Cameron Highlands: Amidst Greenhouses and Clouds

Tea carpet

Tea carpet

Following the two cities of Alor Setar and George Town we headed to Ipoh, another provincial capital, before we dared to approach nature for the first time in Malaysia. We found more nature than we had originally expected and enjoyed every moment in and around the Cameron Highlands. Of course we couldn’t miss a visit to the team and a strawberry farm.

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Alor Setar and Penang: First Steps in Malaysia

The streets in George Town's old town have character

The streets in George Town’s old town have character

Our transfer from Thailand to Malaysia could have been so easy. Put quite a bit of money on the table for a ferry ticket from Ko Li Pe to Langkawi and done! We decided to try a slightly more complicated and more adventurous route and still made it. In Alor Setar and Penang we could gather some first experiences with delicious food and divers people in a country which could be a role model for other countries around the world.

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Southern Thailand: A Tale of Beaches and Islands

Fairytale beach on Ko Rok

Fairytale beach on Ko Rok

From Bangkok we dared a long jump to the south of Thailand. Besides numerous beaches and islands we also had in mind to discover the beautiful nature inland. We started in the Khao Sok National Park followed by Krabi and a couple of islands further south which led to a very varied program.

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Bangkok: All by Ourselves

An evergreen with locals and tourists alike

An evergreen with locals and tourists alike

We crossed Cambodia from East to West and the time had come to leave the country for good for this trip. From Battambang in the far west it was just a short hop to the border to Thailand. While the border station on the Cambodian side did have a ramshackle feel to it, the Thai side was very well organized including a nice building. We were to follow predefined lines, queue in lanes and get our passports stamped at what one might refer to as regular counters. Seven hours later we got off the bus in the middle of Bangkok’s most touristy spot to start a new adventure.

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Angkor and the Slowest Tuk-tuk of Cambodia

Tomb raider temple Ta Prohm

Tomb raider temple Ta Prohm

After a week-long excursion to Vietnam and the Mekong Delta we headed back from Chau Doc to Cambodia by boat. After a very journey we arrived in Kampong Thom, halfway between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The town offered some more insights into provincial life in Cambodia, as well as served as a basis for an side trip to Sambor Prey Kuk, some pre-Angkorian ruins.

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