Contrary to the reviews I had read on google the Air Asia flight took us, on time, from Chiang Mai Thailand to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. However the life of a traveller is not always easy so at 9.10pm we found ourselves at KL airport, our prearranged pickup nowhere to be seen. A few quick calls and we managed to get a Grab car to take up from the airport to KL centre to our airbnb accommodation. A multi storied, multi towered configuration awaited us and by this time it was 11pm. No one much spoke English, finally managed to get the key to find a less than clean apartment with no drinking water available. I was so thirsty I used what had been left in the jug and hoped it had been boiled. The saving grace of this apartment was on the 37th floor was the most amazing roof top pool with the best views over KL. At night it was an amazing place to be and so nice to be able to cool off before heading to bed.
From KL we travelled by bus to the UNESCO listed town of Malacca on the west coast of Malaysia. Malacca is a popular tourist spot for both locals and foreigners. It boasts beautiful old Portuguese buildings, great food and has a relaxed style. We stayed in Malacca for 3 nights and did some great caches there. Then by bus it was on to Johor Bahru still in Malaysia but on the northern side of the causeway to Singapore.
My choice of hotel had us a little away from the action but we did manage to get a few caches and nearby at one of the cache locations we found a place that made the best fried bananas. We stood out a bit from the other locals but they seemed pretty pleased to see us tucking into their local food.
From JB we travelled by public transport to Singapore. There is no easy way to do this transit (other than flying) because you have to exit one country and enter another and you have to have your luggage with you. Bruce did a great job, especially at one point when he took our two bags up two steep escalators because the lift was out of order.
Singapore was great. We stayed in Little India. We loved the food and atmosphere around this area. We purchased a three day pass for the MRT and buses for $30 with a refund of $10 when you return the pass. It got us all over the island.
From Singapore we travelled to Surabaya Java Indonesia. We had arranged to meet an Australian friend at Singapore airport and travel back to his community in Batu and visit with him and his Javanese wife of two years. I have known Bob for over 40 years and have seen him over the years so it was great to soak up village life and meet some of the other foreigners in their community. Ebbet his wife was delightful and though she did not speak perfect English she soon cottoned on to what teasing was all about and started giving back as good as she got from Brucie boy. It was all done in good fun.
Then it was time to head home and apart from a one hour delay on our Qantas flight into Brisbane which meant we missed our mini bus transit to home adding another 4 hours to our travel, all went well.
As always, getting home is wonderful, especially after 3 months of travel. We love Australia and are so glad we can call it home.