Firstly I’d like to apologise to anyone that’s commented on my blog in the last day or so – I haven’t been able to respond. Why ? Because I slept only less than 1 hour last night, and had a long road trip today to Cambodia. I’m absolutely exhausted. I will respond as soon as I possibly can.
So I’ve been to Cambodia today. Anyone that stays in Thailand for longer than a short while becomes familiar with trips to the border. The reason – visa stamps only last for a period, then one has to leave the country and come back in to get the next stamp. In a way it’s frustrating because this could be done at local immigration offices. Also the amount of fuel that’s wasted in buses and mini buses to go to the border and come straight back, well the green people would certainly be pissed off !
BUT I’m not criticising my hosts, I abide by local rules and laws, even if they seem a bit odd at times.
The border isn’t all that exciting, and really to be honest it’s pretty grimy and messy, with rubbish/trash everywhere. There are beggars asking for small amounts of money, I don’t give as I was advised not to. Although I did feel particularly bad about having to ignore a persistent little girl must have been only around 5 or 6 I guess. Maybe I’ll take some small coins with me next time, I haven’t decided.
I’ve tried to capture some of the beautiful things I could see at the border. I saw my first Mango tree, at least that’s what it looked like, which was intertwined with a couple of other species, bamboo and some kind of palm. There was a lovely tall tree with yellow hanging blossoms and dark brown seed pods, right next to the waiting/refreshment “shack”.
The wooden bench, wasn’t sure about posting, owing to all the trash underneath it – But then I spotted the little girl I mentioned earlier had got her way into the shot, behind the bench and greenery … Looking at the photo made me feel even worse – she’s so harmless and little, and still being friendly even after I ignored her.
It’s possible to buy duty free cigarettes for 20 baht a packet, that’s around £0.40 UK, maybe $0.66 US. But I tried before and they were “very foul”, likely fake. I had to give them away. False economy anyway, as you can buy a decent pack of cigarettes in Thailand for 65 baht – around £1.30 UK, $2.15 US. I don’t drink much and don’t want fake perfume/aftershave, fake viagra – so I didn’t bother with the duty free !
Our driver for the day seemed a bit gas-pedal happy, constantly speeding up and then taking the foot off. This resulted in a jolt each and every time, every few seconds. Add the racing car driver cornering and it wasn’t as comfortable journey as it might have been. Plus made it hard to sleep …
I left home around 5.30am and got back around 4.30pm for a shower and then straight out to photograph the sunset. I say sunset, but afraid it was more of a moody stormy affair. Photoshop may bring some gems out, but just too tired, so today’s sunset will be one I took a while back.
Looking at the photos now I see that I even managed to get some lovely photos at the service station on the way home. There’s a tank that’s way up high in the air. A bit rusty, looks disused. Somehow a small tree has attached itself to the tank, the roots growing on the side of the tank. It just defies any logic. Life goes on in the strangest of places !
Gotta get some rest, I’ll get back to comments as soon as I’m able.
Photos taken in Thailand & Cambodia (c) Don Charisma