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Dec 6, 2011 - Penang Thai Visa Run

Hello all, We set out yesterday morning at 6.30, cab to the ferry to the main land (one hour) to get to shore and find that no buses went directly from Kuala Perlis. After thumbing through the Lonely Planet map and a chat we bunged a coach driver RM20 that was bound for Ipoh to drop us at Alor Setar. From there we grabbed another bus to Butterworth then the ferry across to George Town and a bus to China Town. What a mission. But we were there by lunchtime. Happy days! All ended with a dinner of sushi, crispy duck and a well deserved beer....

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Asian Adventure 2011

Nov 23, 2011 - Our Journey to Malaysia

You better grab a bowl of popcorn & a drink because I have lots to write about! I’ve been going through writing withdrawals over the last week. It’s funny how a place so utterly foreign just 3 weeks ago can seem like home already. We are so glad to be back in Thailand. Malaysia was a beautiful country but the people were not. They were rude, arrogant & disrespectful. The men smelled like curry, old tobacco & body odour & undress every woman that walked by with their eyes. It was not a culture I would ever care to live in. We did however;...

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Nov 18, 2011 - A Big Hello from Malaysia!!

Hello Everyone! Sorry we haven't written in awhile, it's been quite a busy few days! Before I left I tried to upload more pictures, pictures of the elephants didn't upload as we lost our signal. SO we have to wait until we get back to our laptop to put up those pictures. So where to start...the mini bus ride from Hua Hin was BUMPY & scary. It was about 2.5 hours and really should have taken 3.5! We sat in the back over the wheel so good thing we wore our seat belts to stop us from hitting the roof! haha They pack it full as well, there's...

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Jun 10, 2011 - Penang

Monday 6th to Monday 13th June So the overnight train was interesting after fixed menu dinner of chicken and cashew nut, sou p, pork red curry and pineapple (I ate most of it kids picked and ate potatoe chips) I thought it was nice for train food and the curry very tast and fragrant - kids didnt think the same as me obviously. They made the beds which Nathan was very excited about - they put this capsule like thing down from the room and pulled the chairs out and abracadabra there are two beds the bottom one almost huge in size and...

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Ho Chi Minh to Kuta

Jun 7, 2011 - Chaing Mai to Bangkok to Penang

saturday 28th - tuesday 30th So we trundled of to the Tiger Kingdom, got a taxi 500 baht return, open air no windows so the breeze was nice, every bump and the vinal stick to your skin seats were not. Took about 30 or so minutes or so. So we finally arrived and discovered that Nathan can only go in to the smallest tigers as hes to small, and Bill and I can onlly go in the smallest and the small. Nathan was not happy as he really wanted to go into the really big ones - of course he did. Trying to explain to him that the might think he is...

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Ho Chi Minh to Kuta

Apr 27, 2011 - Too much food!!!

Turns out being semi sleepy near the end pout of your journey is not a good idea. You may find yourself being dropped at the last stop on Penang island 25mins from where you want to be. You will be slightly comforted to know that the other local passenger who wanted to go to Butterworth is in the same position, in fact we aren't even sure the bus stopped in Butterworth! Fortunately Amir was there to save the day and drove all the way out to pick us up and then drove us home to meet his lovely family.  We spent the day exploring Penang with...

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Jan 25, 2011 - Final day in Phi Phi and back to Penang

As you can imagine we were extremely tired on our last day in Phi Phi. I didn’t get home until 4.30am and Joss traipsed in at 6am. It is so easy to lose track of time here. We didn’t leave our room until 1pm, by the time we’d had brunch and got to long beach it was around 3pm. We squeezed in another 3 hours in the sun and I had many errands to run in the evening to prepare for our trip back down to Malaysia tomorrow. We said our goodbyes to P A K over dinner at the Thai market. We will see Pete and Alfie again in a few weeks so it wasn’t an...

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Jan 13, 2011 - Georgetown China town

Tomorrow we have decided to return back to Thailand. Joss would really like to experience the West coast and we are due to meet Pete and Alfie in Indonesia on Feb 8th so we have some time to kill. It would be nice to see more of Malaysia but I have been told more often than not, that although lovely, there are not so many interesting places to visit on this island. Of course we would love to go to the Borneo side but that is another trip in itself. Today we spent our final day walking the streets of Georgetown. Georgetown is a UNESCO World...

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Jan 12, 2011 - Botanical gardens and great views

We took a cheap taxi ride over the botanical gardens today which is about 10k from Georgetown. The gardens are luscious greenery with pens of flowers and rare plants. Admission is free and the gardens are tended to perfectly. We took a extremely slow small train ride around the gardens admiring the lawns, cactus, flowering trees and protruding tree roots. Also adding to the scenery are hundreds of naughty little monkeys running a muck all over the place, foraging for everything they can get their greedy hands on. After enjoying the gardens...

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Jan 11, 2011 - Penang, Malaysia

We have finally arrived in Malaysia. We had a long long day traveling yesterday. We were picked up from Black and White at 6am by tuk tuk, transferred to ferry then proceeded to take a bus, tuk tuk, minibus and minibus all the way down to Penang. After 15.5 hours we arrived in Penang. We had to cross the extremely long suspension bridge to reach the island from the mainland, the city line and high rise buildings were lit up in a similar fashion to Hong Kong. Crossing the border was completely harmless, no visa's, nobody trying to rip you...

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Jan 2, 2011 - New Years Eve Penang!

Marika and I spend one last day at the Cameron Highland. We did an extensive bush walk on a trail that I think was no long a trail as it was really tough and not on the newer maps... We hiked to the top of the mountian and on the way down we were using trees as ropes, as we hiked down what was very steep, slippery trail- It was nice (and challenging!) to be out in the cool fresh air and get some good exercise! that night a kind Malaysian man Krishna Invited us around for dinner to teach us to cook a vegetarian Indian dish... It was so...

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Gem of the World

Dec 13, 2010 - PENANG ISLAND

Penang is great! There is heaps do and see here and the people are friendly and helpful. Moa, Emil and Tobias- all from Sweden- along with Bennie, Simone and Marcin- from Gemany and Poland -went for a stroll around the streets of Georgetown yesterday. We started with brunch in the Chinese district- yum cha! Was delish! I booked into a backpackers directly across the road from where I stayed the previous night- with exactly the same name. We then went to the Penang Museum. It was so interesting to see all of the different cultures that have...

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Gem of the World

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