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Mar 3, 2009 - Arriving in Thailand!

From Taman Negara, I took an eight hour train trip through the jungle to Thailand. The border closes at 10:00 p.m. and I got there at 9:45 p.m., so I just barely made it. Luckily, I found a great hotel just across the border. There, in the hotel's discoteque, I met three English guys that talked me into accompanying them to Pattaya, a resort town just east of Bankok.

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Nov 14, 2006 - Malaysia - Kota Bharu

Selamat Datang - Welcome to Malaysia Another early start at 6:45am for our minivan to Kota Bharu in Malaysia where we were told we would be going all the way to Kota Bharu (for an extra fee) but as usual the lost in translation excuse was played (scam) and after 8 hours (with an hours stop in Hat Yai) in a tiny minivan rammed with locals we were told to get out at Sungai Kolok which is the border town in Thailand just across a bridge from Malaysia. We made our way to Thailand's passport control hut to officialy depart the country and then...

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Oct 24, 2006 - Kota Bharu - On the Way to Tama Nagara

Left the Perhentian Islands on the 12pm speedboat. Got a taxi up to Khoat Bharu, checked back in to the Ideal Travellers Inn (same place as stayed on the way down). Everywhere is closed as it is the Muslim equivalent of Christmas, celebrating the end of Ramadam. Planning on getting the 6:45 Junlge train down to Jenaut tomorrow morning. A supposedly spectacular journey through Malaysia's jungle interior and from there on to Tama Nagara National Park to do a bit of jungle trekking.

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Rich Goes Travelling

Oct 19, 2006 - Kota Bharu - Malaysian Stop Over Town

Took a long tail boat out of Railay beach at 6am, arriving just in time at Ang Son, just around the coast to get our bus down to Malaysia. The driver drove like a mad man for 5 hours, often giving me pause for thought with regards to his level of intoxication; stopping briefly twice, once in Krabi and once to get some breakfast. We arrived in the former Thai Southern capital of Had Yai, where we quickly we transferred from our mini bus to a separate mini bus bound for Sungai Golok. 4 hours later, around 4 we were at the Thai Malaysia border...

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Rich Goes Travelling

May 4, 2006 - Kota Bharu

Yet another day in Kota Bharu. We watched some bamboo drumming. The sounds were really incredible. The rhythm of the beat touched us deeply. Agnes got to participate in one of the songs - it felt really great (sounded very different than listening to it from outside). We also took some top-spinning lessons from a 90 year old top master, whose day job is taking people around in a trishaw. He appreciated us for taking the time to learn. Kota Bharu is home to the most beautiful food market we've seen thus far. We couldn't help but take lots...

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Somewhere in Asia

Apr 30, 2006 - Destination Malaysia

We set out on the 6:10 am train for Sungai Kolok the last Thai outpost before Malaysia. However, on Thai time this means 7:30am. As we passed villages and towns, people were unloading and produce destined for markets was being moved on and off the train. In the beginning we passed paddy fields with people planting rice, or fishing in small streams. As we travelled further south the region became more hilly and treed. The train got us through areas of political unrest. After we left Hat Yai we had two semi automatic armed soldiers on the...

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Somewhere in Asia

Mar 11, 2006 - To Thailand

So I was off to Thailand -the des\tination being Ko Pha-Ngan. Ko means island in Thai. I am not very language orientated and am having trouble remembering and saying the names of the places I have been. I know part of it is all the Christmas's and birthdays I have experienced but there is more to it than that. I have always understood that learning multiple languages at a young age enables further development of language easier and helps open the brain to accepting new information from a wider variety of sources. This has been proved to me...

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Karen's Trip 2006

May 23, 2005 - A long night heading south

On the 23rd we made a long journey to the Malaysian border, involving a ferry, 2 buses and an 8 hour journey on a night train without a bed! It was pretty hard going but quite interesting as well as we saw the peoples culture change around us. The south-eastern provinces of Thailand are mainly muslim compared to the Buddist majority of the country. There has been a fair amount of trouble in the area over the last couple of years and it's not really a tourist destination. We hardly saw any other westerners making the journey but we had no...

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Feb 5, 2005 - Goodbye to Tuluk Bahang

Our second day in Malaysia was very chilled out - our first nothing day really!!! We did very little just walked along the beach, lazed in the sun, read our books and then went into the village and ate some coffee - feeling a lot less intimidated this time!!! We then got the local bus into the next town - the bus was great but the town was horrible, full of tourists, shops, pubs and stalls selling English Breakfast yuck!!! We have found ourselves slipping into village life very easily and comfortably and hated being surrounded by so much...

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