15:30:00

Malaysia - Melaka

Kuala Lumpur to Singapore is quite a long bus journey which is absolutely doable and many people take this journey every day. However, along the way is the beautiful town of Melaka. To break up our journey down south a little, we decided to take a short stop there and take a look to see what's around. I'm so glad that we did. 

Melaka is really stunning and provides some nice Malaysian culture to have a look around and explore. It's less touristy that some of the other locations in Malaysia, however if you're dying for some 'pub grub' then there is a Hard Rock Cafe at a great expense in the middle of the town. If you're like me and LOVE to sample the local food (always cheap, always amazing), then there is a wonderful Indian restaurant called Pak Putra. Apparently they do the best ever tandoori chicken there, not that I'd know as I don't eat meat, but if you do then happy days. 

The river here is quite beautiful and is known for something that brings in the tourists to the town. You can get onto a little boat for a trip down the river for about 40 minutes which was really nice. It was wonderful to just be able to see all the local houses and restaurants from the boat, and also try and spot the huge monitor lizards swimming around in the water. I think I counted 5 which I was quite impressed with! They also gave us free biscuits and a bottle of water each for the trip which was really sweet. The trip cost around £4 so all in all it was a really cracking price. 


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22:16:00

Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur


If anyone knows anything about me, its that I really love cities and exploring them. At home you'll find me in London at any spare time I can find! So, when we finally reached Kuala Lumpur I was super excited. I had heard so much from other travellers that we've been meeting about the place, and being the capital of Malaysia, it sure wasn't going to be a place that I'd miss along the journey! 

Kuala Lumpur is very big, so walking around from A to B isn't always the best option. Fortunately, they have a great monorail system that is quick, cheap and very easy to use. The most we paid for any journey was around the equivalent to 60p, so if you're on a budget, then this is by far the best way to get around. There really isn't any need to use a taxi (which I was pleased about because I can never be bothered to barter with their stupidly high prices). 

To see views of this incredible city, you have the option of going up either the 'KL tower' or of the course the incredible 'Petronas towers'. We chose the KL because it would give us a view of the towers instead of us just being in them, and all we would be able to see would be general skyscrapers. Most people choose the Petronas towers because they're very iconic, however you don't get to go as high as the KL tower so therefore you don't see as much. People that I have spoken to that have gone up have said that it really isn't worth it (but of course that's your decision to make). The prices are both similar at around £20 per adult to go up either of the towers, which for Asia I think is quite expensive, but it was worth it and we did really enjoy it.
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23:54:00

Malaysia - Cameron Highlands


Escaping the crazy heat of Malaysia was certainly very satisfying during our stay in the Cameron Highlands. As its very high up in the mountains, the temperature drops quite considerably and we actually found ourselves wearing a hoody when we went out for dinner (which was so nice for a change!) 
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01:43:00

Malaysia - Penang



I don't think that I've ever been so gutted to have to leave a place as I was when I left Penang. Something about that place completely stole my heart. The town has so much character and there are so many places to explore you just physically can't get bored. I loved it! 

Penang is famously known for its food and street art, something that now having visited the place, I completely 100% agree on! It's incredible. The food is just insane. I ate at some absolute cracking places that without hearing how good they are, would have probably just walked past on the street and not even considered going inside. One place that you have to check out is 'Kapitan'. It's an Indian place that is open 24 hours a day and every time I went past it was full of people. They did some of the best food I've ever eaten, and it's all so cheap. The most I paid for a whole meal was the equivalent to about £2.50! You can pick absolutely anything off of the menu and you can just trust that it's going to be incredible. Seriously, go there. It's wicked. Also, there is a wonderful coffee shop called 'Mug Shot' and they do the BEST hot bagels that I've ever tasted. I'm dribbling just thinking about them now! 

Georgetown is full of beautiful street art and it doesn't take you long wondering round until you will come across some. They're really spectacular to see. We spent a whole day just exploring the town and seeing what we came across. I loved it because everything was so well thought out and the pictures were really beautiful. They're really worth seeing if you're in Penang (not that you can avoid them anyway), as it's one of the many things that make this place so unique.
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01:21:00

Thailand - Tips for Thailand


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03:44:00

Thailand - Koh Tao & Koh Phangan


Everyone that we have met who's been to Thailand/is in Thailand, raves about the South and it's beauty... and there's no wonder why! With over tonnes of islands to choose from, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to finding somewhere to explore! So this presented us with the first question, 'what island do we want to visit first?'. After hours of being totally useless at making a decision, we came to the conclusion that we'd visit Koh Tao on the east coast. Being one of the first islands that you come to on the descent of Thailand, this seemed like the best idea. We were right! 
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07:09:00

Thailand - Chiang Mai


Chiang Mai has got to be one of my favourite places in Thailand so far! I was so gutted when we had to finally leave to start making our way down south. There is just so much to see and do that you physically can't get bored. The city has a wonderful atmosphere that surrounds it and you can just get lost for days on end exploring around here. 


