Top 15 Things We Did in Southeast Asia

On this trip, we traveled to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Laos. When we finished our travels in the region, we had each family member make a top 15 list (because we had so many great experiences, we couldn’t limit ourselves to just 10).

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Adventures in Transportation Part 1: Getting from Butterworth to Bangkok

We love traveling by train. It’s generally cheaper than flying. You get to see parts of the country you are travelling in that you wouldn’t normally get to see as the scenery rolls by out the window. And at night you get to sleep. In a bed. A fold out bed, yes.  But way more comfortable than trying to sleep in an airplane seat on an overnight flight!

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Budget Guesthouse Reviews: Malaysia

We stayed at a number of budget guesthouses in Malaysia, some good, one not so good. If you are planning a trip to Malaysia, here is my opinion of the guesthouses where we stayed.

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In which I get locked in a bathroom stall in Penang, Malaysia

Sometimes we stay at guesthouses with shared bathrooms. This means that the toilets and showers are down the hall from your room. Not unlike a college dorm. Except with less twentysomethings. Or not, depending on what type of guesthouse you are staying at.

It’s not as bad as you might think, especially if it is a small guesthouse with less people to share with. In fact, sometimes you get the place all to yourself, as happened to me the day I got locked in a bathroom stall in Penang, Malaysa. Continue reading

Penang: Kek Lok Si Temple

Besides eating and walking around looking for street art, we didn’t do much in Penang. There was lots we could have done: Monkey Beach, Snake Temple, Penang National Park. But we live near a fantastic beach, heard that the Snake Temple was lame, and it was too hot and we were too tired to hike in the national park.  Honestly, after 3 weeks of sightseeing everyday we were ready for a rest.

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Penang: the Food

We came to Penang primarily for one reason: you guessed it. . . to eat. Penang is known as having some of the best food in the world. And to reveal the surprise ending early, the food in Penang did not disappoint. Continue reading

How Not to Get Around Kuala Lumpur

The moment I stepped out of the train station in Kuala Lumpur (KL) set the stage for the rest of our visit in that city. In that moment, I stepped in poop. And not just any poop. A gloopy pile that splashed onto my other foot. Continue reading

Hot, Smelly Animals in Malaysian Borneo

No, not the orangutans… Us. We spent three days and two nights in a jungle camp in Borneo.  It was hot and humid and we definitely smelled after three days in the jungle with no shower. Continue reading

A Day at Sepilock Orangutan Rehibilitation Center

Our first two nights in Malaysian Borneo we stayed at Uncle Tan’s Bed and Breakfast in a cabin-like room with air conditioning – woo hoo! And a cold water shower – boo! Continue reading