Place 31 – Day 4: Kuala Lumpur – Botanical Gardens, Heli Lounge & Nandos

We had breakfast with some people from the hostel and then they had to get ready to head to the F1, so we thought getting ready was also a good idea. Curtis showered, but then we got relaxed and forgot to leave! We did a little research into future endeavours and then eventually left the hostel. 

We went towards the botanical gardens which was about a 40 minute walk. Today was very warm so we made sure we stopped for a drink! 
Once we got to the park we didn’t want to do all of it, but we found a part of it which was meant to house deer. There were a few but they were quarantined for some reason, so they weren’t wandering freely. 

The park itself was absolutely beautiful and very tranquil. We spent a little bit of time just sitting in silence, until a family came in and ruined it, so that was our cue to leave! We looked around the botanical gardens a little bit too, but it was 90% just a river/lake.

We left here and went to the main train sratjon, KL Sentral, where Kim looked for (and got) some clothes she was looking for. 

It was too hot and we were too lazy to walk, so we took a metro back to the hostel. 

We had plans to go with some people to a skybar, but they weren’t back from the F1 so we went ourselves. This was called ‘Heli Lounge’ and it was purely a helipad with a bar. The staff were pretty frantic but it was good to see the incredible view! 

Yesterday, we saw Nando’s in a mall so thought that was perfect for dinner! We went there for a chicken burger each, but unfortunately the service wasn’t great. The food was alright! 

We now need to do some packing and may go out and watch some base jumping tonight, but this all depends. We are leaving nice and early in the morning to get to the airport (04:00) so we need some sleep! 

Selamat tinggal!
– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 31 – Day 3: Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves, Malay Food & Rooftop Bar 

Today, we had breakfast with a lot of people we met in the hostel. We had all kinds of nationalities! We had Iranian/British, British, Dutch, Swedish & American!

We spent a couple of hours having breakfast and just chatting about stuff and things. Curtis got a free coffee for submitting a review and that was tasty!

We finally showered and got ready to leave and we went with Sepehr who we met at the hostel. We went to Batu Caves, which meant we had to take 2 trains on the metro totaling about 40 minutes and then we had a short walk to the temple and cave area.

There were a lot of monkeys around, along with a lot of religious statues and temples. We went to the start of the caves and there are a LOT of stairs! We were encouraged to take up a bucket of sand to help with renovations, as all tourists are asked, so we thought ‘why not?’…The answer to that is ‘it burns’…

Sand

🐒

We got to the top of the stairs and looked around the cave there..whilst sweating profusely. There wasn’t much to see here, but it was fairly cool! Kim got some photos with monkeys too, which was awesome!

We went to the next caves down which were not free, but only about £6. We had to have a tour guide and they were completely pitch black. So much so that when the guide turned off her torch, we were actually unable to even see our hands in front of our faces! It was pretty difficult to get any good photos due to the darkness, but we got a few!

Millipede or Centipede…who knows!
There is a couple of spiders on here..🕷

We left the caves and then went back to KL sentral, which is a big train station and mall. We went to look for some food and after looking for a bit, we found a place that served Malay food for £2.60 which included the meal, a curry pasty (not the Malay name!) And a drink! Crazy good price. The food was spicy chicken and rice with a few sides. There was the spicy chilli & shrimp paste sauce with some crackers (like poppadoms) as well as some dried battered fish & peanuts. It was a really good meal and the curry pasty was awesome!

We got some doughnuts for later for dessert because it was £0.80 for 2 per person so can’t complain!

We got an uber with Sepehr to a 4.5* hotel which has a rooftop pool and bar, but it was around £8 for entry so we quickly said no and waited for Sepehr to come back out. Whilst we waited, another person from our hotel, Leah, was waiting outside so we met with her and walked around the KLCC for a bit as well as in the mall.

