Visa run – Kuala Lumper

Well, I've been here 3 months now and had to do my first visa run last week. Basically depending on the visa you have all foreigners (farangs) need to leave the country and re-enter to get their passports stamped to extend their stay. Failure to do so results in a 500 Baht per day fine for every day you stay outside your visa period. As usual I left it till the last minute which isn't a problem because there are so many organised trips but I thought I had until Sept 9th before I was talking to Aase on Skype. She was in Chang Mai for 2 weeks with a friend who'd come over from Australia. "When does your visa run out" she asked? "Er, 9th of September" I said. You sure? was Aase's response. "Yeah pretty sure" I replied. "So, you can't even be arsed to get off the sofa and walk to the safe to check"? Good old Aase, straight to the point. "Oh, hold on a minute I'll have a look". Oops, shit, it runs out on the 6th, tomorrow! Of course Aase knows what I'm like and that my brain shut down months ago. I quickly got on the net and got a good deal to fly to Kuala Lumpur and stay in the Tune hotel in Downtown KL. £90 for 4 nights. Happy days! The hotel which is part of Air Asia was basic but a roof over my head. I was pleasantly suprised at how easy it was to get around in Kuala Lumpur. Very useful as I'd turned up without even having the address of my hotel written down. I knew I was in Downtown KL and the name of the hotel but not much else. I did have one hiccup at the airport though. On the way out I purchased a ticket for the KLIA airport express train into KL which involved getting a shuttle bus from LCCT airport to the train station near KL international airport then the train into KL. All very easy you'd think but not before one of my usual little adventures. I spotted a Tune hotel shuttle mini bus in front of the airport shuttle bus so naturally thought to myself it would be much easier if I just went direct. Problem number one, the driver didn't speak very much English so trying to explain that I'd already bought a ticket for the other bus and asking was it possible for me to use the same ticket to get the hotel shuttle bus was getting me nowhere. Eventually he said you sit up front with me and then when we were in the van said " You pay me 1 Ringit". Seemed a bargain as the other ticket had cost me 12 Ringit. Anyway as we drove around the corner I could see why. Tune hotels also have a hotel at the airport :-) . Not to worry I thought, maybe he goes on to the other hotel next. Unfortunately that wasn't the case and realising the mistake I smiled to myself, thinking I've done it again. "I come back with you when you go to airport" I said to the driver. "1 ringit" he said. Cheeky git! I'd recommend KL. From what I saw it's a city that comes to life at night but after 4 nights on my own I'd had enough of my own company. I still had a good time and crammed a lot in. Ate some lovely Chinese and Indian food and had my first McDonalds fix for a long time. I would love to go there again but with company. Some pics …here….

6 Responses to Visa run – Kuala Lumper

  1. Chris says:

    He he.  Had a chuckle at the Tune hotel incident.  Excellent!    BTW love those Asian toilets – I just hope you don't have long fingernails  eeeekkk.

    • The Reluctant Traveller says:

      I should just clear up the fact that the mess on the bed is chocolate. One reason why you shouldn't mix choclate with alcohol. God knows what the cleaner thought when she walked in the room. My attempt at being a rock star and trashing my room :-)

  2. mum :) says:

    Sounds like you had a bit of an adventure, might teach you to be more organised next time and plan a little better.
    Hope you are back to training again this week.

  3. The Reluctant Traveller says:

    To be honest I'm feeling really fed up about the training. After injuring my calf I've had a really bad sinus and chest infection. I haven't been able to hear properly for nearly 2 weeks and just as it seemed to be clearing up my lungs seem to be full of it again today. We're going to try a normal gym tomorrow as long as I'm feeling better but it doesn't look good. I can't remember the last time I trained. Fingers crossed this week is better.

  4. Gwyn says:

    Mate sounds like you having a ball – although it did look like you'd sh*t the bed…dirty git!   Too many lagers eh!  ;0)
    Missing you loads mate (not in  gay way ;0)..) but glad your doing good.  Can't wait to see you back here and if you come back that is.

    • The Reluctant Traveller says:

      I can assure you it was chocolate! Having a ball, hmm. Definitely enjoying the experience but still on an emotional roller coaster. Could quite easily not come back if it wasn’t for friends and family back home. Hope you and Helen both doing well. Let me know when you are around at the weekend for a Skype call. Take care.

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