As always it was sad to leave Bali. I hate leaving that place, the land of happy smiling people and for a small island it has such a wealth of diversity and things to do. It's not all Kuta and clubs, there is so much more to it. But that said I know we will return again, maybe later in this trip maybe another time. Despite the development and increase in tourism it still draws me back everytime and makes me want more of Bali life.
The last couple of days in Sanur were spent very leiusurely at the beach and enjoying the last of the great food at the night market and Anna's warung, the best place around for a good tuna curry and beef rendang
Before we left we had been in touch with a lady via Workaway in a small village just outside Kuala Lumpur who does a lot a lot of work in the local community. Particularly with the local homeless people. Providing meals, cutting and washing hair etc as well as work with local animals and pets there, neutering the local cat and dog population and also teaching and sensory work with the local disabled children. It sounded like a great opportunity and something we really wanted to get involved with. As time crept by towards us leaving we still hadn't heard back from her. Dani had her added on Facebook but she hadn't responded to my Skype invite yet as she likes to have a chat with volunteers prior to accepting them which I thought was understandable and gave me confidence in the project she was running. However having researched further we found a lot of bad reviews about the place
So we have returned to Malaysia as we planned to. Our return flight was already paid up and our Visa ran out the day we left Indonesia. We arrived in KL as expected around midnight with no plans or accomodation in place whatsoever. We spent the night in the airport using their wifi for a couple of reasons. One to save on accomodation for the night as the KLIA express train had stopped running into the centre of the city for the day meaning we would have to pay double rate in a taxi to get to any accomodation and it also gave us time to plot our next move. Originally I really wanted to experience the trains around Malaysia, in particular the East coast jungle line which is world renowned as one of the best scenic train journeys you can take. However we could find of nothing of interest whatsoever along that line for places to stop off at and it felt it would have been a train journey and expense for the sake of it. We looked into spending a couple days at Ipoh, renowned for it's coffee, food and street art however the only accomodation we could find seemed too expensive and above our budget. The fairly slow Airport internet didn't help our research so we decided we should either head to KL first thing in the morning to rest up and do more research or head on somewhere else to give ourselves more time to rest up and investigate our options. By early morning we were seriously flagging from no sleep and still hadn't made a decision. People think traveling is one long
holiday and I guess maybe if you have a good sized budget it can be.
Traveling on a small budget and having to make decisions on the fly can
be tiring and stressful at times but it's something I love doing in some
sort of sadistic way. Not always easy and not everyones cup of tea but I
love the challenge of it all and that sense of adventure and unknown
that lies ahead.
With around 10 minutes to spare we made a last minute choice to hop on a bus to the TBS bus station at KL and hunt down another bus up to Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands. It's a place we have visited before but somewhere we always wished we had spent a bit longer as we only had 3 days there the last time. Combined with the fact we had found several Workaway opportunities at guesthouses and farms and the fact it was a little closer to Taman Negara national park clinched the deal for us in the end. There are a lot of jungle treks we want to do around these parts so we are looking forward spending as long as we want here. You get a 3 month free visa on arrival for Malaysia so don't have to feel rushed about anything. It's also cheap as well. A 14p packet of noodles does us for breakfast and we can get a great indian meal, tandoori chicken or curry with a roti or rice for about £1. We are back in the land of cheap alcohol again as well. The Chinese shops generally cater for alcoholics of all budgets in these parts. We grabbed a big bottle of Thai rum and a big bottle of Fruit flavoured vodka yesterday for the price of a couple of pints back home. Unfortunately I'm paying for that this morning as I type this. I'm not really sure what happened last night but I must have fell or smashed my face on something as I woke up with a chipped tooth and quite a bit of pain! We haven't managed to get out on any of the treks yet as the first day was spent catching up on sleep that we desparetly needed. I've also had a blister that I'm waiting for to settle down and today Dani has woke up and isn't very well either, maybe a chest infection by the look of it.
Let's see what the next few days bring. We are waiting to hear back about the Workaway jobs we have put in for but nothing back yet. I guess that will decide how long we stay here and what we end up doing.
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Tanah Rata, Pahang, Malaysia