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Sep 10, 2006 - Kota Bharu

B - We stayed 2 nights in Kota Bharu, a small muslim city in the far northeast of Malaysia, and it was more of a town than a city, with a real rural feel. We didn't do it a great deal of justice with some v sweaty half-hearted sightseeing. But we did make it to the fantastic night market, which had tons of food stalls so we finally found some authentic local malay food, including Nasi Kerabu - blue rice with fried fish and various other strange adornments which we could only guess at. We finished off with cake with a Malaysian flag stuck in...

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Sep 4, 2006 - Taman Negara Dschungel Trekking (Malaysia)

nach einer super tollen 9 stuendigen zugfahrt durch malaysiens fantastisch schoene landschaft bin ich dann endlich in jerantut angekommen. zu der zugfahrt gibts nicht viel zu sagen, nur dass die ac am anfang sinnlos hoch eingeschaltet war, was nicht weiter schlimm war, hatte mich ja deswegen extra warm angezogen, nur nach ca 2 std ist diese ausgestiegen und es wurde eine affenhitze.... waere auch nicht weiter schlimm gewesen, waere ich nicht in einem islamistischen land, wo man mit traeger t shirt zu viel aufmerksamkeit auf sich zieht.......

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Aug 3, 2006 - Singapur

habe mal wieder ein etwas anstrengendes wochenende hinter mir... am freitag war indischer abend bei sam angesagt, samstag weiberabend bei ihrer maori freundin und am sonntag noch griechisches fest!!! langsam aber sicher gehen mir die aspirin aus. am schoensten war aber definitiv der samstag abend bei andi zu hause, sie hat zwei unglaublich suesse toechter die einfach zum fressen sind. war richtig schoen die zwei gschwaeder am sonntag wieder zu sehen. leider war das wochenende wieder einmal viel zu schnell vorbei. nachdem ich 3 weitere...

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Jun 30, 2006 - The Jungle Book

A change of scene was in store for Ashley and Fiona. After the urban jungle of Kuala Lumpur, the towering trees of the Taman Negara jungle replaced the Menara and Petronas towers of the city. The journey was a long and arduous affair: Two buses lasting about 4 hours, a stay over in the boiling hot 'Jerantut' (Although a cafe with lots of gigantic TV screens just down the road showed the football...), another one-hour bus ride and a 3 hour boat trip up a river made up our route there from Kuala Lumpur. It would turn out to be a worthwhile...

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Jun 18, 2006 - Taman Negera

We headed north east to Taman Negra (National Park in Malay) from KL and, like normal, we arranged our on transport, using the local busses when possible, rather than the package tours offered along with all the other tourists. It is always cheaper but some times it can be a real pain if connections don't work out. Well this time it was fine and after a short overnight stay in the nearest main town to the park we headed off in the morn with only two other people on the bus. The trip was an hour compared to the 3 hours boat trip most tourist...

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May 3, 2006 - Back to where it all started! Malaysia

From Hanoi we flew back to Malaysia to take in the jungles of Taman Negara and the East coast (since it wasn't flooded with torrential downpour this time). It was quite amusing to see how much we had matured or learned over our five monthes in S.E. Asia because instead of paying $20 each for a guesthouse (like we did our first time through Kuala Lumpur), we found a way cooler place (Le Village for any one going to KL)for $8 each! I guess it wasn't the first time we noticed locals preying on nieve travellers! Couple days back in Kuala...

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May 3, 2006 - Kota Bharu

Another day in Kota Bharu. We woke up to torrential downpour outside that lasted all night and well into the morning. The last bouts of the monsoon season. The day was pleasantly cool for the next 15 minutes or so. We cycled out of town to see the South China Sea beach, as well as some local crafts in the making. The beach was totally abandoned except for a small group of people away in the distance. It is a predominantly a Muslim community. The traditional way of creating batik patterns has evolved a bit. They no longer use natural dyes to...

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Somewhere in Asia

May 1, 2006 - Kota Bharu

After a few hours of searching for a place to stay (we arrived during a federal holiday), we made Zeck's Guesthouse our home for the night. Marianne, Zeck's wife was very friendly and outgoing, and made us feel quite at home. The very next morning Myles stumbled upon a bird singing competition already in progress, where he met its founder, mr. Khor. Mr. khor invited both of us for breakfast, which quickly turned into a whole day affair. After an extensive eplanation of the judging scheme (showmanship, repertoire, melody and resonance)we...

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Mar 3, 2006 - Taman Negara National Park - Leeches

Highlights of my 3 day Jungle Trek. Batteries flat on camera so waiting to recieve more photos from friends Saw elephant tracks tiger tracks leeches close encounter with monkeys more rats squirells lots of thick bush buckets of sweat running down me 7 of us and a local guide trekked the first day for nearly 8 hours through some very thick bush. I was glad to have ny good kiwi tramping boots and gaiters as they kept the leeches off my feet and legs. Howwever not from getting me on my stomach. It is a shame they can't teach them to suck fat...

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Karen's Trip 2006

Feb 1, 2006 - Taman Negara (is)

Við vöknuðum snemma í gærmorgun. Borðuðum morgunmat og gengum frá töskum í geymslu. klukkan 8:30 vorum við síðan mætt á Crown Plasa hótelið til að taka rútu til Kuala Tembeling. Ferðin tók okkur ca.3 tíma í þessari fínu lúxusrútu. Ég hef aldrey haft svona mikið pláss fyrir fætunar áður. Í Kuala Tembeling gengum við frá leyfi til að fara inn í þjóðgarðinn og borguðum 5rm fyrir að taka myndavél með okkur. Þegar við gengum frá pakkanum í KL ákváðum við að pannta bara ferðir og gistingu. Engann mat og enga labbitúra með leiðsögn því...

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Jan 8, 2006 - Welcome to the Jungle!!

"That is a leech" "How do you know? It doesn't look like the one in Stand By Me." "Well, we'll just have to wait and find out." That was one of the many conversations Chris and I had as we tramped through the muck and the mud of the Malaysian National Rainforest of Taman Negara, located along the Tembeling River. At about 2 o'clock in the afternoon we decided we could leave the main ranger station and hike to a nearby native village to visit the inhabitants, Orang Asli(Original People), and have plenty of time to get back before dark and...

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Jan 4, 2006 - Oh Mylaysia!!

As some of you may know, there has been some civil unrest in the south of Thailand as of late. In order to avoid this, today we scooted through all that nonsense and crossed over into Malaysia. Just wanted to say hello and let everyone know that we made it safe and sound. There certainly were obvious signs of tension the further south we travelled, most obviously seen in the form of Thai military police that patrolled the train and train stations. They were all very courteous to us which was pleasant, especially since each of them were...

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