Shopping at Immigration

Annual trip to immigration, time to renew the one-year visa. Immigration is always bizarre, it’s a massive operation in a simply massive building located well out of town.

You see loads of people in various forms of trouble- from overstay to working on a tourist visa- while you rarely see a person dressed in a collared shirt that is tucked-in to long pants and wearing closed-toe shoes. Really people, it’s not a trip to the beach (not that I would wear many an outfit I have seen today to the beach, or anywhere), it’s a visit with the government.

To the point of this post- how long will a trip to immigration take? 4-5 hours, maybe longer.

How does one pass the time? In Thailand, where there are foreigners, there is the opportunity to sell and so up springs stalls and a market on the ground floor.

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Additional pictures: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/faranginbangkok For more updates about Bangkok, Thailand and other thoughts: www.twitter.com/lilrichardb I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region.
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