Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia
01.09.2009 - 07.09.2009 36 °C
In order to get to Indonesia I decided not to take the easy option and fly but to go overland!
I arrived in Bangkok from Cambodia and spent 2 nights on the Kho San road getting a few bits of shopping, and partying at the bars in the evening. I hadn't stopped off in Bangkok on my way up to the north of Thailand but I had been before to see the sights and I felt that the only thing left I had to do to complete my Thailand experience was to eat one of the fried bugs. A big red grasshopper was chosen for me...not the biggest bug (there were massive cockroaches on offer which I refused!) but not the smallest and after a few little squeals I managed to eat it in 2 mouthfuls bar the legs which I pulled off first as they were too crunchy! It tasted a lot like peanuts and I was very proud of myself, now I never have to do it again!
I booked the train from Bangkok accross the border into mainland Malaysia which took 24 hours but was very comfy with a sleeper seat and dinner and it stopped by the boat crossing to Penang island so I got off there and stayed for 1 night seeing the largest temple in Asia, staying in Love Lane and eating some good food in the evening as it was Ramadan and they had loads of food stalls on the streets after dark.
The next morning I got up early and caught the ferry back over to the mainland and hopped on the train through Malaysia and into Singapore taking 14 hours. I arrived in Singapore at 10.30pm at night with no Singapore dollars and no where booked to stay. Foolishly I expected Singapore being a relatively wealthy place to have a good train station with an ATM and taxis or maybe even some signs to the nearest bus or sky train stop but no! I wandered round for about 30 mins until I found the nearest ATM to get some cash then the bus wouldn;t accept me on board as I didn't have the right change, then when I managed to flag down a taxi the hostel that I had the name of had been knocked down to make way for ANOTHER shopping mall! Anyway I manged to make it to a lovely little hostel called The Hive and had the best nights sleep ever! The next day I changed my opinion on Singapore there was loads to do and explore if only I could get myself passed the shopping malls without stopping in every one. I failed and bought a lovely pair of shoes and 8 pairs of earrings which I am sure will come in useful in Oz! In Singapore I visited Little India, China town and the Malaysian Islamic area which was great fun after dark with everyone eating on the streets and I did manage to be a little bit cultural and visit the Asian arts museum.
Unfortunately my plan to go overland the whole way to Indonesia went a bit wrong when I realised that I could only get a boat to Sumatra. So I booked a cheap flight to Yogyakarta in Java and left on the 7th. 5 countries in 7 days...not bad.....but I was really looking forward to getting to Indonesia and chilling out for a while in my last stop in Asia before heading to Oz.