November 15, 2017

last post Malaysia

Filed under: travel — Tags: , — mat @ 2:58 am

right now sitting at KLIA2 , waiting for boarding and going back to Thailand.

We discussed how to kill the day in BKK , several options like access the pool at the Westin hotel for 500 THB each or hang around at Siam square before we need to be at the bus terminal. Bus departing 9pm. 

November 14, 2017

Bye Malaysia

Filed under: travel — Tags: , , — mat @ 2:27 pm

Our last day in KL. Bus ride was short, 2 hrs. We were very warm welcomed at the hotel , we started here 14 days ago. Got an executive room (very large) , took a nap and I went for gym and later for pool. The infinity pool is still quite awesome.

me at the infinity pool with the Petronas in the back

We were searching around in Bukit Bintang area for a hawker center and found only Jalan Alor which is street food but in a touristic way and a kind of expensive. anyway. back at the hotel (über does it) got a Tiger beer from 7/11 and went straight to the roof top to have the last beer with a view on the illuminated twins towers. And no rain today. Tomorrow back to BKK , will try to stay the day ( 7 hrs layover) at the X2Vibe hotel before taking the night bus to Ranong and catch the most early speedboat to the island. And at the end it wasn’t that bad , may be a couple of hours to much rain but Pangkor was great and Penang as well. Street art , nice food and very awesome guesthouses we stayed in. Some lessons learned, and as an old guy (yes) I’m looking forward to stay the last week in one place, especially if it’s THE ISLAND. stay tuned will keep you posted

November 13, 2017

Melaka – our day

Filed under: travel — Tags: , , , — mat @ 11:14 am

Slept well and got a roti canai for breakfast. Even my shoes got dry , lucky me. Went out to explore the small city, built by Portuguese and Dutch people in the past. We found even here wonderful street art

Melaka street art IMelaka street art IIMelaka street art III

and had some food from a small chinese stall. After that back to guesthouse and took a rest. It was so nice to sit on the balcony and had a Tiger beer before noon ;)

And Uber is back on duty , what a wonder. Best thing today was the E scooter ride.

E scooter

25 MYR for 30 mins but definitely worth the fun. Just cruised Melaka.

E scooter rulez

Next stop was the gym of the former Mr Universe which seems to be a local hero.

golden glory ;)

So now pickup the laundry, search for a place to have dinner and get some beer. Sounds like a plan ;)

don’t mess with - really?

Btw I saw this logo but afair it’s the motto of Texas, or am I wrong?

what a day ….

Filed under: travel — Tags: , — mat @ 1:49 am

Going from Georgetown to Melaka sounds like an easy task. But it wasn’t. entered the bus 9am in Georgetown but officially started from Butterworth at 11. damn. the chosen bus company seemed to be one of the creepiest all over Malaysia. At the end it took us 10 hrs instead of 7 and we arrived st the guesthouse by 7 pm. and btw Uber sucks, I re-entered all needed information but always an error occurred so took a normal taxi. The guesthouse is awesome, made with lovely details and very well maintained. Which makes it one of the most expensive to stay in during our journey. We found a hawker food court at the end of Jonker street (which is at night a bigger tourist trap than the Chiang Mai night market…) and as soon as we had our dinner finished a heavy rain shower started. My shoes got so wet I stuffed them with newspaper to get them dry.

Wayfarer guesthouse room 1

Our room has a balcony to riverside and while typing this I have a nice view

Riverside view

Today’s schedule is findig a laundry and explore Melaka by feet. To rent a scooter seems to be not an option , too small. Tomorrow KL again, one more night and then back to BKK.

November 11, 2017

Penang – last day

Filed under: travel — Tags: , , , , — mat @ 2:36 pm

As said we rented a scooter today to go to Botanical Spice Garden and discover the island by ourselves. I got familiar with the traffic really fast and it was a kind of joyride. The garden itself was great. Very well built and maintained. it felt a little bit like being directly in the rain forest. 20 mins after we started the garden tour the rain has started as well. But we got from the service desk „emergency plastic ponchos „ and these items rescued the day. Some pics from the garden will be added later.  During the ride we began to understand why Penang is listed under the top 10 destinations in Southeast Asia for retirement.

On the way back the rain gets heavier and we had a stop for food . Baba Nyonya food is a chinese and malaii mix (fusion) cuisine and tastes awesome.

Next stop was the largest chinese buddhist temple in Malaysia, some might say all over Southeast Asia (but I doubt this). It’s called Kek Lok See temple and yes it’s huge.

So how does someone look like with an emergency plastic poncho? Here is the answer

Next stop was Moonlight Bay (even it was early afternoon) which is pretty nice , but only if the waste has been collected .

