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Koh Phayam – Loy Khrathong

One of the most important events in the buddhist cycle of the year. People give their krathong to the river or the sea for happiness. Mandy built those for us…..

As you may know put some personal things on it (hair , finger nails…) and hand it over

But only if you not sick … happened to me again, didn’t clean my Nalgene water bottle properly and the heat and bacteria did the rest. I slept for almost 18 hours, had some tea and a rice soup and the life saving Flying Rabbit.

Malaysia – Thailand- Koh Phayam

Last hotel in Malaysia: Hotel 99 Sepang. Chosen just because it’s close to KLIA.

Transfer :

  • Ferry from Pangkor to Lumut
  • Bus from Lumut to KL sentral bus station
  • walk to KL sentral for KLIA express
  • KLIA express to Salak Tinggi
  • Grab to hotel

I booked the cheapest room category and here is what we got offered

And no window.. so finally we paid 30 Ringgit more and moved to a better room.

For food , we had a lot of options, nevertheless it was (again) the most worst we had chosen. MarryBrown. A mixture of KFC and something else. Bad taste, freaking atmosphere. As the only foreigners we have been starred by all local people.

Our advice: don’t go there.

Set the alarm clock for 4 am. Wasn’t able to sleep but Grab was waiting for airport transport. Immigration and security check was fast so we had an early coffee at the lounge. first one after a couple of days. Air asia provided a full self service check in even for luggage. But hey it works. 2:10 to Bangkok , DMK. Since we calculated 3 hrs layover already enough time for breakfast at Miracle lounge. The Coral Forest Lounge was nice but a little …. well, small but nicely organized. Landed at DMK , passed immigration easily and got prepared for the flight to UNN. Ranong welcomed us back with rain and a cloudy sky. Pons place picked us up and the speed boat left somewhere in the fishermen’s village. Just because of low tide. Even the island didn’t shed any sun rays…. but we had a warmhearted welcoming at JJs. So nice to see them again and be here.

Koh Phayam has healing powers….

Malaysia – Pulau Pangkor – Nipah Guesthouse

A very warm welcome. We stayed here 2019 for last time. And nevertheless, the door was opened by Alicia and it felt like coming home. Even there is no do yourself breakfast any longer it is still the same nice and quiet place as we kept it in our memories. The kids grow up of course. Cottage 2 was prepared for us. No need to show any documents since we are considered to be VIP guests ;) For some moments we were talking about everything and anything. Both glad that this little jewel still exists. for breakfast we had mainly instant coffee, locally typical, three in one and ready to eat oatmeal porridge.. this came along with some crackers and plastic cheese. Not bad for starting a day. we rented a little scooter to move around. Pangkor is as it used to be. Less European tourists as Alicia said. But still enough local tourists to keep the business going. Anuar said that too many Malaysian people travel to Thailand instead of spending their money here. And we told them about our plans for retirement, since Malaysia is still on the list. Both recommend Ipoh to settle down. We’ll see how it goes. Sunset at Nipah beach. Food offers all over the island are ok. Best dinner : Indian food. best lunch: Maggi bowl TomYam flavored. Rain was hitting us every day but more sun than rain makes our stay pretty much good.

Today we’re going to KL by bus. I picked a hotel very close to the airport since our flight to DMK is 06:50 am. 3 hours layover at DMK airport and catch the flight to Ranong at 11:05.

Singapore-Kuala Lumpur

being on a short flight from Singapore to Lumpur Kuala Lumpur for 40 minutes. Interesting fact, there is no Uber any longer business was taken over by Grab. so we took a normal taxi which is 40 Malaysian ringgit to the Doubletree Hilton at Landmark Shopping center. As a Hilton Honors Member we got an upgrade on our room, and the hotel itself is quite busy but it comes with all amenities we need. It is the second Doubletree by Hilton with an executive lounge.

King Executive Room with Mountain View

Executive Lounge provides a huge variety of food. Highlights: fresh green salad which you can cut out with a scissor.

chicken , pasta and Nasi Lemak
tasty small pieces
Sweet stuff

And, since we are running out of shirts we bought some at Direct sport shop. End of season sales and cheaper than black Friday offers in Germany.

I installed Grab so me be we get a cheaper ride tomorrow.

Singapore – zoo tour

Today we went to the Singapore zoo. Mandy told me that it was one of the first zoos ever they gave the animals almost their natural environment for living. The visit was included in our Singapore Pass .

zoo entrance

you can see several areas they are grouped either by the family of animals, for example, reptiles, or by the region in the world where they live for example, Australia.

