So today it was visa run time again! Well, my ninety days wasn't up until Monday, but I decide to get it over with a few days early. I arrived yesterday in this town on the Burmese border, called Mae Sot. I came from Lampang where I was visiting some American friends. I didn't depart there until 1pm, however, so I arrived in Mae Sot at 5pm. I headed straight to the border. When I got there at 5:11pm I found out the Burmese side closes at 5pm. Oops.
I headed into town where I eventually found the decent and affordable Green Guest House. It's located on a side-street behind the police station, just past the holding facility (just a big cage really) for illegal Burmese immigrants. After checking in, I went to eat dinner at the restaurant Krua Canadian (Canadian Kitchen) which (surprise!) is owned and operated by a Canadian guy with a Thai wife. It was good tasting Mexican food, better than what I had in Chiang Mai. I assume the Canadian owner spent some time living in Mexico before coming to Thailand.
This morning I rented one of the guest house's bicycles, then rode the five kilometers or so to the border. I took a bunch of photos, with the idea in mind to write this blog entry tonight. So here the photos are below.
|The day's mode of transporation, in front of the guest house|
|The road ahead|
|The road ahead becomes a four-lane highway|
|Border checkpoint in sight|
|For some, this is the way home|
|Crossing the bridge into Burma|
|Some Burmese don't need a bridge, or travel documents, to get into Thailand|
|The Burmese end of the bridge is in sight|
|I spent a couple minutes walking down the street|
|Then into some market... (then I headed back to Thailand)|