Back in Georgetown we drove straight to old town because this city if famous for street art. Here are some impressions

After we returned the scooter (7 € per day) we stopped at an indian food stall to have a roti, which was delicious and quite enough as a snack. I did some exercise at the gym and entered the pool afterwards where I became “the master of the unicorns” have a look here

Time for dinner than so a hawker food stall is closed to our hotel and what should I say, it was awesome!! The small lane was packed with stalls and we picked up a lot of delicious typical local food. We had

  • fried noodles
  • chicken satay
  • assam laksa soup
  • charcoal grilled chicken wings
  • fried rice with duck
  • iced lemon tea

all of these dishes for less than 15€. So great

Now it’s raining again and we are sitting under a small roof, having a Tiger beer. Tomorrow we’ll heading towards Melaka, bud tickets bought already, 12€ pP for a 7 hrs bus ride in a VIP 24 . Not that bad . Will keep you guys posted.

November 10, 2017

Georgetown- Penang

Filed under: travel — Tags: , — mat @ 9:28 am

Arrived by bus and ferry at the island. Hostel was chosen before, 16 Heritage directly in old town. So I prepared my phone for Über and it was simple fast and cheap. The hostel seemed clean and nice but …. to close to main road, no window shades for the night and toilet water was flushing and flushing and flushing. We ended up with the idea to change the location. In Malaysia you have to pay upfront so I was not sure if I would get my money back. But the staff was helpful and friendly so we were able to make it happen. I need to crawl my memories but can’t remember when we changed a location …… so now we stay at tjr NEO+ hotel which is only 10€ more expensive, have a quiet nice room and a roof top pool as a benefit. Last night food was great , a chinese restaurant where people were queuing to be seated, it was it well worth. View from the roof top

This morning Georgetown looked much more better than yesterday and we discovered old town , bought some stuff and saw the street of harmony where you can find a mosque, a catholic church , a chinese temple , a hindu temple and a buddhist temple all along same way. Really interesting ;)

Another attraction is the colonial quarter with an old english fort named Fort Cornwallis. Old cannons and walls to see, pretty. Best thing today was the 3D museum Made In Penang , which shows plastic images of ancient live st the island instead of pictures.  Second floor was funny , you were able to take pictures in front of wall paintings and it looks like real ;) See me as the dragon fighter here

for tomorrow we’ll rent a scooter and see the Botanical Garden …. 

November 9, 2017

Bye Pangkor

Filed under: travel — Tags: , , , — mat @ 3:25 am

We had a really pleasant stay at Nipah GH. Even the weather wasn’t that nice as it should but the coastline was affected by the taifun in Vietnam.  now it’s sunny and clear and we have to leave heading towards Georgetown. We met some nice and friendly people, thx to Shelley and Darren from Finding Beyond the first digital nomads I met so far. I wish you good luck and always a safe journey. Stay hungry. A quite nice dinner at Coral Beach with a pretty sunset 

Seems that backpacker like to stay among themselves if traveling in smaller groups. But anyway. While sitting on the ferry to Lumut would like to share to view 

3 hrs to go by bus and we have been promised that everything is ok while Penang was flooded but the old town areas should be fine. Will keep you posted.

November 6, 2017

Pangkor – today with sun

Filed under: travel — Tags: , — mat @ 9:32 am

it didn’t rain during night but starts 7am. But forecasts say we’ll have sun today so we decided to rent a scooter and do a roundtrip on the island. Before we extended our stay for one night , I found a mistake in our planning , I forgot one night. So better here than in Georgetown. Took some pictures while crossing the island , here they are

Breakfast is really nice, a kind of D.I.Y you get eggs and sausages and have access to the public pan. Butter and toast and jam available as well and you can make pancakes if you want. 

So really a place to stay and even better with sun. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

November 5, 2017

Pulau Pangkor

Filed under: travel — Tags: , — mat @ 9:47 am

Finally we made and stay at the best guesthouse so far. Nipah GH at Pangkor island. Very cozy and nicely maintained.

Unfortunately it’s still raining. We brought it from the Cameron’s with us. Not really the rain season is a little bit extended than usually.  And valid for the whole coastline. May be we need to change our travel plans.

The room is like an A frame with an enclosed bathroom, an AC and it’s clean and big enough for the two of us. TV is available as well but since we arrived in Asia I don’t miss it and neither does Mandy. Went out to spot a place for tonight’s dinner and we saw two Hornbill birds!! At Kao Yai we must be lucky to spot them and here it is

November 4, 2017

Cameron Highlands – rain rain rain

Filed under: travel — Tags: , — mat @ 12:21 pm

Unfortunately, we had not the best weather.  Clouds all over and it rained most of the day. No hiking (not well equipped for that) 

You can see the clouds nearly down to the town…. So a small room, nothing else to do than hanging around and walk the main road there and back. I got a little depressed but I hope it will be better tomorrow if we reach the shores of the sea in Pangkor. Only solace for today was a quite good coffee 

and my wife which was optimistic as alwasys. Love you for this .

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