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Penang (Georgetown) Day 1 (Malaysia Day 7)

The Ferry trip (from Langkawi to Penang), How we met the first street hooker, Clockwise hostel, Food Paradise.

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The ferry trip was a really nice one. We expected that it would take around six hours. Surprisingly, it took only around three hours! The ferry was air-conditioned however I liked the idea that they allow you to stay outside on the deck of the ferry. I took advantage of that and spend 90% of the trip out there enjoying the ocean.

I didn’t expect to find that huge number of Arabs in the ferry; nearly 60% of the ferry passengers were Arabs. Most of them were honeymooners.

Once we reached the harbor, we did really find the difference between the atmosphere that Langkawi created. Langkawi is really a quite island for relaxation, while Penang is a busy city just like Kuala Lumpur. I didn’t like how taxi drivers received us with insistence that we should ride with any of them. However we ignored just all of them! Our hostel was just of a 15 minutes walk from the ferry terminal.

We bought a drink from a drink machine near the ferry terminal and started the walk relying on the GPS of my mobile. Unfortunately, the battery died before we could reach there, and we started the guessing!

And after 30 minutes of walk, we decided to stop and search for a place where we can recharge the mobile and go GPS again! And before we sat in Subway, I met the first street hooker in my life! OMG! They are for real!!! There are some girls who dress in a certain kind of cloth wearing excessive make-up making special sexy movements with their body to grab your attention! And, most important, is the whistle they make to make you look at them and notice their existence. I knew that it’s unique because all street-hooker were doing it there!

Although the time was around 6 pm, and it was like 2 hours before sunset, she was standing there in a corner, cornering her body on a scooter and whistling for any passerby. And I was one of them! Anyway, we just passed by her without giving her much attention, but of course we didn’t stop talking about her for a while! 😀

We stayed at Subway for around half an hour until the mobile was quarterly recharged. We started the walk again and on our way we met another guy who volunteered to help through providing us with lots of information about the city  which was fairly valuable. Then we went to the clockwise hostel. Where is it?! The GPS says it’s here! But there are no hostels here!!!

We found a pretty young carpenter girl working in the street in some chairs. We asked her: “excuse me, where can I find clockwise hostel?” She smiled to us and said: “Welcome! Do you have a reservation?” We said: “yeaaas!” And… she guided us through a really tiny door without any sign on it that tells it’s a hostel!

We knew that the place was new and that’s why it was offering a lot for a really cheap price! We booked in an AC 8 bed dorm for RM23/night. That’s really cheap! The place was really clean and well-maintained. The WiFi was super-fast. The AC was functioning great and silent. However, they didn’t have drinking water or a proper place to sit at except a small one and it was hot and dark. The main hall/cafe was still under-construction!

We got inside the dorm, had a quick shower and decided to go walk down the streets!

We heard that Penang is a food paradise, and that’s why we tastes so many kinds of food along our way!

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And we just toured around the city at night, walking through some bars, passing by street-hookers and resting at different kinds of restaurants 😉

We went back to the hostel around 12 am to find our roommates there in the dorm. It was a high school trip to Penang from Kuala Lumpur. They were really nice guys. We spent some two hours speaking about different topics till we felt asleep!

And Tomorrow is the big day at Penang… Follow me, if you don’t want to miss it!

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Langkawi Day 1 (Malaysia Day 4)

How we went from KL to Langkawi by train and ferry and what happened, Local fruits, Local food, A big night party at the hostel

Selfie with the bestie 😉 

As you may guess from my previous post, we are going to Langkawi via train and ferry!

Yes, I know it will take so long and yes it took us around 16 hours to reach there, but we did that for two reasons:

  1. We want to enjoy the nature and hit new grounds everywhere in Malaysia.
  2. It was much more cheaper (we found a very cheap air-ticket for RM80 + RM20 for baggage + RM28 extra night at the hostel. That’s a total of RM128). We did for only RM47 (Train ticket RM22 + Ferry ticket RM25 and we slept in the train!).

