Melaka and the last few days..

Dear followers,

We’re home again! We’ve been in Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok the last few days. So we’ll give you a short update.

We’ll start with Melaka. This is a very nice little town with lots of Dutch influences. Unfortunately we only spent 2 days here. The town is quite similar to Penang with the old buildings and the same relaxed feeling.  There’s not very much to do in the town apart from sightseeing, however the people are very nice and it’s definitely worth a visit. At the time we were in Melaka, there was a Chinese party going on. They were putting free beer in our hands and were very happy that we joined them.

The next day we went to Kuala Lumpur. Here we slept in little India very close to the central train station. We were so tired that we didn’t do very much that day. We went to Mid Valley Mega Mall for a little while, but were too tired to walk through the whole mall. So we only spent about an hour or so over there.

The next day we went to Bangkok. Here we went to the snake farm, which was very impressive. Here you could see all kinds of snakes. At 2.30 pm there was a snake show, where snake handling was shown. This especially done with different cobra’s and was very exciting! Everyone was holding in their breath while watching the snake handler do his job. We would definitely recommend a visit to the snake farm when you’re in Bangkok, because it really is amazing. Snake shows are held at 2.30 pm. and snake milking at 11 am. Be there in time though, because it can be very busy and there’s only limited space at the arena.

We had an amazing time! Thanks for all the likes and the comments! We didn’t have time to react at everyone, so sorry for that! But we did read every comment! Thanks for following, pictures, videos and practical tips will be coming soon.

Love,

Aimée & Rafael

Pulau Perhentian Besar

Dear followers,

To celebrate our anniversary of being already together for 11 years we went to Perhentian Besar, which is true paradise! Here we enjoyed the beautiful beach and the clear sea water. We swam between sharks, snorkeled with a big turtle and saw lots of stingrays and other fish.

Unfortunately our trip is almost coming to an end, with only 5 days to go.

We’re now in Melaka for two days, where after we go back to Kuala lumpur. Here we will be staying for 1 day before heading back to Bangkok.

You’ll be hearing from us again soon! For now, just enjoy the beautiful pics from Perhentian Besar 😉

Love,

Rafael & Aimée

Pulau Pinang..(Penang)

Dear followers,

As you might know, we’re now at Penang island. We’re currently staying at the famous George Town (world heritage site). Everyone who has visited Penang, knows about Penang hill, Kek lok si temple, tropical fruit farm, butterfly farm and tropical spice garden, war museum etc. These are all highlights of your visit in Penang! And of course we visited them 🙂 But what makes Georgetown such a pleasant city? We think it’s because the city has its own character with all the old buildings, history, street art and the people are super friendly! One thing that we noticed is that almost every single building has a different door! This inspired us to make door photography. Which may sound silly, but it’s really amazing. We will upload them after our trip, for the ones who may be interested.

Soooo.. about Penang, what to say more? You just have to come here and experience it yourself.. And believe us, you won’t regret it!

Tomorrow we’re heading to Pulau Perhentian Besar, which promises to be beautiful.

Love,

Rafael & Aimée

Langkawi

Hi dear followers,

It’s already 4 weeks ago that we left Holland for the beautiful Thailand and Malaysia.. time flies! unfortunately. The past 4 days we spent in Langkawi. What a beautiful island. We stayed at the town of Kuah, where unfortunately there’s not a lot to do. However all activities were spread across the island, so it didn’t matter a lot. To get around the island we rented a car, which was very cheap at 150 myr for 4 days.

The first day we went to the cable car (the one I was anxious about for the whole trip already). I have such a fear of height, but yeah Rafael really wanted me to go (and sort of pushed me) so I said yes. Well normally there is a line of about 2 to 3 hours (I read), now there was NONE AT ALL. We could immediately jump into the first cable car.. OMG! The trip to the first station took about 10 minutes. And we have to say IT WAS RALLY HIGH! Even Rafael thought so! At the first platform we enjoyed the beautiful view of the island, took some pics and continued to the second platform, which is actually even higher than the first one. At this second platform we had to climb some stairs to get on a lookout point, where we romantically enjoyed the sunset. The view was amazing! At some point it started to rain (just a tiny little bit), from the distance we saw some dark clouds coming up our way, so we smartly decided to head back down. Luckily we were just in time! Because it started to rain really hard!!

