Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Laos, Vientiane - Malaysia, KL
Flight in the morning and suppose to reach KL early in the afternoon.
SCARY!!!! Airplane failed to land LCCT aiport due to weather condition. The airplane was shacking in the most horrible way (heee.. I might be exaggerate :) ) when pilot try to land the airplane in such bad weather. I feel so uncomfortable like my stomach is twisting inside of me and wanna puke! But, I did not. Lucky! :)
After circling in the sky for about maybe 15 min, pilot announce that they need to fly to Johor and back to KL when the weather condition gets better. Guest what, it took only around 15 min to reach Johor airport! THAT WAS FAST!
We stop there for around 20 min then fly back to KL. This time, landed safely with no problem. Thank god :)
KL - ただいま ～！
Monday, July 20, 2009
Laos, Vang Vieng - Laos, Vientiane
Good bye Vang Vieng! Thanks for the good time :”(
Picked up by mini bus at 9.30am in front of the hostel and reach bus station by 10am. It was good weather on our way to Vientiane. Reach Vientiane around 2pm.
When we reached, seong teow drivers busy approached bus passenger for business. It seems like they have some system going on there as some people/seong teow are not allowed to pick up any passenger in the bus station. Those driver are fierce (Scary). Some driver are quite rude and angry too. They reverse drive their vehicle like no body biz. Even people are standing behind it. Dangerous!
They charge us 20,000 kip per person to our hostel and no bargain :(
THE DRIVER SENDED US TO THE WRONG HOSTEL!!!! We show them the address and hostel name, yet they still manage to send us to the wrong hostel!
Since the seong teow driver drop us at the junction and ask us to walk in by our self, by the time we found out that was actually not THE HOSTEL we are looking for, it’s already too late. We have to pay another 5 USD to our hostel :(
The hostel we stay in is a bit far from the Mekong River/city area. We have to walk maybe 1 -2km to get to the city area. Good exercise :) the only problem is the sun is too big! It’s hot.
Again, the food is GOOODDD~~! :)
We walk and eat and walk and eat from 4pm till 9 / 10pm (lost count) and finally back to our room and go to bed.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Laos, Vientiane - Vang Vieng
The hostel we stayed has great shared balcony’s view - Mountain and river.
Early morning, we left hostel and look for breakfast. Next to the hostel, there were few nice looking restaurants. We pick 1 and start ordering food. Just like last night, the food did not disappoint us :)
The girls love the Laos coffee.
9.30am – Pick up by seong teow and started our tour with a bunch of strangers (end up to be quite entertaining :) ). 1st stop is the cave tubing. There was a huge group of Korean kids reach before us. So we had to wait for our turn to enter the cave. So we wait and wait ~ and wait ~ ~ and wait for an hour.
After put on the small torch light (tight it to our forehead) we start enter the cave 1 by 1. Cave tubing is fun. The water is cold but clear, entrance is narrow at 1st then get wider, the cave is dark, a lot of funny little thing up on the rock or should I call it wall. It was really fun! Especially the part where we had to crawl 6 meters long mud tunnel. It was dirty but fun!
Too bad raining season flood some tunnel, or else we can stay longer and explore the rest of the cave.
Had our lunch (provided by tour) and we continue to the elephant cave with Buddha statue inside of it. After our tour guide told us a really boring story, we proceed to the river.
All of us had a shock when reach the starting point of river tubing. 1st of all, it started to rain and the river looks quite dangerous, and the noise! The music was so loud! I don’t think I ever encounter so many teenager hang out in 1 place before :)
It took me a while to adjust myself.
Then the river tubing started. River tubing was fun too! Except for the river is in brown :) As we flow down the river using the tube. There were stations which we can stop by for beer and rest. You have to get a drink from the station itself in order to use their swing, water slide and others.
