Towards the Equator...

Trip Start Jan 28, 2009
Trip End Sep 05, 2009

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Flag of Malaysia  , Pinang,
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Man, it's hot here. That seems like a stupid thing to say but wow it's really freakin' hot here. We're in Malaysia. And it's freakin' HOT (as you may have heard...) AND it's an Islamic country so I'm trying to be respectful and cover from my shoulders to my knees but I would so love to wear teeny shorts and a tanktop. If I was a young British girl maybe I would, as so many of them seem not to care about respecting local culture. (yes, I'm stereotyping, but I'm writing what I see...)

Anyway. We went from Railey Beach to Krabi town to Hatyai and then took a bus across the border to Butterworth in Malaysia and then a ferry to Penang island. Now we're in Georgetown which is a mishmash of Chinese, Malay and Indian people with a wide array of food to accompany :o)
We're only staying for a day or so because our real destination is Indonesia (we're going to do Malaysia on the way back to Thailand after Indonesia).

I'm really excited about Indonesia. Especially Lake Toba, the largest volcanic lake in the world.. and in Sulawesi we're going to the Togian Islands which have fantastic white-sand beaches and gorgeous coral reefs with tons of multi-coloured fish that just come right up to you in the water.. and on Oli's wishes we're flying to Mulu National Park on Borneo (you have to fly because it's surrounded by mountains) and they have a ton of huge beautiful caves and a 'Canopy Skywalk' which is basically a mesh bridge that they built over the rainforest canopy so you can see all the animals and activity that goes on there. IT WILL ROCK! I'm so so excited. I'm so much more a nature person than a city/history buff. This last part of our adventure is mostly naturey rainforesty beachy stuff so I'm all hyped up about it. YAY.

Okay that' it for now.

(ps. Mulu Park also has the world's largest flower, the Rafflesia, aprox. 1 meter across! Annd ten different species of insectivorous plants! Isn't that cool?!)
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