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Kuala Terengganu

Cherating Beach ViewThis morning I left Cherating – very lovely, quiet and relaxing, but a little boring after some time, especially because I ran out of books to read…Besides that it is pretty isolated… Food is pretty expensive (calling it overpriced tends to fit the situation best) and the alternatives are not satisfying. The beach is OK, but I’ve seen way better ones – Quality of the water was quite poor and there were many sandflies…

Kuala Terengganu river viewI took a Transnasional Bus to Kuala Terengganu, the capital of the Malaysian state Terengganu. The town has actually about 300k inhabitants, but the interesting part, the inner city can be explored within an afternoon. I really liked the Bukit Cina – the tiny “Chinatown” with its nicely restored historic houses right on the riverside.

Banana leaf curry After being just on Islands and little villages, KT is a good stop-over for me: For “refueling” – Changing money, buying stuff and getting some variety of food. My dinner today was a wonderful Banana-leaf-curry – definitively the best one I ever had! I also had some Roti Canai as side-order, which were also wonderful. Finally I paid 8 Ringgit including some Goreng Pisang (fried banana) and Kopi Oh (Black, Malaysian style coffee) as dessert. The place is called “Kari Aysah” and is located on Jalan Air Jernih, close to Bukit Cina.

Tomorrow morning I will try to manage a convenient transfer to Pulau Perhentian. This involves taking a local bus to Kuala Besut and taking a ferry from there. I’m anxious to visit the Perhentians – Heard so much stuff about those Islands…

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From Tioman to Cherating

This morning I left Tioman using the first Ferry as early as 7.30am… It took about 2 hours to reach Mersing. After having some Roti Canai & Roti Pisang for breakfast, I took a Transnasional bus to Kuantan. This bus took about 3 hours to do the 220km to Kuantan – including the 20min lunchbreak at some random Warung.

State-Mosque in KuantanOriginally I was intended to stay in Kuantan for one night – but after arriving in this 300k inhabitants town, I was instantly wanna to leave – I dont know why… So I walked down from the long-distance bus terminal down to the local bus station. On the way there I passed several 24-hour-”hotels” – Have a guess which purpose they serve… Anyway – I took a local bus to Cherating, which is just 35km from Kuantan. After another 1 hour bus ride at this bus, which was definitively older than me, I arrived at Cherating around 1700.

Matahari Chalets in CheratingWalking around this little village I finally checked into Matahari’s having a HUGE chalet for just 20 ringgit per night. So lets see how long I’m gonna stay there. The athmosphere is pretty relaxed, but there is not much to see in this little village… Stay tuned.

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Tioman

Beach view at Air BatangYesterday I left Singapore heading to Larkin Busterminal in Johor Bahru – Faster than I expected I was sitting in an express bus to Mersing which cost me just 10RMB… I arrived in Mersing just in time to catch a speed-boat to Tioman… So I was in Tioman just 6 hours after leaving NTU…

SunsetI am staying somewhere in Air Batang having a decent Chalet about 30m from the sea :) Tioman is quite nice – really quiet and not crowded. I spent yesterday’s afternoon by enjoying the sea and watching a graceful sunset…Besides that: Tioman has no taxes on Alc – so a can of Tiger is only 3 ringgit!

Jungle at Tioman IslandToday I took a jungle trail from Kg. Tekek over to Kg. Juara – 7.5km through the Jungle. Many Geckos, wild Monkeys and Birds to see! First part is reaching uphill to around 550m and then descending on the other side – I probably sweated out 2 liters on the ascending path… Juara has a quiet sandy beach with crystal clear water to offer – Palmtrees and quietness included. Very decent beach! The trek is definitively worth doing it – You get a wonderful jungle experience and one of Tioman’s best beaches.

Beach at Kampung JuaraI’m planning to stay at Tioman til Monday morning. Next destination will be Kuantan – For all those that wanna reach me: +60 167 966 584 is the number of my Malaysian Pre-Paid card – Unbelievably cheap! Just 10 RMB (about 2.5 euro!) with 0.01RMB per SMS and 0.25RMB/min for domestic calls! Stay tuned!

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Heading for Malaysia

I just finished wrapping up all my stuff at my NTU Hall 12 room – because tomorrow morning I gonna return the keys and head to Malaysia. After staying here for 4 months the time has come – The time in Singapore is finally over.

