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Siem Reap and Phnom Penh

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We'd read that the border between Thailand and Cambodia was troublesome. Many touts want to lure you away and scam you. With this in mind we used the government bus to get to the border and already had our e-visas. It was really easy in the end. Just walked across into Cambodia and onto the free shuttle bus to the main bus station. We did have to pay a little extra for a seat in a taxi ($12) but we had a much better time of it than a bus load of travellers we met en route who had to wait two hours at the Thai border without their passports while their tout got visas done for them at a somewhat inflated cost.

In Siem Reap we managed to find a room for $4 at Garden Village. They also hired bikes out for $1 and beer was 50¢. It's a hard life; this travelling lark.

We set out the next morning for Angkor Wat, the ruins of a civilization of about 1000 years ago. The main city, Angkor Thom, had a population of about 1,000,000 when London had about 50,000. The ruins are awesome and the cycling was fun. It's 10km from Siem Reap to the ruins but dead flat. The ruins make up for the flatness by having hundreds of steps, some of them very interesting after a thousand years of wear and tear. We went back a second day for the dawn, which was worth getting up at 4.30 to see and to visit some of the slightly more remote and less touristy temples (although we did make an exception for the temple where Tomb Raider and Two Brothers were filmed, Ta Prom). We also had fun bargaining with the local women for water, drinks, and breakfast (who knew menu prices were so negotiable). The food in Siem Reap was some of the best we've tasted. We also saw some Apsara dancing, where women demonstrate how double jointed they are and how good their core strength is. Apsaras are goddesses created as a side effect of the creation of the world, which was done by armies of gods and demons churning an ocean of milk (obviously).

We decided not to pay the extortionate tourist fare for the boat trip across the Tonlé Sap to Phnom Penh ($35!) so we took the bus. Phnom Penh's numeric road numbering system was a big help in navigating the city, which was small enough to go everywhere on foot (no matter how insistent the rickshaw drivers are), although Claire still managed to get lost. Claire maintains not lost but directionally challenged. On our first day, we visited the Royal Palace compound. It contains the Silver Pagoda, so called for its solid silver floor tiles. Very shiny. Mostly covered by carpet, but we found some uncovered bits to walk on.

The next day, we organized a trip to Choeung Ek, one of the Khmer Rouge killing fields. It had a very informative audio guide and a very beautiful stupa has been built in memory of the victims, containing hundreds of skulls that had been found in the surrounding mass graves. All in all, not a very pleasant experience but important to include. We followed it up with a visit to the Toul Sleng Prison, where many of the victims of the Khmer Rouge were tortured before being transported to the killing fields. Hard to believe that this happened so recently - the Khmer Rouge fell in 1979.

Phnom Penh itself is a great city, though. We particularly liked walking along the riverfront in the evening, where many locals gather to socialize or take part in a street dance class.

Posted by ClaireJoe 14.12.2011 04:32 Archived in Cambodia Comments (2)

Bangkok

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When our bus deposited us in Bangkok, it took us a little while to realise that the Southern Bus Terminal had been temporarily relocated because of the flooding. So, once we realised that we didn't know where we were, we jumped in a taxi to the Khao San Road.

We took one of the boat taxis down the river, which was really high - just within its banks, into the city centre to have a wander round. We visited Jim Thompson's house. It's an amalgamation of six authentic Thai houses that had been brought together by Jim Thompson and turned into one large dwelling for him and his collection of art and antiques. We first heard about Jim Thompson in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia - he was on holiday there in 1967 and went out for a walk in the hills, never to be seen again. No-one knows what happened to him. So his beautiful house and garden in Bangkok are now looked after and opened to the public by a foundation in his memory. Our restaurant that evening was called Cabbages and Condoms and gives its profits to a project that works with Thai communities to promote family planning, amongst other things such as tsunami relief. The décor followed an amusing prophylaxis-inspired theme.

