This is how I managed to survive at sharm elsheikh for a really low budget $25/day
The next day we went to another sea sports trip called “The Red Sea”. It was a fantastic low budget trip, in which we had so much fun snorkeling.
A really funny situation occurred: we found a small boat running after us, attaching itself to the big boat, and a guy cam out of it to sell us some chips and beverages!!!
The most beautiful thing in the trip was the amazing clear water and the sunny weather…
And that’s a short video about the whole thing!
We went home by 4pm, had lunch and slept planning to wake up by 10pm to seek some fun in the night, but it turned out that we slept until the morning!!!
A really good breakfast from a really cheap hostel, Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum, wheely boat, Malacca Malls, Transitional bus, Kuala Lumpur airport (KLIA), Closure.
We woke up by 9 am. The hostel (AJIT Guest House & Hotel) was really good about breakfast! We ate a lot of watermelon for free, 2 eggs, jam, butter and toast. That’s a lot!!! 😀
We headed to Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum, which was small but beautiful from outside!
in the streets we found that wheely boat 😀
We then knew that you can take it for an excursion that goes around the city including the river! INTERESTING!!!
What a big lizard!!!
Baba-Nonya House Museum was our next station. We, unfortunatelly, couldn’t get inside because we ran out of money! 😦 However we managed to get some photos by it:
We had our bus at 2:30 pm and it was around 12 now. So, we decided to go for a round inside the malls (the sun of Malacca is really hurting)! What we noticed is that prices were really really cheap, and we were really sorry for not saving any money for shopping!!!
Then we went to the hostel for the check out.
The bus (Transitional) was really good and cheap RM25. It went directly to the airport so we didn’t have to worry about missing our flight!
We arrived at the airport three hours before the departure time. We decided to spent the last RM10 we have on a meal from the airport, and we managed to find a cheap one there:
Once we hopped inside the plane and got welcomed by the Egyptian staff, we felt home again! And it was a nice feeling 🙂 However we both felt really sad for leaving!!!
And you can see that in our last video in Malaysia:
Thanks for reading! 🙂
A comfortable bus trip Penang ==> Malacca with New Asian Travel , how our hostel AJIT Guest House & Hotel was, Menara Taming Sari, Stadthuys, Malacca Heritage Centre, St. Paul’s Hill (Bukit St. Paul), Malacca Sultanate Palace, Red Square (Dutch Square), Queen Victoria’s Fountain, Jonker Street, Malacca River.
It was a really nice bus that we booked from Penang to Malacca. The seats were big, wide, 160 degrees adjustable and comfy! Book with “New Asian Travel” they are really great! The price was expensive, I admit, but it’s the only direct and cheapest way to get from Penang to Malacca. It was for RM50, but it’s really worth it!
We had a really funny situation: we arrived at the gathering point five minutes earlier (9:55). We went directly to the ticketing office asking about the bus. There was a guy there claiming that the bus left! We PANICKED. OMG! And then he pointed at the clock and it was 10:05. We said “it’s wrong.” The clock is not right!!! When he saw us panicking that way he said: “calm down I am just kidding” :@
I wanted to smash that guy’s head but couldn’t! 😀 He happened also to be Egyptian living there 25 years ago. He kept talking with us about his experience in Thailand and Malaysia. We didn’t care about all that. All we cared about was the bus. 😀
The bus moved at 10:45 and dropped us at Malacca by 5:15 am. All the way we were sleeping of course. Then we went to the main station searching for how to reach to our hostel!
The station was almost empty at that time, and almost all the shops were closed except Mac. We got inside it and ordered a breakfast. Then we kept waiting for the day to start at Malacca!
By 6:30, the station started to be alive. We went looking for our bus which we took and went to AJIT Guest House & Hotel. The place is really close to Menara Taming Sari (a very important landmark). We asked the receptionist to just leave our bags, and then we can come back after the check-in time (2pm). He asked for extra charge RM10 each for early check-in! We told him we don’t want to pay any extra charges, we just need to leave our bags and we can come back by 2pm and get our room! He said “no problem go get your room for no extra charges”. That was late, but so nice of him 🙂
The place was “good”. We booked in it a “Basic Twin Private Shared Bathroom” for RM25 for each/night. That was a good rate there! The room was big and clean with a fan, a small table and 2 single beds. However, the toilet wasn’t very good, small and we saw ants in it! All in all we stayed for just one night and the place was great for that according to the price we paid!
We got some rest, a shower and then started our master-day at Melacca:
Menara Taming Sari was the first place to visit:
It’s so nice, however -unfortunately- we could not afford to get in it! The ticket was for RM15. We just decided to stop by and take some photos.
Then we continued walking around in the streets:
And we stumbled by this “amazing” train! It’s not only a train, but also a bazaar! Yes, you can get inside and buy some amazing souvenirs 😀
Then we headed to Stadthuys:
There is nothing much to do there! You can just enjoy it if you read about it and have a really good background!