We enjoyed the trip so much and saved lots of money! That’s why I would recommend it for everyone.

We took the train at 10 pm the previous day. (don’t forget to bring with you some food to eat as we did! It’s an eleven hours shoot)! The seats of the train wasn’t very much comfortable for sleeping, but I cannot complain. The price was really low!

We slept and slept and slept that we missed our station! OMG! Yes, we did miss our station, but that was another adventure to tell:

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In order to take the ferry to Langkawi you must get off the train in either Alor setar or Arau stations. Then you take a taxi to either Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis. We made the booking to Alor Setar and also booked the ferry from Kuala Kedah. We missed the train station of Alor Setar and got off on another station after it.

Now, we have the choice of  taking a taxi to Kuala Perlis (very expensive) and also book new tickets from the ferry station (as we contacted the ferry call center and they told us that our tickets are non-exchangeable)!

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The other risky choice of waiting for train coming back from Bangkok to drop us at Alor Setar. And I say risky because time was too short for that. But we did it:

And that’s a video we did on the Thai train and how we felt about feeling lost!

Once we arrived Alor Setar we took a taxi for only RM15 (which we paid happily). And we reached Kuala Kedah 15 minutes before the departure time of the ferry

The ferry :D
The ferry 😀
Us inside the ferry :)
Us inside the ferry 🙂

Arriving at Langkawi island by 2 pm, we took a taxi (the only way) for RM30 (unified fare) to our hostel:

Ferry terminal (upon arrival at Langkawi)
Ferry terminal (upon arrival at Langkawi)

Our hostel at Langkawi was Zackry Guesthouse, located in Pentai Tengah (10 minutes walk to Pentai Cenang).

some snaps for Zackry guesthouse
some snaps for Zackry guesthouse

upon arrival, we thought the place is a little bit weird and yes it was 😀 As you may notice, the place is not a building it’s rather a very small suburb of itself! It’s a group of small buildings grouped together in a street junction!

One of those is the reception and you can find in it a Big TV screen, bar, some tables and a small office for the receptionist. The receptionist is the weirdest of all on that place! You will find him so funky and… I cannot describe him but to say “weirdo”

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Ah! Forgot to tell you about the dogs: there were three dogs at that place who seem to be the owners! They look nice, but sometimes I was afraid to come close to them!!!

That's the room we stayed in!
That’s the room we stayed in!

We went to get some rest at our rooms. Then we quickly decided to go for a walk around the city. So we went to Cenang street!

While we were going out of the hostel, the weird man told us that they are bringing a reggae musical band to the hostel today and there will be a big night today in the hostel, and asked us to share the fun with them and pay RM10 each! We didn’t agree and thought that it’s better to go around the city we are here just for two days only!

We went out wandering about the streets without having any plan.

Different Malaysian fruits.
Different Malaysian fruits.

We found a fruits shop and decided to go and check what fruits are there in this spot of the world! And you can see most of what we found in the picture!

Then we went on looking for a place to eat at Cenang. We stumbled by a really really very good Indian restaurant there. I am sorry I don’t remember it’s name but it was towards the end of the street on your right hand if you were coming from Pentai Tengah.

eating egg pie :D
eating egg pie 😀

That was only for RM1.50.

On our way, we went inside a big mall in the Cenang street. There is nothing much to see in it, however if you need to take some rest from the moist hot weather, sure it will be the right place!!!

Then we wanted to taste some fruits (never tasted before) and it was the dragon fruit!:

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Me and Walid eating dragon fruit at Pentai Cenang

That was only for around RM3.20. We asked the guy to buy us a big one and cut it for us!

Then we went and walked a little by the beach at night for a little bit:

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Cenang beach at night

Now the time is 8:30 pm and we found out there is nothing much to do in the city, so we decided to go back to the hostel, and share the fun with the other guys!!! 😀

And it was really so much fun!!!

