As you can clearly tell from the little asterisk on the itinerary on the right, Todd and I parted ways temporarily for a few days. His cousins were in Thailand so he headed up there by plane and seaplane from Singapore while I intended to take a train all the way there.
Things didn't quite work out that way. I made a video on my phone (go e90!) as I went along, so you can watch me go from Singapore to Malaysia. The video quality gets better after the first three minutes - the phone doesn't do so well in the dark.
I stopped videoing, but everything went pretty smoothly after that. One cool story:
I got on the ferry from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi where I was meeting Todd. The first two decks had people cramped into small seats slave ship style. The top deck was open to the air, but had a roof to block the sun. I sat down in an empty place along the railing and faced inwards.
It was more white people than I'd seen in a long time. Thailand really is a haven for backpackers.
Next to me were a guy and a girl, the male portion of which kept looking over at me.
"Hey... is your name... Tynan?"
"Dude! I read your BLOG!"
Sure enough, thanks to my star spangled hat, I was spotted all the way on the other side of the world, on a boat to a tiny little remote island. He was really excited, but I was probably more so. When you're not actually famous, getting recognized is a lot of fun.
I don't know if I actually attract an audience that is mostly made up of cool people I'd actually hang out with or if those are the ones that I randomly meet, but Jeremy was a cool guy. We ended up hanging out a few times on Koh Phi Phi.
That island and the amazing experiences on it deserve their own post, which will be coming soon...
HI Tynan, Just decided to check in today and see how you are?
It sunds like things are going so well for you and Todd. We have been in Brussels and Prague. That part of the world is nice. It was cold/rainly like Seattle in Brussels, but we were with friends and then when we got to the meeting in Prague we had great warm weather and a wonderful time seeing all the sights. Uncle Jim bought a new Harley for the west coast now. We had a great time in VT and seeing Jen, James and all the family last month. Be safe. Love AJ
I can't believe you WALKED from KL Sentral to wherever that hotel is! And you didn't try the Tune hotel either. But ... I bet it was good experience all in all.
I wished I could have helped by telling you that you can take the city monorail from KL Sentral to anywhere you wanna go within KL including KLCC.
Say hi to Todd :).
It is funny how excited I got for you when I saw the glass of juice.
You would think they would have bamboo spikes at the bottom of those pits or something.
where is pedicab on the transport list, oh well Tuk-Tuk is close enough.
I bet you didn't know that I was going to have video posts. I didn't either. Todd and I made some funny videos on the way up to Houston this weekend, so I figured I'd smoosh them in with the PRK video and make a little episode out of it.
I plan on making more of these in the future because it was fun and probably more entertaining to watch than my posts are to read. Enjoy, and let me know what you want to see on video.
Oh, and the quality is crappy on two of the clips because we used my phone. It was an impromptu series of stunts.
(Image: Totally unrelated scene from Thailand. I really need to remember to take more photos! At least you can see some minivans / minibusses in the background.)
I'm getting out of the bus onto Bus Terminal 1 in Phuket. I really didn't want to stay here. It's one of the most famous locations in Thailand and as far as I've heard it's also become the touristic dumping ground for two thirds of all tourists. It's the Miami South Beach (or Mallorca's Ballermann 6 for you Germans), the buster of all budgets, a whole island full of Khao San Roads.
Setting one foot out of the bus, the first Thai comes towards me. "Hello, Taxi?" Ahh, first contact with the local taxi mafia. If I've learnt one thing in Bangkok it's not to bother with any transportation opportunity that approached me first. So I wave him off. I do have to figure out where to, after all. This bus to Phuket was the only line I could find south from Ranong and I went there straight from Khiri Khan the day before yesterday. Actually I wanna go to Krabi, but it's pretty late already and I think I'll just take a guest house for tonight. It'll probably be expensive but so what. It's only one night.
Some googling on my smartphone later I now know where I want to go and see the information desk. Ah yes, a source of quality information! I head over.