On our first day we took a taxi up to Doi Suthep, which is an incredible Buddhist temple up in the mountains. It took us about 45 minutes to get up there and cost 50THB each which is about £1. You know you've arrived because you'll see an incredibly huge Buddha sitting on the mountain side. Trust me, it's gigantic! You then have to take the climb of about 300 steps to get up to the entrance of the temple. From the top you can look out and see the whole of Chaing Mai which is just breathtaking. The whole place is surrounded by flowers and plants, making it even more stunning than it already is. I didn't want to leave, I just felt so peaceful up there looking out onto the horizon. The thing with temples is that they're all so wonderful but they are very similar, so sometimes people don't want to visit lots because they feel like they've already seen them. However, if there is any temple that you do go and visit then make it this one. The whole place is very spectacular with its layout and location that it really shouldn't be missed. I absolutely loved it!


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05:25:00

Thailand - Elephant Nature Park (Part 2)


Elephant Nature Park... Just wow. I have had the best week ever and can 100% say it has changed my life. We chose to do the one week volunteering with elephants so that we could really get to experience the whole place and it was just magical. There are one day options and overnight options too, however these don't include much volunteering (if any) resulting in less time experiencing the elephants and their amazing personalities. 

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03:37:00

Thailand - Elephant Nature Park (Part 1)


If you love elephants and really want to see some whilst you're travelling, then the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand is totally the place to go! I don't think I've ever been somewhere that has bought up so many emotions in one day. It's inspirational in ever way possible and the world needs to see this place. 

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04:59:00

Thailand - Lopburi


If you want to see Monkeys then Thailand is definitely your place. They're everywhere so you're bound to see one every now and again if you look hard enough. However, if this isn't enough for you (like it wasn't for me) and you want to see HUNDREDS of monkeys in the same place and have them jump all over you and steal everything they can possibly get their hands on (I wasn't planning on that), then Lopburi is the place to be. 
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06:45:00

Thailand - Ayutthaya

 

Ayutthaya is such an adorable place and I totally recommend anyone to visit if you have a spare couple of days free. It is an hour by minivan from Bangkok, costs 60THB (about £1.20) and you can get on one at Victory Monument which is quite central in Bangkok city. 
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08:28:00

Thailand - Bangkok




I've been here only three days but it's official... I love Thailand! We're currently in Bangkok which is sooooo hot (38 degrees it was today), so I am pretty much dying of sweat and just looking like a massive blob of grossness for the duration of the time we've been here! But this place is just soooooo lovely though. The people are incredibly nice and you just can't help but smile all the time. Yesterday was the first day of the Thai new year and some man just stopped us in the street to tell us everything we should go and see, wrote us out an itinerary, found us a tuk tuk with a good price that he got agreed for us and shook our hands with a HUGE smile and said 'Welcome to Thailand', before going on his way. So adorable! 

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07:45:00

Abu Dhabi - The Grand Mosque

 

The UAE is made up of 7 Emirates (Dubai being one of them), so we decided that we would visit another of those 7 Emirates. About an hour and a half out of Dubai by car,  you come across Abu Dhabi. This is where we spent a day. It was really lovely to explore another part of the UAE as they're all very different from each other. 
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11:43:00

Dubai - Desert Safari


We ended up in the desert again last night (clearly you can't get us away from it), but this was a completely different trip to the last one when we were camping. Desert safaris are advertised all over the place out here so we thought why not book one and see what it's like. You can get ones that pick you up from your apartment which are around 150 AED (£30ish) or ones that pick you up from a certain location that you make your own way to, and these are around 95 AED (£19ish). They all include the same activities and last from mid afternoon until the evening when they drop you back into the city/where you're staying, so we went for the cheaper option to save us some money as where they pick you up from is only a 15 minute drive from us. Bad idea. 
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11:07:00

Dubai - The Miracle Gardens/Global Village


A couple of days ago we went to 'The Miracle Gardens' and they are so beautiful; totally worth a visit if you have a couple of hours to spare! It was 30 AED to get in to the gardens which is around £6, so not too expensive at all. It is full of amazing flower arrangements that look just how I always have imagined the Alice in wonderland gardens to look! They're really incredible but really odd at the same time. There are buildings that are made out of lemons and Beatles (the cars) turned upside down with flowers sprouting out of them and water flowing through. There are lots of places to get something to eat/drink too and some seating areas in the flowers, so makes for a great place to chill out for a while. 
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10:14:00

Dubai - Camping In The Desert


Yesterday, we decided to go camping in the desert and it was just the coolest thing ever!  We got into the cars and you just have to drive out of the city for about 30-45 minutes and you reach the desert (it's huge!). All you can see for miles and miles are sand dunes and it's just wonderful. We just parked up at the side of the road and wondered over to a nice quiet dip in the dunes to set up camp. It took me ages to realise that I was actually sitting in the middle of nowhere, and just allow myself to take in fully the beauty of where I was. Here in Dubai everything is man made so there isn't much natural beauty, but once you see that desert it just takes your breath away so it's totally worth a visit. 


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06:50:00

Dubai - Arriving


Finally, after what seems like FOREVER, 5 days ago we started our round the world journey - and man are we excited! 

Of course the plane journey was poo (unfortunately I despise planes SO much, so regardless of how the plane actually went I still felt like I was going to die), but we made it in one piece so I can't complain too much. It's around 6 hours and 45 minutes for the whole flight.  
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