We got some cool photos and then decided to go back to the hostel. We got back and then we relaxed before Sepehr had to go to the airport to head to Vietnam. We got an invite from Kris & Leo (a Brit and a swede) to come to a rooftop bar just opposite our hostel. The drinks weren’t a bad price so we went for a drink and played a couple of games of beer pong. Curtis and 2 different partners but won both games…So it must have been because of him! 😉

Beer pong! 🍺

We got to bed around 01:00 and we have no idea what the plan is for tomorrow, so we will have to see then!

Selamat tinggal!
– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 31 – Day 2: Kuala Lumpur – Canopy Walk, Merdeka Square, Cooking, Little India, Jalan Alor & Chinatown

We again didn’t really have plans for today, so we got up for breakfast because that is a good start! We just had toast for breakfast and some coffee.

We left the hostel and had a few hours before we had a cooking class, so we went to a forest which is oddly located within the centre of the city. This included a canopy walk, which was really the only reason we went there. It was beautiful and very relaxing…though warm!

We finished this was and then came back to the hostel to find our way to a square. This square was nice but very touristy. There was big old buildings and a lovely mosque!

We went back to the hostel as we had paid for a cooking class. The cooking class was great! We didn’t do much of it ourselves, but it was great fun!

We had a noodle dish similar to a Pad Thai, a homemade chilli sauce which was HOT and then some Malaysian fried chicken, which was delicious!

We met some people doing this course and we went out for a walk with two of them! We went to little India to start with and it wasn’t great, so we found some other places to go! We went to Jalan Alor which is a street food street which was interesting. Most of it was Thai or Chinese food, but we stopped for a drink and then some of us got some food.

Dumplings

Chinatown was close so we thought that we may as well go! Chinatown was basically a big market stall, but with very few Chinese people! We had some fun bartering for things we didn’t even want, just for the fun of it!

We had great fun just walking around, having conversations with the new people we met and eating some very tasty food!

We got back and just chilled with our new friends just having conversations. All good fun!

Selamat tinggal!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 31 – Day 1: Kuala Lumpur 🇲🇾 – Hamilton & Bottas?!

🇲🇾🇲🇾🇲🇾Hello!🇲🇾🇲🇾🇲🇾

We woke up at a chilled 03:30 this morning to get in the taxi and go to the airport. 

We were able to check our bags, so we went to where we needed to and there was no queue at all! Result! We checked our bags but whilst doing so, they removed the luggage tag, for some reason…Kim managed to mention it a few times and eventually they realised, though the bag had already gone so we weren’t sure if the bag would make it onto the plane…

We wanted some food but there wasn’t anything before security and usually there isn’t after, so we went to 7-Eleven and got a toastie (or 2!) From there. 

We got through and low and behold, there was a subway…so that is annoying! But hey. 

We sat down and relaxed but got bored of waiting so we went for a walk around the terminal. We went back to our seats as we should have been boarding, but it was late to board, of course! Whilst we waited, we were given a survey by a student from Hong Kong to complete about our stay in Phuket…So that was a thing to do! 

We eventually went to board and got on the plane. The plane was clearly very new! It smelled of new leather when we got on the plane, though there was very little leg room. 

We landed in Kuala Lumpur and the first think we noticed was that it was incredibly hot! 33°C! 

We got through immigration and got our bags (yes, Curtis’ was there!) Then we headed to the train. We got some money out first (free of charge…win!) And then paid for a train ticket and boarded. This took about 25 minutes then we had to take a metro two stops and then walk for a couple of minutes. All in all it was pretty easy to get here. 

Our hostel is very nice! Double bed bunk bed, which is awesome! Plenty of space in the room itself and good amenities. We signed up for something to do tomorrow aswell, which will be fun! 

We relaxed as we were so tired and then we went to get some lunch and do some sightseeing! We went to the ‘twin towers’ and took photos of it, but today was not the day we were going in it. 

We walked around the towers and the area in general and there was a small park there. Near the park was a large tent which was ran by Petronas. We then found out that the F1 was in Malaysia this weekend and Bottas & Hamilton were making an appearance for signings! We thought that we might as well stick around, even though we didn’t queue to get an autograph. We stood NEXT to the line right at the front, so it was a good view! 

