Journey Down South: Thailand to Malaysia

Winter vacation in Korea means sunshine and beach time somewhere else in S.E. Asia for us! This time we traveled down Thailand, starting in Bangkok, island hopping all the way down (over the border) to Malaysia, and ending in Kuala Lumpur. We backpacked for 22 days total: 16 days in Thailand, and 6 days in Malaysia.

Our itinerary looked like this: Bangkok – Ko Samui, Railay, Ko Lanta, Ko Lipe (all Thailand), then hopping over to Malaysia, Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur.

In this post, we’ll add what we did, saw, ate and liked the most. We’ll give some suggestions/tips for future travelers, and also add some prices for budgeting purposes for anyone interested. After every entry for each place we stayed, we’ll give our general impression of the place. To take into consideration: this is OUR opinion and impressions and might (will most probably) deviate from general outlook. We also traveled in January, which is high-tourist season, and Chinese New Year (in Penang). Continue reading

Malaysian Madness!

We decided that at the end of our contract in August 2011, we will take a little road trip en route back to sunny S.A. We decided on Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. We were fortunate to know people that (then) lived in Kuala Lumpur (the pleasant Deon and Annelie Strydom), who invited us to board at their place during our stay in Malaysia. We had a lovely stay at their beautiful apartment, and  I think they also enjoyed the company of fellow Saffas in a foreign country.

First picture in KL out of moving van! Petronas Towers. Continue reading