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‘The Thailand Bureaucratic Megaplex’ – Amidst every government office in a massive, pristinely white interior, that is me standing in the center of the floor.

It was a regular day of going into work when I was told I wold be spending the morning in immigration.  Since the Thailand school I was working for already had my passport in their possession, I had no need for any additional preparation.  So, after giving a list of the classes I needed and their subject material to the head of the foreign teachers, I was in a minibus with 2 Chinese teachers and a Filipino office worker.

Approaching the Megaplex.

There is an immigration office less than 2 kilometers from our school.  However, because of the gradual withdrawal of the worst flooding Thailand had seen in 50 years, the river-crossed flatlands surrounding Bangkok were still in a state of partial devastation.  This included the office.  We were headed to the central Bangkok Immigration office instead.
As big and sprawling a city as Bangkok is, their immigration office is located in a relatively obscure and unfrequented area, at least by newcomers.  Despite the short distance, traffic necessitated over an hour-long drive.  I fell asleep on the way.

Waking up when we neared the building, I was amazed at what appeared to be some space-aged bureaucratic megaplex  Inside is an immensely voluminous area, which all the departments surround.  The idea of how much it would take to air-condition this place was mind-baffling.  One or two employees slowly were going around, cleaning the floor.  I think it’s one of those situations like the Golden Gate or Mackinac Bridges, as soon as the finish cleaning, it’s time to start all over again.

Benjamin

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 9 years, I’ve been living and travelling in Asia, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at PathsUnwritten.com.

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