Bangkok saves the day!

Trip Start Jul 11, 2010
Trip End Jul 11, 2011

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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Monday, September 13, 2010

A couple of weeks ago it hit me that I would be saying farewell to my twenties. After a small dose of "oh my God, what have I actually done with my life" swiftly followed by "oh my God, what am I going to do with my life" I decided to push it all to the back of my mind and enjoy my last few days as a twenty-something. So what a shame we were in Malaysia. Okay, that's a little unfair. Malaysia is cheap and easy to travel around, the people are pleasant and helpful and parts of it are really beautiful. It’s just all a bit tame for a spring chicken like myself (!)

We started in Kuala Lumpur which, on the surface, is a little dull compared to other cities we’ve visited. We weren’t inspired to hike the Cameron Highlands but surely a few nights in the world's oldest jungle would add some excitement? We entered hoping to spot tigers, elephants and snakes. We left having seen monkeys and a couple of squirrels. I suspect there was more wildlife inside our cabin, most of which seemed to find Phil pretty tasty. After two days drenched in sweat from the humidity and slipping over puddles of mud, we decided that the jungle wasn't for us. From now on, we would stick to mountains and volcanoes... oh and paradise beaches, which was pretty convenient as the Perhentian Islands were next on our list. The trouble was there wasn’t really anything to do here accept diving and the underwater visibility was pretty poor. Doing nothing wouldn’t normally have been an issue had we not already done our lazy boy chilling out in Indonesia (I realise at this point you may wish to slap me.) So we left to get 'cultured up’ in Penang and it was definetly the most interesting place in a ‘wander around, soak up the atmosphere, stop at a couple of museums’ kind of a way. And the food here comes a close second to China. But it still wasn’t the type of place I wanted to turn thirty. Sorry Malaysia; it’s not you, it’s me.

So where should I be for the glorious transformation into sophisticated adulthood? Bangkok of course! This has still got to be one of the most vibrant and exciting places around and, despite recent troubles, Bangkok’s spirit is still very much alive. And this time around we did it in style... check out where we were staying!

Thanks to all who have left texts/emails/facebook messages. Rest assured, I've been well and truly spoilt for a few days. It's going to be very hard slumming it from now on!
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