Just this evening I had the long-planned farewell dinner with Sulzer. We had excellent food and I really enjoyed this event. It is always a curious feeling when some defined time-slot is over: You awaited it for a long time, but when it is finally there… Hm strange…

So tomorrow morning I will return keys and straightly head to Johor Bahru, Larkin Bus Terminal in order to catch a bus to Mersing at the East Coast of Malaysia. Mersing will be the gate to Tioman Island which is supposed to be the first major destination of my trip.

Stay tuned – maybe I will have the possibilities to present updates here frequently! People keep asking me via Skype, ICQ and Jabber at which date I return – So here again: Flight to Germany is at 20th of March… I plan to be back at my flat-share in Erlangen around 24th of March.

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Exploring Bali

Scenic Mount Batur viewBali – most people in Europe associate this Island with a beautiful tropical beaches and 5-star-luxury-resorts. This is inherently correct, but this only, lets say… hm… about 10% of the truth: An island with many different faces: Endless smooth white-sanded beaches with many hotels alongside (as seen in Kuta, Sanur, …), amazingly green paddies (rice plantations, as seen around Ubud), cloud- or rainforest in the more central and mountainous regions, even volcanos and hot springs are to be found or the black-sanded beaches in the northern region… This island truely has to offer something for everyone! I spent only a week there, so it was more a rapid exploration trip than a long-term immersion, but I saw so many different landscapes, scenic views… Really, I’m impressed!

I took another budget flight from Singapore to Denpasar, Bali using JetStar / Valuair, a subsidiary of Quantas. The flight took about 2.5h and was quite relaxing, because I had the choice of Seat 12A, a window seat at the emergency exit row – so much space. After arriving in Depasar, the usual visa-on-arrival procedure took place… Paying another US$ 10, waiting in line, custom clearance… So I went on to draw some money (Rupiah). For the first time in my life, I became a millionaire – Just because 1 € equals around 12000. So 100€ give (current course of 11875 rupiah per euro): 1.18 million rupiah!

I chose to spent my first night in one of the countless guest houses in Kuta, so I searched for some others in order to share a taxi. And I was really lucky: Within minutes I found two other people – one girl from Canada and one guy from Switzerland! We just payed 30000 rupiah for this ride. During the taxi ride, I had some conversations about my plans for the next days and Linus, the guy from Switzerland had very similar plans. Because we just had been on our own, we decided to travel together in order to save money and so on. Perama BusAfter signing in for a guest house (double room w/ fan, cold shower for 50000 rupiad) around Poppies II Lane, we headed for some dinner in a Warung and discussed about further plans. Finally it turned out to be the best way, to jump onto a Perama Bus the next morning and get to the very north of the Island. A ticket is just 70000 rupiah for this 3 hour ride – and if you include lunch at arrical and a night in the Perama Homestay you get this bundle for just 85000! It is worth saying that Kuta, usually the most busy town (in terms of tourism) was absolutely not crowded. Very few people around, but the amount of souvenir shops, commercial places and so on made us leaving instantly.

The bus left at 0900, so we got up around 0800 in order to have the (included) breakfast at the hotel: Some banana pancake and balinese style coffee. Starting in Kuta, the bus took its way to Sanur and further to Ubud stopping at each of those towns with some passengers entering or leaving. The scenery around was quite interesting: Endless rice-fields in Central BaliBlue sky and endless paddies… After Ubud, the terrain got more and more rangy and the street featured many hairpin turns and with any meter you could feel it getting a little colder: Starting around 32°C in Kuta it got down to around 22°C. Finally, we reached the pass at Bedugal at around 1300m above sealevel. Many people stop there in order to visit Lake Bratan and the famous Ulun Danu temple – but we decided not to do so :) After the descend back to sealevel, we reached Lovina around noon.

Banjar Holy Hot SpringThe Perama homestay at Lovina is quite O.K. – nothing special, but enough for a night. Right afterwards, we decided to get to the Banjar Holy Hot Springs rightby to get some relaxing bath after the long bus ride. Black-sand beachThe hot springs are at a temple-like district at the ascending mountains around Lovina, but in the middle of jungle. Very, very scenic! After some hours of immersion in the hot water (around 37°C) we left this place in order to get to the famous black sanded beach of Lovina in order to get a quick-dip and enjoy sunset at the beach. Lovina was like a ghost-town – Linus and me had been the only white-skinned people there. Only locals, no tourists! We spent some hours sitting at the beach, having some satay from a closeby warung and talking with locals about various stuff. Day 1 was over and we already saw a lot…

Beji TempleThe next morning we left Lovina by private transportation: Ulun Danu Batur TempleWe got a deal for a ride to Batur, where the scenic Mount (Vulcano!) Batur and the Lake is located. On the about 70km long way to there, several interesting temples are located – And the driver stopped there of course :) First, there was the Beji Temple at Sangsit (before the hair-pin uphill ascend), later the Penulisan Mountain temple (at around 1400m) in Penulisan and finally the well-known Ulun Danu Batur temple in Batur. The Ulun Danu Batur temple is really beautiful – very impressive architecture and style.

