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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town June 20th 2011

Penang There were a few reasons why I have come back to Penang for the fourth time. Most importantly to get a 60 day visa for Indonesia (visa info below), the food, a few sites I haven't seen, and it is on the way to Langkawi where I will catch up with my good friend Sheikh. And I forgot to mention, I really like the place. First thing I did was to head to the Indonesian consulate at 10am to hand over the required documents, which were: Passport, proof of inbound and outbound flights, photocopy of main page and Malaysian entry stamp page of passport, one photo with a red background, and RM170. It only took me about 30 minutes the first day to get and fill out the visa form, hand it in, and after ... read more
Penang - Nasi Lemuk and some indian snacks
Penang - Snake Temple
Rachel, Becky, and me at Seven Wells waterfall

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Tanah Rata June 7th 2011

When I hopped on the minibus to the Cameron Highlands friday morning I found out that I was the only passenger, so it was a very enjoyable and scenic four and a half drive. I thought I would try the Twin Pines guesthouse first, which turned out to be the right decision because I got a nice comfy little room for a very good price. I really like this guesthouse, everything is very clean, there is a tv room with cable, it is quiet, and the staff are very friendly. I had a look around town, and to me it seems a lot busier and more developed than when I was here ten years ago. I really enjoyed being back in a cooler climate where I could walk around quite comfortably without sweating all the time. ... read more
Asli village
Twin Pines guesthouse

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Taman Negara National Park May 28th 2011

Tuesday at midday I took the speedboat back to Kuala Besut and then caught the local bus to Kota Bharu which is the main city in the far northeast of peninsula Malaysia. I really enjoyed the bus trip because of all the old wooden houses and their windows painted in every colour you can imagine. I quickly found a room at a guesthouse about a minute from the bus station, got something to eat and then had a look around the city. Originally I had planned to spend a couple of nights here, but after having a wander around I realised there wasn't a great deal to see besides a few very nice buildings, so I decided to leave on the train the next day. So wednesday morning I got up very early to catch a ... read more
Canopy walkway
View down the river
Jungle trail

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil May 23rd 2011

I have found a little paradise called the Perhentian Islands in northeastern Malaysia. There are two main islands here called Besar(large) and Kecil(small) which I have spent the last 6 days on. They both have plenty of stunning beaches, snorkelling and diving spots, and decent accommodation. I am on the smaller island which attracts mainly young foreign backpackers whilst the larger island has more local tourists as well as more up market places to stay at. It was quite easy to get to, on wednesday I took a two and a half hour local bus from Kuala Terengganu and then a 40 minute speedboat ride to the island. I found it a little bit hard to get cheap accommodation so ended up staying the first night in a bungalow with shared bathroom and limited hours of ... read more
Coral Bay
Perhentian Besar
Kuala Besar

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cherating May 17th 2011

I caught the 7.30am ferry from Palau Tioman and got back to Mersing about 10.30am. I then caught a bus to Kuantan at 1pm and arrived 2 and a half hours later. Finally I caught the very slow local bus for the last 40km to a little place on the coast called Cherating. As soon as I arrived it seemed a very small and chilled out place with a few bungalow setups scattered around here and there. I settled for a nice little bungalow on the main strip for $13 a night, put my bags down and had a walk around the beach and down the main street. The beach didn't look that great with quite a lot of litter about and the water itself was a little brown. I actually came here on the off ... read more
Cherating beach
Kuala Terengganu
Cherating - Main street

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Pulau Tioman May 15th 2011

I almost missed my 12.45pm bus to Mersing thanks to some bad information from my hotel, but I got there just as it was about to leave. The trip was supposed to take four and a half hours, but we got caught in a traffic jam due to a head on collision between three trucks. Once in Mersing it took my a while to find accommodation, but eventually settled on an aircon room with bathroom for $13. Had a quick look around town before getting dinner next door at a chinese restaurant, then surfed the net and watched a movie. Tuesday I caught the ferry for Palau Tioman at the very reasonable hour of 11.30am. The two hour crossing went very quick, mainly due to the fact that I spent most of the time talking to ... read more
Panuba Bay
ABC Beach - Burning off

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur May 12th 2011

I'm back in the land of sugar palms and rubber trees after returning to Melbourne for three weeks to attend a wedding and catch up with friends and family. Currently I am on Palau Tioman, a beautiful island off the east coast of Malaysia. But firstly I will let you know what I have been up to in my first few days back in Malaysia. My flight arrived on time Friday afternoon and a couple of hours later I was in my guesthouse in the Golden Triangle area of KL. I had a small bedroom with shared bathroom at quite a reasonable price of $17 a night. I really liked the location, one street from a night food market and two streets from Jalan Bukit Bintang which is a street full of bars, shopping centres, and ... read more
Kuala Lumpur

Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi April 15th 2011

I left Hua Hin at 9.15pm on the Thursday night and arrived in Hat Yai about 8am. On the way just before Surat Thani we had to go through about 3km of water caused by the major floods in the area. On the bus I also found out that the train would still not go all the way to Hat Yai for a number of days. After a little bit of searching I found a minibus direct from the bus station to the pier just out of Satun. Unfortunately I had bought a combined minibus and boat ticket so I ended up having to wait at the ferry terminal for about 3 hours to catch my boat. The crossing was very smooth and just over an hour later I was in Langkawi, Malaysia. I shared a ... read more
Cable Car
Almost an unhappy ending
Sunset at Tanjung Rhu

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin April 6th 2011

I quite enjoyed the 4 hour bus trip to Mae Sariang, with winding roads through the forest and a few nice villages along the way. Once there I ran into a guy I met in Mae Hong Son, so we made plans to hire a couple of bikes the next day. We were pretty lazy in the morning so we just went to the local swimming spot and then up to a temple on a hill in the afternoon. Next morning we rode the 40km to a small village on the border with Myanmar called Mae Sam Laep where you can take boats up river into a national park. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time to do this so we headed back to Mae Sariang with a quick visit to another national park on the way. ... read more
Mae Sam Laep
Bridge on the river Kwai
Hua Hin - Tim Tams - not quite the same though, these are made in Indonesia

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Hong Son March 19th 2011

The bus took about two and a half hours to get to Mae Hong Son but it was a very enjoyable trip with the nice scenery we passed. I arrived at the new bus station which isn’t in my guidebook and decided not to take an expensive motorbike taxi and just walk the couple of kilometres. After asking a couple of locals I found the guesthouse I was looking for and got a room for about $7 a night. I had a look around town and then in the evening went to the Chilli Bar for a drink where I met Ryan, an Englishman who is married to a Thai woman from this area. The next day the friendly couple who run the bar invited Ryan ,his wife, and myself to join them in the afternoon ... read more
I wasn't go to cross that
Ryan the punk
View of Mae Hong Son

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