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Travel Bug Dog Tag Liz and Bruce Genuine Travel Bugs

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Released:
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Origin:
South Australia, Australia
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In the hands of Liz and Bruce.

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Write note 8/15/2018 Liz and Bruce posted a note for it   Visit Log

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.

Visited 8/8/2018 Liz and Bruce took it to Feed the Fish Queensland, Australia - 3,799.55 miles  Visit Log
Visited 7/26/2018 Liz and Bruce took it to Batu's First Geocache Indonesia - 870.17 miles  Visit Log
Visited 7/24/2018 Liz and Bruce took it to Phileas Fogg in Singapore Singapore - 4.56 miles  Visit Log
Visited 7/21/2018 Liz and Bruce took it to Little India: Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple Singapore - 126.37 miles  Visit Log
Visited 7/16/2018 Liz and Bruce took it to Haunted Undaunted Malaysia - 1,152.2 miles  Visit Log
Write note 7/11/2018 Liz and Bruce posted a note for it   Visit Log

Chiang Rai is a good sized town and a certain amount of English is spoken which makes life easier. We stayed in a Guesthouse and our friend David who we had met on the slow boat tagged along with us. David is an Englishman living in New Zealand and has had a varied and interesting life and was a good beer drinking companion. With David’s encouragement we hired a car and driver and did the sites plus a couple of caches. After our recent motor bike experiences I was happy to go with airconditioned luxury and our Kashimiri driver kept us entertained. We visited a few awesome places like the White Temple, the Black house and a giant Buddha. Photos to be uploaded with will show the uniqueness of these places better than I can describe.

From Chiang Rai we parted company with David who was heading to Chiang Mai while we headed to Thailand’s most northerly town Mae Sai. This is also the town close to where the cave is where those kids were trapped and thankfully have now been rescued. From Mae Sai it is possible to go into Myanmar (Burma) quite easily and also the infamous Golden Triangle (borders of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar) and formerly a big opium growing area. We caught a pickup ute that took us to the Golden Triangle and then we got on a speed boat which took us across a river to an island called Donxao Island. This island though in Laos requires no entry visa and is leased by the Chinese for 99 years and they are building a casino and resort for their people to vacation in. Any way our purpose in going was to do a virtual cache called Snake Medicine. We had to purchase a post card at a certain shop that sold a tea made from cobra juice. Then write a message, get a postage stamp with the Golden Triangle post mark and then send it to England. We also tried for another cache nearby at the town of Golden Triangle but came up with a DFN – what a bummer.

  • White temple Chiang Rai
  • White temple Chiang Rai
  • White temple Chiang Rai
  • White temple Chiang Rai
  • White temple Chiang Rai
  • Black house Chiang Rai
  • Blue temple chiang rai
  • Blue temple chiang rai
  • Buddha chiang rai
  • Travelling to Snake Medicine cache
  • Island in Laos leased by the Chinese
  • Snake medicine cache laos
  • Golden triangle
  • Pagoda Myanmar
  • Pagoda Myanmar
  • Building in progress Myanmar
  • Pagoda Myanmar
  • Elephant sanctuary chiang mai
  • Elephant sanctuary chiang mai
  • Elephant sanctuary chiang mai
  • Elephant sanctuary chiang mai
  • Elephant sanctuary chiang mai
  • Elephant sanctuary
  • Chiang mai
Write note 7/11/2018 Liz and Bruce posted a note for it   Visit Log

From Mae Sai we walked across the bridge to Myanmar. It was a bit nerve racking. We got signed out of Thailand and then we had to pay $US10 each to the Myanmar authorities and leave our passports. As long as we came back on the same day this is how it’s done. We headed off to the only cache nearby with was at the Tachileik Shwedagon pagoda and luckily the cache was in place, it was neat to be in another country and so easily. Then we went back and spent a couple of hours checking out the market area near the border post. A little shopping was done and then we ventured back across the two borders with no dramas.

Mae Sai does not have a large tourist population and two things we noticed. We were not harassed to buy things at the market because everyone was looking at their smart phones and this is a trend that is noticeable as we have continued with our travels in Thailand. The other was that after 6pm all the restaurants closed and only street food was available. Pretty tricky to order vegetarian pad thai when no English is spoken.

From Mae Sai we travelled by bus to Chiang Mai. Took about 3 hours and was a nice trip. We are staying in a place called LeeChiang and it is a very comfortable establishment and in a good location. We hired a car and driver one day and travelled south for about 50 kilometres along a river and did a trail of caches. It was fun and the young lady driving us was supportive of our activities. We managed to see lots of different temples and enjoyed the countryside, plus finding caches of course.

My other favourite activity was when we visited one of the elephant sanctuaries. We were able to handle, feed and bathe the elephants. Was not too cool when they peed and poo’d when we were in the water with them. Luckily the handlers were close by to toss out the unappealing lumps as quickly as they appeared.

While in Chiang Mai we are often get asked the standard questions, like where do you come from? and Have you been to Chiang Mai before? Bruce gets a gleeful look in his eye and says “Lizzy was here 40 years ago”. You can just imagine what reaction we get. I smile sweetly and after further prodding admit to not remembering too much about how the town has changed other than it has gotten larger. The temples have not changed because they have been there for thousands of years.

Later today we travel to Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia.

Visited 7/5/2018 Liz and Bruce took it to Wat Patana Tdua Yang Thailand - 144.96 miles  Visit Log
Visited 7/1/2018 Liz and Bruce took it to Tachileik Shwedagon Pagoda Myanmar - 16.22 miles  Visit Log
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