Day 24-30. Cameron Highlands & Georgetown – Malaysia

27th of April – 30th of April: Cameron Highlands

The drive to Cameron Highlands was faster and smoother then we expected. With 2 Dutch girls we traveled to the beautiful village that’s famous because of the tea estates. We didn’t see many Dutch people yet but this changed as soon as we arrived in Cameron Highlands. They were everywhere.


We stayed at Fahter’s Guesthouse which is a clean and peaceful place to stay. And good news for me; the restaurant next door served fruits with yogurt in the morning.

We arrived at the end of the day so after a refreshing shower we looked for a restaurant called ‘Gossip Corner’. I red in the hostel something about this place and they sell the biggest burgers (as big as your plate). We had lots of Indian food so we would love a Western meal. Unfortunately we couldn’t find it and the people told us this place doesn’t exist anymore. Poor Kas, he was so much looking forward to this burger.. At Juice Delight – where they have the best fruitbowls and fresh juices – we saw a hamburger on the menu. After a while the owner served us the hamburgers with a big smile. The burger was HUGE. I looked at the owner and saw something on his shirt that surprised me, and made me smile; ‘Gossip Corner’. We found it. The burger was good but we didn’t like the bones in the chickenburger – yes, that’s how the Asian make the Western food.

The next day we had a relaxingday. We had a coffee at intercontinal coffee, did some reading and decide to do a 2,5 hour hike. It was a perfect hike with lots of naughty monkeys who joined us.The dinner we had this evening was ‘t very succesful either. We ate some Indianfood but as soon as I found a cochlea in my noodles I wasn’t hungry anymore.

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Friday we booked a full day tour. A crazy Malasian guide picked us up and together with a family from Singapore we drove 1,5 hours. We did a 2 hour hike through the woods but: with a mission. We were looking for the Rafflesia flower. The largest individual flower on earth. The flower lives only 7 days and because of this it’s very difficult to find. But we found it! This flower grows to a diameter of around one meter but the greatest measurement is 105 centimeters and weights up to 11kg. We had lunch at (again) an Indian restaurant – not something Kas and I suggested but our guide brought us here. Lunch was a buffet and especially the thousand flies liked it – bleh. We also visited the largest black tea manufacturer of Malaysia, BOH. We ended the day at the Strawberry farm where we picked our own strawberry’s – our ‘safe’ dinner for that night.

30th of April – 3 May: Georgetown-Penang.

Saturday morning it was time to change the greenlandscape for a city in Penang; Georgetown. It was a 5 hour drive and 20 minutes by ferry to get there. We traveled together with a Dutch historyteacher who is on his way now for half a year. Kas and I are fascinated by some backpackers who travel by theirselves. Sometimes it might be helpful to have an instruction book ‘how to communicate with a backpacker who travels alone’.

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Penang was the first British settlement in Southeast Asia and is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The enclave consists of colonial architecture built during the heyday of British rule over the Straits Settlements, mixed with Chinese shophouses, five foot ways and places of worship of various religions. George Town is awarded the UNESCO listing for its unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia. Walking from the ferry to 80’s Guesthouse (our hostel) was already inspiring.

We started with a lovely coffee and some real (home made) yogurt at Mugshot. We had dinner at the Red Foodcourt, a place where lots of restaurant sell different types of food. They have everything. From sushi to wraps to real local food.

At 80’s guesthouse we booked 2 nights in a mixed dorm. Not only to safe some money, also to meet people easily. Sleeping in a dorm is not really good for your sleep though. Everybody walked in and out and the most spectacular thing that night were our 2 drunk roomies. The UK girls couldn’t barely walk, so getting up the bunk was a big fight.

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Sunday we spend the whole day in the city watching all the streetart. There’s so much to see in this city, you don’t even know where to look. The street art is 3D, not because of the painting itself, but because the artists used the ‘real world’ in their painting. For example the chair, the windows, the street..

