An interesting week, not what we planned but still mainly enjoyable.
We cycled around Penang and learnt again to our cost not to trust google maps as yet again we ended up cycling a ‘road’ that didn’t exist.
In Kuala Lumpur we had a really enjoyable day with a generous muslim family we had first met in Surat Thani, we learnt a lot about Malaysia from our adopted family who kindly took us to a Pewter factory and out for dinner at the Petronas Twin Towers.
We flew to Sydney on Friday and met Bharti and Pete on the Saturday. It was great to see them, we had a great day with them and they also spoilt us rotten. Sydney has changed since our last visit and all for the better.
We are writing this blog on the plane to Tasmania, we’re a little apprehensive as there are bush fires burning in the North of the Island so we may have to revise our route.
Gary and Ginette
barnet has been slightly tamed
suped up push bike with motorbike fairings
some beautiful views on route around Penang
we’d been told this was the best beach in Penang – I think either we ended up in the wrong place to the motorcyclist has a bizarre concept of a good beach
Kek Lok SI Buddhist Temple in Penang
another wonderful google map route – I am trying to give it the thumbs down sign
Gary before his hair cut earlier this week
Buddhist inside a temple – Kek LoK Si
this is what will happen to Gary if he misbehaves
one buddha and three statutes
this is what Malaysian men do whilst their wives shop
all Pewter factory employees get to have their hand prints placed on a Pewter wall plaque after 5 years service
in Japan they want to ban this symbol for temple when they host the games but this far out dates the Nazi usage
abacus being used by local shopkeeper
Sydney Opera House with Bharti and Pete – more photos to follow
No Gary you can’t take it home… Royal Selangor Pewter factory
see money does grow on trees
bike bunk house very basic accommodation in the middle of Penang
temple in Penang
vernacular railway unto a very wet temple in Penang
caught this monster having his breakfast – really lucky shot
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian or is it Gary?
Where are we??
Malaysia getting ready to celebrate Chinese New Year
off road track in Penang it got so bad two motorbikes gave up and went back the way we’d come – we followed shortly after
Red faced Ginette eating in one of the many food halls in Malaysia
Spent some time on Langkawi Island, cycled around the island and walked the sky walk, spent the evening chilling with lovely people. We spent our last day on the island chilling on the beach, life’s a bugger sometimes (love you Tracy and Julie).
We have now cycled south through some less frequented parts of muslim Malaysia still nice but not touristy and have again settled on a tourist Island, this time Penang.
Penang is really nice with lots of culture plus a really nice art vibe we visited a trick art museum and walked a street art walking trail detailing the history of the island.
We will be cycling around the Island before setting off to Kuala Lumpa for our flight to Australia where we will meet Bharti and Pete for a drink or two
Langkawi big bird with a sexy little bird under it
chill, beach, beer and research under the stars beautiful
especially for Gary’s sisters – beach day
now thats how you park a bike
Ginette has finally revealed her true self
flying or not?
Ginette trying to steel food from my beard, she is always hungry
raining must be a beer break
This reminded me of you; you know who you are
clever street art – Banksy must have visited Penang…
Sexy Husband on the skywalk at Langkawi
Gary after eating a much needed ice lolly
Ginette when she’s hungry – feed me now
I was trying to help him up not pull his trousers down
cable cars looking out at Langkawi
we’re not so far from home
a ride in a rickshaw or is it?
purrrrfect (Gary; can you see my pussy-cat)
Ginette when she’s not been fed
view from the skywalk Langkawi
beautiful mosque in Alor Setar
Strange name for a drink, like beating up my little sister, poo
Cycling Thailand Part 8
We cycled down the east coast and across to Krabi.
Krabi is a very touristy and beautiful area. We spent 3 days chilling in the area, visiting Phi Phi (another island) and kayaking around some paradise bays and stunning lime stone cliffs and in the evening we sat back and enjoyed some amazing sun sets. This area of Thailand is stunning but so unlike the rest of Thailand that we’ve cycled through, definitely worth a visit.
After over 7,000 miles we suffered our first major bike repair, Gary’s chain broke and he needed a new rear sprocket set.
We are now in Malaysia, tossing it off on another holiday island but will be heading down south later this week, we have flights booked from Kuala Lumper on the 22nd January to Sydney.
Thinking of you all back in the UK wish you could be here
Love and Kisses
Ginette and Gary
room with a view – mirrors and naked lady
last breakfast in Thailand
Ferry port Kuala Perlis
our first view of Langkawi
Cycling Thailand Part 7
Happy New Year (S̄wạs̄dī pī h̄ım̀)
A week of bikes, buses and ferries
We’ve spent the last 4 days chilling in Koh Pha -Ngan, well that was the plan but once on the island we couldn’t resist the temptation of the full moon party for New Year which was great 50,000 people of all ages, sizes and nationalities partying on a 1 km beach, lots of bars and entertainment including 5 music stages and lots of bars – definitely one to remember for many years to come.
We have also experienced some not so nice sights, including watching a young man receiving CPR after a bike crash, 2 people nearly drowning and a westerner crashing into a straw hut. We think we’ve seen enough drama in the first day of 2016 to last us for the year.
Tomorrow we will be heading back to the main land to continue our travels to Malaysia, our next destination is Krabi to see the best beaches in Thailand.
Hope you’re all well and we wish you all a healthy and peaceful 2016.
swinging out to sea
Free lunch with the locals
view over the bay at Amphoe Pathio area
Not so luxurious drink break
Old lady searching for her winkle
Especially for Russells Daughter Laura
Our ferry to Ko Phangan, say the name out load.
Tired bunny, 40 miles after a 5 am start
Sunset around the pool at First Villa, Ko Phangan
Ginette with her legs dipped in creosote
Oh my god the hair!
About to try to paddle a table
Beau Bo painting Ginette for the new years eve party
Gary’s face paint for new year party
Ginette on the pull
Imagine this stretched out over 1km of beach and you have the new year full moon party
Phoning home from the future – we are after all 7 hours in front of the UK
Ko Ma beach Sunbathing, before the 2 near drownings just behind Ginette
A hard day at Ginettes new office
A new day dawning at Ko Phangan
Sitting on the toilet steps of a full coach, no seats for us