Where Six Feet Have Already been...
Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
261Trip End Dec 20, 2011
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That would be you mum.
An "independent" [as the books call it] travellers dream,
Woke up, read some book. Checked out, stood in the road and waved down a bus. Got dropped at the ferry port, a kmtb booking office, handy - bought our train ticket.
Got on the free passenger ferry between penang Georgetown and penang butterworth, off the boat and a five minute walk to the train station.
Not a rip off merchant or "tourist" service in sight - love it.
Train left at two, read some more, Claire doing sudoku, lauren reading, all relaxing.
Malaysia really is amazing. Watched from the train and at one point, just after Taiping, we went through a section of full on Tarzan, tree swinging, indiania Jones looking, jungle. Well, rainforest really. Maybe took half an hour to pass through this bit, but it was exactly how you imagine it in your head - that's a first, actually finding something that looks how you imagine it. That was great but there will be more of that so not going to rattle on about that now!! And the rest of it, well, how to put it, it feels like your travelling through the Jurassic park film set. A modern version of it, it really does feel like someone's carved civilization into a pre historic landscape.
I wish I could of just put my phone onto video record for the three and a half hours and had a decent camera and take hundreds of pictures so we could show everyone and not forget it because it is absolutely without a doubt THE most beautiful country we've seen so far in south east asia, just ahead of Cambodia...
Oh yeah, and not quite sure exactly how far they're going with it, but for the length of the journey they are running a new line alongside, I think for the overhead line train - some of that was pretty impressive too.
Got to Ipoh, and I think we were the only whitey's to get off the train there. We were expecting to be met by the usual - lots of taxi drivers. Nope. The ones who were there were grabbed up quickly by others, and it seems they were only there to drop people off anyway so we thought we might try and stop one on the road. Nope. They just shook their hands and drove on. Mmmm, ok, so we start walking, see a sign for an information centre thinking we might be able to ask them to call one for us, closed. Great. Carry on walking and luckily got into a conversation with a random old bloke who in the end offered to give us a lift - don't get that often!!
He took us into the new town, where we wanted to be, to a place he knew of - it fitted the budget so went with it.
A few hours doing nothing and once it we dark [which is a lot later than we've been used to for a while, which has messed us up!] We set off in search of some food, walked through and around the night market, and found a place that looked busy - we got to eat " beansprouts and chicken" something of a local dish we think, so that was good.
Oh yeah I forgot to say on the blog, useless little fact for everyone - when we were in Pattaya - we learnt a strange fact, I thought I had seen some kind of advert in a pharmacy window, so a bit later on I had googled it, turns out its legal to buy steroids over the counter in Thailand, no wonder there were so many meatheads wandering around !!!