Hello avid blog readers! We're in Thailand now, so almost home in terms of how far we've been I suppose, but don't get too paniced into thinking that there'll be no more adventures to read about, we've still got three months left and a few more countries to visit yet! So here's the update of the last couple of days for you:
Tuesday 7th August
Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear Darren, happy birthday to me! Sorry about that, butI am turning 26 today after all! We were up early today and departing from the international train station in Singapore for our 7 hour journey to Kuala Lumpur. The journey wasn't too bad though as there was time to read, sleep, listen to ipods and they even had Harry Potter playing on the TV in the train (which is where the sleep part came in). Near the end of the journey a lovely Malaysian girl named Wi spoke to us for a while and gave us some great tips on Malaysia. We finally arrived at Kuala Lumpur train station and jumped in a taxi to the Traders Hotel. If you ever go to Kuala Lumpur you owe it to yourself to stay in this hotel, it's gorgeous and doesn't even cost that much. The room was incredible, really big, with a huge bed, huge flat screen TV and a great view of the city. If you pay a bit more you can get a room with a view looking at the Petronas Towers. The staff were so friendly and helpful and everyone kept wishing me happy birthday and they even brought me up a cake and sang to me, it was so funny as they didn't know my first name and sung Mr Frost instead, how very formal! In the evening we went to to the top floor lounge for our complimentary cocktails and talked to a really funny guy from Saudi Arabia called Akhmer. Afterwards we went for a wander through the park to the Petronas Towers which look absolutely incredible at night. They are lit up with more lights on a building than i have ever seen with some incredible fountains outside. Below the towers is a swanky mall full of Gucci and Louis Vuitton shops, which we had a brief window shop around and then went for a lovely meal at Chilis. Kerry had spoken to the staff in secret and at the end of the meal they brought me up a huge cake and sang to me, which I was not expecting at all! Needless to say we strolled back to the hotel not feeling so bloated since Christmas at Nicoles in Oz!
Wednesday 8th August
Rather reluctantly we left the hotel at 12 and caught a taxi to a slightly less pricey hotel called Hotel Fortuna, which was near Bintang Walk, a place full of shops! The area was full of malls offering dirt cheap clothes and electrical goods. I resisted purchasing anything as most stuff that was really cheap didn't come with an international warranty. Kerry on the other hand bought some killer high heels that make her look about 6 foot tall! Our bank cards stopped working once again (not because of the amount of spending!) due to a connection problem with the bank so we had very little money to use so we window shopped for the rest of the evening. We had dinner at Nandos which only cost us 1 pound 80pence each!! I love how cheap asia is! Afterwards we did some research into our next destination at an internet cafe and Kerry got chatted up by three lady boys! They were pretty convincing though and even I did a double take! Oh the shame!
Thursday 9th August
Another early start today as we started queuing at the Petronas Towers for free tickets to the bridge that connects the two towers. We were lucky and got the tickets for the morning viewing and made our way up to the bridge level. The view was incredible! The Petronas Towers, apparently, are the tallest twin towers in the world and are built on the worlds deepest foundations. They also feature in the film Entrapement with Catherine Zeta Jones. We took some great pics and then headed back to the shops for one last look around before grabbing our luggage from the hotel in the evening and heading off to the airport. We got there in time luckily enough as we turned up at the wrong terminal and had to get a taxi 20km to the correct one! We flew to bangkok with Air Asia, which was pretty basic, not even any headphones to listen to music! It was kind of like flying in a bus with wings but for such a cheap short flight we weren't about to complain! We stayed for the night in a lovely hotel near the airport called Queens Garden resort.
Friday 10th August
After a well needed lie-in this morning we left the hotel at 12 p.m. and got our first con in the country by the hotel staff booking us a 'taxi' into the city which was actually a limo service which cost us 700 baht, which is a crazy amount of money! We're going to be much more vigilant now and can't even be bothered to book a tuk-tuk as everyone has told us about how they try to rip you off. We checked in at our hotel on famous Khaosan Road and it's really nice although a little noisy but then the area is heaving with bars and late night shopping. There is a great feel to the area though and it's been really great exploring the area today and trying new things like deep fried banana. There are tons of cheap CD's, DVD's and games here, like really cheap so we're bound to end up spending a bit while we're here! Tomorrow we're hoping to head off to the famous weekend market that apparently is about the same size a few football pitches! Kerry's lovely friend from Bedford, Yolanda, is hoping to come out to meet us for a while here so we're just waiting to hear from her before we decide whether to stay around here for a few days or go ahead and purchase our Vietnam visas and flights now.
Anyway, we hope you are all well and that the British summer is slowly stretching it's arms and getting it's lazy butt out of bed! Hope to update you on some cool stuff in the next few days!