Almost 6 months in Asia have come to an end. Two last nights in Kuala Lumpur give me some time for shopping in Petaling street and to say goodbye to some South-East Asian things. One more chat with a Buddhist monk and a last look at the stinky durian fruits further and I was ready to go home! I had the best months of my life so far while backpacking. I am thankful for the experiences and hungry for the next ones!
The last days before my return to the Netherlands I wanted to stay at the beach. A full day of travelling got me from Melaka through Kuala Lumpur to the coastal town of Kota Bharu. There I had to find the Chinese shops to get me a beer since most of the city is Islamic. Next day I took the ferry to Pulau Perhentian Kecil, 20km off the shore. I did a snorkelling trip and enjoyed the beaches. I even got sunburned after 5,5 months in Asia.
In only a few hours from Singapore I arrived at the coast in Mersing. I stayed overnight and took the first ferry to the island Pulau Tioman (50km offshore). I crossed the island from the touristic west-coast to the remoted east-coast and got my own bungalow hut at the beach. Despite the sand-flees I had five great days and nights on the beach.
Heading north from the Cameron Highlands on our way to Thailand Daniel and I made a stop in Georgetown on Penang island, just off coast from the Malaysian mainland. We took a bus to the fishers town of Teluh Bahang and walked another hour to find the isolated monkey beach. It deserved its name, since monkeys were really out for our stuff! I also climbed the highest hill on the island (Penang hill) to have a look at the Kek Lok Si temple and to enjoy the views.
I quitted my job for my first long-term travel adventure. Six months in South-East Asia started in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. I stayed in Chinatown and did some sightseeing in the city. The Petronas-towers and the KL-tower can be seen from a distance, I used them as a marking point to know my directions in neighbourhoods like Little India and Chinatown.
I took a bus to the Batu caves and enjoyed watching all the monkeys at this Hinduism temple site.