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Satun, Satun Province, Thailand

A sleepy, little town that carries the same name as the province, Satun is not a heavily touristic area.  For most travelers, they would not even know where it is on the map. For me, the first time I heard of the region, I was thinking Saturn, the planet with the rings.  Well, it might as well be like Saturn because running into other travelers is about as frequent as close encounters of the third kind.  The far southern region of Thailand does not get the glitz and glamour like its cousins slightly to the north--Phuket, Krabi, and Ko Samui.

George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Stroll through the colonial streets of George Town and you begin to imagine what it might have felt like in the past.  Many of the buildings have not changed a bit; albeit, some have been restored while others stand dilapidated from the wear and tear.  The city was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status on July 7, 2008.  Because of this designation, there are strict regulations on how buildings must be restored.  It is a living museum displayed in the elements. 

 

Are you hungry? - George Town, Penang, Malaysia

One of the many joys of traveling is the cornucopia of foods to tantalize your palate.  Just walk along any busy road or slip in any side street, and you will surely find something that will get your senses perked up.  Your pupils start to dilate and you are hypnotized by all the choices.

Pangkor Island, Perak, Malaysia

I finally made my way to the beaches.  Pangkor Island is located northwest of KL.  It took over five hours to get here on the bus, and then caught a short ferry ride.  Even though it is the peak season, you would never know that by being here.  The beaches are almost deserted and there are a lot of empty rooms in the guesthouses.  That always bodes well for me since I like to negotiate hard.  

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hindu Temple (Chinatown) - Malaysia

In the cover of darkness we landed in KL safely after a six-hour, red-eye flight out of Seoul. When the doors of the plane opened and as I walked down the steps, I was immediately welcomed with that warm, balmy weather that I knew so well.  With a little drizzle of warm droplets gently kissing me on my weary face, the Siberian cold blast from the North was a distant memory at best.  And for that brief moment as I was making my way to the main arrival terminal, I realized that the adventure that I had been eagerly awaiting for was just about to begin.