I was pretty confident that God will see me through, and indeed He has taken care of me over the past 2 days.
I managed to get a hotel. It’s rather pricey, yet nothing fancy about it, and neither is it near the Thai Consulate, but I am really glad that the hotel reception spoke perfect English. I was given a few pieces of advices about the area. Upon check-in, I asked the hotel reception if he had any idea what is the best time to head down to the Thai Consulate for my visa application. He said he could do it for me for 2200 baht, but otherwise 8am is good.
The next morning, I went down to the hotel lobby and saw that the same guy at the reception has already helped me to arrange a tuktuk. I was really pleasantly surprised. The tuktuk driver is Lao, and can’t speak a word of English but I could cope with some Thai.
He brought me to the Thai Consulate, and unlike how I have read from various websites, blogs and forums about how difficult and troublesome the processes were, I think God opened doors for me.
A tout asked me if I needed help filling up the forms, which I obviously do, and he offered to fill up the forms and do the necessary photocopying, all for 100 baht. It was pretty reasonable considering that it’s only $4 to get all the paperwork done professionally.
I handed all the documents and my passport over to the counter, and prepared 2000 baht as payment for the Visa. 2000 baht is about $80, but if I apply for my visa in the Thai Embassy back in Singapore, it would cost $100.
I really can’t explain what happened next.
The lady at the counter handed me my receipt and returned my 2000 baht.
Why is mine free when everyone else had to pay?
If it’s because I am Singaporean, then why does the Thai Embassy in Singapore also require a $100 payment?
Really baffled, but whatever,
God takes care of His children.