After a long time, they both arrived and everyone went crazy! We took a video or two and a couple of photos and then left. We didn’t really want to listen to them too much, but it was a cool experience, especially to stumble apon! 

Bottas 🏎🇫🇮
Lewis Hamilton?! Yes…We were that close! 🏎🇬🇧
Hamilton’s ACTUAL helmet
🏎🏎🏎

So, we actually did way more than we thought today! We got some admin things done and then went for some dinner. 

Kim has a confusing dish of spicy pasta, though it looked like Carbonara! Very odd, though it was bland. Curtis had a lot of things, but it wasn’t great. Curtis had egg, fried rice with ginger, an onion bhaji and chicken Satay. Again, nothing was great, but it was edible! 

Now, we plan to not do very much for the evening but we have a couple of plans already for tomorrow! 

selamat tinggal!
– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 30 – Day 8: Patong – Oil Massage

We had plans to get an oil massage today, though we didn’t know where! 

We got up pretty late and went out for some breakfast. We tried to go to where we had previously been, but it was closed, so we went to our usual coffee place to grab some breakfast. Curtis got 2 fried eggs, sausage, ham, bacon, toast, apple juice & an Americano. Kim got 2 fried eggs with toast, orange juice and a hot chocolate. 

We left breakfast and found a massage place we wanted to go to and luckily it was right near where we wanted to get our laundry done. We went for our lovely oil massage which lasted 1 hour and it was excellent! 

After feeling very relaxed, we got a McParfait from McDonald’s and devoured that before coming back to relax. We got back and hung out laundry, relaxed and then did facemasks! 

After completing our goal of getting incredibly sexy, we left to get dinner. 

We went to a very highly rated place and we were not disappointed! Kim had a red curry and Curtis had fried rice with pork. Yes, the rice looks boring, but it was very tasty! 

Now, we need to pack and sort a few things out for our flight tomorrow as we leave Thailand! We have a flight at 08:00 so leaving nice and early at 04:00! 

บาย!
– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 3 – Day 7: Patong – Soi Dog Foundation & Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

We started the day nice and early at 06:30. We had nice freezing cold showers and then sat down and ate our pain au chocolate and drank some ice coffee!

The taxi driver arrived a bit late as he got lost, but eventually he did arrive and we were on our way.

We arrived at Soi Dog Foundation at 08:50.

The Soi Dog Foundation is a non-profit organisation that looks after dogs that are either homeless, abandoned, hurt or were part of dog meat trading. Dog meat trading was killing a lot of dogs, so to save them from that, Soi Dog rescue them with the sole purpose of rehoming them. Most of the dogs get rehomed abroad and not within Thailand.

There are over 700 dogs there and it is a large area! There is a state of the art dog hospital with everything that could ever be needed, including x-ray machines and a maternity ward!

As mentioned, we arrived early and were met by a Welsh lady. We were offered free tea and coffee and were able to go and see the cats! There is currently a small cat hospital with adoption rooms, but as they are getting a lot of cats, they are currently building another building!

We finished with the cats and got back to the reception where we were met by Ian who was our guide. We were informed about what they do here and how it has helped the population of dogs around Phuket and Thailand in general. After this, we went for a walk around and were shown all of the areas as well as which dogs we can go and see, why certain dogs are in certain areas and all of the interesting information regarding some of the specific dogs.

Once the tour was over, we were allowed to walk around and see whichever dogs we wanted (providing they were enterable). We started by going to see the puppies…We got very muddy! These puppies were full of life and jumping all over us, which was great fun! We spent some time with these puppies and got very dirty, before we headed to see OAP dogs!

Puppies

The OAP dogs are exactly what they sound like…They’re old dogs! Soi Dog doesn’t euthanize a dog if it isn’t required, so they keep older dogs and sometimes they got adopted!

We went into one of the areas and a lot of the dogs were blind. The rule in these areas is that you let the dogs come to you rather than going to them as they are older and some are blind, so they may feel threatened. Unfortunately, we spent most of our time in this area trying to get a blind dog and 2 others back into the proper area as we accidentally let them into the area between the two gates…This was stressful!

