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Malaysia and Singapore

Posted: February 12, 2013 in Asia, Malaysia, Singapore

Air Asia was gracious enough to transport us back from Colombo to Malaysia, after a quick two and a half hour drive from Unawatuna to the capital of Sri Lanka.  Flight went smoothly, a fellow traveller entertained me for the greater duration of the journey by being disgusted by the service and seating of the world’s best low-cost carrier, what people pay and then expect is sometimes just too great a differential…

Kuala Lumpur was a short visit, as we had just time to jump on a bus/train combo from the LCC terminal to KL Sentral, grab some dinner, and then hop on our overnight train to Singapore.

Train journey was great, we splurged for a 1st class two berth cabin with ensuite at a cost of $80, and it was a super sleep.

Singapore is by far one of the easiest countries in the world to travel, after a simple immigration process, we hopped on a bus from the train station to the airport, and left our bags for the day.  We spent 8 hours in the city, using the MRT train system, super simple and allowed us to grab some last-minute things that we needed for the next part of our adventure in South America.  I think the only thing Mirella saw for the day was a sign like this:

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Back to the airport 9 hours later, a good day in Singapore all round.

Time to hop on our national carrier, an overnight flight to Singapore with 409 other souls on a Qantas 747.

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Penang, Malaysia

Posted: February 2, 2013 in Asia, Malaysia, Photos

Train Adventures in SE Asia

Posted: February 2, 2013 in Malaysia, Thailand

Two options seemed logical upon leaving Ko Phangan to head to Sri Lanka.  The first was to ferry to the mainland, jump on a plane from Surat Thani to Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok, and then fly on to Colombo (the obvious Flashpacker plan of attack). The alternative was to ferry to the mainland, and then catch the train from Surat Thani to KL, a journey of 900km, and a travel time of 39 hours, with a 6 hour stop in Surat Thani, Thailand, and 10 hours in Butterworth, Malaysia, the jumping off point for Penang.

Amazingly, it was the princess that chose option two, as Penang had yet to be seen, and train travel is a favourite mode of transportation.  So, for the princely sum of about $100 for both of us (ferry, bus, overnight train one, ferry, ferry, overnight train two), off we went!

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This photo was taken 15 hours in to the trip, as the train reached the Thai/Malaysia border for customs and immigration formalities.  Passport in hand, we were stamped in to country number two, and a few short hours later we found ourselves in Georgetown, Penang, a world heritage city.

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After a half day in Penang (photo gallery to come), we were back on the train to KL.  Upon arriving, it was a simple matter of catching a train and bus to the low cost carrier terminal for our AirAsia flight to Colombo.  Bring on Sri Lanka!