Leaving Phi Phi was very sad, we all loved it here and it truely could have been paradise. We headed to Krabi back on mainland just for a couple of days, as after this, it was where the group was splitting up, the guys we'd be travelling with from the start were staying on in Thailand and us girls were off to Malaysia. Krabi is very touristy but it is low season so alot of the places are shut down or just not very busy. On the first night we found a couple of bars and went into one with a live band. This is where I got up and did Kareoke for the first time ever. Robbie and I got up and did Mr Brightside by the Killers quite badly. Our hotel that we stayed in had a swimming pool so the next day was spent relaxing at the pool and on the night we just went for a quiet drink as the next day we had a long day ahead of us.
We spent 9 sweaty hours on a mini bus and had an awkward border crossing to get through but we made it to George Town, Penang at 8ish in the evening. First impressions of this place were not good. We checked into a hostel and went to get something to eat and we were still not impressed. When we woke up the next day we got a taxi to Batu Ferrenggi and got a hostel right next to the beach called Baba Guesthouse, run by a very friendly and helpful family. We chilled on the beach and then went and got a banana boat, first time on one of these and it was great fun, got a suprise when we were coming back in to the shore and the driver capsized it and into the sea we went though.
The next day we got the 101 bus to the National Park, only about 10 minutes away so not far. We got to walk through it and it turned into a bit of a trek through the jungle. We seen a few monkeys, just minding there on business and the walk was a bit tough so when we reached the end (a nice beach) we got something to eat and got a boat back to the starting point. It was a great walk to do though and didn't see too many bugs, just heard them so it was fine.
We got up at 6:30 the next morning to get the ferry to Langkawi, an Island to the north about 3 hours away. When we got to Langkawi the weather was fine but coming to the guesthouse in the taxi the heavens opened and it rained and rained and rained. We got to Gecko guesthouse and got a room for 50riggit a night (about 10 pound a night between the 3 of us) The communial area in the hostel had a lot of people sitting around and a film was showing. We sat down next to some lads and got food, we got talking to them and sat playing cards till it finally stopped raining. They invited us to the beach that evening and so we went along and met lots of new people and then when to a bar on the beach called Little Lylia's which had a live band playing and had a good atmosphere.
The next day we got a taxi to the mountains and got a cable car right to the top of the mountain, It was little scary but great when we reached the top. There was a bridge that was suspended over the mountain with a massive drop, a massive fear of heights came over me and I froze at the begining of the bridge as Andrea and Jess went on. I could feel the bridge wobbling as I held on to the railing. A man and his young children walked past me and told me 'come on' the little girl held out her hand to hold mine and so I thought I have to do this now so there I was walking on this bridge holding hands with the whole family as Jess and Andrea was back towards me they could just laugh. From the cable car we could see a waterfall, our taxi driver had waited for us and after he took us to the waterfall. We walked to near enough the top and was able to go in the water. We was quite high us, we walked to the end and there was a railing where the waterfall dropped and we looked out to the moutains and the cable cars where we'd been.
On the night we met back up with the group we'd met the night before at Little Lylia's, there was a youngish malaysian lad about 25 doing magic tricks on the stage. This was so funny because we could just work out everything he was doing and it was just a shambles but aplauded his efforts anyway. And then there was live bands for the rest of the evening.
Gecko guesthouse is great for me meeting new people and everyone we have met has said they only planned to stay 3 nights and 10 days later they still have not left. However we have booked our coach for tomorrow night to take us to the Perenthian Islands.