We left this one and went to another OAP area, which was a little more interesting. There were some older dogs with a little more life that wanted some stroking.

We went nextdoor to another area with some small dogs in. Most of these dogs were not interested, but one was very interested.

‘Small dogs’

We left this area and went to see the big dogs. We couldn’t go into this one but we were able to see them.

We had a bit of a chat with Ian again who was very knowledgeable and a kind person. The Soi Dog Foundation are always looking for volunteers, adoptees & donations, so take a look at their website for more information! Visiting is free, too!

Our taxi arrived and picked us up (which was good they let us as we were covered in mud!) And took us to Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.  

This elephant sanctuary is the first and only ethical elephant sanctuary in Phuket. We got some lunch and then were taken up into the jungle in a 4×4 to get to where the elephants were. This sanctuary has 6 elephants, all of which were rescued from the circus or from elephant trekking companies who use them to carry tourists. One of the elephants is even blind!

We got to a little restaurant area which we got free tea/coffee and soft drinks, as well as snacks! We got to sit around for 30 minutes to take in the jungle feel and see an elephant which was roaming around.

The view during our snack time!

Once we finished our snacks, we were taken to the main table in the restaurant where we were told about what the sanctuary does, how it was formed and then shown an informative video about the elephants that they have and their stories as well as how they treat them in comparison to how they used to be treated. This video also shows how to deal with the elephant when it approaches you.

We were then given wellies and taken down to the elephants. We were stood very close to them and got to see them just having fun and eating!

Kim & the elephant that decided to join us!

Blind elephant

We saw the blind elephant as well as a herd of elephants which we walked back to their feeding area! One elephant interupted a talk we were having and just came into the shelter we were sat in!

Once we finished watching the elephants and walked them to their feeding area, it was our chance to feed them! They love banana, watermelon & cucumber, so that’s what they got!

Dinner time!

This was the end of our time with the elephants, but the day didn’t stop there! We then got a dinner which was a vegetarian Thai buffet! We had curry, stir fry, spring rolls and all kinds of incredibly tasty food! We sat and ate for an hour before jumping back in the car and heading back to the office.

The Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is also looking for volunteers & donations so ensure you look at their website for these opportunities and for pricing for visits!

Our dinner time!

We got our taxi back to the hotel and we were covered in mud and very tired as we were out and about from 06:30 to 18:10!

We noticed how bad our clothes smelled and we had some laundry to do, so we thought that doing that was a good idea, so we walked towards the beach and got that sorted, so we get that back tomorrow!

We have some plans for tomorrow still, but nothing too taxing!

บาย!
– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 30 – Day 6: Patong – TV Chill Day

We have something awesome planned for tomorrow and due to the rain, we thought that we would just have a chilled, relaxed day. 

We planned to wake up late today, but we were woken by the cleaner wanting to clean the room, which was a little irritating! 

We watched some TV and ate our pain au chocolate for breakfast. 

We relaxed and watched some more TV before we went out to get more money out and then have a coffee again…This is what happens when a coffee shop is so close! 

Curtis had a cappuccino and Kim had a blueberry Italian soda. 

The rain was fairly consistent, so when we eventually went out for dinner, we got rather wet, though we did remember to take rain coats, so that helped a little! We got to the restaurant and we were given a towel to dry off, which was a lovely touch! 

Kim finally got the salad she had been wanting (ceasar) and Curtis had pepper & ginger fried chicken with rice. 

We were actually pretty hungry! We washed this down with a lovely Heineken.

We waited for the rain to stop and then we walked to a supermarket to get breakfast for tomorrow as we are up early! 

We have a busy & exciting day planned for tomorrow, so ensure you give the blog a read! 

บาย!
– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 30 – Day 5: Patong – Eating Our Feet? 

We still had some plans, but we are unable to do them due to the weather and therefore not being able to rent a scooter! 