Lake & Mount Batur We had some lunch at one of the crater-top restaurants at Batur – Be sure to do excessive bargaining! Otherwise they rip you off, charging 100.000 rupiah per pax for a buffet that you can get for 40.000 for two! The scenic view while eating was absolutely mindbreaking… (see pic). Finally we found a decent room at right at the lakeside of Lake Batur. After some walking around the little town we had some satay at a local warung paying 5000 rupiah for 20 sticks of satay – incredibly cheap. If you go to Lake Batur, avoid going to the “Hot Spring” – This is just a tourist scam, charging 5 US$ for a swimming pool! We got to bed really early, because we decided to climb Mount, or better Vulcano Batur the next morning in order to watch sunrise from this position. As you can see at the sat-picture, the current Mount Batur is actually a vulcano in a vulcano crater – This old crater was created about 29300 years ago (‘Old’ Batur) and at its bottom Lake Batur formed. To give you a dimension of this caldera /crater that was formed during the old-Batur explosion: It is 10 x 14km wide! So imagine the power of this explosion!

Sunrise at Mount BaturAfter getting up really early (3.45am) we started ascending the Mountain… It is really amazing how many stars you can see, when there is no illumination of the sky by street-lights and so on! Within minutes you could see the milkyway and easily identify major stars. Finally, at around around 5.30am we reached the top crater of the Batur Volcano at around 1600m. The view from there is absolutely great… Especially because the old, big crater at whose bottom you can find the Lake Batur, is completely ‘flooded’ with clouds… From this uphill position you can get a wonderful view of the surrounding (inactive) Vulcano mountains such as Mount Agung (3142m). This sunrise is definitively worth getting up this early and climbing uphill! Clouds arise!But again: Be warned – You need excessive bargaining otherwise they rip you off! In order to climb the mountain, you need a guide of the association of mount batur guides… And they have basic fixed prices – But if you come off-peak season you might get a good deal – as we did: Instead of 300.000 per pax we paid 250.000 together. Quite funny, because some other people that did the trip with up paid 300.000 each :) After a quick breakfast with some pancake, Walking into clouds...boiled egg and (of course) balinese style coffee, our guide took us to a tour of the various craters of Batur. There had been many eruptions throughout the years with the last ones at 1999/2000. There is a lot of smoke and so on around – walking down the vulcanic ash-fields seems like beeing on another planet… After being back at the guest house we had a second breakfast and got ourselves ready for the next destination: Padang Bai at the East of Bali.

Padang BaiThe trip to Padang Bai took about 1.5h – We finally checked into Kembar Inn, a decent guest house in this sleepy village paying just 40000 for the room. After getting some sleep we decided to hit the beach, namely Blue Lagoon Beach, which is just 10 minutes of walking from the main beach. Blue Lagoon Beach Just have a look to the picture… Nothing more to say… Crystal clear blue water, nice waves, very few people around… The only drawback: Some rocks and corals are in the water. We spent there some hours with reading and relaxing in the shade. Unfortunately more and more clouds showed up and it began thundering – We got back to the guest house and jumped into a warung to get some food. We were sitting there for about 5 minutes, when the rain started…

Dreaming...Before jumping onto the Bus to Ubud at 1330, we decided to hit another beach… Mainly because we woke up at 0800…White-sand beach Breakfast at Kembar Inn was pretty good: Omelett sandwiches and fresh fruit. We walked over to the white-sand beach reaching there at around 0900. This is truely a dream beach – even better than the other one. White sand, no rocks, really nice waves (about 1-2m) and again: we were almost on our own… Before getting to the bus, we had some food at the beach, which was actually quite cheap.

Our room at the Merthayasa HomestayWe reached the Ubud Perama Station at around 3pm – and instantly many locals showed up offering rooms, transport and whatsoever… Argh. But somehow we managed to escape them and started to look for some decent accomodation – finally we found a decent homestay for 40000 per night. Ubud itself was disappointing – Monkey ForestJust a boring touristic town with countles souvenir shops, expensive restaurants. We should have avoided this place :( Anyhow we made the best of this situation and got to the Monkey Forest… Nothing really special – Apes. Many Apes. After grabbing some food at a cheap warung (which was quite hard to be found) we decided to get some beer and chill out at the balcony of our room.

