I know I still have a month to go, but I’m already starting to think ahead to my next stops on this sojourn. Until this morning, I didn’t have accomodation in Singapore nor do I have transportation from Singapore to Bangkok. At the advice a of a good friend, I’m taking the train from Singapore, through Maylasia, to Bangkok with a stop in Penang, Maylasia. I’m still working on those arrangements, seems you can’t book any longer than 30 days ahead. It is about 1,000 miles but it looks like a great adventure and I’ve booked a world heritage hotel in Penang for a couple nights to make it more fun. The train from Penang to Bangkok is a sleeper train. I’m booking first class and considering buying the other first class ticket in my cabin ($43.00!) so that I can have the whole place to myself, but then again, what a way to meet someone new, right? I also got the Singapore hotel booked this morning and was out of the house by 10:00. (Steve B: you were right. The 10:00 – 14:00 outings are perfect for geezers).
Here’s the rub. I can’t get a visa into Thailand for longer than 15 days unless I arrive by air. If I arrive by land, 15 days is the limit, my plan was to stay for 6 weeks with side trips to Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia. What’s up with that?
Anyway, I went to the Thai Consolate here in Sydney today and they said no problem…spoke some gibberish, took my passport and said to come back Tuesday between 14:00 and 15:00. No charge (the website said this would be $AUS90.00 (exact “change” only) for this type of visa. He said not true, okay, which one is right (I’m hoping for the former).
So, I walked out of there, in a foreign country, without my passport. Now! That’s living on the edge, or at least “the edge” as I would define it.
Check back Tuesday. If I still don’t have a passport, I’ll try to leave you my “cell” number. The cell number at Sing Sing.