I remember checking how many hours of flight and having that fleeting feeling of dread. Seriously! I would be in the air that long and go through 6 hours difference in time zone! This was quickly replaced by anticipation of actually going to fulfill a longtime dream. I had dreamed of going to Asia ever since that Chinese girl sat next to me in primary school, ever since all the Indians won all the prizes in secondary school, ever since I realized how gracious the women could be. Note that I do not mention the men! They are completely another story!

After hours of flying with me walking around, stretching, groaning in pain, speaking with my friend and sleeping, we finally arrived in Kuala Lumpur. Arriving at the immigration's desk, my joy was cut short! I did not have a yellow fever card, I wasn't going to be allowed into the country. I had taken the shots but due to the embassy's advice in Poland, I had left the card at home. Talk about bad advice! Anyway, due to the fact that I had arrived from Europe, I was not deported. With a huge sigh of relief, I happily walked into the country which surprisingly reminded me of home. My friend probably got tired of hearing this though. The rest of the stay was really nice – amazing people, amazing food, lots of nice Asian things to see!

This story is really about Thailand, so I will quickly move ahead to that part.

After days of touring Malaysia, we went to Thailand, it was amazing! The architecture! The food! The “side dishes – insects, frogs, wall geckos” to try! The forever-smiling people! The people who always took pictures of me and wanted to take pictures with me (even when I was sure that I looked tired and terrible at times)! The people who ran towards me to try to hug me (unfortunately they had me step-siding them and begging them not to touch me as this was a bit too much for me)! Seeing one of the biggest Buddhas in the world! Playing “woman or man (lady boy)” games with my friends (yeah we made a new Dutch friend there)! Going for a life performance about the Thai heritage! Touching a huge elephant and taking pictures with it!

Finally, the time to return back to “my ordinary life” came and my friend and I went to the airport to board a flight from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur. Getting extra checks at airports is not a new thing to me. The bored looking officers just give a perfunctory glance at blue passports but once a green one reaches their desk, they suddenly become very alert, asking all kinds of questions.

This was when the trouble started.

The officer looked at my documents and said to me, “Madam, I understand that you are going to take a connecting flight from Malaysia. Your Malaysian visa is single entry meaning that you cannot take that flight unless you reapply for a tourist visa to Malaysia”. I explained that I had been told in Poland that it was OK and that I could travel back through Malaysia to Europe. He seemed slightly bored and said “You are a Nigerian, aren’t you? No madam, you cannot. There is a law that people can do that and apply for a visa on arrival but Nigeria is excluded from this list.”

Shit shit shit! It was!!!

I was denied my flight and asked to reapply for a visa to Malaysia so that I could return to Poland via Malaysia. One of the airport assistant guides, who was smiling and frowning at the same time (it was really weird to watch her do that) wrote presumably the address of the Malaysian embassy for me on a piece of paper. I really couldn’t even tell what she had written.

I ran out of the airport with my bags to hail a taxi to get me to the embassy as quickly as possible.

This was just the beginning of the problems.

Stay tuned for the next chapter

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16 Comments

Debbie · 14th May 2016 at 1:51 pm

I really want to know what happens next… also why is Nigeria on the exclusion list?

Claire Algarme · 15th May 2016 at 8:15 am

These are some of the hassles of traveling and you had to cross countries. I only do that in Asia (since I’m Asian) wherein I traveled to Macau, crossed to Hong Kong and went back to Macau to catch my flight back to the Philippines. Also, whenever I travel in the ASEAN region, I often cross to another ASEAN country, which is fine. I’m just not sure if the same could be said if I travel in South America or Africa. At least, in Europe, the Shengen visa can take you to various countries already.

Lana Slaybell · 15th May 2016 at 8:55 am

lol. I feel you. It must have been a burden to be stuck in a country you’re not familiar with.

Fred · 15th May 2016 at 11:56 am

Sorry to hear about your travel woes in South East Asia. Will await the continuation of your story. Actually KL is the one country among the original ASEAN capital cities that I have not visited yet.

Kathy Lacuna · 15th May 2016 at 1:07 pm

Oh my! It must have felt so bad to go through this. I dread to read your next post about this as it seems that there were more problems that you encountered.

Mia Foo · 15th May 2016 at 3:52 pm

oh no, having visa screwed up when you’re returning home is the worst! i hope it’ll all turn out well in the end!

Elizabeth O. · 15th May 2016 at 4:13 pm

I’m glad that you had fun seeing all the sights and enjoying everything that Malaysia and Thailand has to offer. The last leg of the trip was quite terrifying, with the visa and all. I sure hope everything went well after that!

kylie cre8tone · 16th May 2016 at 8:01 am

Such an experience… Will stay tune and look forward for your next chapter… Hopefully all the problems will be solved..

Bhushavali · 16th May 2016 at 8:26 am

Oh my dear Lord!!! This is painful… Canceling and rescheduling flight tickets, visa issues are the worst points for any traveler. Awaiting to read what happened then..

Franc Ramon · 16th May 2016 at 1:30 pm

It was nice for you to visit South East Asia. There are a lot of troubles though from your yellow card to your Visa. It must be a lot of learning experience.

Tiffany Yong · 16th May 2016 at 6:48 pm

It’s nice to see you write about your experiences, but hope that you can accompany your experience with some photos perhaps?

Pooja Kawatra · 17th May 2016 at 2:44 am

I am sure this would have left you crazy standing in another country. It happened to me when i travelled to indonesia when they couldnt understand my visa and my entire family was allowed and i was standing waiting for half a day.

Zwitsy · 17th May 2016 at 6:42 pm

I just couldn’t imagine if I am in your situation. I will definitely wait for the next chapter. I just hope that you are now okay.

Cyril · 18th May 2016 at 7:29 pm

Indians winning all the prizes in secondary schoool…well they didnt win athletic prizes ooo…nice piece though….part 2 loading

    ahuosee · 22nd May 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Lol. True! Not one of them ever won anything athletic!
    🙂

Folake · 5th January 2017 at 1:31 pm

Wow. I am a black Nigerian girl living in Hong Kong and this is so true. I am looking forward to visiting Siam.

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