The next day we visited the Royal Palace - the compound houses many buildings of different styles that the King took a liking to and decided to reproduce Thai-style, including Buckingham Palace and Versailles. It also houses the longest painting in the world - a mural that stretches for nearly 1km and depicts an ancient Thai epic involving the kidnap of a princess by a giant demon and her eventual rescue by an army of flying monkeys. Naturally. The temple inside the Royal Palace complex houses the infamous Emerald Buddha (which is made of jade, not emerald) and wears different clothing depending on the season. The King himself takes part in the ceremony to change the Buddha's dress, each of which is made of pure gold, the three seasons totalling 120 million baht's worth of clothes! When we saw the Emerald Buddha, it was wearing the dress of the cool season, which we found hard to believe as Bangkok was well in excess of 30 degrees that day! We found a really nice coffee house with aircon, wifi, and cake. In the evening, we headed out onto the market to enjoy the market stalls and do a bit of people watching from a roadside bar, only to be spotted by an Aussie couple, Kate and James, who had the room next to ours on Koh Tao! Small world. Had a nice evening chatting to them and got back much later than anticipated for our impending journey across the Cambodian border the next day. More on this later...

Posted by ClaireJoe 30.11.2011 03:37 Archived in Thailand Comments (0)

Thailand

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We flew into Phuket airport on a nice short flight from Singapore on Sunday night. Then we were rounded up into a minivan to be shuttled to our guesthouse via a tourist office. They would have tried to sell us stuff but luckily Clare and Kerry had come before us, so we had a room and didn't want any tours.

We stayed two nights on Kata beach at Kata Minta guesthouse, which was a step up in luxury. Hot showers, air conditioning, sauna and jacuzzi and our towels were folded into a swan shape. It all came with a price tag though and Clare and Kerry had to bargain with them to get them down to 600B a night - or six pounds per person per night. This was the most we paid in Thailand. We mostly chilled out here, just a brief jaunt into Phuket town to buy bus tickets and have a look around.

We spent all of Tuesday travelling to Ko Phangan, Thais don't believe in speedy buses or boats. We found Blue Lotus resort easily though, they were lovely there and it was right on the beach (like most of the resorts). The only downside was that the beds were a little solid. Also lumpy. We thought we'd walk to Hat Rin the next day and have a look round the town before the full moon party. It was only 3km but we were the only people walking. It's really hilly. We did see a couple of motorbikes who had to let the passenger off part way up the hill to make it the rest of the way up. So we caught a taxi back.

On the day of the full moon we thought that the party itself wasn't enough, so we booked an island tour too. We saw a waterfall and paddled in the nice cold water, saw another temple (someday we're going to have to get someone to talk us round one, as we have no idea what the significance of any of the images or statues is), went and sat on a really nice beach and had a swim, and went elephant trekking! The trekking was brilliant. We had to climb onto a platform to get onto the elephant and then step onto its shoulders and onto the seat. Then Joe was invited to sit on the elephant's neck. Elephants are cool. And quite hairy.

Thursday night was the full moon party on Hat Rin beach. Lots of fire being thrown around, including flaming skipping ropes and fire dancers. Many different DJs along the beach and plenty of buckets of alcohol. It was a really good night although we nearly lost Kerry out of the back of the taxi on the way home. She wanted to sit in the fresh air, but there are no real seats or barriers to the outside, just a bench and a metal rail.

After a day's recovery we went to Ko Tao for diving. There was no space on the cheap ferry at lunch time so we got the more expensive early morning catamaran and were settled in our chalet at Coral Grand by about 11am. The diving was not bad here, but we didn't see the whaleshark. We think we may have just missed it but it may have been spurious rumours from the other dive boat to wind us up.

We did see some enormous groupers, an octopus (Yay), and a seahorse. Also lots of fish and squishy things. We managed to sign onto a night dive too (five dives in one day for me and Joe!). It was really cool when we turned our torches out and moved our hands through the water, it lit up with bioluminescent plankton. Sleeping fishes are funny and thankfully (unfortunately?) we weren't followed by any giant barracuda.

We couldn't go north as we'd planned because of the flooding, so we decided to visit Ko Samui and then go back down to Phuket so Clare and Kerry could catch their flight back to the UK. We picked Ko Samui so that we could go to Ang Thong marine park. We did have a bit of trouble booking a tour because of the monsoon, but managed to find a speedboat to take us. The snorkelling out there was excellent and we saw lots of fish, a couple of seahorses, jellyfish, pufferfish... cool stuff. Then we climbed up to a saltwater mountain lake in the crater of an extinct volcano. Very steep steps have been installed to facilitate the climb. Apparently, this is the place that inspired Alex Garland to write The Beach. Then followed lunch, which materialised from two plastic containers. But managed to be a hot and tasty Thai meal. The afternoon was spent sea kayaking amongst the islands before heading back to Samui on the speedboat. We did have a slight glitch on the way back when the engines cut out about halfway but it was just something caught in the propeller and we were soon on our way again.

