Cambodia / Thai Border Resort
Last July, an opposing driver's car insurance company mailed me a check that, instead of fixing my car, covered the cost of my flight to Bangkok. I was there for about a month when I decided the place was worth staying so I left my return flight seat open to a heavy packers piece of luggage.
When considering doing a "passport send" to extend my 30 day stay, my friends assured me it was safe saying, "No no, it's ok. Everybody does like this."
A month later, on my return from my 10 minutes in Cambodia, it was the same friends translating an immigration official’s words, "Maybe you have a something problem with your passport."
And I did.
The Cambodian / Thai Border Resort is a one level flat, masterly designed to maximize your comfort. The quality of the living standards is comparable to those suitable for a gnat.
Our elegant resort is centrally located in the beautiful, poverty stricken community of Aranya Prathet and overlooks a plastic bag, a broken piece of wood, and a guy with half a leg, a crutch, and a cup. Both of our rooms are accommodated with a luxurious 8 X 8 foot floor space (which is also your bed) and central air provided by a barred open window. The rooms are also accompanied with 22 disgusting people already residing there.
Fine Dining: Each day you will be provided with breakfast-in-floor, a hearty lunch, and a delicious dinner (handed to you through bars and consisting only of steamed rice in a plastic bag). Each morning you will also receive a complimentary beetle on top of your water bottle (also your pillow). Things to do:
1. Leisure- at any point, you can take a scenic walk around the 2 X 2 foot floor area that is also your bathroom and caked with disease.
2. Relaxation- when the scorching sun brings heat, you can take a dip in one of the holes in the floor.
3. Nightlife- the nightlife brings such activities as swatting mosquitoes, listening to babies cry, and squatting in a corner. For a 2 night / 3 day stay, during the promotion, it costs only your passport.
The price to leave is 250,000 baht (equivalent to US $6,000). For more information or to book reservations, try and cross the Cambodian border. The cell may have been a bit bigger than 8X8 but not by much and there honestly were 22 people in there when I left. Some of them were kids and one, I know, was only 5 years old.
For the next few months, I had to attend court every 12 days in Aranya Prathet. The case could have been fought and won but it was expected to take 2 years and I would have been unable to leave the country during that time. So, with a financial dilemma pending, I pleaded guilty and was sent away. I don't believe I was deported, a friend stateside translated the stamps and they say I was arrested for forging government documents, sentenced to 6 months in jail but would do 2 years probation instead, and that I was "allowed" to leave the country. Though, I had to spend the night before "leaving" under surveillance in immigration and was walked to the plane by police.
Just another series of reasons on why one shouldn’t use visa services.