Australasia 
White Rhino
Reptiles- a Komodo Dragon

The zoo is a little hard to reach you have to take the MRT for two lines and then a shuttle bus but at the end it’s definitely worth to go there. we spent almost 4 hours of relaxation, we had some food and of course you can learn even about nature

For dinner, we went to Chinatown. Our goal for this Singapore trip was finally to have chili crab, one of the most popular dishes in Singapore. Long story short we went into an authentic restaurant . We ordered chili crab just one to share it between us and well yeah, our conclusion is we do not need that again.

the beginning …
the end …

In Little India still the light show for Deepravali festival is on. Fantastic colorful sceneries….

happy Deepravali

Singapore- lazy day

Nothing on the list so let’s do poolside business 

yet another big white whale

And rewarded ourselves with an additional hour of napping 

OMG. Time to move since we scheduled an appointment with Daphne and Bernice. Got some Indian street food right around the corner

food heaven for 5,50€

After a nice walk along the river with some Singapore insights we have been surprised by a heavy rainfall. Jumped into a taxi and tried to reach the Art and Science museum opposite of MBS. (Marina Bay Sands) but due to the traffic we decided to go for dinner at Maxwell hawker center. wise decision and we had shared food around 7pm

Carrot Cake is missing on the picture…

Since I was thinking about the singing fountain show Daphne guided us through the CBD (Central Business District) to reach MBS area on time. While doing a fast walk we had still time for pictures

Impressive show. Very well done Singapore. And now time to go back to the hotel. My shoes were wet since hours from rain. You know the sound of squeezing shoes, do you? Not comfortable at all. That’s why a taxi brought us back. Again 14 km on my watch…

Singapore – arrived and busy day

Short flight operated by AirAsia (funny gate changes ..) and arrived in Singapore 09:15 pm. Taxi to Hilton Garden Inn was 28 SG$ which is 20€ and fair enough. Hilton Garden Inn do not offer upgrades in advance even if you are a Honor Diamond member. Nevertheless I asked friendly and we got a nice King deluxe room with a view. Since it was late we found some food around the corner and while staying in Little India … yes Chicken Brixani and Tikka Masala :) accompanied by lassi and mint shake. Delicious and cheap.

Went to bed around midnight and had a good sleep. Plans for Singapore were made already in advance so we would start with the Hop on Ho off bus (our first ever…) They offer 2 routes , red one is 70 min and yellow one is 80 miles n total. All attractions are covered. We had a break after the red route and allowed ourselves a rest. The sky was cloudy when we got up but we did the yellow line until Gardens by the Bay. And this was really outstanding.

I personally like the Avatar part mostly. MRT brought us to Maxwell hawker center and we had Wantoon , Nasi Ayam fried and a Vietnam baguette. Accompanied by Tiger beer and some nice traveler talk. It was sooo tasty and after a whole day with little food being so hungry that i had no time to take pictures :)

Back at the hotel laundry business was waiting which we did and well, some Tiger beer later sleep came quickly….

Bangkok- Impressions

Start the day with an awesome breakfast at Hilton Millennium, riverside.

even it’s hot we enjoyed the view

and it’s very hard to make a decision what to have for breakfast…

always welcome. egg Benedict
the Lantern Cafe
sunset comes in…
wooden horse at Icon Siam

Taxi picks us up at 1pm. Flight is scheduled 4:40 pm, plenty of time. ETA at Singapore Changi is 8:40 pm. Stay at Hilton Garden Inn Seragoon which is in Little India. Looking forward to Singapore. Again without a flu … 🤒

Bangkok with no rush

We did not do anything yesterday, some poolside business and a massage. Plus a short walk through Icon Siam one of the iconic malls in Bangkok. Check this out…

top down view at Icon Siam

2 pm is tea and coffee time at the Executive Lounge. O M G… We have been told that we have to have the food inside and look what they brought…

just for the two of us….

Furthermore we couldn’t escape the pitfall of Thai friendless and service. Discussing with a front desk manager what is the best option to reach Don Muang Airport tomorrow she suggested to order a taxi . We both (she and myself) that I will decide and come back later. 15 minutes later she showed up and announced with a big smile that she ordered a taxi already for us, 1 pm and it’s 700 THB. I mean I’d have paid it anyway but.. what shall I say to her? This is an uncomfortable pitfall.. just out of service and friendliness.

Breakfast at the Hilton Millennium is outstanding. Haven’t seen such a big variety not often. May be I can do a video to share .

outdoor breakfast area

What a nice day….

Stockholm- a day at the Swedish capital

We got up quite early and after a short stretching session (Mathias only…) breakfast was waiting. A special area for Diamond members was provided. I have to admit that i like it. Variety of food was good , nothing extraordinary but good. Short walk to catch the ferry, paid by contactless Amex and after not even 10 minutes the museum island was conquered by us. First Wasa museum, tickets were bought in advance and it was overcrowded since it was Sunday. Museum itself is great, they made a pretty good job. The ship is fully showcased, a lot of signs around the 5 floors explaining almost every known piece of information about the pride of Sweden and its fall down after a hour on the sea.

an old bell tower at the cemetery

after 2 hours we left it and heading towards the next museum we crossed a small cemetery.

Next place was waiting and make an educated guess what is it….

inside ABBA museum

Mandy was so happy to be here but she was not going to perform a song on stage as the 5 th member.. what a pity. It was an holographic stage and a lot of young visitors did. The museum is fully packed with information, pictures and items. Very well made.

the room on the island where most of the ABBA songs were written

Then the tram 7 brought us to the center. Searching for a shaver we found a supermarket and because it started to rain we took the subway back to the hotel. Skipped dinner outside and used the provided dinner at the Executive lounge together with some shots 😊

Today it s time to start our journey to South East Asia. ARN -BKK by Royal Jordanian Airlines….