Pakistan visa in Bangkok
Not sure if this is relevant or of any interest but I've just been issued a visa for Pakistan from the embassy in Bangkok. It took a bit of haggling and perserverance but we got there.
It's only for ten days but with the recent tensions I thought that enough.
At first they said I'd need a work permit for Thailand and proof of savings. When I looked glum at that option they mentioned the letter of invitation from the British embassy. They said they'd never had to do anything like that before and let me draft it with a few ammendments to make it clear they were in no way supporting my trip.
Of course the guy at tthe Pakistan embassy was at first not happy with it, saying i had to go back and have them write another one with the words 'please issue me a visa' at the bottom. I sort of argued that getting my embassy to agree to anything else would be difficult and in the end he went and chatted with the consulate.
An hour later he came back and interogated me about my trip. Off the top of my head I couldn't remember the border I would cross at, which didn't go down well, and then, just as I thought he was going to refuse it, he asked about the bike. I told him. A CT110, 105cc, capable of 70km/h. He laughed, said I was crazy and couldn't believe why anyone would live like this. And then gave me the visa.
So if I learned anything from this it's that it does you no good to argue or get aggressive, just try and throw enough reasons at them why they should issue you with one than refuse.
But for a long time he was suggesting I fly home to England for it.