Back to the beach!

Trip Start Mar 27, 2006
Trip End Dec 03, 2006

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Two days in a city was long enough for me and Luke and so we left this morning to head towards Cherating which is a beach resort on the East coast of Malaysia.

Last night we went to the night market in Kuala Lumpur which was almost identical to the market me and Emma went to in Bangkok. Lots of people hassling you if you want to buy anything from fake watches, to porn DVDs. I invested in a dodgy CD player in a shop because I figured there was loads of CDs to buy in the market. The funny thing was just after I bought it we went back to the market and the police had turned up so all the CD/DVD stalls had cleared off. When the police walked back through the market the people selling the DVDs/CDs would just pick up there stall and walk about 3 metres backwards as if they suddenly became invisible then put it back when the cops had walked past. At one point I had three CDs in my hand and the guys lifted the table up and legged it just as I turned round to see five cops coming so I slung the CDs back to the table and made my self look casual. Ended up buying 12 CDs for the equivalent of about six quid. Naturally they didn't all work and some weren't the actual ones on the case but I wasn't actually expecting any of it to work so glad when I heard a very crackly Kurt Cobain come through loud but not clear.

This morning we caught a taxi to the bus station and I forgot how different people drive over here compared to back home. Namely the fact they don't give a shit. I'm pretty sure that back home the amount of people the taxi cut up on the way to the bus station would have invoked some serious road violence. Its just accepted to cut people up over here and use imaginary third lanes to squeeze past the other two cars. That wasn't even the worst of it though because the coach journey took four hours from Kuala Lumpur to where we are now and I think the driver thought the line that separates the two lanes was just a guide for where the coach was supposed to be in the road i.e on top of it. After looking up and seeing him almost drive straight into the back of a lorry I decided I'd had enough and just turned up my dodgy CD player and listened to my very dodgy copy of Guns and Roses.

When the coach pulled up in Cherating I was more than happy enough to get off the coach which had now turned into a mobile fridge, with frost bite just setting into my left arm due to the driver turning the air conditioning to maximum - and then some. Me and Luke were the only ones that got off out of a coach load of people which seemed a bit strange at first then we realised why. He dropped us of in a ghost town, there was no one around. Eventually we found a copper who pointed us in the direction of the beach and some sort of civilization. Now were staying in a hut on the beach, it feels like being back in Thailand and the weathers lush.
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