Mollie & Macayla

MollyMac

Mollie & Macayla

Hello! Welcome to Mollie and Macayla's travel journal (a mother/daughter duo). We will be traveling to Singapore with a short layover in Shanghai and backpacking through Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and possibly Cambodia on this fourth adventure. Please feel free to follow along on our journey. Enjoy!!



Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town July 18th 2013

On the final day in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand, I bought tickets (@ 750 Baht each) on an overnight train to Hat Yai, Thailand. We were supposed to leave at 8:00 pm, but as usual the train was an hour late. Unfortunately, the lower beds were already taken so Macayla and I were stuck in top bunks. They are quite small but adequate. There are two straps that keep you from falling out of the bunk, thank goodness. I was excited because I thought the train would lull me to sleep but that was not how it worked. Sometimes the train would jerk violently and other floor which dumps all of the waste onto the tracks below. Very sanitary!! It is an odd sensation while sitting on the pot to have air blowing up onto your ... read more
Goodbye Thailand
Hello Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur


Once back in Thailand, we went back to Bangkok for a couple of days to get a few souvenirs. I was able to find some fried worms which were surprisingly tasty and would not mind having them again. Plus, we were able to get Mango Sticky Rice one last time before leaving. I need to find out how to make that delicious dessert. It is heavenly! We left Bangkok and went to a seaside town on the east coast called Prachuap Khiri Khan. I really enjoyed this place because it was not touristy like most of the other towns we have been to. The bus dropped us off and there were no taxis waiting for us. No drivers bugging us to go with them. It was strange. I tried to flag down tuk-tuk, but the man ... read more
Bangkok
Bangkok
Prachuap Khiri Khan

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap July 6th 2013

We finally left Thailand to make a quick side trip to Cambodia to see the famous Angkor Wat. I figured we were too close not to go and see the world's largest religious site. Anyway, the decision was made to take the third class train to the border mainly because it was inexpensive. It was nice to ride the train with the windows down and air blowing in but when the train slowed down the heat could be a bit unbearable. Plus, the train picked up passengers along the way and it could get very cramped at certain times during the ride with so many people squashed inside. I was happy once the six (+) hour ride ended. We shared a tuk-tuk with a couple to the border and went through immigration. I was so proud ... read more
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

Asia July 5th 2013

Well, the first five days in Bangkok was spent in a hotel room with the flu. The whole time I was wondering if I had something more serious. As soon as we landed in Singapore, we were warned about the possibility of contracting some new strain of flu called J1 something or other. So, of course, that was in the back of my head and then the other great illnesses found in the back of my travel guide including malaria. Thank goodness, I am feeling much better and have had a chance to get out of the hotel the last couple of days. Unfortunately, I was never planning on staying in Bangkok for so long. The transit system in Bangkok is very good and we used the Sky Train and the Ferry for all of our ... read more
Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok June 29th 2013

On Friday afternoon, we purchased tickets to Bangkok by bus. We spent the extra money for the VIP bus service which was supposed to be more comfortable with more leg room, etc. Each seat had its own monitor to view movies but there were none available in English, so Macayla watched Step Up Revolution in Thai three times in a row. I am not sure how she did it. Around 11pm, we stopped at a "rest area" and I noticed that I was not feeling so great; sore throat, headache, etc. The entire trip lasted about 12 hours and was fairly miserable. No matter how many times I do this type of long-distance trip, I can never get comfortable and the seats can recline to a horizontal position and it would make no difference. We arrived ... read more
Bus Ride
Bus Ride
Siam Center

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Leh » Maya Bay June 27th 2013

The night before, we spent an hour or more bargaining with various tour shops to get the best price for a seven island snorkeling trip. As the trip started at 1500 baht per person, we were able to get it down to 1000 baht per person. I was happy about this, however, I am sure others have done better. So, we were ready Thursday morning at 8:30 for our driver to pick us up. The next half hour was spent picking people up from several other hotels before we were dropped off at the pier. Once everyone was brought together, there was a group of 22 people for our particular tour. We were all given pink stickers to wear so that our guide would be able find us easily. Finally arriving by foot to our boat, ... read more
Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island
Longboat in the water

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ao Nang June 26th 2013

On Monday we left Pulau Langkawi and took a ferry headed to Satun, Thailand. While waiting for the ferry to leave, we decided to try some local fruit that we had never tasted before. The first fruit we tried was Durian. I had heard of this fruit before and knew that it was known for its "stinky cheese" odor. The man who sold me the fruit told me that Durian is the king of all fruits in this part of the world and it is only in season for a few months (June - August). How could we not try the king of all fruit? Macayla had to really try hard to swallow her bite of the fruit. She definitely did not appreciate the pungent taste and odor. I did not mind the taste and it ... read more
Durian
Durian
Durian

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi June 23rd 2013

Pulua Langkawi is beautiful but it does not have the turquoise water that I was looking for here. We still spent time on the beach for some tanning and enjoyed the warm ocean water. I decided to stay at the Palms Guest House on Langkawi because it was recommended by Lonely Planet guide book for Southeast Asia on a Shoestring. We had our own room but there was only one queen size bed. Plus, the mattress and box spring were not in a frame but just lying on the floor. The WIFI signal was poor and difficult to connect to it. The man who ran the place was helpful but rarely there. I paid for two nights ahead of time and wish that was not the case since we would have left after the first night. ... read more
Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia
Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia
Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi June 21st 2013

It seems like we have been on the move since the day our flight landed. So, we decided to take a break at a beautiful island, of course. Pulau Langkawi! We are very excited about this island and hope that it fits the bill. Picking up where I left off before.....on the second day in Kuala Lumpur we chose to make a trip to FRIM (Forestry Research Institute of Malaysia) which boasted a canopy walkway in the jungle park and waterfalls. The travel guide said that the falls did not close until 2:30pm, but it closed a 1:30pm instead. I was very disappointed that we missed the canopy walk, but decided to stay since it did cost to get in. We started walking to the waterfalls but never made it there. We took a wrong turn ... read more
Dinner in Pulau Penang
Intestine on a stick?
Yum!

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town June 18th 2013

Well, we just made it through out second night in Kuala Lumpur which was not difficult considering the hostel we are at is called Back Home. I would not consider it like back home but they do think of everything. The beds are really comfortable and everyone is genuinely nice. No wonder it was rated the number one hostel in Malaysia. However, we wanted to stay another night but there is no room; they are booked up. We are now trying to decide if we should move on or try finding another place to stay. Yesterday, we went to the Batu Cave and Cave Villa. We were awed by the Murugan statue that greeted us at the front which happens to be the tallest in the world. Apparently, the faithful make a pilgrimage to the Batu ... read more
Entrance to the site.
Two hundred + steps.
Macayla on the steps.




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