More misadventures in Bangkok

Trip Start Oct 15, 2010
Trip End Jan 11, 2011

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Back in Bangkok we made our way back to the same guesthouse we always stay at and had a nice dinner, making plans for our time in Vietnam. We were excited; we were heading to Saigon the next day!
We woke up early and I reviewed some of our information about Vietnam, how to get from the airport to our guesthouse etc. Then for some reason I turned to the visa section and was surprised to read that "The tourist visa must be issued before arrival". My heart did a little flutter of panic. I was sure all the countries we were visiting had visa on arrival arrangements with New Zealand. I quickly checked online. This confirmed that we would not be allowed entry to Vietnam without a pre-arranged visa. I couldn't believe it - how, in all my hours of research had I missed this most most basic and vital piece of information? How had I not checked? While I flailed about emotively Nathan calmly worked out a plan. I was really impressed with how he handled the whole drama, just getting on with finding out how we could deal with it (and later making a few jokes at my expense of course!) We went off to see our friendly Bangkok travel agent to see if she could help, but the quickest she could get a visa arranged was one working day and at great expense. We had to face facts: we would not be heading to Vietnam that afternoon.
I spent the day deservedly kicking myself as we made alternative plans. The agent started working on our visas while we re-booked flights. Luckily the original flights hadn't cost a lot either so we only lost a couple of hundred dollars and, more severely, a week of our time. We didn't want to spend any more time in Bangkok, where we seem to be getting stuck repeatedly and have had more than enough of the tourist district by now. Instead we bought tickets for a night train to Chiang Mai, a city in the north of Thailand.
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Christie Jones on

Oh no! such a shame to hear you weren't able to get up there, I hope you enjoy Chiang Mai ( I love it up there) and that you do get there soon! xx

Allan on

Awesome stuff - unexpected turns of events are what Thailand's all about!

sonja on

wow, crazy times! you must have been gutted but Im sure you'll like Chaing Mai. All the best have fun!

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