On Wednesday, Eric and I did a visa run to get new Thai visas, allowing us to spend fifteen more days in the country. Border runs are normal part of life to people traveling long-term, and this was my first. It was certainly... an experience.
We woke up early to catch our 7:30 AM bus out of Bangkok. As we grabbed some orange juice and a snack on our way to the travel agency where we'd booked our tickets, I marveled at how different the city seemed at that hour. The market stalls were just setting up. There were coffee vendors all over, coffee vendors who apparently disappear by the time I show my face on the streets on any given day.
After checking in at the travel agency, Eric and I began the waiting that would define our day. A man came and walked us down the street to a different spot, where we waited for a minibus to drive us to Poipet, the border town. Eventually the bus and other passengers arrived, and we all headed into the Bangkok traffic around 8:30. After two half-hour stops for gas and snacks at 7-11, we eventually made it to the border just after 1:00.