Trip Start Mar 03, 2012
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As had now become the norm in Thailand, it was lashing it down with rain. Air Asia decided to use the terrible weather as an excuse for our plane's 4 hour delay. This was despite other Air Asia flights landing and taking off from the gates around us.
The upshot of this delay meant we would miss our connecting flight from Kuala Lumpur to Medan. Leyla, the queen of airport knowledge, condemned the £170 we had paid for our connecting flight as dead and gone
When we got off our last flight in Medan we had to get our visa for Indonesia,we hadn't checked this out before hand so when some dodgy guy from behind a desk says we have to pay 25$ each I was convinced he was full of poo. But after Phil did a quick check in lonely planet we discovered this scruffy smoking gentleman was intact telling the truth so we payed for the visas and then preceded to grab our bags,it was chucking it down so I donned my pashmina in a hijab stylee that my father would be proud of and lugged our bags out to the taxi bit, we cudnt find a price we liked so we put on our ridiculous plastic bag ponchos, on pulled over our backpacks to keep them dry and looking awesome out we trudged into the rain. We walked down the road a little until we saw a small carriage thing attached to the side of a motorbike, this is what we want! After explaing where our guesthouse was to the little man driving the 'bikcheck' (I think its called) who looked incredibly like a smaller Indonesian version of our friend Sonny! (sonny if Ur reading this hun, Ur little identical twin is called hassan and lives in medan FYI) we headed of! So funny, this little carriage was creaking alover the show with me and Phil crammed in it grinning like the chimps we are! Our guesthouse blue angel was basic, but clean sheets and towels. We wanted the cheaper room with fan only, that's how we roll now yar. But they said they only had aircon rooms, Phil didn't belive her but it was only 130,000rm which is about 9quid so we just took the aircon room
belting it down now! We walked over some horrid footpath that was slippy as hell, and had massive slabs missing that revealed the drain network underneath a couple of meters drop! After a while we hadn't found anything apart from mcydees so we turned back and settled in a little place round the corner from our guesthouse. We ate cheaply and went of back to.....sprouts room.( I also got talking to a dutch girl about trecking in the jungle of bucket luang and she recommended a guy called Eepull who is also known as snakeman of the jungle!no joke, apparently he is like ray mears, and bear grills and also that crocodile man and he's also crazey! He has snake bites alovera him and if you want to trek as in real trecking you need him, we decided to seek him out wen we got there.) Now then let me explain , we got ready for bed and I'm lying there commenting on how actually this mattress is really comfy! And all of a sudden SPROUTS! It reeked of them! Everywhere! The bed, the pillows, the air! It was mental! Phil couldn't smell it until I pointed it out,Haha! Oh it was vile! Anyway we had quite a good nights sleep on the comfy sprout bed, and then had some breakfast downstairs which was shit. Utter shit. (sorry had to swear then twas called for) soggy 'toast' rubbish coffee with black bits in it oh yum! Missing Thailand a lot at this point. we organised to go in the minibus from the hotel to bucket luang with some other people doing trecks I bagzied the front seat whoop! Three hours later and we were in bucket luang which is basically the jungle. We walked a bit up the river and then Phil left me in a cafe of rain guesthouse I met a very bucktoothed funny Indonesian bar guy called Kelvin and had a nice pineapple shake! Phil found us a room with a lovely balcony over the river with a huge four poster bed and lovely wooden furniture and it was only 100,000 (£7) so we stayed here