We got picked up from the hostel at 8am ready for 12 hours of travelling. It was going to be a long day.
We drove for 3 hours to Trang and then had to change minibuses to travel another 2 1/2 hours to Hat Yai. We've learned that the easiest way to travel through a country is just to go along with where the drivers direct you to get another minibus. It seems like chaos at the time but we always get to the final destination.
Once we arrived in Hat Yai, we had 90 minutes to kill before our next minibus which would take us to the Thai/Malaysia border. This city was the real Thailand with not an English word in sight so we had no idea where to go to find some food until like a halo in front of us we saw the Golden Arches of McDonald's!! There were 4 fire engines outside but we couldn't see a fire. They seemed to be just spraying water into mid air. We asked the guy in McDonald's what was going on and he said there was smoke so they were being cautious. It's funny how we were allowed to walk down the side of the fire engines and step over the hosepipes, these would have been cordoned off if we were in the UK. We glanced out of the window whilst eating our meal to see a man walk past with a baby monkey in a dress on his shoulders! The most bizarre thing I have ever seen but hey, we are in Thailand.
The next minibus took us to the border and we stamped out of Thailand and walked to the Malaysian border to be stamped in. The next minibus took us to Georgetown on Penang island and we arrived at the hostel at 9pm. It had been a very long day.
We found some street food which was delicious - pork and noodles in a soy sauce and went to bed.