The bus ride from Siem Reap to Bangkok wasn’t too bad, but the border crossing was down right awful. We had to change buses (because Cambodian’s drive on the right and Thai’s on the left) so we had to bring all of our stuff with us to the outdoor departure counter and then walk across the border to the arrival office where we had to wait in line outside for at least 45 minutes while they let probably 30 inside at a time to get their Thai stamp. It. Was. Shear. Torture. Somehow Shannon and I got separated from the rest of the group and they got inside ahead of us. About 10 minutes after they let them in they let 30 people from the other line in and I came seriously close to passing out. I had to take off my backpack and sit on the ground to avoid falling face first into the pavement. Luckily, it wasn’t long until they let us in and we jumped ahead in line with the rest of the gang and the process was really fast. As soon as we got outside (where we had to wait under a tent with about 20 chairs for about 75 people) we bought a bunch of water and I think I drank a whole bottle on the spot. I felt terrible and was shaking uncontrollably. It was not fun. Soon after we got the water they taxied us to a place where we could get food then we were on our way to Bangkok. They let Ethan and I sit in the front seat so I didn’t get car sick on top of already feeling miserable and we stopped at a 7-Eleven for some much needed sugar. After my favorite snack (banana muffin) and some Pepsi I was feeling much better. :]
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We got into Bangkok much later than expected, but still with plenty of time to shower and roam around Khao San Road. The next day morning we roamed Khao San looking for a place where Emily could get a tattoo and after she was freshly inked we headed to Shannon and Alexis’ favorite place – the mall. (E- Em really liked the bamboo style. It didn’t hurt her at all…(coughtearscoughlotsoftearscough!) We decided to see Oz and it was terrible. Entertaining, but awful. After which we ate dinner and prepared to send Emily back to the US of A. We sent her on her way very early in the morning and went back to sleep.
Later in the day Ethan and I had decided to take another bag to the storage place we had been to 4 weeks earlier to lighten our load even more. What was supposed to be a 1 hour journey ended up taking 2.5 hours, which slightly messed up our reunion with Alexis and Shannon at one of the malls. We got there and went to the place where they said they would be, but they weren’t there. So we waited a little bit, but decided we were too hungry to wait any longer. We got some Pizza Company and on the way back down to the first floor decided to stop back by the meeting place. It was a good thing we did because there they were! Hooray! They hadn’t eaten yet so we went back to the Pizza Company with them and then went to the grocery store to replenish some necessities for the rest of the trip. We didn’t do much of anything that night because our alarms were set for 2am so we could get to the airport in time for our 6am flight to BALI!!!