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Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Written on: Monday April 14th, 2008

A journal entry from: Around The World Without A Plane

Not a lot to mention of Kota Bharu. I had left Ko Phi Phi with Tiah and Sophie early the day after Songkram hoping not to be soaked on my way down to the ferry port. Tiah and Sophie headed off on the extraordinary long 18 hour journey by bus to Kuala Lumpur, while I took what should have been a 9 hour bus journey to the Malay border town of Kota Bharu. After spending numerous hours wedged around three Thais on a minibus seat that only sat 3 people I was unglamourously dropped at the Thai border and pointed towards Malaysia. Loaded with my bags I strolled unceremoniously across the border with barely anyone batting an eyelid. My passport was stamped to leave Thailand, then on the other side of the bridge stamped to enter Malaysia. I walked through the metallic sensor with all my bags, setting off the alarm but with nobody around to give a damn if I was parading through with my newly formed militia and a 60 ton lorry full of cocaine to take over the country.

 

Meeting a German and a French guy in a similar position to me on the Malay side of the border we all agreed to squash our baggage in one cab and share the cost to Kota Bharu, the capital of the north-eastern state of Kelantan, and the main transport hub in this area. Sharing a taxi to the run-of-the-mill Ideal Travellers? Hostel, we then decided to share a room also, but with there being nothing of any interest keeping any of us there for more than an overnight stop-over they aimed for the Perhentian Islands the following day while I arose at 5:30am to take the 6:30am Jungle Railway train south down to Jerantut and Taman Negara National Park.

 

From Kara on Apr 22nd, 2008

i think i even walked around the sensor...same thing...not a worry :)