Visa Run

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Dodgy hot spring

So, after four weeks in Thailand we had to do a visa run.


We booked on to a one day tour of the Golden Triangle/ Mae Sai border rather than just doing a visa run as we hadnt really seen much as we've been so focused on the dogs and thought it would be a good way to see a bit. WRONG!! Our guide spoke VERY poor English (they really should hire the school kids as they always know the best English) and seemed almost afriad to talk for this reason so didnt really give much detail about the places we stopped, just rattled a brief description then told us to go look about.

Random temple
Our first stop was the 'Hot springs'. It was just a parking lot with a motorised fountain and a couple of square tubs full of hot water. You could buy quails eggs or chickens eggs from vendors and boil them in the tubs of water, we were put off from this as tourists were also encouraged to soak their bare feet in the same tubs, cheese eggs anyone?! We stopped at the Golden Triangle for fifteen minutes, this is where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet, seperated by the Mekong river of course. It was interesting to see, but was VERY hot so we got back into air conditioned coolness before too long. Lunch was a very poor buffet at a resturant, there was a very small veggie selection and it tasted like it had been sitting out for a day or two. I decided to fill myself up on fruit but the pineapple looked so anaemic it was almost transparent and the bananas were barely two inches long and tasted slightly odd.
Golden Triangle


We eventually reached the Mae Sai border and trooped, along with a couple of others, into the immigration building to be stamped out of Thailand. We then walked over a 'no mans land' bridge to reach the Burmese border control. We had to pay 500B, hand our passports over, get our picture taken, and were issued a temperary visa for the length of our stay (roughly twenty minutes). We then walked through to Burma! As soon as were walked through we were besiged by tuk tuk drivers offering to take us to all the sights, not quite understanding the 'we go back in 20 mins' part of no. One guy even followed us for 10 mins before giving up. We just wandered around the market, though this in itself was a task and a half as every three steps we were waylaid with people trying to sell us cigarettes, lighters, playings cards (Sadam Hussain amongst others) and a host of other tihings. We were very glad to cross back into Thailand where we were left alone. On the way back we stopped at a new temple, still in the process of being built. It has already cost 50B Million and will take some time before it is finished. It is pure white, with small mirrored glass pieces inlaid to make the whole thing reflect the sun and make it shine. It was impressive but also very odd. We didnt get back to our guest house until 8pm, it was a very long day and one we were glad we wouldnt have to repeat.

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Dodgy hot spring
Dodgy hot spring
Random temple
Random temple
Golden Triangle
Golden Triangle
Burma border
Burma border
White temple
White temple
Mae Sai
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