South East Asian Persuasions


The following is a general list of the things we wish we had known while travelling through South East Asia…  T.A.T. (Tourism Authority of Thailand) Lots of tuk-tuk drivers around Bangkok may well start boasting to you about this oh-so grand organisation called the TAT. They will excitedly explain how the TAT is there to support you, the poor lost tourist. They may... Read More

Melaka with Mr Tea

The man. The legend... Mr Tea

With KL sufficiently done & dusted we left on the relatively short bus journey south to Melaka. A mere two hours on the bus & we had arrived in Melaka with another 10 minute bus ride to the centre where we were supposed to meet our new Couchsurfing host Mr Tea… please note Mr TEA, not Mr T. Small Chinese Malaysian man, not 300 pound brick shit house with a... Read More

Taman Negara to Petronas Towers: From Flip Flops to Fighting

Towering Twins

We left Kuala Tahan, the base village for Taman Negara we had been staying in, on the first local bus of the day at 6.30am. We had actually been roped into purchasing a return ticket from the untrustworthy travel company we used to get to Kuala Tahan from Kuala Tembling,… but after finding out the local bus was one tenth of the price we opted for the latter option accompanied... Read More

Kuala Lumpur – Couchsurfing the Capital

Petronas Twin Towers

We had a relaxing final day on the Perhentians with little to write home about before setting sail for the mainland the next morning to get the earliest bus to Kuala Lumpur. We JUST made it in time for the morning bus to KL. The ‘highly intelligent’ boat companies had come to the inexplicable conclusion that the ONLY boats leaving in the morning should dock at... Read More

Taman Negara:… The Mighty Jungle

River crossing

We left the Cameron Highlands by bus & headed to Taman Negara. This gigantic ecosystem is a mountainous rainforest rich with rare wildlife, & is actually one of the oldest rainforests in the world.We arrived late to Kuala Tahan, the park headquarters, & struggled to find a hostel in the small village. After dragging ourselves round town for 45 minutes, all... Read More

Cameron Highlands: Cuppas & Cakes

Regimented rows of tea leaves

KL behind us we began a long windy bus ride, ascending through the jungle to arrive by 6 in the Cameron Highlands… OR, as the case turned out to be, we’ll arrive at 10pm tired & hungry after sitting on the side of a road in the middle of the jungle, in the pitch black for 2 & a half hours!! The longest travel delay so far, in BY FAR the most developed... Read More

Swimming with Crush

Life on the islands, easy-breezy-beautiful. Even considering the fact that we are currently living in a complete DUMP. The Perhentian Islands are quite possibly the MOST GORGEOUS place on Earth. Just throwing that one out there, but this place is unlike any Thai island we’ve been on. The water clearer, the sand whiter, palms trees bigger, and marine life is out of this... Read More

the Price for Paradise

the DUMPhole

the DUMPhole   Paradise met the slum for us on the beautiful Perhentian Islands, Malaysia. The same island where I wrote about swimming with exotic sea creatures in the clearest of waters, well visiting PARADISE comes at price for everyone, and the price for us = living in a shed. In fact, I don’t even know if you could call it a shed. I mean my dad has a shed at... Read More

The Perhentian Islands: Slumming in Serenity


Our technologically advanced motorboat allowed us to reach the Perhentians in no time & we were soon stunned by beauty of the islands. After a drop-off at the expensive island the boat pulled into Long beach bay, the backpacker haven of the islands, offering affordable accommodation. A long stretch of golden sand merging with the jungle behind, & water as clear as... Read More

Our couch surfing Host Dan (bottom right) and fellow couch surfer

Our couch surfing Host Dan (bottom right) and fellow couch surfer Finally got a chance to couch SURF, and as expected great experience. Well, other than the 3 minutes that the guy was beating his dog for barking. That was kind of unnerving… but minus that, we stayed 2 nights in his apartment, went out to eat at Malaysian, Indian, and Chinese restaurants. He was even... Read More

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