Hey there guys!
Â After we didn't update our website, we think it's time to inform you about our latest adventures:
Â The big nightmarket in Trang was closed but we found a smaller one that still fullfilled what we had expected. The smells of 1000 different disgusting or delicious foods and lots of other shopping opportunities. Michi found a swimming short at last (he looked for quite a long time) and we all tried dried squid (geplaetteter getrockneter Tintenfisch). Well we were really brave but we all thought it tasted really disgusting. The night ended with a beer at some Restaurant, as the town was really empty at night.
The next day was pretty cool as we made our way to Koh Tarutao Nationalpark. We left the guesthouse at 9:30AM to walk to a shared taxi station 1,5km away and really hoped to find it fast as the boat left at 12 (as everyone told us) and the way to the pier should take about 2 hours. For sure we were lucky: We found the Taxi station, got a good price and the driver was good (the car was not as it was really old and shabby) so we arrived at Packbara Pier at 11:30 and cruised off to Koh Tarutao at 13:00. The boatride nice and hot and even a little adventouros, as we had to change to a smaller boat to land at Koh Tarutao because of the massive waves.
The Island was different to all the other islands we've been as it was just a National Park with no locals living there. We got ourselve a tent and looked forward to take a swim at a paradise beach. We were dissapointed quite soon as the beach was full of rubbish but still a little happy because some Thai guys (from some Bank group vacation) offered as fresh cooked crabs, the we had never ever tried and I can really tell you they taste great. Max our friend and chef at Hangar 7 Red Bull Restaurant in Salzburg said, it's just impossible to get them in Europe.Â
The food in the restaurant that evening was another thing, becuase it was really, really awfull and the fact that it was the only one just gave us something to worry.Â The big shock itself came the next day! Mike suffered from diahrrea like he sad he never had before and had to stay at the campsite the whole day. He Couldn't hould what we had eaten, he couldn't hold what he had drunk and also his mood went to a level that even I haven't seen before. So this day was really not good for all of us and we others did a tour to a former prison that was really not worth the money.
The day after was the best of all. As we hiked trough the jungle about 3,5km to a beatiful waterfall with 20 degree water, natural pool, natural ride and cliffs to jump. It was an amazing place we will remember for a long time!!
On the 15th of may we left the island, not without a little shock as really unfriendly maqaqs mokeys tried to steal our stuff, but we and our shepperd dog (he stayed with us all the time) managed to get rid of them.
We,the last phanangs (white people) left the island, as they closed it for rain season and haded towards the mainland and Hat Yai. We just liked that city as they had a Mc Donald's. We were never so glad to eat there in our hole life I think after 3 evenings in this horrible restaurant!! Even the nightlife in Hat Yai was cool. Two really good bars, two really good life bands and one even played 'Cat's in the cradle' and 'Everything about you' by Ugly Kid Joe (and not Guns'N'Roses) which made Hias just go crazy!
The 16th of may we did some shopping for the long train journey to Malaysia in a big supermarket. We started our journey 3pm and had no problems when we crossed the border (except Max who lost his departure passboard card). We drove for hours and hours played cards and celebrated my birthday at 0:00 with Paulaner Hell and fake Sacher cake and had a really great time. The train went slow so we arrived at 3:30 after 13 hours of trainjourney in Ipoh our final destination. We spent some hours in the trainstation, that really amazed us as it was very beautiful and very clean. I also chatted with some young Malaysian who offered to show us the city the next day.Â
After a stupid taxi ride we arrived at our shaby guesthouse and just fell in our beds, tired like hell.Â My birthday went really well. We saw a cave temple and went to Greentown, the place were all the bars are and drank lot's of beers with an Indian guy who drove us all home on his scooter at last (Anita didn't like that to much because he really came to close as he drove her to hostel after midnight trough a city she didn't knew)
For me the 'fun' began on the 18th. I just felt really dizzy in the morning with pain in my joints and my head. At afternoon I had to go home and lay down and at night my temperature was 39,6 (I can't remember that I ever had such high temperature) and the next morning it even rose over 40 degrees so I went to the gp across the road who gave my antibiotics and paracetamol. While I stayed in bed the others spent a great time with Faizal (the malayan guy from the train station), who invited them to his house for dinner and offered them to drive us all to the Cameron Highlands to spend some time with us there. Naturally they agreed.
I was about half recovered but free of fever when we made our way up to the cool Cameron Highlands on the 20th. We found a cool Lodge with bond fire and guitar music. On the 21st Max, Anita and Mike made a hiking tour for about 4 hours with Faizal. Me still not totally recovered stayed at the hostel to hang around and listen to the weird stories of a funny Saudi Arabian.Â The same day Faizal left and in the evening we played cards once again and met some other Austrians.
Today we did a tour to a beautiful tea plantage and some other spots (bee farm, strawberry farm,butterfly farm...). We tried and watched this and that!
That's all folks for now!
Sorry but the next pictures may take a while as we wanna do a 4 day hiking tour at Taman Negara National Park the next days.
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Mike and Hias