In my 201st post, I had written about how Thailand was changing the immigration laws on visa runners. When we decided to settle in Phuket for a little while, there was no problem with us leaving every three months, getting a new tourist visa and re-entering the country. This was a totally acceptable way to travel for long periods of time in Thailand. Recently the rules were changed and visa runs (especially direct in-and-out border crossings) were disallowed. There was much scrambling and panic as the many expats that had lived here for years with just visa runs every so often felt the doors to Thailand closing on them. What the rule changes meant to us, was that we would have to pick up stakes a bit sooner than expected and move somewhere else for a while, or start traveling to different destinations more quickly again (a new place every month or so). Our problems could have been a lot worse, I know.
This was not the plan that Chad and I had when we rented our lovely home in Phuket, but plans often change in life, and even more when you are traveling long-term. Chad and I started praying and planning as much as we could for what may happen.
Then, in the news today, the new Prime Minister of Thailand apparently said that the new immigrations laws that would have affected our stay here, were going to be repealed. So, it seems that we are going to be fine here for a bit longer. It was truly an answer to prayer, one that I was not expecting to be a yes, but was. So be prepared, we are going to be writing more posts about traveling with our toddler in Thailand and its neighboring countries (Malaysia next month!) for a little while longer.
I want to share some pictures with you today from our week that may give you a glimpse as to why we want to stay here just a little longer. Happy Monday everyone!
What do you love about the area that you live in? The sunny beaches, the way all four seasons are so different, the snowy hills, the architecture? Leave a comment and tell me!
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