June 20, 2012

South East Asia Diaries

Kuala Lumper to Phuket
This is the far East experience. Both countries Malaysia and Thailand I have never previously visited, so great expectations and excitement await. So much to see in 2 1/2 weeks starting from the 18th of May 2011 that as the date approaches, my enthusiasm in keeping up with places and tours slowly dips. As it all begins to blur, I am content with being a prepared tripper at the time of boarding. My bags are packed and my room is booked are the primary concerns at this time. The rest is history to be created.
Noaways with Bookings.com journey planner , life is actually far more organised and planning can take place weeks in advance.
The first day with the girls in Kuala Lumpur is spent catching up on lost sleep and the remainder with my dad as we dodge heavy rains and traffic to enjoy dinner at the friendly neighbourhood bar.
The next day, we welcomed more company at the Central Market. We enjoyed drinks at a cafe at Bukit Bintang. Retreated to dads hotel lobby for a movie and drinks and then to the Dosa diner for dinner again!

The next morning we head out to KL bird Park. The Kuala Lumper bird park was a wonderful open air experience. We got great weather, the majestic birds all around and then some at our feet. We clicked away and even managed some video footage while chatting with parrots and children at the same time. The girls had ice cream lollies and we soon made headway as the darkened skies approached.

In the evening,we headed out to China Town and dug into some chinese while some of us refreshed our mandarin. We then proceeded to dads compact hotel room for a quick dekho and final goodbyes. The next morning we were off to Beautiful Thailand for some real beach fun.

Air Asia connectivities were on time and we were excited to head to Phuket. Phuket was just brilliant. We got great sunny weather, at times too sunny. Checked into Royal Paradise, Patong. Very Royale with the most amazing pool. Large enough to make you forget that there exists the greatest stretch of beach just a few hundred metres away. Luckily for us we got slightly adventurous upon arriving so we actually walked through the busy red light area of Patong to eventually land at the beach. Lest one forgot to mention with two kids in hand! Embarrassing, eye opening and pure crazy ! The only two kids in Patong daring to use that particular stretch,  I'm sure, at the time. The beachside was again really clean and beautiful. Get used to the word 'beautiful'. It will be used frequently and unabashedly!
The second day at Patong beach was spent discovering Jungceylon Mall. Totally kept me occupied for as long as i could remember. During one such hot afternoon, as we passed the many Parlours facing the hotel, i spotted the fish spa. Less of a spa and more of a tank placed at its entrance with fish the size of one's finger. We eventually coerced Al to sink his feet into it and we watched the fish gunning straight for Alberts skin. it was ticklish at first but he did seem to get used to the constant nibbling. After that first of a kind experience, the girls pleaded for hair braiding. We asked around and then finally got the parlour on the opposite side of the road to attend to two excited girls. I spent my time waiting for the braiding by getting my first 'thai' pedicure. Later that evening we did make the trip to patong beach but only to enjoy the Sunset and a seafood dinner at a lovely restaurant facing the famous phuket tailors.
We left the restaurant and on the route back to the hotel , stopped at the famous Phuket tailor shops. We placed an order for 3 suits to get stitched and picked up in a weeks time.
Lots of transactions taking place during this eventful Phuket trip.


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