walked right in. Looking back we should have brought some drugs with us. And yes parents, of course we are kidding... Kind of.
After waking up on the wrong side of the bed at six am, we set out on a day trip to the neighboring island, Ko Samui, to the immigration office. There they looked at us with eyes of shock and maybe a little panic while explaining we must go back to the same crossing and recieve a stamp. If we were to get "busted for being illegal" we would be black listed and could never enter Thailand again, oh and recieve a HUGE fine... So we booked a boat back to Sungai Kolok a twelve hour trip. Our "boat" drove on the highway and looked suprisingly like a minibus, but it's Thailand so this too could be our error. The mysterious boat did it's job and dropped us off at the border right before it was to close. The Thai immigration officer took a liking to us right away so we did what every American girl is taught on television and we played dumb and smiled; there was a lot of smiling. From there they sent us to the Malaysian side to get our old stamp voided and recieve one with the "correct" date of entry which was not the 16th of July, when we actually arrived, but in fact the 22nd. They let us store our bags and we took off running the half kilometer to the Malay side. While still running we were informed by a man with few teeth on a scooter, that you put off the wrong message when you run across the border... With Mexico so close to us we should have known that, but we were illegal aliens. The Malayisan side was very nice and told us not to do this again, voided our old and gave us a new stamp and then sent us on our way. Back at the Thai side, which we got to by walking, our officer was waiting to help us. In the end everything worked out with no fines and the officer gave Chris an invitation to share a hotel room, which, when she eventually realized what he was proposing, while still smiling and nodding, she politely declined. Just because we make silly mistakes and play dumb Americans doesn't make us easy! Now we are headed back to our island oasis, only another thirteen hours of travel:) That is one mistake we will not make again.
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Cool story. Im happy for you girls that you could worke that out without landing in the same hotelroom as the officer. ;-) wish you all the best for your furtherr travels. Flying home today. Sniff. Take care R.

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