I enjoyed watching Shane and Swee Lan performed some stunt unlike any other 30 year old :) muahahahahahahah ~ ~
We end our river tubing near by our hostel. Yes, by now you should know the river we saw at the shared balcony is THE RIVER :)
We had our dinner in 1 restaurant which filled with rude staff. When you ask for menu, the staffs throw the menu to your table. You accidentally blocking their way, they will shuhhhh you like how they cash the dog away. REALLY REALLY RUDE! And the food is so so only. Not good.
After dinner we get 3 bus tickets back to Vientiane. A little bit expensive then the way to Vang Vieng.
We manage to do some shopping and head back to hostel for a good night sleep.
** Met a few Chinese making a living in Vang Vieng.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Honestly speaking, never cross my mind that I wanted to travel to Laos. Have you ever heard of anyone who’s been there before? Any interesting places in Laos that people keep talking about? I heard nothing.
One day, Miss Shane told us about the mystery trip that she planned as her b’day and she bringing me and my sis (how generous!). Thinking why you don’t have friends like this around you and feel envy? Muahahaha ~ ~ you should.
Thank you Shane for sponsored the flights ticket. Love ~ ~ you ~ ~! :P Nothing excite me more than a free trip. Well not really 100% free as I have to pay for my accommodation and food :P But the offer is good enough.
But the destination didn’t kept as secret for too long. As we need to plan our trip together. Need to know what to bring, where to stay, how to go, what to see….. :) When she reveals her destination I was like, ok, never been there before. Let’s go explore!Due to time constrain, we decided to travel to Vang Vieng only, her original plan.
VANG VIENG HERE WE COME!
1st Day -18/7/2009 (Saturday)
Malaysia, KL - Laos, Vientiane
Take Air Asia from KL to Vientiane. Flight in the morning and reach Vientiane in early afternoon. Vientiane airport – Wattay airport is small, smaller than LCCT.Without wasting time, we went straight to travel agency by taxi which cost us total USD 6. Need to get bus ticket at 2pm to Vang Vieng. The taxi driver can speak a bit of English and being really nice and helpful to us. Leaving us a very good impression of Laos so far :)
On our way from airport to Travel Agency. Vientiane looks like a small city of Malacca to me. I was quite surprise as I never been to any country’s capital as “Ulu” as this. Or maybe that was only part of Vientiane :)
Cute guy alert! Cute guy alert! THE TRAVEL AGENCY we went has 3 very cute brothers. Uhh ~ ~ ~ I’m starting to like Laos.
Since we was there early, we explorer a bit of Vientiane during 2.30 hours. To our surprise, food in Laos is GOOD ~! There’re a lot of Chinese in Vientiane and speak Chinese. 1st meal we had is “cha guo” and it was good!After walking down the street, we stop by and old shop for baguette sandwich. I am not a huge fan for sandwich. But this sandwich is another 2 thumbs up! So far is all good with food except for it’s a bit pricy.
Since there was nothing much to see and buy. We decided go back to the Travel Agency and hang out there. At least they have air corn. The weather is too hot.
The journey to our double decker VIP bus (USD 7 per person) really driving me crazy. It’s all about waiting. We picked up by seong teow (same as Thailand) and was informed that suppose to send us to the bus station. However, the driver drops us at another side of the road with out telling us what’s going on. You see, the problem here is communication. Most local doesn’t speak English, so when we ask 1 question, there respond will be …………………… (crickets).
After waited for around 20-30 min under the big big sun. FINALY! Mini bus is here. Oh ~ ~ so we suppose to pick up by another mini bus to the bus station! Man~! Now I get it. :)
Oppss.. trouble again. Not enough seats in the mini van. Have to wait for it to come back for 2nd round :( Did I mention I am Asian and really don’t enjoy getting my skin tan?
Due to information we got from internet stated buses to Vang Vieng will not stop for toilet during the 2-3 hours trip (They must be joking!). We stop drinking water ½ hour before 2pm :( and only found out later -> BULL SHIT! The bus did stop for toilet. Which idiot spreading the wrong information on internet! Damn you!
*** ADVISE no 1. *************
When reach Vientiane try to exchange your USD to some “kip” (Laos money). Best price is in Vientiane and you might need kip to pay for your toilet entrance J Not worth it to pay using USD, they always keep the change if you pay USD.