 

The next day we went to a secluded beach found on virtual tourist (we can’t remember the name sorry!). It is very near to Temurun waterfall and has an own private parking. You have to pay 2 MYR per person to go in there, but on a good day you have the beach almost for yourself! Be aware of the monkeys who steal every piece of food that they see.. Hereafter we went to Temurun waterfalls, which is VERY underrated in the lonely planet! It’s a definitely must see.! And if you like to have some privacy and spent some time with locals instead of tourists, this is the place to be.. Admission is free and you can park in front of it.

We also went to the famous Seven wells afterwards, just to check it out. We have to admit that the views from the top are stunning! BUT there are a lot of tourists over here and it’s quite polluted. We would definitely recommend to visit this place, but not for a really long time. Than Temurun waterfall is definitely a better choice. We thought the day was so nice that the day after we decided to go to the beach and waterfall again 🙂 .

We finished our day by visiting the backpackers area of Langkawi: Pantai Cenang. Here we had a nice sunset diner on the beach, how romantic ! Next to us there was a little table that we think was for a proposal or something. With tablecloth, candle light and a light string in the form of a heart. The day after we had our flight to Penang, so we only visited the jetty point where the eagle of Langkawi is located.

 

Love,

Rafael & Aimée

Ipoh and Pulau Pangkor

Hello dear followers,

Well this time we will be really short.. We had planned to visit Ipoh for 3 days. But unfortunately there was not really much to do here. We arrived from Cameron Highlands around 11 am. So we couldn’t check in at the until until 2 pm. We descided to check out the neighbourhoud (still wearing our long pants from cold Cameron Higlands). This neighbourhood was actually an industrial district, with a few food stalls and a lot of karaoke bars (if you know what we mean). Also there was a big shopping mall, where we went to kill some time!

At around 12 pm. We went back to the hotel to just sit around. We ran into the hotel manager, who was eating his meal. We started talking, and he offered to give us a tour around town, to see the major highlights of Ipoh. Really nice! We saw the caves, where Ipoh is known for and the colonial district. After a few hours we were already done sightseeing. OMG what are we going to do these 3 days!

We descided to stay only two days. The second day we went to Pulau Pangkor to just relax at the beach. Unfortunately the ride with the public bus took longer than the actual beach time!  But it was worth it!

Today we took a bus to Penang, where we’ll be staying tonight, and we like it already! Tomorrow we’re heading to Langkawi. We’ll be back in Penang in a few days.

Love,

Rafael & Aimée

Cameron Highlands, Boh Tea

Hello dear followers,

Cameron Highlands was amazingly beautiful, with all the tea plantations, the strawberry- and cactus valleys and all the other farms.

The first day we went to Mardi Agro Technology Park, which is a farm that cultivates all kinds of flowers, herbs and vegies.  Very nice! Here after we went to a little park. Here we saw a family celebrating the birthday of a boy with some slices of pizza (instead of cake). Out of the sudden we heard people sing from a distance. So, we went closer to watch where this was coming from. A group of children were singing and dancing in the park, so we went a bit closer to watch them. They started waving at us. And then suddenly the whole group came running to us! “Oh oh!!” Nothing bad though! They just wanted to perform for us.. REALLY NICE!! And funny 🙂 They showed us their little dance and asked us to make a picture with us.. that seemed a fair deal..haha

We heard a lot of stories that Cameron Highlands can be quite cold at night, but didn’t realize that the temperature could drop to 15 degrees Celsius. We clearly underestimated the temperature drops! Because it was sort of freezing at night! Especially compared to the day temperatures which can be quite hot.

The next day we rented a motorbike and went to the famous Boh tea Sungai Palace. LOVED IT! It was simply beautiful. We tried some fresh tea and the most delicious cake we ever had (carrot-banana cake: really a MUST TRY).

