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Browsing Archive: July, 2011

Bangkok. You did not make the world my oyster.

Posted by Penny Young on Sunday, July 31, 2011,

When I return to the world of the living and people start sharing fun-filled stories about Bangkok, I think I’ll lie and say we had a wonderful time; I think I’ll say that we spent a whole day exploring the stunning grand palace (instead of getting turned away at the gate for not being dressed properly), and I’ll say that we roamed the night markets and bartered cunningly for ...


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The bridge over the River Kwai

Posted by Penny Young on Sunday, July 31, 2011,

At the risk of sounding like an obnoxious twit who’s obviously been away from the real world for far too long; we had a few crap ‘nothing’ days there for a while. Days where we couldn’t be arsed going to see another temple or waterfall or bat filled cave with hawkers selling plastic inflatable crap and monkies shamelessly fornicating out the front. We couldn’t be arsed spe...


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How do you know when you’re being helped or hounded?

Posted by Penny Young on Sunday, July 31, 2011,

I wish I weren’t so sceptical and sensible. I wish I gave people the benefit of the doubt like Joe does, but it’s awfully tricky in this country to know when people are being genuinely helpful and when they’re trying to scam you.

I say this because we had a pretty crappy few days of driving relatively long distances to get up to Bangkok, and were stuck not feeling well, ti...


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Too posh for camping? I think not...

Posted by Penny Young on Sunday, July 31, 2011,

I skyped my parents whilst we were staying in the hotel in Phuket, and amongst other pointed questions, my mum happened to comment ‘I thought you were meant to be camping your way across the world, not staying in hotels?’

Although she did buy the argument that our ‘low-season’ timings were rendering accommodation prices too good to be true (as well as the other 9-10 comp...


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Blissed out and Boozed. Week 1 Thailand.

Posted by Penny Young on Monday, July 18, 2011,
We’ve been in Thailand for a week now, and I’m so relaxed I’m barely conscious. And it’s not just the cheap beer, it’s just so easy. We are back into holiday mode well and truly.

After picking up our maps in Trang, we headed straight to Koh Lanta (wrong turns are a thing of the past!). Two ferry rides to our first Thai Island experience. Joe tried his hand at Kiting again...


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Some closing thoughts on Malaysia...

Posted by Penny Young on Monday, July 18, 2011,

My perception of Malaysia shifted completely over the last 3 weeks. I’d thought it would be all about jungle, white sand beaches and Laksa – but most of the time we struggled to find good examples of those things (we found other great stuff instead, just not those).

Having been in Thailand for a week, I already feel more at home here – that is, more welcomed, my tourist do...


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Penang and our 2nd Border Crossing

Posted by Penny Young on Monday, July 18, 2011,
Penang was our last stop and for me, epitomized what I loved about Malaysia; the melting pot of Chinese, Indian and Malaysian cultures giving way to a massive variety of deliciously spicy food choices. Yes, I am single minded. Finally that craving to eat curry for breakfast could be satisfied. 

Beyond eating, we were able to spend our time in Penang getting our Thai Visa organised (y...


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Cameron Highlands

Posted by Penny Young on Friday, July 15, 2011,
The night before our failed jungle trek we did a quick calc on how much time we had to get to China - only 50 days. We still needed to get our Thai visa's in Penang and so realised we needed to step on it a bit.

After bolting out of Taman Negara heading for the Cameron Highlands, we got pulled over by the Malaysian Police - who were a bit baffled. They asked Joe for his licence - which he gave them stuck to his Qantas Frequent Flyer card. The Policeman dutifully examined both, together with th...
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Jungle-tastic

Posted by Penny Young on Friday, July 15, 2011,

I admit, embarrassingly that I’ve been wandering around in a Lonely Planet stupor for the last few weeks, opting for a road more travelled (or just one we can actually find on a map), happy to see other gualos in an eatery (once a wk) and saying daft things like ‘We’re going to the Taman Negara national park’ (translate: the national park national park, not unlike the ATM ma...


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Joe's view on month 3 - Australia (Perth to Broome to Perth)

Posted by Joseph Ferrar on Thursday, July 14, 2011,

At the time of writing we're camping at Balok Beach in Pahang, Malaysia. Its now the seventh month of the year and I have only posted two blogs. Pathetic. So I'm going to use this quiet beach time to catch up.

Our third month in Australia was awesome and frustrating at the same time. We started out in Perth and worked our way North along the coast. We had a longer than expected stay in Gerladton, entering with NSW rego plates and departing with WA rego plates (not a simple or cheap process)....


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Balok Beach & Cherating, 3rd Zigzag across Malaysia

Posted by Penny Young on Monday, July 4, 2011,
The Malays are a funny bunch. Faces can look a bit dour as they pass you on their scooters or when you walk into their restaurant, or pass them on the beach, but as soon as you smile and say hello they break out into the broadest of grins and want to stick around and chat about anything they can find the words for. In fact, I've been really embarassed in the last few days about how unprepared we are with language and directions; as most people who've gone to the trouble of speaking to us apol...
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Caves, Fireflies and Monkeys, Batu Cave & Kuala Selangor, 30 June

Posted by Penny Young on Friday, July 1, 2011,

On our way out of Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves, we spotted a Tescos extra, and diverted desperately over several lanes of traffic with wild abandon at the prospect of buying wine and beer on the cheap. We were so distracted by supermarket heaven that we missed the turn off to Batu and drove an extra 20 or so kms out of our way. Again. But the towering gold hindu statue finally heralde...


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Kuala Lumpur, 25 June - 29 June

Posted by Penny Young on Friday, July 1, 2011,

We had 3 days in Kuala Lumpur to sort out our Visas for China and take a look around, although it feels like we spent most of our time eating or looking for cheaper beer. Joe finally succeeded on our last night, and we settled at a bar which had free flow Carlsberg for 50RM til 8pm (about $17). Some time after we sat down, after I’d taken a photo of Joe hugging the Carlsberg girl ...


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The Jungle Cabin, Genung Ledang National Park, June 25

Posted by Penny Young on Friday, July 1, 2011,

Joe was ludicrously excited at the prospect of sleeping in the jungle cabin. Way too excited for a hut that had no windows or bed. And was in the Jungle. And looked like a mossy bunker. But not one to argue, we drove a sweaty four hours or so through palm plantations and little kampungs (villages) to get to Genung Ledang (which is meant to be the biggest mountain in Johor, but only ...


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