When the bus left the city. The view is AMAZING! Green is every where. The rice field and small town along the road side, mountains and rivers. The rain drop adds some artistic value to the whole scenery. However 4 hours of same scenery -- I got bored :)
The journey to Vang Vieng took us 4 hours. It might be due to the rain. The journey was ok, the bus is quite comfy. Except for the funny smells from some backpacker who looks like never shower in ages, especially when they took off their shoes. Damn!
And Vang Vieng! Everyone can’t wait to leave the bus :) We continue our journey to look for our internet pre book room – USD 8 for normal fan room with WC for 3. We have to cross a very very muddy road to our hostel because of rain. It’s raining seasons, what to do. Found our hostel, put down the bags and straight down to the street for FOOD! To our surprise, food in Laos is really not bad. We love it!
Vang Vieng looks lonely and quiet that night, especially after the rain. There are some shops selling sandals and t-shirts, some restaurants which look really good from out site, bars and stall along the road side selling pancakes (a lot of them) :)
We got ourselves a day tour tomorrow from 9.30am to 5pm for USD20 per person. Going to do some cave and river tubing, wooohooo ~ ~ ~ !
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Bali, Kuta – Bali, Mount Batur
Mount Batur is far from Kuta. We leave Rita Guesthouse early 1.30am in the morning and reach Mount Batur around 3am. Yes, people, by now you should know Bali is an HUGE Island. Maybe we shouldn’t call it an island anymore since it’s that big!
The climb almost kill me and Shane. But Mount Batur is worth a climb. The shooting star, the moon, the cloud, the lake and millions stars hanging in the sky make it unbelievably beautiful. I though we can only see stuff like this in a movie! It was so~~~~ beautiful. Too bad our camera is not good enough to capture night view. Or else, those photos will make everyone’s mouth wide open! Drooling maybe :P
By the way, it’s easier to see shooting star on a mountain (with good weather condition) then beach :P.
Took 3 hours to reach the top for sunrise. I am already half dead. But when the sunrises, it’s all worth it. There is no word to descript how beautiful the view is.
Total time spend up and down the mountain = 5 hours++
Reach Rita Guesthouse, shower and walk to the beach for baksoh mee. The girls wanna surf. While I was sleeping in the guesthouse, they went for their surfing lesson – 2 hours. Respect ah! Still can surf!
Dinner and go to sleep early. No massage for today. Everyone is tired.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Bali, Sanur – Bali, Kuta
Wake up early 6am for the sunrise. The sunrise was ok. Not as pretty as we though it's going to be.
Pack our bags, enjoyed our free breakfast then say goodbye to Kesumasari (Have to type the full name, cos it took me a long time to remember the name :P).
We took the small van, cost 60,000rph/RM20 for 2 to Kuta. The van is like a bus, it stop buy to pick up people from time to time.
Reunion with Shane. Auntie left Bali, went back to Malaysia this morning. We went Hard Rock and had our breakfast. Hard Rock food SUCK! Expensive. So not worth the price we pay -100,000rph/Rm30++.
We say goodbye to Hard Rock and found ourself a room in Rita Guesthouse. It’s small, but clean and bright. Room for 3 with aircond is 200,000rph/Rm60-70. It was ok.
Do try the baksoh mee along Kuta beach. Cheap and tasty.
We walk a few streets and finally get a good bargain on the price to climb Mount Batur, the active volcano for sunrise. 325,000rph/Rm 108++ per person. Dolphin watch is not an option anymore since we are running out of time and cash.
Went for Massage again :P But it wasn’t as good as the one in Sanur :)
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Bali, Sanur – Bali, Ubud – Bali ,Tanah Lot – Bali ,Sanur
Rent a motorbike. Again, if you planning to rent a motorbike don’t forget the key word – bargain! 1st shop charges me 60,000 rph for 1 day, 9am till 7pm at night. But with help from KG’s worker, we get 50,000rph from 9am till the next day 9. No documentation require *(“,)*. Just pay cash and they give you the motorbike. Cool! Petrol is around 10,000 rph /RM3 ++ for full tank. More then enough for 1 day journey.
