Up at 5.30 am to leave at 6.30 on a minivan to the port and then get the 8pm ferry back to mainland thailand. Here we got a bus to Malaysia and into Georgetown. Clocks went forward 1 hour once we entered Malaysia.
We dropped our bags at the hotel and went to the night food market (as it was now 9pm). This was a large seating area with some booths to order food from, each with different types of food. Most of us picked one in particular which was selling rib eye steaks with mash and veg, plus two sides from spaghetti, soup, salad and fries, for just 3 pounds. We ended up having this to eat both nights as it was so good and cheap.
Had a lie in today until 10.30pm and had breakfast. At 12 a few of us walked around the town which was quite small and old, climbed up the lighthouse and made our way back toward the hotel.
We then went as a group to the 'Chocolate Boutique' which makes out it is a chocolate factory and shop where you can 'taste some of the 60' chocolates they make. We got there and got rushed through about 5 rooms of the shop and got to try about 6-8 tiny pieces of chocolate, some was nice like the mango chocolate and white chocolate with coconut, then they expected us to buy something due to the free entry but it was all really high priced so we didn't.
Since that only took about 20mins we went to the shopping centre to look around and bought a fair few fake DVD's as they were about 1 pound each.
That night there was quite a big lightening storm going on so the canadians, chris and I sat on the roof since it wasnt raining to try and get some photos.
Up and ready by 10.30am to get on the bus to the Cameron Highlands. Today was Chris's birthday too. We drove past hills covered with greenhouses gorwing strawberries, tea and fruits. When we got there, there was little to do beside sit in a cafe and have a drink.
At 7pm we went to a backpackers bar known as the Jungle Bar. Chris always goes there when he is here and the owner told him the day before that he had a new chef and that he had to go there that night to meet them and try the food. So when we went up at 7 the owner had chris pull his hat down over his eyes and walked him into the bar and called out the new chef. Chris's girlfriend (Imbi) then walked out as a suprise for his birthday; she is also a tour leader in asia and had just finished her tour and had 2 weeks free so she flew over from vietnam and got a bus there the day before us. They were meant to meet in Kuala Lumpur on monday originally. She had paid for a BBQ for all of us too and brought a birthday cake from KL. We bought chris drinks and then went back to the hotel for 10.30pm.
This morning we got in 4x4's to go to the start point of our trek in the highlands. This was about an hour with 20mins of it being up steep, bumpy hills on wet mud. At the top we walked through the rainforest for an hour to see the world largest type of flower the Rafflesia. We saw several of them at different ages, they stay as buds for 8 months, then over 10 days they flower and die, so it is uncommon to see as many as we did (or so the guides said).
After that we went over to a tea plantation and all you could see was miles of hills covered in tea bushes. We stopped here for lunch and then left to the butterfly and insect farm and got to hold incests such as Left Mantis, Orchid Mantis, Rhino Beetles and some had scorpians on them too.
Next was a strawberry farm which was just a cafe which sold strawberry drinks and food more than a farm to look around.
That evening consisted of sitting in starbucks for a few hours playing snakes and ladders.
Left in the morning for a short journey to Kuala Lumpur and checked into our hotel in the middle of china town. We walked to Times Square Mall (the biggest in south east asia with an indoor themepark) The mall was 10 floors high too. We ate lunch at Papa Johns and walked around the mall for 2 hours before going into the 'theme park'. There was about 5 rides in it including a rollercoaster and then a kids rides section too so it was not great but was very cheap and quiet.
After getting back to the hotel we walked around the markets for some shopping until 11.30pm.
Today was an early start at 6.30am to get to the Petronas Towers for free entry tickets (the first 800 people per day get tickets). We got there at 7.30am and queued until 9am when it opened and got tickets for a time slot of 10.15 and 11.15. Andy and I went at 11.15 as he did not queue with the few of us that went as he planned to go tomorrow, but I got him a ticket as I doubt he would have had time to go tomorrow. So I met andy at the KL Tower at 10pm and did not go up there at the time as it was cloudy, so we headed back to the Petronas Towers for 11 to go up. It was not that high up in comparrison to the height of the building but it had some nice views and was free. The lift up caused your ears to pop as it went up at 2 floors per second.
We then walked back to the KL tower, we stopped on the way to get a drink and some brownies from a german cafe which seemed really posh, as we were eating it bagan to rain and get cloudy again so we didnt go up the KL tower this time either. We met up with some others and had Nandos for lunch, costing just a fiver and then back to china town to more shopping.
At 7.30 we met the candians and chris at the Traders Hotel and went upto the top floor where it had a 'sky bar' and a pool in the bar area that you sat around the edge of on low tables and chairs, with panoramic views of the city, it was expensive to eat here but very nice, most had a sirloin steak sandwich and chips. After eating most left and went back to the markets. Andy and I went to the KL tower for a third time to go up it, luckily it was a clear night so we got some really nice views of the city then went back to the hotel.
Our last day in KL so we did some last minute shopping before leaving at 12. It was a very quick bus ride to Melaka so we arrived by 2.30 and took a walk and got lunch here.
We then walked about for a little more and got drinks in the Geographers Cafe and met at 7 to go for an indian, I tried something called Tawa Chicken, which was tomato based sauce, but it was too spicy for me so i dipped my naan in some butter chicken sauce someone else had ordered.
After dinner we went back to the geographers to sit in and have a drink and play some cards until midnight and went back to the hotel.
We left the hotel at 10am to go to the Eye of Malaysia near the sea, like the London eye but a bit smaller. We got there to find it was closed, and had been closed for about 6 months due to it not making much money. So we walked to an observation tower which went higher and turned around 360 degrees so we could see the whole city. We got 'Trishaws' to the tower which are bikes with a side cart to hold 2 people, but decorated in hundreds of flowers and spinning decorations and stuff, which played out loud dance music while the guys peddeled us about for a small tour of the town for 30mins.
After that we went to the shopping centres to look around and got an early dinner at Pizza Hut before going to the cinema to watch The Expendables (costing around 2 pounds a ticket) and then back to the Geographers for drinks again and some people bought andy a drink for his a-level results. We left here at midnight again to go back to the hotel.
We left at 7am to get a bus to Singapore, the border crossings here were in massive moderns buildings which looked nicer than most air ports and about the same size, unlike the small offices we drove past in any other country. We got to our hotel at midday and walked down a few streets to look around and get lunch. We met back at the hotel to discuss the evening plans and tomorrows plans and then sat about the hotel and walked around the city for a little bit more.
We will be having dinner at the quay before 4 of us go on a Night Safari at about 9pm-midnight, as this is our last night we are having a more expensive meal than usual, but still under 10pounds a meal.
Day 36 - Last Day
As I will probably not update this after the day as we will be leaving, what we plan to do is go to Singapore Zoo in the morning, followed by the Singapore Flyer in the afternoon, which is the worlds largest observation wheel, so a LOT bigger than the London Eye. We will then head to the airport after a little shopping and head home.
Due back in the UK at 5am on Sunday.