So we are on the third day of our trip and I thought I should blog about our plans. Here is the agenda –
- Gold Coast – Kuala Lumpur
- Kuala Lumpur – Bangkok (4 Days, 3 Nights)
- Bangkok – Siem Reap (3 Days, 2 Nights)
- Siem Reap – Kuala Lumpur (2 Days, 1 Night)
- Kuala Lumpur – Medan, Indonesia (7 days, 6 nights)
- Medan – Phuket (3 days, 2 nights)
- Phuket – Ho Chi Minh (4 days, 3 nights)
- Ho Chi Minh – Kuala Lumpar – Langkawai Island (4 days, 3 nights)
- Langkawai Island – Kuala Lumpur – Gold Coast
So yeah, it will be a long trip, and we are going to cover a lot of ground and air. We are mish mashing from one country to the next because it is the cheapest route using Air Asia. We are catching planes, trains, buses, taxis, tuk-tuk’s, rickshaw’s, ferries….the whole 165 yards!
It was a gruelling trek here, and we finally got to our guest house in Bangkok at 11pm, or 2 am Brisbane time. Almost 24 hours of traveling as we left Brisbane at 3.00am!
We did get to see some of Malaysia though, and it was beautiful. The taxi driver we hired for a couple of hours was a nice bloke, and showed us around and gave us a running commentary on the sights, sounds and people. We only had a few hours of free time so we went and had some seafood at a nearby restaurant.
We were then on our way to Bangkok through Air Asia. Now, I’m not the smallest person in the world, and Air Asia doesn’t offer the biggest seats, so it was an interesting experience for 8 hours, and then another 3 hours to Bangkok. But we arrived safe and sound (although my butt fell asleep for about 12 hours).
In the morning we headed off to a Tiger Farm, about a 3 hour trek in a car. Wow, it was a great ride, minus the crazy driving. The tiger farm was apparently run by monks and is a non for profit venture where they take in tigers and all kinds of animals. But what I saw was some pretty drugged up tigers being pet by foreigners, and those who paid about $30 were able to get an individual photo taken with a chained up, drugged up tiger. It was quite sad really.
A night market was next on the agenda in Patpong. I bought a new shirt and a pair of fisherman pants – they look like skinny jeans on me. We had some great food and headed back for a snooze.
Today we are going to a weekend shopping market and then off to some Muay Thai fights at night. I heard that Thailand has about 60 000 professional Muay Thai fighters!
If I can work out how to use the camera I will updoad some photos!
Until then, stay safe and I will update as much as possible!