In Malaysia…

May 9, 2008

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Travel day! What was supposed to be five hours in the van ended up being eight hours. Needless to say, I wasn’t a happy camper since I only had a few granola bars to snack on. The border crossing to Malaysia was pretty uneventful. We stood in line on the Thailand side, got our passports stamped before walking through, where we got in taxis to get to the Malaysia side, where they stamped our passports again, and then drove on through the baggage scan. They didn’t even stop our taxi to scan our bags! Then the taxi dropped us off down the road. It was kind of strange, just standing on the side of the road with our packs while we waited for our van. We were like “did we get out of the taxi too soon!” But the van was just across the street. We continued on to Penang island, George Town.

I’m fairly certain that we’re staying at the worst hotel in George Town. It totally gives me the creeps. It seems like a bad hotel from the movies, and we think there’s some kind of brothel in the back. After exchanging my Baht for Ringgits, we met for dinner at an Indian restaurant down the street. It was so good! I love Malaysia! We learned today that Malaysia is a really diverse mix of cultures. While they’re a Muslim majority country, the three main cultures are Malaysian, Chinese, and Indian. This translates to an amazing mix of food choices!