My 10 hour journey to Bangkok
Five things I've learned traveling in SE Asia for 7 weeks so far: 1) Buses are never on time. 2) Always expect the unexpected. 3) You never know understand what is going on. You just have to trust them that it work out. I arrived at the bus station by 12:15pm for my 12:30pm bus. Already expecting the bus is going to be late, I waited until 1:30. Turns out they over booked the bus and they don't have room for me so they hired a tuk tuk driver to take me to another bus station. Now keep in mind the bus stations here do not always look like an actual bus station. It is a basically a dirt lot with a couple of benches without any signs that indicate this is where buses stop.
I waited there not knowing which bus I'm suppose to get on and they never tell you anything. 20 minutes later, a bus arrived and not knowing if I am suppose to get on or not I showed the driver my ticket. 5 minutes later, he pointed at me to get on the bus. All I could do is hope that they are taking me to Poi Pet, where the border is.
The 2 1/2 hour ride went smoothly and I got to watch a Jet Li movie they played on the bus. I arrived at Poi Pet around 4:30pm with a crap load of tuk tuk drivers waiting for me at the door to try to sell me a ride to the border. I picked the most annoying one to drive half a mile to the border from where I got dropped off for $1.
Checkpoint went smoothly. I showed them my passport and got a stamp for 15 days visa in Thailand (30 days if arrive by air). I walked across the border to Thailand and a gentlemen came up to me to show me where I am suppose to get on the bus. Somehow he knew I was the one that they overbooked which I am not surprised. I have finally accepted the fact that I will never understand how they organize things. You just have to trust them and they get the job done. He said that bus already left since I was late so he put me in a mini van with 8 other locals. Again, I have no idea where I am going. Oh...another thing I learned 4) if you take the bus in SE Asia, you never know where they will drop you off. You would think a bus station but not always.
4 hours later around 8:30pm in the most intense car ride ever (Thai drivers are insane), he pulled to the side in the middle of the highway and everyone started to get off. I asked if this is the last stop and he nodded. So I'm like ok, this is not near anywhere where tourists are or even any public transportations. I pulled over two cabs, showed them the address where I am going or asked them where the train is, neither of them understood me so I started walking. I probably asked a dozen of people along the way to find out where the metro station is. After awhile, none of them understand the word "train" so I started saying choo choo. That they knew.
I walked around for an hour before I found the metro. At that point, it was a piece of cake. It was a long 10 hour journey which only supposed to take 6 hours but at least I know my way around now. And finally 5) you need to have patience or your life is going to be miserable here.
Riding a tuk tuk to the border which is right in front of us.
Border going into Cambodia.
Oh those crazy Khmers again.