Getting back to Phuket was an arduous journey. Minivans are not the way to do it. Let's just say it was too hot, too cramped, too bumpy, and involved a too-long wait at another tourist travel office for 3 hours. Very glad to get off the road and check into another nice guesthouse, Baan Thonglor, this time at Patong Beach in Phuket. We've been up to the Phra Taew National Park to see the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre. It's really sad to hear what humans do to our fellow apes (gibbons aren't monkeys, they're apes like us!), but they are doing very worthwhile work. The centre was also next to the Bang Pae waterfall.

Last night, we booked tickets to Phuket's 'Simon Cabaret' show - very glitzy and glamorous - followed by a night out in Patong. We started in a bar called My Way - drag queens, ladyboys, and numbered house boys galore. A number is much easier to remember than a name... But we had a really funny night and they were all really lovely.

Off to Bangkok on the overnight bus tonight. Ta ta for now! :)

Posted by ClaireJoe 20.11.2011 23:09 Archived in Thailand Comments (1)

Singapore

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So, from Melaka, we took a bus to Singapore. Not many people travelling with us - we had to jump out at Johor Bahru to get stamped out of Malaysia, then again on the other side of the causeway to be stamped into Singapore but, other than that, it was a nice easy journey.

We took one of Singapore's snazzy metro trains to Chinatown, where we checked into our lodgings - A Beary Good Hostel. It was beary good, not least because of the free iPads and Netbooks, unlimited breakfast including cereal and real milk, and teddy bears everywhere.

That evening, we headed to Lau Pa Sat foodmarket to choose between the hundreds of affordably priced meals on offer. Then a walk around the financial district towards the marina, and a boat ride. We looked into going up to the 'Skypark', a boat-shaped tourist centre resting atop three hotel skyscrapers, but $20 for the privilege was too much! We decided after much deliberation that we didn't like the Skypark anyway. Looks too much like a banana. On the other side of the marina, we came across an outdoor stage where some traditional Indian dance was being performed. Very impressive performance which we stayed and watched for the whole hour.

On the Saturday, we took in the National Museum of Singapore, whose special exhibition at the moment is a display of paintings on the theme of Dreams and Reality. It also housed the very very extensive History of Singapore interactive gallery. After exhausting our interest in the museum, we nipped into the Raffles City basement food court for some lunch before doing the touristy thing and paying $26 for an autherntic Singapore Sling in the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel. We needn't have worried about not meeting the hotel's dress code as many other tourists and the like were in there and each table is provided with complimentary monkey nuts, the shells of which were spread all over the floor.

Saturday evening was spent exploring the bars and nightlife in Chinatown...

The next day, we moved on again by plane to Phuket in Thailand. More soon!

Posted by ClaireJoe 14.11.2011 02:11 Archived in Singapore Comments (1)

The rest of Malaysia

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For our remaining few days on Borneo, we mainly just chilled out. Took in a few air conditioned shopping malls, sat on the beach at Sapi Island, generally enjoying the hospitality of Kota Kinabalu.

Then, we flew back to Kuala Lumpur and checked into Grocer's Hostel in Chinatown. We tried to go up to the Skybridge between the Petronas Towers, but the observation deck was closed for renovations, so we wandered over to the Menara KL instead. Although the tower isn't quite as tall as the Petronas Towers, its viewing platform is higher, and you get a nice view of the Petronas Towers!

Had a really good tropical thunderstorm that night, which we watched from the roof garden at Grocer's.

Then we decided to hop on a bus and go up to the Cameron Highlands. A much more temperate and drizzly climate up in Tanah Rata makes ideal growing for strawberries and tea, which we saw on our whistle-stop countryside tour arranged for us by our hostel, Kang's. We saw a Buddhist Temple that had big gold statues in it but we didn't really know what was going on. The Rose Garden was kind of a garden centre perched high up on a hill overlooking the tea plantations and had interesting statues of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, amongst other things. The Strawberry Farm, where we had really good strawberries and milkshake that tasted of strawberries and not chemicals, confirmed Claire's belief that Strawberries grow in plastic bags. She is very adamant about this.

