Away from it all in Belaga

The captain – or pilot? – of our flying coffin to Belaga is manoeuvring steadily through the rapids. When the river gets too wild, we – the white people, are asked to go back inside. In retrospect, it isn’t all that wild and after an hour we can enjoy fresh air on the roof, away from the wrestling DVDs. Around…

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On the way to Belaga

In the meantime we have travelled the majority of stretches by bus and decide to use the boats on the Rejang River to explore the interior of Sarawak. To reach the Sungei Rejang we first drive to Sibu where we arrange boat tickets to Kapit, climb a beautiful Chinese pagoda and are the attraction of the evening when we gather…

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Kuching & Bako NP

At the moment we booked late flight to Kuching we realized that after arrival we might have to spend the night at the airport. The delay ultimately leaves us little choice and after arrival we spot a few seats in the departure hall secure our backpacks to so we can sleep for a few hours. There are no buses to…

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4 Months on the road

We cannot believe our eyes as on the evening we want to celebrate our four month travel anniversary with a nice cold beer in the headquarters of the Bako National Park on Borneo, the fridge is filled with the Dutch Oranjeboom beer. But we will talk about Bako and Kuching later, first a small review of four months of traveling.…

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Singapore is amazing!

As Budget-minded we became over several months of traveling, we choose to travel from Mersing to Singapore with the cheapest operator at the bus station and pay only 16 Ringgit per person instead of 60 Ringgit. The luxurious option would have brought us to downtown Singapore within 2.5 hours, the budget trip turned out slightly different: – 12:00 pm: Bus…

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Melaka and Pulau Tioman

When we get off the bus at Dutch Square in the heart of Melaka we are welcomed by rickshaws in frozen, superhero, and hello-kitty style with large sound systems and hundreds of colourful lights. Oh boy that will take a little while to get used to! Although we knew in advance that Melaka is an important tourist attraction, the historic…

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Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of the eastern province of Kelantan, the place of origin of the largest Islamic party in the country and for a long time the only Malaysian province ruled under Islamic law. The city is an important port towards the Perhintian Islands, but we decide to stay a few days longer, to skip the islands and…

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Georgetown, Penang

Our final destination northbound is the city of Georgetown on the island of Pulau Pinang in the province of Penang. The city, the island and the province all referred to as Penang, it took a while for us to realize. The search for a nice accommodation brought us to Jack, the manager of a museum in the city who has…

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