From Malaysia to Thailand

There are no big buses or coaches going from Malaysia to Thailand. Our only option was a minibus, which always cost more and always have crazy drivers. In Georgetown you can go to the ticket offices near the big white tower and shop around. Most of them are quite rude and not helpful at all….

Malaysia Travel Guide

I’m not paid by National Geographic, so don’t expect a comprehensive guide which you can use to plan your next 6 week holiday in Malaysia. These are merely my thoughts based on my experiences here in Malaysia. Things to see While there are many attractions and landmarks to see in Malaysia, most of these attract…

Goodbye Malaysia. Truly Asia?

Off to Thailand tomorrow morning! A morning mini bus to Hat Yai, then perhaps onto Trang (apparently there’s some cool caves there). It will be interesting to leave Malaysia, considering its technically our first stop and all that we currently know. I’ve been a bit confused by the country. It’s predominantly a Muslim country, governed…

Playing Just Cause 2 – Motorbiking Around Georgetown

After a night’s rest, I couldn’t wait to get back on a scooter and explore the south side of Penang. We decided to do another day with our friends, Audrey and Bastien on the motorbike. Feeling more confident and with the sun out, Emma and I rode ahead on the way out of town. It…

Finally, off the tourist trail

To get around Penang and see the island, we decided to hire some motorbikes / scooters. The first guy, sent us away after we didn’t immediately agree to his price so we went to find the mysterious Happy Ken. We were told he roams around a few cafes and the streets. We saw a few…

Malaysian Toilets

Malaysia Lots of squat toilets but I had prepared for this by practicing at some Singaporean bathrooms. I was extremely perplexed the first few days as the cubicles usually consisted of a squat toilet, a hose, a bucket, and NO TOILET PAPER!. Due to my mother’s habit of always carrying tissues in her handbag, I…

Taiping – Getting to Orangutan Island

Eawasin, from the guesthouse, suggested that we do an extra stop between Tanah Rata and Penang. We followed his advice and the four of us took a bus to Ipoh and then to Taiping, a colonial city in north western Malaysia. While the people here were charming, there was not a great deal to do….

Jungle Trekking – Bush Bashing

Went for a mini hike on our second day in the Cameron Highlands. We met a very nice French couple at Orchid Lodge, the night before, and ended up going on a hike with Bastien. He and Audrey had taken Path 1 the day we arrived, and said it was quite a difficult trek, so…

Beach to Mountains

Today we say goodbye to the island paradise and will move to central Malaysia to the Cameron Highlands. There are not a lot of buses going from Kuala Besut to the Cameron Highlands, only four companies, all mini buses. The cheapest one is 55RM per person and you need to change buses at lunch time….