Then, we took the narrow windy mountain road up to the BOH Tea Plantation, where we saw some of the tea leaves being processed in the factory and had a quick whizz around the museum there. Tried out their 'Teacino' in the cafe, which was kind of like a cappucino, but made of tea. Very nice! The final two stops on the tour were a bee farm, which was just a few boxes of bees, which presumably were making honey, and a butterfly and insect farm.

One of the local delicacies of the Cameron Highlands is the Steamboat. You get a huge pile of about 20 different raw foods, and a gas burner with a pot of Tom Yam soup, in which you immerse the food to cook it. We could identify on our plate chicken, beef, tofu, fish, cuttlefish, greens, whole eggs, noodles, and prawns.

Mostly, whilst in Tanah Rata, we just hung out at Kang's Travellers Lodge with the other backpackers - Winter, Liam, and Jo deserve special mention for regaling us with their tales of backpacking around Asia. We must go and visit the hostel they plan to set up in Cambodia in a few years' time.

Finally, we got a minivan back down to Kuala Lumpur, popped back into Grocer's to collect all the clothes Claire had forgotten to pack, and took a metro train across the city to the other bus station, which is brand new and very shiny and big and clever. We like bus stations like they make them in Malaysia. From here we travelled to Melaka, which seems to have been a good place to visit in the 16th Century, but has kind of declined in the intervening years. Most of the touristy things they have here are closed. For 'Renovation'. We did go into part of the Naval Museum which is inside a replica Portuguese ship, but was a bit smelly and full of schoolchildren. Melaka's Chinatown is very nice and has some cool restaurants and bars. We wandered into a small shophouse that had been renovated by the tourist board to showcase the traditional style of shophouse, which was very interesting and well presented by the steward.

Tomorrow, we head to Singapore!

Posted by ClaireJoe 03.11.2011 07:18 Archived in Malaysia Comments (0)

Brunei

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We spent Thursday lazing in KK back at Borneo Backpackers, who are awesome. Trousers chopped. We also indulged at Chilli Vanilla, a nice restaurant in town. We had a glass of wine for RM13.50, or about £2.70 (Joe made me look it up).

We had an early start on Friday to catch the 8am ferry to Labuan. It was a nice ride, but we couldn't go outside and the air con was set to arctic. Labuan is an island off the coast of Brunei and is mostly used as a duty free haven due to complicated politics in the past - something about it technically being a Federal Territory of Malaysia. When we arrived, we were picked up by a guy on a scooter, who we will now call Uncle Jack because he ran Uncle Jack's Backpackers. Our guidebook doesn't have much to say about the cheap hostels on Labuan, but Uncle Jack's was really good. The rooms were nice and the showers worked (which is better than some of the places in Lonely Planet). He was also happy for us to drink tea and coffee (also alcohol left by students from Brunei who go to the island to let their hair down, but can't take the alcohol back) and fed us lots for breakfast, including fresh melon - the luxury.

The only downside was Uncle Jack's dog, who thought Joe wanted to play and tried to savage his leg. But she was only a puppy.

Labuan has a marine museum, which wasn't as good as we were led to believe, but passed a couple of hours quite happily. We also went to the Financial Park - Labuan's number one attraction - which is a duty free shopping centre. I bought sunglasses (which I've since broken) and we had a go in the free massage chairs - Joe's clamped him in. We also met Diane from Australia at lunch when we shared her table and chatted for a bit. She's from the south end of the great barrier reef, so we may run into her again when we're there.

Half a post and no Brunei - it's time.

Brunei.

That's about it really.

We arrived yesterday a little later than expected because the 9am ferry was cancelled. Then when we arrived on the 11am ferry, the money changer was at lunch, so we missed the express bus to BSB and found out the next one wasn't for hours (the guidebook was wrong again). Eventually we decided to walk to Muara, the nearest town, and were picked up (again!) by a local bus almost immediately. We shared the ride into the capital with a couple from New Zealand, who were lovely and chatty. We found the hostel, Pusat Belia, very easily and availed ourselves of what seems to be the only cheap accommodation in town. We're in separate dorms, so we had to meet on the balcony last night for a covert exchange of toothpaste and bite cream for safety pins.