Kuta Beach ViewSo the next morning was already my last day in Bali – Sunday. We left Ubud at 0900 in order to spent the day at the Beach of Kuta. Linus is gonna stay in Bali for another week with a friend of him joining. So he got a room for the next night – at the same guest house, we stayed at Tuesday. This had a big advantage: I had the chance to leave my luggage there while being on the beach and grab a shower afterwards… Kuta Beach itself is ok. Nice white sand, decent waves – But way more crowded than the places we had been before… Many surfers and so on. It did not matter at all…Last day was just for relaxing. At around 1630 we left beach heading for the Airport, because my flight was supposed to leave at 1940. We arrived at the airport around 1730 and I got a surprise: Flight was rescheduled, or better delayed to 2140 :( So we had several hours to just sit around… Anyway, I arrived back at Changi at 0030 – Just after ALL public transportation was shutdown. So there were two possibilities: Sleep at the airport or take a taxi – with the extra night+holiday surcharge. Finally I got a cabpaying 37s$ for the ride to NTU campus. It is really funny that a single cab ride costs more than 2 average days in Bali…

Conclusion: Bali was a wonderful experience – But I definitively need another one or two weeks to fully explore this beautiful island. Going there in off-peak season was an excellent decision because you save a lot of money and it is way less crowded. If you avoid tourist hot-spots like Ubud, Kuta and Sanur you still have the possibility to see true Bali – wonderful scenic landscapes and quiet beaches.

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Hong Kong & Macau

Tiger AirwaysOn Thursday Oliver, a Avionics student of Hamburg, who is living also at NTU and me got onto a weekend-trip to Hong Kong and Macau. We used a Tiger Air budget flight to get to Macau on a 4hours flight from Changi and arrived in Macau around noon.

Blue sky and wonderful 23°C awaited us there (picture above is actually showing the foggy conditions on sunday) – and of course: Some new immigration stamps in the passport. Macau is a special administrative region of China, so it has own immigration and border control – Same situation as in Hong Kong and a result of the one-country-two-systems policy for those former colonies.

TurboJet Katamaran at Macau Ferry TerminalFrom the airport we used the shuttle bus to the ferry terminal and directly purchased a ticket via TurboJet (for 142hk$ – about 14 €) for the 50 minute ride to Hong Kong. So this visit to Macau, which lasted about 1 hour produced 2 new stamps in my passport and was probably the shortest “country visit” ever… After arriving at the Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong we had to complete immigration formalities again – And a new stamp for the passport got in. Using the MTR to get from the Sheung Wan Station to Tsim Sha Tsui we got over to Kowloon. We got an Octopus Card (150 hk$) in order to have convenient rides for the next few days. Close to the MTR station, at the Mirador Mansion building we found a cheap guest house paying about 11 € per person and night for a double room with aircon and bathroom.

Hong Kong Skyline at DawnSo we started running around the city and finally ended up around the Star Ferry peer at Kowloon which gave us a wonderful view of the really impressive skyline of Hong Kong Island… Hong Kong Skyline at NightSo we just sat down and enjoyed dusk. From minute to minute more of the countless skyscrapers illuminated gracefully giving the most overwhelming skyline I have ever seen…After some time we decided to grab some food. Some guys at NTU suggested to grad some Goose meat – so we did that and really enjoyed it. Hong Kong is quite pricy compared to other destinations in south-east Asia, expect almost European pricing!

We decided to spend Friday morning with walking around Hong Kong Island, especially in the area, where all the traditional chinese medicine and Some nice gadget?dried seafood shops are to be found. But first we had to get there: So we took the Star Ferry to get there – For the enormous price of 2.2hk$ we got an upper deck seat – lower deck would cost 1.7hk$. But spending the extra 5 cent… so what! We haven’t had breakfast yet, so we dropped into a wet-market around the western market area and got to the food-court upstairs heading for some traditional Dim Sum. Walking around the district was quite impressive: Many small shops selling almost every animal in dried or powdered form…

Because weather was quite nice, we decided to head all the way to Lantau in order to get to the famous 25meter Buddha statue uphill and enjoy a downhill hike. Compared to the Singapore MRT, the Hong Kong MTR is way faster – It only took us less than 30 minutes for the 34.8km from Central to Tung Chung (at Scenic view from LantauLantau, close to the new Airport). Compare this to the 70 minutes you need to get from Boon Lay to Changi! From enTung Chung we took the cable car up to the Tian Tan Buddha and walked down the about 8km trail back to the MTR. This hike features scenic views of Lantau Peak and the surrounding nature. This was actually the most surprising experience in Hong Kong – I had never expected to find so much quiet nature at a multi-million city like Hong Kong! If you have some spare time, maybe consider to do this trip. But be warned: There are pretty steep parts and I will be probably way less fun to do this in summer when you have 35°C and high humidity!

