Posted by: Johan Normark | April 8, 2010

Last update

An update is perhaps in order before I begin to blog for real again. During the past two months I have been on a combined vacation and parental leave trip to Thailand and Malaysia. The original plan was to visit Thailand and Vietnam but since we (my wife, son and me) ultimately ended up in southern Thailand it was far easier to visit some parts of Malaysia which we did not visit in 1996.

After just one night in Bangkok our first part of the trip took place on and around Koh Chang and Koh Mak in the eastern part of Thailand. After deciding not to take the risk of catching malaria or dengue fever along the coast of Cambodia on our planned journey to Saigon we went back to Bangkok. There it was far easier and cheaper to catch a flight to Trang in southern Thailand than it was to wait for the Vietnamese visa. In the south we spent most of our time on Koh Muk, Koh Bulone and Koh Lipe. From Koh Lipe we headed into Langkawi in Malaysia.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

From there it was a short journey to Penang where we planned to take a flight to Medan on Sumatra which is close to an area where orangutans are prevalent. Disaster hit us when my wife’s camera was stolen in Georgetown on Penang, just a few hundred m from our hotel, the beautiful Cheong Fatt Tze mansion. This coincided with the beginning of the rainy season and our plans to visit orangutans were halted. Instead we flew to Phuket and we planned to travel to Koh Phayam near the Burmese border. The rain was a bit more widespread than we thought and we ended up at Khao Lak. From there we went back to Phuket and Bangkok. The red shirt protests created some traffic jams but we finally came back to Göteborg at midday today. Hence, I am a bit jet lagged right now. However, expect to see some posts on that trip in the near future and my new expertise in building sand castles (or rather sand pyramids in Tikal style).

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