Bandar Seri Begawan is a really lovely city, but strangely empty. It's also very clearly a different country to Malaysia. There's still a stilt village as part of the capital and everything is very spacious and quiet. We can't work out where all the people are. It takes about 10 minutes to walk across town. This morning we went to the Royal Regalia Museum, which mostly contains gifts for the sultan from pretty much everyone. It was an amusing way to spend a couple of hours, although I got cold feet. We had to leave our shoes outside and the museum is aggressively air conditioned with marble floors. After a break for brunch we headed to the boats for a trip to Bangar. This was a 45 minute hair-raising water taxi ride through narrow channels with tight bends. The driver is keen to shave off any time he can from the journey. Although he did stop on the way back to let us have a good peer at a crocodile on one of the banks. Bangar is a very sleepy town, nice, but virtually everything was closed; mostly we did this for the journey.

Brunei seems to be mostly untouched rainforest, which is nice. No palm tree plantations! We're going to come back campaigners against deforestation by default.

Posted by ClaireJoe 23.10.2011 01:59 Archived in Brunei Comments (0)

Kinabatangan Jungle and Mount Kinabalu National Park

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On the Sunday morning, we were picked up at our hotel and whisked to the Goamantong Caves, where it promptly began to rain. We braved the 20 minute slippery boardwalk to get to the caves, which are home to thousands of swiftlets, whose nests form the basis of Chinese bird's nest soup. The nests are made out of the birds' saliva, so not sure why they're valued at around US$500 per kg!

After our stop off at Goamantong, we arrived at the tiny hamlet of Sukau, in the Kinabantangan jungle. Branching out from the village along the river, there are a number of B&Bs and guesthouses that offer jungle treks and river cruises to tourists. We stayed two nights here in quite basic lodgings, and managed five river cruises and a short trek through the rainforest. We saw probiscis monkeys, long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques, hornbills, kingfishers, two wild boars, a family of orangutans, and a solitary full-grown adult male orangutan, who was in the process of building his nest for the night. So, we stopped and watched him go to sleep. During the night cruises, we saw a reticulated python, owls, swiflets, and crocodiles.

Claire got sucked on by a leech. Everyone found them attached to clothing, but Claire's was the only leech who managed to draw blood. From her neck.

Really amazing to spend some time in the rainforest, but so sad that we had to drive for so many miles through palm oil plantations to find any remnants of the jungle. The guys we shared the tours with were really cool - Rob and Debs from England, and Marten and Elin from Sweden.

From Sukau, we got a lift up to the main road from a local who topped his car up on the way with a 5l jerrycan bought from the local "petrol station" (friendly guy in a hut). We flagged down an express coach that was heading towards KK, which dropped us off outside the Kinabalu National Park. We managed to find a hostel just outside the park itself, because staying or eating anywhere inside the park is horrendously expensive. Found out to our detriment when we misheard the price of the buffet lunch as 15 ringgits. It was a very lovely meal, but we were shocked when the bill came to 100!

After a cursory stroll around the park HQ on the first evening, we returned in the morning to do the 6km Liwagu trail, which loosely follows the Liwagu river from the start of the summit trail back to the park HQ. Saw some interesting mushrooms. We chickened out on climbing to the summit at 4095m - for one thing, the paperwork, red tape, and expense were offputting. There is a competition there in a few days' time, though, in which people (mad people) run up to the top and back again. The record is currently something in the region of two and a half hours. Most people take two days to do it.

Highlight of the hostel was sharing our dorm room with a guy from Stanford in the Vale, Jamie Mayall. Small world.

Back in KK now for a couple of days, after which more adventuring will occur.

Posted by ClaireJoe 19.10.2011 05:43 Archived in Malaysia Comments (1)

Sandakan

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On Thursday, we took the bus to Sandakan. We bumped into a Canadian couple we'd been diving with, so managed to share a taxi into town with them. We stayed for three nights at the May Fair Hotel, made infamous by Lonely Planet for its brusque but helpful owner. In fact, Mr Lum was awesome and helped us organise our tour to the Kinabatangan. All his rooms have big TVs and DVD players and you can borrow from his extensive video collection for free.

On the Friday, we went up the "100 steps" to Agnes Keith's House, where we had afternoon tea overlooking Sandakan Bay. Very lovely. Agnes Keith was an American author who has published numerous books about her time living in British North Borneo with her husband, Henry, Conservator of Forests (they could do with another one of those!). Having arranged our tour to the jungle, we just enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and waterfront dining in Sandakan.

