Well, we have officially been home now for a month, and we really hit the ground running. But before I get to that, I want to wrap up the end of our amazing six and a half week journey around Southeast Asia.
After Burma, we headed back to Kuala Lumpur, which really became our second home in Asia. As we’ve mentioned before, my friend Jessica lives there and we were able to use her place as a base camp during our travels. We spend our last six days in Malaysia with Jessica, her friend Paul and some members of Paul’s family. It was kind of a random assortment of people, but we really hit it off!
After three days in KL, getting some R&R, a haircut, doing laundry and packing our things, we headed to Penang for a day and a night. Penang is an island in Malaysia and is known as sort of a foodie destination. We stayed in George Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town is made up of lots of pre-Second World War houses and shop houses. We stayed in a fantastic hotel called 23 Love Lane. As expected we did plenty of eating in Penang as well as some last minute shopping.
After a great night in Penang, we hopped a short flight to Langkawi, another Malaysian island. This time our destination was a fancy beach resort. We spent our last two days on vacation laying on the sand, drinking cocktails and sleeping in the most comfortable bed of our entire trip!
Even though the resort seemed to want to hold us hostage to their overpriced and less than delicious food, Jessica took matters into her own hands and negotiated with a taxi to break us out the second night and take us into town for a great dinner. On the way back we stopped at a convenience store for snacks and our exuberant multi-generational group felt like a bunch of kids stocking up on junk food!
On our last morning, we said goodbye to our new friends, and Will, Jessica and I flew back to Kuala Lumpur so that Will and I could catch our flight that night to Tokyo where we would have an 11 hour layover. Stay tuned…
Several Penang photos courtesy of Paul Oliva, our good friend and guide to Malaysia!