We spent 2 weeks in Malaysia after crossing the border by first class bus from Singapore, a great first land crossing. Our first 3 nights were spent in Kuala Lumpur, where we had 3 nights free at the Marriott with views of the Petronas Towers, a perk of using our Marriott Credit Card. From Kuala Lumpur we headed north by bus to the Cameron Highlands, a region known for their tea production. We learned all about the process of making tea on a great day tour and enjoyed some delicious Indian and Chinese foods. From Cameron Highlands we again took a bus to the Island of Penang. We stayed in Georgetown and enjoyed time with friends as well as searching for street art. The street art in Georgetown was the highlight of our time in Malaysia. We stayed at a great hotel called the Apollo Inn and really didn’t want to leave! Our last stop in Malaysia was the Island of Langkawi where we relaxed for a few nights before heading into Thailand by ferry. Check out our time in Malaysia here.
March was another whirlwind month through South East Asia. We had 6 nights left in Malaysia and then headed into Thailand for 20 nights before finishing the month in Cambodia. During our time in these three countries we traveled by ferry (George Town to Langkawi, Langkawi to Ko Lipe, Ko Lipe to AoNang), bus, taxi, plane, subway and motorbike. We took a flight from Krabi to Chiang Mai and then had to take an unplanned flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok when the night train was full. Our 3rd flight of the month was from Bangkok to Siem Reap, Cambodia which we are glad we did since immigration and customs was a breeze compared to what others have experienced crossing by land. Continue Reading
Modern Housing Towering Over Old Clan Jetty Houses
As we had said in our earlier posts on Street Food and Street Art, Penang is full of things to see and places to explore. We spent much of our time walking the streets of Georgetown, but also got out to see other parts of the island by way of the city bus. This is a cheep alternative to taking a taxi as long as you give yourself ample time to get somewhere.
As we said in our earlier post on Street Food, our hotel was perfect. We stayed at the Apollo Inn just down the street from Continue Reading
Our travel expenses for the month of February 2014. This month we visited 3 countries; Bali, Singapore and Malaysia. The most time was spent in Bali and the least in Singapore with just 3 nights. While in Bali we hired a driver for several days to show us the sites and are very glad we did even though it added to the budget. To get to Malaysia we took a very nice bus from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur where we stayed at a Marriott for 3 nights free by using hotel points. Continue Reading
The street art around Penang is amazing. We’re not sure how long the wrought iron art work has been around but the murals done by Lithuanian born artist Ernest Zacharevic have been around since 2012. There are paintings of characters and people on the walls of buildings, some of which are incorporated with real items such as a motorcycle, rope or a bicycle to give a 3D effect. Both the wrought iron and paintings are so famous there’s even a Continue Reading