Daily Archives: April 7, 2010

And the winner is….

Posted by on April 7, 2010

I had 905 entries for the JVC camcorder giveaway. I let Random.org do its thing and the winner was Jocy who blogs at http://www.anchorsadrift.blogspot.com/. She said she’d use for the videocamera for the following:

Hello. I’m moving to Cambodia to pursue human rights work on forced evictions/land confiscation issues. I’d use this camera to document that work, along with travels throughout the year.

I can think of many worse uses for this camera.

Congratulations to Jocy and stay tuned for another great giveaway I have planned for April!

Visa Run

Posted by on April 7, 2010

Chinatown is one of the many parts of Singapore I didn't see on Saturday because I never left the airport

Chinatown is one of the many parts of Singapore I didn't see on Saturday because I never left the airport

One of the things you have to deal with when living a globe hopping nomadic lifestyle is the issue of visas. When you enter into a country you only have a set amount of time you can stay. As an American, for most countries I enter as a tourist I get 90 days. In Thailand, unless you applied for a longer visa through an embassy before your arrival, you only get 30 days. The only real way you can extend the 30 day visa on arrival is to leave the country and come back. Making a border crossing for the explicit purpose of renewing your visa is called a visa run.

I’ve done glorified visa runs before. My trip to Papua New Guinea was really just to renew my Australian visa which was expiring after 3 months in the country. I decided to make a real trip out of it, so it was more than just getting a passport stamp. Likewise, last month I went to Singapore because my Thai visa was running out, but I also spent 10 days there with my college roommate Dave and met with people in Singapore.

Last Saturday I flew to Singapore and back to Bangkok in one day. In fact, I never even left the airport in Singapore. That, my friends, was a real deal, in-out, quickie, good old fashioned visa run. My flight arrived in Singapore around noon and I was checking in for my flight to Bangkok at 4pm. (more…)