We asked a local where we could have the best and cheapest beers – Georgetown is expensive and the beers have the same price as back home. He told us to go to Antarabangsa. A place where you can buy a beer for 4RM (1 euro) and they have plastic tabels and chairs outside on the street. This is the place where all the locals come together. Sunday we decided to go there and before we knew, we were surrounded by a group of people from all over the world. An older man from New Zealand, 2 guys from India, 2 locals, one man from France and 2 guys from Holland. That one beer became two and before we knew a couple of hours passed and it was 8.30. The Dutch guys really wanted to see the important Dutch football game of Ajax but beiing in Georgetown makes it pretty hard. But they did it. Half an hour later we were in a bar drinking beers, eating pizza and watching Ajax. Can you imagine how happy Kas was? It became a long, long night with lots of fun and a ‘few’ more beers..

I really hoped for some good sleep that night. I had some alcohol in my body so I thought that would help a bit. But we had 4 new roomies – oh yeah, I was the lucky girl sleeping with 5 guys in 1 room – and one of them was snorring súper loud. Think about someone snorring súper loud and multiply this with 10. That’s how loud it was. On top of that the guy next to me had a bad dinner and had a very bad stomach.. It was a horrible night.

Monday morning we woke up with a small hangover and both super tired due to our roomies. We spend our day drinking coffee, we saw some more streetart ánd Kas was looking for a house in GT. Unforunately the housew were more expensive than we thought (ánd hoped ;-)). After the best dinner ever at Mews Café we went to bed early because something exciting was waiting for us the next day….. We were going to Koh Lipe! A bit sad leaving this great city – if you ever have the change to go to GT please do! – but SO excited to go to the beach. We are both still in a ‘hurry’ and the flow from back home is still there. So we really hope to get the ‘chill modus’ somewhere on the beach.

We decided to stay till Tuesday on this beautiful Island and writing this from our hammock With a view on the beach I can tell you it’s the best decision so far. The only thing that will be a bit boring is the next blog…. So prepare yourselves ;-).

Day 17-24. Kuala Lumpur & Taman Negara – Malaysia

20th of April – 24th of April: Kuala Lumpur

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Hello KL! The drive from the airport to the hostel was beautiful – it’s all green :-). Arriving in Backhome hostel felt a bit like coming home. The staff was amazingly friendly, the room clean and the showers the bést. On top of that they’ve a small garden and a kitchen. A good thing about the hostel is also the café next door; Lokl. At Lokl you have the best food, coffee and homemade ice tea’s. Kas ate here the best burger he ever had.

One thing I didn’t realize about Malaysia is that it’s really Islamitic. We traveled a lot in KL with the underground and in some trains you’ve seperate cabins for woman. And in shops for woman, man are not allowed near the fittingrooms.

We spend a lot of our time in KL in 2 buildings you actually want to avoid; the hospital and the Thai Ambassy. We visited the hospital three times because of my tickbite. The docter warned us for a red circle around the bite and one morning this red circle appeared. With some help of my Dutch doctor and the doctor at the hospital I finally had some good and heavy antibiotics for the coming 10 days.


We also went 3 times to the Thai Ambassy to arrange a Thai Visa for 2 months. Everybody at the ambassy was well prepared. Except Kas and me. We only took our passports. We forgot our passport photo’s, didn’t have a proof of our stay in Thailand and we didn’t have a busticket either (because we didn’t book anything). But we managed it. After 3 days we are the happy owners of a 2 months Thai visa.

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In KL we visited the Batu Caves, a hindoe temple in a huge cave. The golden statue is impressive and so is the cave itself. The monkeys here were also an attraction. They eat all your food and are really, really naughty.

If you say KL, you say the Petronas Towers. You can take a look inside and go up to enjoy the view from above. Entrence was 20 euros each and we decided it wasn’t worth it. We have a budget and we can only spend the money once. So we walked into a small park with a small pool. With our feet in the water and the Petronas towers in front of us we knew we did the right thing. Sometimes the best things don’t cost anything.

