14.01.2006 35 °C
So from Singapore it was off to Malaysia, we chose to take the train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur as First class was about 12 quid. The journey took about 6 hours, train was spotless, very comfortable (reclining seats all the way back) got free drinks and movies on board.
Arrived in KL very refreshed and decided to splash out on a bit of luxury so stayed in the 3 star Concorde right in town. Very reasonable too, about 35 quid for a huge room with aircon, Cable hot bath etc.
Had about 4 baths in the 2 days we stayed there as haven't had one for 7 weeks now and unsure when we'll see one again!! (Not that I've been a smelly thing just only showers available everywhere else!)
KL is pretty similar to Singapore, spotless, cheapish, very modern, loads of malls/bars and very driendly people. The one annoying thing though is the proliferation of 'hostess' bars. You couldn't sit in a bar for more than 5 mins before a Taiwanese/Filipina/Indonesian girl would come over and ask if you want company. Bit annoying when they do it in procession so you never get any peace.
Chris didn't believe me at first when I said that the procession of stunning girls all coming over to speak to him and tell him how gorgeous he was, what a lovely body/accent he had were hookers or 'hostesses'. He just assumed that his natural Northern charm had bowled them all over until the usual phrase "You want company tonight" or "Shall we go to your hotel" came out of every one of their mouths after 5 minutes of pleasantries! He was a little shocked but I think he's grasped the idea now, and a good job as they were all friendly well educated girls rather than the aggressive hostess girlie bars we'll be facing in Thailand. I didn't get any grief from them either I'm an old ugly bugger or they realised very quickly I'd seen it all before and wasn't interested. The standard fibbing line, I'm happily married with 5 kids back home makes them leave you alone!
Food was great here, Mee Goreng noodles being my favourite! Some amazing sights too, the Petronas Towers and the KL Tower were stunning (bloody long walk to the KL tower though). The views from the top of KL Tower were breathtaking.
Still it was a big city and we're bored of them now no matter how nice so after 2 days we headed off to Langkawi, a small island on the Thai border. Now this is the stuff of honeymoons, perfect white powder beaches, stunning blue sea, limestone outcrops along the coast. No hassle from vendors, beggars, just perfect solitude. I've been to plenty of beaches around the world in my time but the ones here are by far and away the best I have ever seen. It is so hot though, 10 minutes on the beach and you are baking, sweating and burning. Have ended up just staying in the sea with lotion smeared all over my face as the only way to bear it. Water is so clear, loads of crabs, starfish and little fish scuttling/swimming around under your feet, perfect for snorkelling.
The whole island is duty free too so beer is about 50 a pint even in the bars/restaurants. There is a lack of any activity here, the Irish bar (with bizarrely Aztec painting all over the wall) is the hive of activity in the evenings with a full crowd of about 6 of us there last night! I guess this being a honeymoon resort most people have more things to do in the evenings with themselves than Chris and I do!
Very much a couplish place, very few singles around, Nationalities very European, mostly Russkies with a few Swedes, Finns, Norwegians and the odd brit around.
Would really recommend it to anyone wanting a peaceful relaxing perfect beach holiday.
We're here until tomorrow (so that'll have been 5 days here) then we're off to Thailand via ferry to hit Krabi by tomorrow afternoon.
We're off to rent a double canoe now to visit one of the limestone islands, so hopefully I won't have to drag Chris's arse out of the water halfway accross. He's gone a nice shade of lobster after venturing out onto the beach for a whole 15 minutes the other day!