We have seen off Thailand and have now started to explore Malaysia. On our last day in Thailand we went sea kayaking at the mouth of a mangrove river. The guides led us down its tributaries to take us through underwater caves underneath limestone khasts. They also pointed out various forms of local wildlife - including the thai kingfisher, mudflapper fish that live on land (like the ones in the guinness advert), a sea snake of some variety and the red clawed crab which has the strength to open a can of beans with its oversized left claw! Campbell also caught a fish with his bare hands, which he put back as it was too small to be worth taking home for tea! They also showed us some more dubious viking cave paintings - you would think that crayola would wash off easier than that! Lowlight of the day was a german gentleman posing like a caveman in one of the caves in just his speedos while his family proudly took a whole world of photos of him.
The next day was the first leg of our mammoth journey to where we are staying at the moment in the Cameron highlands. Up at 6, we got a minibus over the thai/malaysian border and on to Penang, arriving at 5. It was a long day of travelling, made shorter though by being driven by thailands version of michael schumacher - the only difference being that our driver had probably only learned to drive by playing arcade driving games! Once we had booked our bus out of Penang for today we didnt have much of the evening left, so we got some food and watched 'open season' at the cinema. Up at 5 this morning (!) we got the ferry and then bus up to the cameron highlands. Unfortunately though, whilst driving through some spectacular scenery our coach had a spectacular tyre blow-out, leaving half the tyre 200m back down the road! Still, we have got here in the end and are already booked on a an early morning stroll tomorrow to some tea plantations and the highest mountain in the Banjaran Titiwangsa range -6100 feet. As i sit here typing though there is a massive thunderstorm going on outside, so i hope it clears up a bit for the morning!