We booked a visa run through a Phuket company to take us down to Penang, Malaysia to get our Non B visas. We drove the 11ish hours over night to Malaysia. We finally arrived at the consulate to do our paper work at around 10:30 in the morning. It took longer than expected at the consulate but we finally all packed in the van and were on our way to our hotel. We got about 20 yards away from the consulate when all of our three vans get stopped for what we thought was a routine check point.
It wasn’t a check point. All three of our van drivers get arrested by the Malaysian police. We have no idea what’s going on or why this is happening. The police decided after a while that they would let the drivers get back in the vans and drive all of us to the police station. Now at first for some reason we all thought this funny. We were taking videos, pictures of our van being surrounded by cops and being escorted through the city blowing through red lights. We finally arrive at the police station and are instructed to stay in the van while all our drivers go inside to sort it out. Well, now its about 11:30 and we’ve been waiting in the van for about forty five minutes. Until finally a cop comes to the van and tells us that there was something wrong with the licenses of the vans?? Were not too sure what he was saying but all we really heard was that it would be a while.
Finally our driver comes out and tells us that we have to go to another police station since this ones computers were down. Awesome. We are all at this point tired, smelly, hungry and annoyed. We were told that this next police station is across from a KFC and McDonalds, that was a lie. We again have all our vans escorted through the city and finally arrive about twenty minutes later at the second police station. In the middle of no where. At least this time were allowed out of the vans. But now its about 12:45 and were getting unbelievably hungry since the breakfast they gave us wasn’t really even edible, none of us ate. We are all hanging out in the police station parking lot. It’s super hot and we are all starting to get a little nutty from the lack of water, food and just pure exhaustion. I believe one Russian guy tried to pay one of the cops for his apple. Don’t think that worked out. We all gathered together to discuss what we are going to do. We figured out three very important things. 1. None of us have Malaysian money. 2. None of us know where or what our hotel’s name is even if we could get there. 3. One of the drivers has all of our tickets that are needed to pick up our passports and visas the following day. So we wait.
A while later a cop comes out demanding that we give him our passports. Great, well we of course don’t have our passports since we just gave it to the consulate to get our visas. Then he asks for copies of our passports. Those that had it gave it to him. He then states that the vans might be impounded and that we might have to find our own way to the hotel and back to Thailand the following day. No joke. We are pissed to say the least. Finally about an hour later our drivers emerge from the station. They must have paid their way out of it and now we were finally on our way to our hotel.
We are all excited and we even seem to all start laughing at one point until our brilliant driver gets on his cell phone and starts chatting away while we’re driving. Well, apparently it’s illegal in Malaysia to do so. We again get pulled over. Our driver gets out of the van and starts arguing with the cops. We are all thinking he’s going to get arrested and were going to be stuck again but he some how talks his way out of it and we continue driving to our hotel. Of course he answers his phone again while driving even as we are all screaming “Don’t answer it!!”. He just looks back at us and gives a smirk and continues to answer the phone. Jeeze. We found out the next day that apparently the hotel that the company used to use got upset that the company dropped them so they called the police on them?? Who knows if thats true. All in all we all ended up getting our passports and our visas back the next day and headed home without any trouble. We’re flying next time. Thanks for reading!