I crossed over to Cambodia this morning...interesting development at the border... Usually the Vietnamese Immigration are arseholes, surly & as difficult as possible...always hanging out for "coffee money" (a bribe), but as I wont have a bar of that,its never a pleasant experience... Cambodia immigration, on the other hand, are normally cheerful & obliging... But, this morning that was all turned on its head.... The Vietnamese guys, checking me out of the country, were chatty & jovial...its obvious from the dozens of stamps, in my passport, that I'm on a visa run...one guy kept asking if I was sure I wasnt an Aussie? The joke escaped me at first, until he made the motion of throwing a boomerang...LOL
Anyway, I was through in minutes...it was all looking good! Until I got to the Cambodian side! They dont get busy there until the tour buses start coming through, around 10-11am, so at 7.30am there was only one guy at the counter...I dont know who pissed in his weetbix, this morning, but he was NOT happy to see me!... He tried to tell me that I needed a visa to get in & I would have to go back to Vietnam to get one...WTF??? I couldnt go back into Vietnam without a visa, which was the whole point of going to Cambodia....what the hell did he expect me to do...set up a tent in no mans land, between the two countries & live out my days there?...lmao
Luckily I know the drill & know that you get your Cambodian visa, at the border...but there is no point arguing with these power hungry idiots...if worst came to worst I would just wait until the buses started coming through, & flick the wee bus fixer man a couple of dollars to take me through with his passengers... So I calmly took out my book, & bottle of water, & settled down for a read...the guy was seething, but couldnt do anything about it...officially I was between countries, under nobody's jurisdiction...LOL 10 mins passed, & another guy appeared...judging by the gongs on his shoulder, a superior to old pissed off matey...he asked me why I was waiting there, & when I told him the problem, he summoned the shitty liver dude (who was actually trying to slink off...LMAO)...
I dont speak Cambodian, but going by the tone & finger waving, did he get ripped a new arsehole !!!! I then got my visa in double quick time & was out the other side & onto a motorbike for the 30 min ride to Kampot...Whew!