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Near our hostel there’s a big Local market which we visited on our last day. Lots of foodtrucks and so a happy me. I loved it! The coffee place Kopies was my favourite. This guy makes the most lovely coffees I’ve ever seen. I ordered a frappuccino and it includes every sweet you can imagine: m&m’s, cookies, marshmellows.. It made my day :).

24th of April – 27th of April: Taman Negara.

Time to leave KL for Taman Negara. We booked this trip with HAN tours. A touroperatour in Kuala Lumpur – which was the most brilliant organisation we’ve ever had. When we arrived at the hostel – a hostel from HAN – they didn’t know ánything about our trip. What time the jungle tour started this evening? No clue. Dinner? She thought somewhere around 6, but it could also be 7. Or something. Our other questions she answered with ‘yes’, I think that was the easiest way ;-).
We slept in a dorm, with beds covered in plastic and the showers were full of insects, including cockroaches. We shared the room with Anna. Anna loved this organisation so much, she decided to write a complaint of 1,5 A-4. Dinner surprised her the most; she had rice with fried chicken three days in a row. And so did we.

Anyhow! We found the jungle tour by night and we were both pretty excited. So were the 3 guys we met; Bart(NL), Julian(DE) and Aron (UK). Well, the hostel was a big joke, but this was even worse. We walked on a path with eleven people and sometimes our guide shined her torchlight on an insect. This last part was intresting, but we all hoped for a night full of adventures – as they promised us.

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Luckely the big adventure was still to come, a 2 day tour in the old rainforrest with a night in a cave. In the morning we packed our backpacks with all the campinggear. We first made a boattour of 2 hours and covered ourselves with sunblock. Unfortunately sunblock 50+ for 2 hours on the water was not enough to protect us.

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We had a little swim in the river and then the real tour started; the 6 our hike. We did this tour with 2 groups – also the 3 guys joined. It was so beautiful but at the same time pretty heavy. I think it was a combination of the full backpack (15 kg), the freaking high temperature (the windchill was above the 40 degrees), the heavy antibiotics and I also had my monthly party (dammit!). Luckily I had my favourite Kas with me to talk me through it and to carry some of the bottles water from my backpack. Around 6 we arrived at the cave – we looked like we just jumped into the water, we were all só sweaty. But it was worth it. The cave was incredible big, full of bats and the concert of all the animals in the jungle was awesome.

After dinner we noticed a leech on Kas’ foot. Not that bad, but it kept on bleeding. Our guide showed us a small plant. If you put it on your wound it will stop bleeding. And so it did. The miracles of the nature :-).

At midnight we woke up because of a loud animal noise and the sound of someone eating. The porcupines arrived. We hang all the food we had on a rock, so the rats couldn’t eat it. Unfortunately the porcupines could climb and had a lovely meal. Kas also had a good present during the his sleep; a bat shit on his head (hahaha)!

The next day we visited another cave – which was even more full of bats then the cave we slept in. Beautiful to see those animals. Those bats are not the ‘vampire bats’ that can bite you, but the ‘fruity bats’. This cave was also the home of a snake, spiders and some scorpions.

During our hike back we saw a few giant lizzards(2,5 meters), a condor and an ant battlefield. Groups of ants were lying on the ground – dead. They probably had a territory fight. When ants are fighting, there will never be a winner. They will die both due to the poison that they inject to each other. Fascinating story.

Luckily or unfortunately – we are not sure – we didn’t see the wild tigers, panters and elephants who are living in this jungle.

We had a noodle-lunch at the river, a small swim ánd Julian cathed a fish – as happy as a kid with his own catched lunch.

We started the last part of our hike, I was so happy we arrived. We took the boat to a small East-African village that’s living in the jungle. We got a small explanation about how they live. As soon as we had to go back by boat to our hostel it was raining cats and dogs. Well, at least our 20 minute boat trip (without roof), was very refreshing.

Writing this in the bus from Taman Negara to Cameron Highlands, we are ready for another adventure.