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Another Border Crossing

With memories fresh in our head about our Laos-Cambodia border crossing, we always get a little nervous when we sign up for a long bus ride and border crossing in one day. Especially when you see the words minivan on the travel agent signpost and hear them utter the words “then you change vehicles”. You have no idea what you are signing up for.

But this border crossing was pretty easy. The first minivan was a bit tight but not bad. You could sit normally in a seat, for example. We spent about 4 or 5 hours on this one and even slept some of the way.

In Hat Yai, we switched to a nicer minivan and went through the border 50kms south before spending another 2 hours heading into Penang. The roads in southern Thailand are pretty nice but Malaysia has freeways, glorious freeways. I never thought I’d utter those words but after two months of SE Asian roadway, I am now singing the praises of 6 lane divided highway. I will probably never vote down a road tax again… I LIKE being able to go 30kms in less than an hour…

But Malaysia’s moderness did not stop there. Though Thailand seemed to be the best of the bunch when it came to SE Asia’s first-worldness, Malaysia easily tops it. Big, flat roads; modern houses, beautiful green landscapes, people who actually follow motorway laws and regulations (like staying in their lane, for example), subdivisions, etc. And it is pretty clean as well. I think we were both rather impressed by Malaysia.

10 or 11 hours after we left Railey Beach, we made it to Gerogetown, a small neighborhood in Penang, Malaysia. Penang is a big island of about 1.2 million people and the site where the British landed in Malaysia in the late 1700s. Even though the Malays fought the British for their independence in the 50s, they still rather like the British and their preservation of this neighborhood and the old fort have enabled them to make it into UNESCO.

We quickly went to a ‘recommended’ gueathaus that competed heavily for the worst place we have yet to spend the night. That will be the last time I take advice from a Swedish diver girl who decided to make her home in Phi Phi…But it was late and we did not feel like looking at other places. We were tired.

Almost immeditaley after that we had a bit of a breakdown. Sometimes the shabbiness of the whole thing gets to ya and you need to spend a little bit more money and remember the good ole days of clean condos and first world living. We went online and found a hotel down the street for $20/night (including breakfast) and quickly booked it for the next two nights…

It wasn’t bad. The staff was nice and there was an actual bathtub. In Railey we didn’t even have a sink (which makes brushing your teeth kind of a pain) and now we had a bathtub. Fancy living!

Georgetown Side Streets

Georgetown Side Streets

We spent the next day touring around lovely GT.

Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis

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One Response

  1. Always pictures of food! I love that Tim, but I always get hungry after I read your blog. Great pictures…………MTT

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