Pictures of the amazing night we spent at Zackry guesthouse
Pictures of the amazing night we spent at Zackry guesthouse

The weird guy appeared to be very much in the right place that night 😀 Yes, there was lots of dancing, and fun! Also we got to know two very nice  girls from London, and spent the night together chatting, dancing and having fun! I cannot talk about the party or describe it more the photos and the video says everything!

And you gotta watch this video:

The party ended by 12:30 midnight. Some of the guys went for an after party at the only nightclub in Langkawi Sunba. Some went to bed. Others like me went for a little walk in nature… later for bed!!!

Next post is about too many things done at Langkawi (the second day)… don’t miss it!!!

At the Airport (Malaysia Day 0)

And this is how it all went during our 13 hours flight (from Cairo to Kuala Lumpur with Egyptair…)

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And we started it… we took the plane leaving to Kuala Lumpur on the 13Jun14.

It’s the longest trip I’d ever had. we spend nine hours (non-stop) in which I engaged myself with reading newspapers, talking with an Algerian old man sitting beside me, listening to music, watching movies, eating and sleeping 😀

At the plane to KL
At the plane to KL

In the plane, I got the feeling that I am travelling to an Sharm El Sheikh :D. I don’t know why, but I felt familiar with almost everyone on the plane. Maybe because almost all of the were Muslims and most women were veiled. Their skin color is also very much like ours… maybe that’s why 🙂

We landed in Bangkok airport and spend our time there wondering about, in the toilet, praying, and taking some photos:

Bangkok baby!!!

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Here I am at Bangkok airport! 😀
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laugh Walid, lauuuugh 😀
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We’re moving forward 😉
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At transit hall waiting for our flight to KL. woohoooooo

Ehm! I just liked the tatoo 😀 don’t misunderstand me reader 😀

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OMG! I like the tatoo 😀

And we took our flight to KL…

The flight was also so normal and there were nothing much to tell about it! However when we landed the fun started 😀 we didn’t have any Malaysian money and we knew beforehand that the exchange rate at the airport is not good. We decided to exchange our dollars at any money exchange office in the city. However we didn’t know that the city is so far from the airport and we have to take a bus to reach there which is for RM10.

We were forced to exchange money at the airport, but we changed only USD50 for both of us till we reach the city! And we took a bus there. Before we took the bus we checked many money exchange offices for the best rate, and they were all the same but we had a change to go around the airport for around one hour and of course we took some photos 😉

Never mind my big belly!
Never mind my big belly!
Kuala Lumpur baby!
Kuala Lumpur baby!
ehm! peaking at some Asian girls!!! :D
ehm! peaking at some Asian girls!!! 😀

One of the strange things I saw there is that Malaysian Muslim girls were half sleeves. OMG! They cover their head but show their elbows. That was so strange and the first girl I saw doing that was the young lady booking the bus ticket for me 🙂 I am sorry I don’t have a pic for that, but you can easily imagine that… right?! 😀

KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) Bus ticket to the city!
KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) Bus ticket to the city!

While we were waiting for the bus, we met a girl and another man from Uzbekistan! She was trying to flirt us 😀 Never mind the fact that she was not beautiful , but what about that guy sitting beside you for God’s sake!!!

Now were are on the bus, the trip too us around one hour! The airport is really very far from the city. I didn’t feel very much a stranger. Those people are very much like us!

We got off in a station near our Hostel. The weather was really hot and moist, and we were hungry. We kept looking for a local restaurant to eat at and ended up at subway 😀 But it was a unique experience there! It’s the first time for me to make my own sandwich from A to Z or I’d rather say “watch it done”! That was nice however a bit expensive!

And now we are on our way to Suzies’ (our KL hostel) of course we spend lots of time to reach there, but finally and after walking for around two hours, we reached our home in KL!

Suzy Guesthouse & Hostel cards we received once arrived
Suzy Guesthouse & Hostel cards we received once arrived

 

Next blog will be about our first day at KL…