We are in Bangkok. We came here from Battambang (oh, how hard it was to leave Cambodia!) by a bus. By three buses, to be precise, because we decided to use the cheapest option. The last bus that we took after the Thai border is one of the so-called casino buses: these are brightly painted double-deckers that Thai people use to get to the border in the morning, gamble in the casinos and come back to Bangkok in the afternoon. Interestingly, most of the passengers on the bus were Thai old ladies. The bus was good, although we were unexpectedly dropped (our backpacks were literally thrown into the street) at some abstract highway in Bangkok. But it wasn’t a big deal.
This is our fourth day in Bangkok; we spent two days trying to get visas to Myanmar. We decided to go to Myanmar after speaking with our new German friend Hannes, who has been to Myanmar several times and strongly advised us to go there. So — we are going there; and we finally got the visas, although it wasn’t very easy: the day we applied for them we spent two hours in lines (the electronic tickets for the line were not working), and today we spent two hours waiting for our passports. We will remember the white fence of the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok for a long time.
We don’t like Bangkok very much yet: of course, it is civilized and there are shops and supermarkets, but the city is just huge, the air is polluted, and there are a lot of homeless people next to the luxury malls. We also caught colds, as usually, just as we came to a big city. But we’re not complaining too much. We’ll see what happens next — usually we end up finding something that we like in every place that we visit.