Here after we went to Raaju hill strawberry farm, where you can see lots of strawberry plants (not really special). However the fresh strawberry juice tastes delicious! After finishing our third piece of cake (of the day) we hopped back on our motorbike and further explored the valleys of Cameron Highlands. The views are pretty amazing, and it’s therefore advisable to rent a motorbike instead of booking a tour.

Love,

Rafael & Aimée

Amazing Kuala Lumpur..

Selemat Petang dear followers,

We’re sorry that it took us so long, but we were a bit busy discovering Kuala Lumpur! And WAUW what a city..! We´ve done a lot the past few days, but we´ll try to make a short summation.

We have been to some malls, which Kuala Lumpur has a lot of! Lots of them sell really expensive brands, which are not really for the backpacker´s wallet, but there are some “cheaper” stores.

Furthermore we went to KLCC Park, which is a very beautiful and well maintained park right in front of the famous Petronas Towers.  Here you’ll find a swimming pool (which is more of a foot bath) and a big playground (all free). This park is really nice for relaxing and meeting up with locals. Lots of locals asked us if they could make a pic with us!!Which we did off course!But we thought this was kind of funny..

Also we went to Aquaria KLCC. Unfortunately, it was really busy which made it hard to see all the fish. One cool thing though: In the beginning you have  a “touch pool”. Here you can touch sea cucumbers, sea stars, baby sharks and king crabs.

We also went to the famous skybar at the 33th flour of the Traders Hotel. From here you can look out at the Petronas towers. Which is very nice IF you have a window table. We showed up at about 18.45 and sort of all window tables were reserved for hotel guests. The ones that weren’t where already taken (So if you want to go here, make sure to be very early!). So we had a table a bit further from the window, but the view was still okay! Although we think you can make better pictures from the park. But overall the experience was pretty nice.

Furthermore we visited the chow kit wet market, in which you can find all kinds of fresh product, including cow heads !! blood all over the place and OMG what a smell..! But the people are very nice and it is a good market for photography and learning about new products.

Our hotel was located in Jalan Petaling Night Market, so we walked through this market everyday (a few times). Here you can get all fakery imaginable.! Handbags, glasses, shoes, headphones, watches etc. It’s a bit overpriced though! Because we even found it cheaper in a mall.

Finally we went to little India, where there was a ceremony going on. We walked through the temple for a while and went back to the hotel.

Love,

Rafael & Aimée

photos of the elephant trip, Chiang Mai

This post is ment for the people who went on the elephant trip with us.. We promised to upload the photos of the elephant trip. The pictures are made by one of the mahout (elephat trainer). To copy the pics just right click on the picture and save as..

Here are your pictures guys 😀 Hope you enjoy!

Love,

Rafael & Aimée

the 1237 steep steps of wat tham seua, Krabi

Hello dear followers,

Our first planwas to book a tour to Bamboo Island, just enoying the sun, doing nothing and RELAX! But unfortunately there were no tours available because of Eid al-Fitr (end of the Ramadan). So our back-up plan was to visit wat tham seua.. Which initially doesn’t sound bad at al! Untill you see the 1273 steep steps you have to climb to reach the wat.!!

But we started of with good energy ! at least, for the first few steps.. When the steps got steeper, we started to get really exhausted.. and OMG still soooo many steps to go.. Why are we doing this again??

On our way up, we saw lots of tourists coming down, giving us some positive energy by saying : “You can do it”, “You’re almost there” and “it’s really worth it when you get there” so that was really nice and kept us going.

When we finally reached the top the view was amazing!! Sadly enough it started to rain really hard! But the good thing about that, is that it was instantly much cooler. So after this short shower we went back down.. Yesss again those 1273 steps. This however was a lot easier.. We were acting like we were really relaxed, sort of running down these stairs.. Although our legs were soooo shaky.. We thought to just act normal and put on our pokerface.. 😀

One tip when visiting this wat: Please bring your water. On the top there’s free water though, but you really need water walking up those stairs!

Love,

Rafael & Aimée

 

White water rafting and bareback elephant riding, Chiang Mai

For all the people who did the elephant tour with us: The pictures will be published on our website as soon as possible! We first have to convert the files to Jpeg. Please follow us to receive an notification of our new posts, where we’ll be putting the pictures in.

