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Trip Start May 18, 2003
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Friday, September 12, 2003

Having spent a fairly comfortable six hours on an overnight bus from Sukhothai (199B for a government aircon bus) where I was able to get into my sleeping bag and lay across four seats, I am now back in the capitol. My ten day visa extension expires tomorrow so as much as I'd like to stay in Thailand a few more days (to do some more diving in Koh Toa) I have to make arrangements to leave tonight. You are not allowed to renew a ten day visa so the only way I could stay here would be to leave the country and re-enter.

The plan is to leave tonight to go straight to KL, either by bus or preferably train. Having checked at one travel agent both upper and lower berths on the sleeper train (which only seems to be going as far as Butterworth) are full. I think a personal visit to the train station is my only hope of getting a ticket that will get me over the border before midnight tomorrow. The bus alternative offered by the travel agent involves three different buses (one of which is a minivan) and is a last resort.

There are still places I'd like to visit in Bangkok but I think I will be spending the day trying to organise my exit from the country.

UPDATE: The first available train berths and seats are not until Sunday, so I have had to resort to buying a combination bus ticket (870B). I leave Bangkok tonight on an overnight coach for Surat Thani (11 hours). Then a minivan will take me to Had Yai (7 hours) followed by another coach all the way to Kuala Lumpur (6 hours). Those are the journey times that I have been quoted by the travel agent, but I think they are a little on the optimistic side. The first coach is already two hours late!
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