On the Saturday, we shared a minivan up to "Mile 14" (with our Canadian couple from Semporna again!). This is where you can visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Feeding time was at 10am, when some of the semi-wild animals that have been released into the jungle come back to take advantage of the free bananas. After seeing orangutans, we walked up the road to the Rainforest Discovery Centre and did a canopy walk through their forest reserve. We also had a look around their plant discovery garden, so we'd know what we were looking at when we found ourselves in the jungle for real.

Then we took a bus a little way back towards the city centre and stopped off at the Sandakan Crocodile Farm. The crocodile show here involved three men poking some crocodiles with sticks and dragging them around the arena by their tails. The pens that the crocodiles and other animals lived in were tiny and not very pleasant. Also, after paying the higher non-malaysian entrance fee, the commentary to the whole show was given in Malay. Not recommended.

Sandakan War Memorial Park was our final stop of the day - built on the site of the old Japanese prisoner of war camp. It was from here that the 2500 British and Australian prisoners of war were marched to Ranau. None survived the death marches. Only six escapees survived the war to tell the tale of the horrors of being prisoners of the Japanese on Borneo.

Posted by ClaireJoe 19.10.2011 05:18 Archived in Malaysia Comments (0)

Semporna

Diving at Sipadan!

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We took the overnight bus from KK to Semporna and arrived at 5am on Saturday morning (after some interesting mountain road overtaking from our bus driver!). The advantage of 5am was that it wasn't quite as hot when we were walking around trying to find a hostel. The disadvantage being that most places weren't too happy to see us before sunrise. Our hostel staff are nice and friendly - they've fixed our lights, changed our beds, and are generally chatty in the mornings before the dive boat leaves.

Anyway, we've done three out of our four days diving with Sipadan Scuba - the first day was at the infamous Sipadan Island, then Si Amil, Sipadan again today, and tomorrow at Sibuan Island.

We had one of our best dives today at Barracuda Point just off Sipadan (it certainly earned its title as the best dive site in the world!) - we descended to about 25m past a large school of jackfish into waters packed with just about everything! White tip sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, a couple of larger grey reef sharks, a massive school of barracuda just above us, needlefish, angelfish, Nemos, moray eels, napoleon wrasse, and bumphead parrotfish, to name but a few things we saw in only 45 minutes.

Semporna is really just a small fishing village that's been appropriated by dive centres for being the closest mainland settlement to the islands. Not much to do here, but some nice cafes to hang around in. If you're not into scuba, then don't come here. Met some nice English people (cup of tea) who are diving with us - it's interesting to hear where other people have been on their travels so far.

We hope to move on to find some jungle and orangutans on Thursday. We have our flight out of Borneo booked for the 27th, so still lots to do before then.

Posted by ClaireJoe 11.10.2011 05:22 Archived in Malaysia Comments (3)

Kota Kinabalu

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Since we arrived in KK, we managed to get ourselves into the city via public transport and find beds for the night all by ourselves! It's still hot and humid here, but it's a small town with a nice vibe and an excellent waterfront night market which has been feeding us very well! The night market is a normal market that starts at about 4.30pm and sells fruit veg and fish (some of which we didn't recognise at all), and lots of food hawkers with outdoor tables. We just find a seat, order some nice food from the people, who cook it there and then, and bring it to you. All for not very much money.

We have just completed our PADI Advanced Open Water scuba qualifications, which basically means we have spent the last two days sailing round tropical islands to some awesome dive sites in the local marine conservation park. We've seen loads of cool things: two hawksbill turtles, a puffer fish, moray eel, lionfish, barracuda, a juvenile sweetlips, an eel garden, and lots of Nemos! But this is just the warm-up act for Sipadan Island, which we are diving off next week.

We also went to the museum - a short walk that seemed quite long in the heat. On the way we stopped off at the Sacred Heart Cathedral and managed to get in - we tried a church in Delhi, but it was closed and we couldn't find the church in KL, so this is our first success. After that we went to the Heritage Village, which is part of the museum. It was really good - a collection of traditional tribal houses that show how different peoples traditionally live.

Just one day left here as we're getting an overnight bus across Sabah to Semporna tomorrow. Ready for more diving.

Joe and Claire.

P.S. You may be interested to know that we have now burnt, the water and sun combined got the best of us, but we've managed just a gentle pink.

Posted by ClaireJoe 06.10.2011 05:56 Archived in Malaysia Comments (0)

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