 

Dear Followers,

Sunday our elephant trip was on the itinerary. We booked a tour at blue elephant, which gives you private tours, so you don’t end up in a tourist attraction. Pricewise, this was okay! Elephant camps are pricier overall so we think this is okay. Elephants were treated really well at this camp (thai elephant home), so we booked this tour.

The tour consisted of visiting a butterfly/orchid farm, visiting the long neck Karen hill tribe, white water rafting and elephant ride. The first two were not interesting at all. The butterfly/orchid farm was really small. The Karen hill tribe is just a made up tourist village where visitors are sort of forced to buy stuff.

So on to the real deal! White water rafting. This was just amazing. We LOVED it! If you’re into adventure you should definitely do this. When we finished the white water rafting we lunched at the camp. Here they served a really nice lunch, with fried chicken, pat thai, thai spaghetti and all kinds of veggies and fruits. During our lunch we had an amazing view of the river and the mountains.

Hereafter we went to the elephant camp. Where we had to change into mahout (elephant trainer) outfits. Really sexy! 😉

The elephants where somewhat bigger than what we expected! However Rafael wanted “Big boy” the largest of them all. We had a tour through the jungle with the elephant. Hereafter we headed to the river where we could wash them and play with the elephant, getting lifted by the trunk and getting elephant kisses. Soooo cute!

After washing them in the river, we headed back to the camp. We decided to go together on big boy!

Thank you,

Love,

Rafael & Aimée

Sunday Walking Street, Chiang Mai

We were really excited to visit this market, because we heard a lot of positive comments.  The market starts at 16.00pm and that’s about the time we arrived there. The market is HUGE! And has everything you can wish for, from food, souvenirs, clothes, handicrafts, thai massages to live music.

We made it our mission to try as many street stall dishes as possible. So we started with eating pastries, local dishes and ended up eating grasshoppers, larva and silkwurms. Actually they don’t taste as bad as you might think. Although you can buy everything here, we unfortunately didn’t.

If you’re getting to the market, just be sure to start early, because it’s a pretty long walk. We started around 4pm and ended around 10pm. Ooooh and if you hear the national anthem, don’t forget to stop walking and stop talking. Because we didn’t know!

Love,

Rafael & Aimée

Chiang Mai Zoo and Swimming at Center of the Universe

Dear followers, it’s been a while, so we’re going to post a few stories today. At the moment of writing we are at Chiang Mai airport, where the electricity just went out! Haha.. We’re waiting for our flight to Bangkok, where we will be transferring to Krabi.

A few days ago we went to Chiang Mai Zoo. We initially just wanted to visit this zoo to see the pandas. But the Hippo’s really stole the show. You can get soooo close to the hippos in this zoo, that you can touch them and feed them. This is a real amazing experience. Considering that they are really dangerous animals.

After walking around we also saw the panda’s, what are they lazy! But super cute. We even managed to take a picture of a walking panda, while they normally mostly only sleep.

One tip though, if you want to visit the chiang mai zoo and it’s a hot day, please buy a ticket for the buses. Because we didn’t do it and regretted it! It’s a huge park!

After visiting the zoo we headed to center of the universe, which is a swimming pool. It looks a bit shabby on the outside, but please go inside, because it is really nice! We were almost alone there, sharing the pool with 4 other people.

So if you really want to relax, please visit this place. You won’t regret it.

Love,

Rafael & Aimée

Wat Umong and Doi Suthep

Dear followers

Today we brought a visit to Wat Umong and wat Doi Suthep. Wat Umong is located at the foot of the hill and is a little bit hidden in the forest. There were a lot of monks praying at the time we visited, because there was some kind of ceremony. If you want to visit Wat Umong please be sure to wear insect repellant!! Because they will eat you alive here.

