When we were living in Shanghai teaching English in 2013-2014 we had a ten-day break for Chinese New Year.
So we decided to take a trip down to Malaysia and Singapore. We had planned to go to a Malaysian island called Tioman, but were thwarted by monsoon rains in the east of the country. Instead we booked bus tickets to a place we knew nothing about, Melaka, Malaysia.
Mae Salong is a peaceful mountain top town in northern Thailand known for Oolong tea production. Its location near the Myanmar border and prominent Chinese influence make it an interesting place to spend some time. We stayed almost a week!
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For a sense of freedom, and the chance to do something arguably stupid and dangerous, there’s nothing like renting a motorbike and riding around a country with few to no traffic laws.
It’s one of our favorite things to do!
We are born to see patterns.
Recognizing a human face is so hardwired into our brains that we begin to search them out wherever we glance. We see faces in the clouds, in the stars, pieces of toast. The randomness of each has been commonly misconstrued as a sign from the heavens.
“LOOK! I found the face of Jesus on this piece of toast! Isn’t that amazing?”
“Are you sure your mind isn’t just seeing what it wants to see? Plus, you really burnt that toast.”
“What, so Jesus can’t be black?!”
Thailand is known for a lot of things.
The food, the weather, the lady-boys.
All are as hot as you’ve heard.
So when I was given the opportunity to let my inner female aspect shine through, I tucked back my inhibitions with masking tape and gumption and let my freak flag fly. Well, not really, the masking tape really did it’s job.
Getting a visa for Cambodia is relatively easy, and extending it is just as simple. You can renew your visa for one to month up to a year!
**Important notice: As of September 4, 2017 the laws for long term visa extension have changed. This article has been edited to reflect that. You can read more about the changes here.
Note: The list of countries which can get a Cambodia Visa extension is here.
Which Cambodia Visas can you extend?
There are two types of Cambodia visas you can extend without leaving the country: TOURIST (T) Visa or ORDINARY (E) Visa.
There are 4 different types of Ordinary (E) Visas: (EB) Visa: Business, (EG) Visa for those searching for employment, (ER) Visa for Retirement, and (ES) Visa for Students. You can choose which type you would like when you extend your visa. Read more about each type of (E) visa here. [Read more…]