19.06.2009 31 °C
Hello Friends and Family....
Here we are back in Kuala Lumpur after an interesting jaunt to Thailand this week. There are many stories we could share of our adventures… We flew from KL to Phuket which sounds normal until we hit a storm! We were forced to stay in a holding pattern as it was too fierce to land. Then came our turn, the pilot informed us that he was going to attempt making an approach. After many bumps and white knuckles and a lot of prayers, we landed safely! Everyone on the plane applauded and we were not the only relieved ones to be stepping off!
We stayed at Patong beach, welcome to tourist Mecca! After walking the streets and getting our bearings we arranged our elephant trek and FantaSea tickets for the next day.
Our “jungle safari” was quite a good time as we rode elephants, took an ox-cart ride, saw how they tap rubber trees, took a picture on a water buffalo, and then had an elephant and monkey show to watch. The elephant show was our favorite as Dwaine and I quickly became volunteers to the fun. Dwaine had to be goal keeper as the elephant kicked the soccer ball, needless to say the Aussies won! And then I participated in elephant massage where a baby elephant pat on my back with his foot and then kissed my arm with his trunk. One of the funniest parts was the searching for the bananas that the elephant had to find up Dwaine’s shorts! It was really quite hilarious. Later that day we went to the show that everyone said was a must see and like a Las Vegas production. The FantaSea show was very colorful, had lots of different acts including magic, more real elephants and overhead acrobatics. It was quite a nice way also to learn a lot about Thai culture and dancing.
Beyond this the Thai food is just sensational and for very little money we enjoyed green curries and Pad Thai noodles. We spent the rest of the time walking the streets (and being haggled to take a taxi or have a look in a shop every time we blinked). I was a bit concerned about the weather since it rained heavily several times the first day we were there. And even though the forecast was for rain the other two days we were there, the weather was quite nice with only a few raindrops. We enjoyed the hotel’s pool and good buffet breakfast in the morning, plus we had a great view from our 11th story room.
Yesterday we flew back to Kuala Lumpur with no problems whatsoever. Now we have 6 days left here before we head off to Dubai for our next adventure. There is a few things left that we would like to do in Kuala Lumpur, like get Dwaine’s hair cut since it is getting quite long (speaking of this I recently got my hair cut here as well for only $3 AUD! And it looks quite nice). However, we also just had an opportunity for us to go to another city about 40mins away from here to teach some English to some Mongolian students. We are heading there tonight for a few days, so we will see how that goes and what happens. Overall, we are looking forward to continuing on our journey even though we have been having a pretty good time along the way. Thanks again for all your prayers and we will keep you posted as things go on! Take care and God bless…