All these was for free of course!
Then we headed to Malacca Sultanate Palace. The place is really amazing and very informative! It was also very cheap (RM2 only):
That was really an amazing experience, and I consider this palace the best ever in Melacca.
Watch that cute cat cleaning itself by the palace 🙂
We were so hungry by then, so we went and had some good Malay food.
Then we went back to the hostel for some rest (the sun is really burning here)!
Jonker Street was where we headed after 2 hours rest in the hostel. Unfortunately we found it empty!!! Al the shops were closed and there was nothing to do there except walking in an empty street!
That was an interesting video that we took for some people exercising some weird kind of sport!
Then we went to Kampung Hulu Mosque. Very nice architecture!
Then we continued walking on the streets randomly taking some photos:
Until we reached Malacca River which was really nice by night:
We really had a plenty of time and we couldn’t find anything to do except just walking on the street and by the river!
And that’s why we thought about going to the beach and sit by it for sometime 🙂 So romantic 😀 hehe
Well, we did, and I wish we didn’t 😀 because I faced a difficult situation by the sea! My “Whole” leg immersed suddenly into the sand! And I thought for a while that I may die here!!! But, thanks God I managed to get myself out of the sand. However this incident marred all the clothes I was wearing and we had to go to the hostel quickly!
I washed my cloth in the toilet, I couldn’t put them like that in my bag and didn’t have enough time for hostel laundry! This sea really gave me hard time that night :@ .
Stay tuned for my last day in Malacca and whole Malaysia…
Clan Jetties, Khoo Kongsi Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Malaysian Police Celebrating, Fort Cornwallis, 3D street art gallery, Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, Wat Chayamangkalaram, Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, Penang Botanical Gardens and Red Garden food court.
We started the day by going to Clan Jetties. Which was a nice experience to make shopping above the sea! Yes, and cheap it was. You can buy souvenirs from there, and clothes for cheap prices but don’t forget to bargain.
Then we continued walking in the streets and we stumbled by some nice street wall arts like this one:
Then we went to the amazing Khoo Kongsi Temple, but we didn’t enter inside as it had an entry fees of RM10, and we were really on a law budget!
We continued walking and we stumbled by an amazing man doing paper-planes… You gotta have a look at this movie:
Kapitan Keling Mosque was our next station. It was really magnificent and you cannot miss it. The Architecture of the building from the outside is breathtaking:
The place of Ablution of the mosque was really different than any I’ve ever seen before:
That’s it!!! Well, I think it’s not very healthy and I don’t like the idea! However that was unique and worth documenting.
Then we continued walking… and we didn’t expect to be that lucky in that day! We had the chance to attend a Malaysian Police Celebration! Yes, it’s true! It was fascinating, and I edited the following video about it and I hope you will like it 🙂
They were all really very friendly with us, and as you can see they even allowed us to share the dance with them! Food and drink was offered by the end of the show. It’s was very simple, but for free and all of them were really simple and cooperative with each other from different ranks (soldiers andofficers). It was amazing how they could mingle with each others and with the citizens! I really liked the atmosphere!!!
Fort Cornwallis was next… Entry fees was really cheap! It was around RM2, and we didn’t know why except when we entered 😀 It is really a small one and there are nothing much to discover except very few, and I can tell all was worthless inside except the idea that you can read the history of the place. Another interesting thing is that you can have a very nice view of the ocean from there. Moreover, they were really creative to bring some statues and art sets for visitors to take photos with. I didn’t regret entering it, after all I paid RM2 only!
And then we went to 3D street art gallery and had some amazing photos there:
Beautiful! Aren’t they?!
Dharmikarama Burmese Temple was our next destination…
It’s a really big Buddhist temple, and it’s intrinsic to visit it to know about the culture of those people!
I witnessed inside those two beautiful temples many prayers for different people. I gathered them all in this video and hope you will like it 🙂
Those are some of the teachings/ stories that were in the temple. It tells you much about Buddhism. Its interesting to have a look at them:
And we had a chance to go through the temple, and take some photos from inside, including some of the praying rituals:
And then we went for the Wat Chayamangkalaram temple which is just across the street. It is very similar to the other one but the architecture is really different! You can see for yourself:
Street-nature is really magnificent here! We went for some after the two temples dose!
And we felt like walking, so we kept walking on the city streets enjoying nature, and more nature. Later we stumbled by a very beautiful tomb:
We are very thirsty by now! We drank all the water we have, kept looking for somewhere to buy a bottle, but no hope! Thanks God, we passed by a Buddhist society building for children (where children come to learn through activities.) We were very thirsty that we decided to go inside and ask for water! 😀 It was a bit embarrassing at the beginning, but the people there were very friendly and they gave us a full bottle of water, and we even played a little with the children 🙂 I am sorry I know it may seem unworthy incident, but I just thought this is worth mentioning!
