KL (Kuala Lumpur)

With flight tickets between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur being cheaper and faster than busses and trains, we decided to take the earliest morning flight. This would give us a whole day to spend in the capital before digging deeper into Malaysia. This gave us enough time to see the Petronas Twin Towers, Little India, Chinatown and the famous “Pasar Malams” markets.

Our plan was to board the 11 pm night train to Butterworth, but since we had forgotten that the short flight had brought us into a different time zone, we missed the train by an hour. It felt like a hopeless situation, being tired and shelterless after being chased out of the train station. Luckily a man came over telling us that if we hurried up we could still catch a bus to our next destination, Langkawi. 



Singapore Sling


Singapore was not initially a country we had planned to visit on our journey, but since Elises 20th birthday only happens once in a lifetime, Jørn bought two tickets there to make it a birthday worth remembering.
We had quite a “wow” experience when flying into Singapore, as the sight that met us was tall skyscrapers, green parks, and sparkling clean sidewalks.
Before we got there, we had arranged to stay with a Chinese couple we had contacted through couch surfing. This gave the opportunity to meet some fantastic people and it also saved us a lot of money since accommodation in Singapore is very expensive.

The five days we spent flew by quickly, since there were so many things to do and people to meet. During the days we strolled around, seeing the Marina Bay Sands (tall shopping center and hotel with a huge ship on top of it), the Singapore Flyer (the worlds biggest Mary-go-round), taking picnics in the parks, and visiting Sentosa Island. The main attraction on Sentosa is of course the theme park Universal Studios. If you visit Singapore, this is a place you should not miss out on. We had a fantastic time there, and people of all ages seemed to enjoy it just as much as we did. Outside the theme park you can find an indoor skydiving center called iFly where you can be weightless in a wind tunnel. For some it might be a high price to pay, as a normal “flight” only lasts for 45 seconds, but for us it was well worth the we paid for our two “flights”.

The last days we felt almost at home, as we were invited over to the Norwegian Seamen’s Church for a proper Norwegian meal (potetball, røykelaks og pinnekjøtt) with family friends from home. They also invited us over to their appartment, to stay an extra night before leaving to Kuala Lumpur. 

                           

B-Kok

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What we had heard about the capital of Thailand was that it was chaotic, with way too many tourists, cars and pollution, and that it was not a very nice place to stay. Our impression on the other hand, was quite different. It is true that Bangkok is a touristy place, but this can also be a nice thing, especially when being used to traveling in India, where we had to look for hours for budget guest houses and decent places to eat. The streets of Bangkok, especially around Koh San Road, are packed with tourists, but the fact that we could find backpacker hostels, smoothie stands, sushi bars, MacDonals and 7/11s on every street corner had been very convenient for us. And we have loved it. To see beef and swine meat on every menu was priceless, especially for Elise, who had been craving it for over two months.

During the five days we have been in Bangkok, we have visited the biggest shopping mall of Thailand (MBK), seen Buddhist temples and been to the floating market. But we must say that the best thing of all was meeting Norwegian friends randomly on the street and going out for sushi and drinks with them afterwards. With one drink too many, the flight to Singapore the next day was a lot more tiring than it could have been. 

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South East Asia on a Shoestring

Trip summary: On this trip me and my girlfriend spent 3,5 months traveling through South East Asia.

Countries visited: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, Malaysia and Singapore.



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