Don’t forget to ride slow and be careful ok.
1st destination for the day – UBUD !
KG’s worker warn us that it’s going to be a long journey. But, it's an adventure that we’ve been waiting for so long! So we decided to go on with our plan and get ourselves a map (25,000rph/RM 7-8) from Bagus store.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Bali, Kuta – Bali, Sanur Beach
Move on to Sanur Beach. Take a cab which cost us total 80,000 rph from Kuta to Sanur Beach. Cab drivers are not so honest there. They put the price up to 100,000 rph for that 20 mins drive from Kuta to Sanur. But luckily, Malaysian are not stupid as well :P
If you are in Kuta, remember to bargain. Good luck!
Finally! Sanur Beach! Cab driver drops us at the nearest place for cheap accommodation. We walk for 20 min to look for a nice and cheap guesthouse. That was a long walk, I must say. While walking on the street, locals are very helpful. They tell us where to go and which hotel/guesthouse is cheap and nice – advantage by speak good Malay Language:) I am pretty sure they are friends with those hotel/guesthouse owner :P But who cares , as long as I manage to get good room with good price. I am fine!
We found KESUMASARI Guesthouse (KG). It was very unique, next to the beach, quiet at the corner. Don’t have sea view though. I like the door and the windows. It was colorful and very Balinese. A room which can fit 4 persons with aircond, breakfast included (coffee, tea, bread and fruits only) and HUGE bathroom cost 250,000rph per night. For the 2 of us, it’s a bit pricy but it’s ok, still within budgets.
Accommodation in Sanur is a bit pricy if compare to Kuta. Sanur is much quieter then Kuta.
We do nothing the whole afternoon and by the time we finally decided to take our lazy ass out from the room, it’s already 3pm. We explore Sanur by walking opposite direction form the Beach, the street. Whole road site was souvenir shops and restaurants.
With all shops and restaurants, we stop at the Balinese Massage shop with eyes wide open (couldn’t believe our eyes :)). Balinese full body massage cost 50,000rph for an hour !!! What !!! Its only like RM 17-18 for 1 hour massage. Very happy with the massage. Balinese massage rock ! Arrr ~~~
Night time, take a walk on the Beach. To our surprise, the Beach is pretty long. Lots of nice hotel along the Beach side. Beautiful!
We get to try our very 1st corns with Chili source *(",)* If you don’t like spicy, they have corns with chocolate too :) Nice ! 5,000 rph /RM 1.70 only.
Food, again, nothing special. Price is around 25,000rph /RM 7-8 for friend rice or noodles or others. But the restaurant is way prettier compare to Kuta. You can hear traditional Balinese music live in the restaurants too. Some even have traditional Balinese dance show:). Interesting.
Oh, 1 thing must be mentioned, Pork is easy access here. You can find pork in any restaurants here:)
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Malaysia, KL – Bali, Kuta
WE MISS OUR FLIGHT !! Yes ! It happened! Not like we was late or anything, infact we was early! Way early! But still we miss our flight! ~~ And I still wonder why, how, kenapa, bagaimana this happened!
Hello! Miss your flight means cost more money ok!
Well, put aside how upset I was at that moment, I manage to put up a smile and lie to my sis and best friend’s (Shane) mom that Airasia is making special arrangement for us to take the next flight to Bali L (Yea right ! ). It was Shane's idea, don't want to spoilt mood.
We pay extra RM300 per person for this trip. Damn!
Reach Bali around 10pm and we have decided to “tumpang” Shane’s room in Hard Rock – Kuta for a night before heading to Sanur Beach for some peace and quiet with my sister. Hard Rock is like a maze. It took us some time to find our room in the building with our heavy luggage, tiring!
Back to the hotel and I am sure everyone will have a good night sleep – Too tired!