Anyway, I believe we just arrived Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple now! It was really empty and isolated place! It’s ranked #7 on TripAdvisor, so we thought maybe today is a holiday or something, but once we climbed the very long way up there we realized why was that as they have visiting hours and we weren’t in any! We didn’t want to wait for the next visiting hour. This would result in not visiting another place we planned. So we just took some rest, toured around the place from outside, and of course took some photos:
And the next photos shows how high you have to climb for that temple 😀
And while descending, I saw some beautiful statues that I’d like to share with you hoping that you may like them:
Yes, and then we decided to go for Penang Botanical Gardens. We were very tired, but it was really close by!
We just went there, and we just had one of the most amazing, unexpected and exhausting experiences in our lives!
Instead of enjoying the garden, we, unintentionally, played exercises! LOL! Yes, we even don’t know how we made it?! We are now in front of the garden’s gate sitting to have a little rest. We realized that lots of people go in a certain opening inside the woods! And we just decided to discover where they are going 😀 You got it now, right 😀
Yes, we’re dump to do that! but it just happened and I don’t regret it because it was really really amazing! I never climbed some place in which there are so much nature like that before! It was just exquisite!
And that’s all what happened to us there:
When we climbed till the top, we were amazed to see a a small gym, drinks (tea, hot water,) and snacks. We were very thirsty and hoped to find cold water, but there wasn’t any. What we found there was just hot water. and we had no choice but to drink from it!!!
Then we climbed down heading to the hostel, of course, as we were in a desperate need for a shower!
After we had the shower, I thought it’s still early to end the day now and sleep, it was around 9 pm! My friend slept, but I went for a walk in the city streets. And I found a cool place called “The Red Garden”
And this video will make you feel the atmopsphere of the place (The Red Garden):
It was like a food court, and at the same time they make a show for you. I stayed there for a while then continued touring through many shops, supremarkets, night clubs and restaurants. And I went back home by 12 to find our new dorm-mates. They were three girls from Indonesia (Fera, Fitri and Yuyun)
And my next post will be about our last day in Penang, in which we, the three Indonesian girls and other sister and brother from s. Korea shared the fun in it together…
Cable Car, The Seven Wells Waterfall, The taxi driver, Lunch at the ferry Terminal, Langkawi Eagle
And here we go for the last day at Langkawi…
Waking up a little late by 9am (we were planning to wake up by 7am) made us cancel going to Pentai Tengah Beach!
We rode the scooter and headed to Langkawi’s cable car… on the way nature was really breathtaking:
We decided not to take the cable car, because we were really in a low budget. It’s cost was RM30. We went to a cafe there, to have a drink or something and take a break. Then we headed to
The Seven Wells Waterfall
It happened that we found some locals enjoying their time there. It was Friday (weekend), so I guess that’s why we met lots of locals there…
We continued climbing, but it seemed that the climb doesn’t have a dead-end.
And a snake found us, which Walid tried to catch 😀 :
We reached a certain area after which we thought it would be really dangerous to proceed!
This place could be only for the fit! You really climb a long way up!!!
We were sorry seeing that the time is now 11:30. We must go back now and pack our thing for the ferry at 2 pm.
We arrived at the hostel after returning the bike by 12:30. packed our bags and leaved by 1:00.
We took a taxi to the ferry terminal. The taxi driver was really a very interesting guy. We found in his car coins from almost all countries. I asked him whether he has the Egyptian Pound or not (I could have given it to him,) but he told me that he has it and showed it to me :D.
Then he started talking about the country and differences between Arab tourists and Europeans/Americans. It was common there that Arabs have lots of money and that they stay in the most expensive resorts, while Europeans/Americans are really very careful about spending their money that they almost don’t spend anything. We came across this subject because we saw a European backpacker walking from the ferry terminal to Pentai Cenang (around 40 KM) in a really hot weather and burning sun. He told us: “this guy was bargaining with me about the fare. He only wanted to pay RM15, while the fare is RM30. Most Europeans and Americans here wait at the ferry terminal for others to share the fare. They sometimes wait for long hours, and if they didn’t find any, they either walk or just pay the RM30.” He was really interesting and his English was very good unlike most locals.
We arrived at the ferry terminal by 1:15. We were hungry so we went to the ferry terminal food court to have something to eat:
The place was really nice, and the food was not expensive, We took a good meal with a drink for RM8 each! But the taste was lacking the Asian touch. It was a bit Americanized!
It’s now 1:30. We still have 30 minutes and we didn’t take photos with Langkawi Eagle!!!
Yes, we headed there quickly! We RAN to it, took some photos:
recorded a video:
and left Also RUNNING 😀 to the ferry which headed to Penang island just on time 🙂
And let’s call it a post :D… I will post about my our stay in Penang island/Georgetown in the next post inshaallah (God willing)…