Another long day by bus. Interesting views along the way. One thing we learned today is that recycled glass soft drink bottles are used to hold gasoline for selling to motorbike owners. We had wondered what that yellow fluid in the bottles was. There are official service stations with pumps but the majority of the bike owners fillup at the small roadside stands. Also passed spirit house manufacturing central 🙂
The Thai border went relaitvely smoothly. Some tips if you go. An extra $15 “tax” will get you through the border without waiting in line. Our crossing went well, despite me getting into the wrong line at the final check point. Apparently there is a ladies line and a men’s line. I went into the mens line – chaos ensured with officials waving at me and shouting – I froze and did my blond deer in the headlights routine – worked well – a line of people was building behind me and I got waved through along with all of my group 🙂 without the final check.
The scenery changed dramatically once we were in Thailand, moving from the third world back into the first (sort of). It seemed like one long strip mall until we reached Bangkok – which is huge. Very western and a little bit sad after the colour and activity in the Cambodian countryside. Bangkok did greet us with a spectacular sunset.
We fly home tomorrow. It has been an intense trip and a life changing one. Thanks to you all for following along and see you next time!