Hereafter we went to Doi Suthep, which is located at the top of the mountain. We went there with our motorbike. It was a long curvy way to the top of the hill. But there are some great spots on your way up where you can see the whole city of Chiang Mai. The wat itself is very nice for taking pictures. You can also see the whole city of Chiang Mai from the top. After a brief visit we continued our way up. The road became more narrow and you will see more locals and less tourists. You can have some good food across the palace and there’s also a little market.

To finish our day we visited a Muay Thai training, located in the night bazar district of Chiang Mai.

Love,

Rafael & Aimée

Tiger Kingdom Chiang Mai

 

Sawadee (hello) dear followers,

Today we brought a visit to Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai. This is one of the thing we were really excited and nervous about! We rented a motorbike and drove about 12 km to Tiger Kingdom. When we saw the first tigers we already felt pretty nervous. WOW these animals are really big!

You could choose between babies, small, medium and big cats. We chose the last option. We first had to sign a contract in which you state that tiger kingdom is not responsible for any injuries. Thereafter you can go into the area in which you can look at all different sizes of tigers from outside the cage.

Now after this the REAL THING started. We went into the cage! We started with a fat tiger, which was very lazy and didn’t move a lot. This one was really cute and it gave us a somewhat save feeling.

The next one was a little bit more active. This one turned his head to us and I was really shocked and asked the trainer immediately if this was okay. To which he replied that this was completely normal, because the tiger just wanted to see what was going on.

The next tiger was even more active. He was a bit grumpy, growning, jumping up and walking around. A bit scary though!

The last tiger was super active. The trainers were trying to let the tiger jump by bullying him with a stick with some kind of toy on it. We really didn’t feel safe at that moment. We were standing in front of the tiger and didn’t had anywhere to go. But luckily everything went well.

We made beautiful pics! We spent 15 minutes in the cage and made about 800 pics. We still have to edit the photos, but here is a little preview.

Stay tuned for our next adventure,

Love,

Rafael & Aimée

Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi

Dear followers,

Where do we start? Sunday we went to the Chatuchak market in Bangkok, which was enormous consisting of 15.000 stalls in an area of 0.1km2. Can you imagine? However we succeeded to walk the same circle over and over! :O There were so many stalls that there was just too much to look at! However lots of stalls sell the same. After walking about 2 hours on the market we were becoming a bit dizzy because of all the different smells on the market. Every step we took we smelled something new. However the food is really incredible. We ate a thai chicken kebab and it was delicious! Hereafter we walked around some more. We didn’t buy a lot though! There were a lot of beautiful Buddha’s, but this seems to be a problem to export to Holland. Also lots of beautiful art, but a bit too expensive for our wallet.

In the evening we took a bus to Kanchanaburi. We already booked a room at My Home Guesthouse and paid for it. BUT when we arrived at our hotel, after our 3 hour bus ride, the lady working at the hotel looked really surprised when we showed her our voucher. She said: “No room, we full three days” and we were like “we booked already and paid” but she kept repeating there’s no room! Luckily there was another couple sitting there who referred us to the owner of the place. He spoke good English and immediately tried to come up with a solution.  He therefore transferred his friend to his own room, so there was one room free where we could stay in.  The owner was very kind, he helped us with everything.

The next day we rented a scooter and went to Erawan national park, which was about 70 km. Luckily the scooter could drive 100km per hour, although we didn’t drive that hard!

The waterfalls were really beautiful! And they have dr. fish in it! Not only the small ones but also the big ones where swimming here. It was really amazing and tickling to feel the fish sucking on your skin. There are 7 waterfalls in Erawan. The first 4 waterfalls are really close to eachother, the other ones are a bit of a walk. The walk is through the forest and you have to climb over rocks and walk over very slippery paths. Also make sure you will be there in time, because the later it gets the more tourists will be in this place.

After visiting Erawan we went back to our guesthouse. We ate something in the city and went to bed pretty early. The next day we took a bus back to Bangkok (AGAIN), because we have to take a flight to Chiang Mai there. We booked the bus at 2 pm, it arrived at 3 pm. And with all the traffic we were in Bangkok at 7 pm.

Today we´re in the airport waiting for our flight to Chiang Mai.  Stay tuned for our next adventures.

 

Love,

Rafael and Aimée