5 Countries in 5 Days
Trip Start Apr 16, 2013
18Trip End Dec 20, 2013
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And so it was on the 29th August we embarked on our 5 countries in 5 days madventure. Saying goodbye to Thailand (1) we left on a tiny firefly from gorgeous Koh Samui airport. This was the smallest plane we had been on but it got us safely to Penang, Malaysia (2) where we spent two nights. First impressions of Georgetown, Penang's capital weren't great; it was dark, somewhat run down and had few pavements. After a nights sleep the sun cast this gorgeous place in a completely new light.
We took a walking trip with 'Laura Trottours' around the old town realising the run down and characterful architecture had retro charm and hidden surprises
We also went to the brilliant Pinang Peranakan Mansion that was a mixture of Chinese dynasty and Victorian upper class. The mansion was full of gorgeous antiques and beautiful trinkets and details that made it all work together perfectly elike a stunning vintage interior designers masterwork. We loved it and spent a while exploring adjoining temples and passages full of history and wonder.
After a Hawker Centre dinner, something not to miss in Penang, we went out to the pub! This was a rare treat and we had arranged to meet up with Neina, Jim's friend from school. We heard how her music teaching career had brought her to Malaysia and spent a few beers catching up and reminiscing.
The next morning we rose to catch our next flight to Singapore (3). this time with Tiger Airways. We stayed in Chinatown at the Matchbox Concept Hostel where we had booked some 'pods'. Our 2 pod dorm was all we could afford in wealthy Singapore. After eating some Gordon Ramsay beating, chicken rice street food we took the metro to Raffles which is famous for and the origin of the Singapore Sling cocktail. We explored the central sites of this incredibly developed metropolis. Wandering around Marina Bay we saw the Merlion, the Marina Sands Hotel (the one with the boat on the top) and the other surrounding architecture
The following day we went exploring in the many shopping malls and were blown away by the scale of them. We had been impressed by Siam Square in Bangkok but this was a street of endless shops. It had pretty much every shop in the world! A special mention should go to the man who saw us sheltering from the rain and gave us his umbrella. A good deed and we were taken aback by his generosity. Returning back to the gorgeous hostel we got ready for yet another flight! We really had started living up to our name of Flying Globetrotters! This flight was pretty empty and so we stretched ourselves out, ate and watched films.
Landing in Sydney, Australia (4) we spent an hour in the airport before jumping on another flight to Auckland, New Zealand (5)! Tired and excited we had completed 5 countries in 5 hectic and incredible days. Wow it was cold, 4 months in 30+ degree Asia we weren't ready for 15 degrees!
What a trip