Travelling to Bangkok? Take down some notes…

Visa on arrival is more like visa 2 hours after arrival


Here’s some important info I wish someone told me before my trip. Visa on arrival sounds easy peasy but this was not at all that. I stood in a queue for 30 mins then realized everyone had a form I didnt. Asked some nice people and they guided me; even told me i needed a photo and 1000 baht cash. Woah! I panicked. So anyway after running all over the place to first get the application form, convert cash, then click a decent photograph, I got back in line for an hour which felt like an eternity. Excitement that was brimming in me had fallen asleep, it was 3 in the morning. Finally it was my turn, he asked for my hotel reservations, i didnt have it so he told me to get it next time… in my head i was rolling my eyes-like there’s gonna be a next time. He handed me a coupon and asked me to go sit down… more on that later. Nevertheless, I happened to love the place and will definitely go back but I love to help more so here goes…

First, a list of things you’ll need for visa on arrival: 

Passport (in case you have a sucky memory)

Immigration card (you will get this in the airplane, ask for it incase you dozed off and don’t recall getting one)

Application form for visa on arrival… this one caused me a lot of time and money. After walking out of the plane into the terminal, make a pit stop to use the washroom if you may and continue on to the visa on arrival gate. Ask for directions instead of wasting time wandering. This is where you will realize the language barrier and/or accent woes; be kind, attentive and calm. Find the gate, ask for this form before entering any queue and make sure you have a pen and a 4*6cm size photograph of yourself or you’re gonna have to shell out 250 bht to get some clicked – such a waste.

Boarding pass + hotel booking Make sure you have this; however, some dont care too much. Be on the safe side. You will also need this info while filling the above form, along with a point of contact in the country. Luckily I had a tour guide coming to pick me.

Return ticket (within 15 days), why not?!

Fee of 1000 baht in thai currency so plan your money conversions; mine was a spontaneous, last minute trip so I ended up converting all my cash at their airport and later realized I got a terrible rate. Do some research, find the best place to convert. The city has a lot of centers, just convert enough to pay immigration beforehand and do the rest later for a better price.

More notes:

Travel light to Shop to your heart’s content! I want to travel here at least once a year just to shop. It’s crazy cheap, pretty designs, very wearable styles be it for work , outdoors or party. In fact I’d recommend carrying only your basic necessities and fill you bags with great shopping bargains. You will get everything you ever wanted. Skin care and hair care products, Bohemian clothes, smart work casuals, swimwear, purses, footwear… you can turn into a lifestyle blogger overnight.


Now, I know spontaneity is great but read up and make a list of places to visit or you’ll regret it every time you hear of a place you ‘missed’; even the adventures of the vibrant naughty nightlife. Some of the best places I visited:

  • Khao san road
  • Soi Rambuttri
  • Chatuchak market
  • Ratchanda Train market
  • Wat Pho 
  • Floating market 

Don’t forget:

Cover up when Visiting temples, like any other place of respect.

Bargain for anything and everything. If you think its fine still bargain unless you wana make someone extra happy. In that case, spend your extra cash on them.

    
I’ll continue in my next post… too much after too long.

Off to Seychelles now, ciao!

~ Merilyn

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A Magical Beach Sunset Memory

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We all need a little help…

Hey guys,

My year of further studies comes to a close this May; if I want that Uni Certificate I’m gonna have to submit a thesis. Call it my strength or weakness, I usually leave my work for the last minute as I am self-proclaimed to work best under stress. So, tomorrow is the last day that I have to put the ‘Black Book’ together and still a lot to do. When deciding what topic to pick I immediately knew it would be this coz there are only so many issues one can care about. Below is an intro to my topic so feel free to read, give feedback, suggestions, data, whatever 😛

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The Mysterious Flower at my Window

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Budding Orchid Cactus as on 10-09-2013
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As on 10-10-2013

 

This lovely flower bloomed at my window on the night of October 11, 2013. All this while, we have been calling it “Bethlehem flower” whereas friends whom I’ve shown it to called it “Brahma Kamal”. So as always, before I post pictures online, I began to research and realized there’s so much misinformation and myths on the internet; so many beautiful videos, articles, and blogs on this flower but the content is so confusing and different all over. Continue reading

Of Goodbyes & Welcomes…

Hiya!

Almost a month since I wrote, so here goes…

Wrote this part on my birthday but dint get the chance to complete it –

“It’s 16th September!! A.K.A. the biggest day of the year, for me. Even the date makes me so happy. Most years I get so excited even before the day has come that it eventually turns out to be a disappointment. This year, thankfully, it was different. At 00.00 hours I was on my way home on an almost empty, J.P. road on the scooter! Bringing in the birthday with something I love (bike rides) & someone I love (the boyfriend) plus the cool breeze – priceless!! Definitely one of the best starts to any birthday I’ve had.” Continue reading

Weekend in a valley!

Back from two days and nights of what seemed like a parallel universe. No cell phone network, technology or civilization is the highlight. It was a trip where your need for survival/to keep moving forward overcomes all fears and hesitations. An awesome experience it is to challenge yourself, work some muscles like never before and still succeed with nothing lost only memories and proud moments of joy to take back. My only regrets are losing a dear friends sleeping bag not being able to save another good friend from falling, the fact that it was a moonless night and not having a flat surface for a bed.

Samrad Village
Base Village

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September 2012 …

September 2012 is here; and although there’s nothing really special about this year, it seems like a milestone of sorts. I personally love September bcoz of the climate, and well, birthdays make me happy. So last week, with some encouragement from a colleague, I decided to make a checklist of stuff I’ve wanted to do since sometime now and get them done before I begin my 24th year here, on planet Earth.

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