Orang Asli Village
Shooting Blow Darts
“Keep your eyes closed, try to sleep in, come on keep them closed!”
Unfortunately my goal of sleeping in wasn’t reached. I was able to at least stay in bed until 9:30 am, which might seem late to many but having had my sleep interrupted a few times, I needed those extra minutes and I had nothing else to do.
The waiting game began…
Taman Negara Canopy Walk
Trekking in Taman Negara
Both Liz and I are well versed in trekking at this point since having done two treks already in Malaysia. We both knew to wear clothing that we don’t care to get smelly, and stinky from becoming drenched in sweat. Running shoes are a must, as well as plenty of water and an upbeat attitude.
So into the jungle we ventured…
Petronas Twin Towers
You need to believe in people, and their ability to grow and to change. You can never give up hope. - Michelle Yeoh
Raring to go, we were all ready to see the sights after breakfast. First stop was to see the Petronas Twin Towers and to go up them for free. However, during our breakfast/lunch we discovered that they are closed on Mondays! Yes, of all days to be closed this was the day! So we were going to have another glorious day of sightseeing...
Kuala Lumpur Hostel Review
Reviews - even terrible ones can be deceiving! Having stayed in a lot of hostels, I am typically good at reading between the lines when it comes to reviews but this one I didn't see coming. Picking this hostel mainly because Tonia said she was going to stay there, and also because we were too lazy to look for another one. Welcome to the filthy hostel...
Hostel Review - Cameron Highlands
Trying to prove that he is better at admin, Callum came across BB Inn Hotel on booking.com with a room for 5 people which was ideal. Only staying in hostels throughout my Southeast Asia journey, it was nice to finally stay in a room with people I actually knew.
3 Hour Bus Journey
Though a tree grow ever so high, the falling leaves return to the root - Malay Proverb
Dropping our stuff at the bus stop while the others waited there, Pringle and I made our way to the store. Purchasing crackers with a the brand name of Julie - it was destiny!
Hiking Down a Mountain in Cameron Highlands
Let us always remember that unity is our fundamental strength as a people and as a nation. - Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj
Time was running out, our bus was in a few hours, what to do? Either walk up the trail and try to hitch hike down, or take a taxi up as far as possible and hike down... decisions, decisions...
Bharat Tea Plantation
Finding Tea in Cameron Highlands
If you think you are rich, there are many who are richer than you. If you think you are smart, there are many more who are smarter than you. But if you think you are honest, then you are among the few, and in this instance, it is best to be among the few. - Tunku Abdul Rahman
I don't drink tea, but Brits sure do love it! Our journey to and from the tea plantation was interesting...
Bus to Cameron Highlands
4-5 Hour Bus Ride
In life, we should not build walls around ourselves - Sudirman Arshad
Typically, we don't purchase bus tickets from our hostel as they tend to be over-priced. But this time it turned out to be the same as the travel agency selling the bus tickets. We were told that the ticket was 40 RM and an additional 3 RM for a bus to get to the bus station since it was far away. I've learned that Malaysian's have a warped sense of distance.
Penang National Park
The Dumb Lighthouse
If you want something, you'll do a thousand things to obtain it. But if you don't want something, you'll give a thousand excuses to refrain from it. - Malay Proverb
Arriving the night before to Penang, I quickly came to realize that it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Sorry Lonely Planet but your description and highlights of the city were a complete let down. The colonial portion of George Town mainly looked like a run down ghetto that was definitely in need of some maintenance. Instead of exploring the city for the whole day, we decided to follow Callum's lead and head to the national park.
Julie traveled through Malaysia from January 5 - 17, 2016 with Callum, Jake, Tonia, Liz, and James