We had breakfast in bed, just some croissants and orange juice, then we went out to find somewhere to get money out without getting charged crazy money! The average charge is about £5.50! 

We were not successful in finding one, so we went to a coffee shop and grabbed a coffee. Kim had a chocolate & mint frappe and Curtis had a cappuccino. 

We left this place and went to a spa where we used their fish spa! We sat and had fish suck off the dead skin from our feet. We did this for 20 minutes and it was a very off sensation! Kim couldn’t stop laughing at the beginning as it tickled! 

We walked to the place we have been a couple of times for dinner as Kim really wanted a salad. Unfortunately, when we got there it was closed, with no reasoning why! Very odd! 
Instead, we walked around and found somewhere we had seen the views for. This place was not too bad and was very cheap, which is a big plus! 

Curtis had a Pad Thai and Kim had a chicken stuffed Thai omelette. The pad Thai was nice but the omelette was just average and not quite enough, so Kim got a cheeseburger from McDonald’s! 

We went to a supermarket after this to get some snacks and breakfast! 

We have plans for Monday, so be sure you check in then! 

บาย!
– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 30 – Day 4: Patong – Power Outage & Bangla Road

We woke up, boiling hot and the Aircon wouldn’t turn on! We then noticed that all of the electricity had gone! We went to ask and were told that there was a planned power outage which was communicated with guests…All that they did was put a tiny sign up at reception, which we couldn’t see! 

Due to this, we couldn’t plan anything to do, so we went out for breakfast instead! We went back to the first place we went and had the same food. They still have good food and great coffee! 

We couldn’t find much to do, so we just went for a walk along the beach. 

The weather turned at one point and rained, but not too much. We went for a walk along Bangla road, which is the main party road which has all of the bars on it. Curtis managed to fall over a step and hurt his shoulder, but he’ll survive. 

We got a quick McDonald’s sundae and then went back to the hotel, with a stop at the shop for a beer! 

We sat and had a beer in the lobby and played some card games as the room was far too hot. Speaking of rooms, we moved our room as it was dirty and smelled…This one is much better, though! 

The power came back on and we went back upstairs to chill and then looked for somewhere to eat. We found a place which had good reviews and went there. 

Kim had a club sandwich and Curtis had a green curry. We also shared a beer! 

We finished our food and headed for Bangla road. This road was full of bars with women on poles and people trying to lure you in. Curtis wasn’t a huge fan as people kept trying to get you into their bar and it got frustrating! It was an interesting experience but probably not one for couples! That being said, Kim loved it and wanted to watch all of the women pole dancing! There were also some naughty clubs around which were… interesting.

 We came back out of the hustle and bustle and it started to rain heavy again and then stopped shortly after…There is odd weather here! 

บาย!
– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 30 – Day 3: Patong – Cats & Coffee

We weren’t sure what to do today as we woke up to it quite heavily raining outside. We went to the shop to purchase some goods last night, like some croissants for breakfast, so that was breakfast. 

We then went out in the pouring rain to a cat hotel, purely because it was something to do. We were expecting to have to pay, but we didn’t! We thought we would spend a little bit of time there with the cats, but, even though neither of us are really cat people, one of the cats was incredibly cute and wouldn’t leave us alone, so we spent a long time there! 

We left here and it was, somehow, raining much heavier! By the time we got back to the hotel, we were absolutely drenched and needed to dry off and then shower. Unfortunately, for some reason, housekeeping took our towels and didn’t replace them, so we had to get some and stay soaking for a bit! 

We dried off and then went to find a coffee shop. We got to one really close to our hotel and paid a cheap price for a cappuccino for Curtis and a hot chocolate for Kim.

We then had to get some dinner and Kim is still not feeling great, so we went to find some pizza! We couldn’t find the place after trudging around for a bit so we went to find something else. We came to KFC and ordered way too much chicken, but at least we ate! 

We will be trying to do more in the next few days, but the rain is a bit of an issue around here as most of the attractions are beaches! 

Ah well, at least we aren’t working, eh? 

บาย!
– Mr & Mrs Hale