Nat and Beck Go Large!
Getting to Malaysia wasn't exactly the easiest part of the trip so far! We decided we were going to see if we could get a bus company that would take us over the border so that we didn't have to go to the hassle of swapping buses/tuk tuks/trains etc and carrying our heavy backpacks all over the place. However, travel agents in Phuket aren't exactly the most helpful people in the world and after having put off our departure by a day already, we found we could only get a bus as far as the border town of Had Yai. It took us 8.5 hours and 3 mini buses (one with a beast of a cockroach on!) to get that far! We then tried to get them to sell us a ticket to Kuala Lumpur, they loaded us back onto the mini bus they'd only just turfed us off and took us to another travel office. Unfortunately we could only get on one of the air conditioned coaches with the big comfy reclining chairs! We took it on the chin and managed to sleep for quite a lot of the rest of the journey! The only bad point of this bus was the film they insisted on showing, it was some random Thai movie which started off with an elephant giving birth and didn't get much better! We got dropped off within walking distance of our guest house, which was a pleasant surprise, at about 6 in the morning and needless to say spent the next 6 hours sleeping. Our guest house is the BEST EVER, its got a TV, DVD, Internet, little kitchen and hot showers (which we dicovered about 15 mins after we'd both washed our hair in the cold ones!) Our only complaint is that someone has lost the control for the aircon unit so we have the choice of scorchio or baltic and not much in between!!!! The crazy lady who owns the place keeps telling us to make ourselves at home and make tea and coffee which is nice (but not with soya milk). Today nat and I went for a walk around the city. We never really got that far, just to the shopping centres! We decided that on our budjet we really shouldn't be buying anything!!! That was before Nat got her hands on the sale shoes! Oh yeah then she found TOPSHOP! So two pairs of shoes, three tops and a pair of jeans later Natalie Maria Owens - dirtiest liar in the west - has decided that some of the other clothes she has are 'a bit tatty' and have to go straight in the bin! (in my defence, the jeans were over 10 pounds cheaper than at home, so technically, I saved money becky) Anyhoo we then went to the local Irish bar for some refreshments where it cost us over 3 pounds for a Carlsberg and lime - and that was happy hour! Hence us updating our website at 11.15 at night rather than painting the town red! Ladies night on Wednesday though - maybe we'll make an exception then!