Hong Kong's Bank of China Building at NightBecause of the clear weather conditions we decided to get up to the famous Victoria Peak at Hong Kong Island and enjoy the skyline from there. View from Victoria PeakSo we walked from Hong Kong station to the lower peak tram station just right behind the Bank of China building… Just to warn you: The peak tram is a tourist attraction: But paying the about 2€ is worth it! At the peak you will get a crowded place, where many people are waiting to get the best spot for taking a photo – So be calm and take some time… Because we were not wanna to pay again for the pricy ride down the hill we decided to walk down and get back to the hostel.

Golfish on SaleAfter sleeping quite long, we walked around Kowloon in order to visit the Goldfish and Flower market. At the hostel we met some guys from Panama and England, so we decided to head for some brunch together. Finally we headed for some random hawker center around Temple Street and ordered a wide selection of stuff. Being refilled Oliver and me walked around this area. Because of the weekend it was really crowded… We spent the late afternoon with a doubledecker Tram-ride around Hong Kong Island.

On Sunday morning we headed for Macau. Unfortunately the weather was pretty bad: Foggy. We got to the Ferry Terminal and proceeded to Macau – Not worth mentioning that we got another huge load of stamps in our passport! Being a portugese colony for about 400 years made Macau a quite unique place – Ruinas de S. PaoloYou can find many historical buildings and feel almost like in Portugal… Interestingly most visitors of Hong Kong leave this nice spot out – St. Augustine's squareIn my opinion it is a good destination for a day-trip! You can see many churches and small streets and traditional Portogese pavement, especially around St. Augustine’s square. Quite funny: Portugese-style buildings and only Chinese people around! The Historic Centre of Macau is actually a World Heritage Site of Unesco… Site like the Ruins of St. Pauls Church or the Mount Fortress are really interesting to walk by.

After this sightseeing we spent some time in one of the countless casinos. Macau has legal gambling since the 1850s and is actually the oldest continous gambling destination worldwide. Gambling in Macau is a big deal… Chinese are crazy for gambling, but only there it is legal. In the casino we did not play ourselves, we just watched others loosing and winning big amounts of money.

Conclusion: Nice trip. Especially the Lantau excursion and the day in Macau were special. The skyline at night in unbeatable – But besides that: There are more fascinating cities around Asia than Hong Kong.

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One… eh… four nights in Bangkok

Royal Monestary of the Emerald BuddhaI just came back from my four-day trip to Bangkok. It was obviously nice and I really enjoyed it. After arriving at Saturday (late) afternoon, I took the Airport Bus to Kao San for 150 Baht and started looking around for a decent place to stay – Kao San Road at NightI finally ended up at the Sawasdee House at Soi Rambutree. There are quite many places around, but I chose this one, cause it offered rooms not facing the crowded street. So I paid 200 Baht per night and was happy. The guest house is just a stone-throw away from the well-known Kao San road with its many shops and nightlife locations. At one of the various street hawkers I had a decent vegetarian Phat Thai

The Mondrop at the Great PalaceOn the next morning I woke up quite early and decided to be an early bird and just walk down to the Grand Palace. This was a good decision, because I arrived there just around 08:30 when it opened – At a glanceAnd with the warm glazing sunlight of the rising sun, I had the chance to get some impressive pictures. Altogether I spent around 3 hours walking around the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha with all its surroundings – And it got more and more crowded, so I left. But: Paying the quite high admission fee of 250 Baht is definitively worth it. If you go Bangkok, be sure to visit this place.

Messy CablingSo it was already around noon, so I grabbed some curry (or “Kaeng” in Thai) from a street vendor. Despite some negotiation (or language) problems it finally ended up in a nice dry red chicken curry. Hot as hell. It virtually burned a hole in my stomachs – And my lips where suffering for hours… After this I decided to get down to Chinatown and got there via TukTuk. Chinatown is really crazy in Bangkok – But for my personal feeling, way too overcrowded… You have to visit it and see all those people selling all kinds of ju…aeh stuff…

Reclining BuddhaOn my way back I decided to hit the famous Wat PoWat Po at sunset (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), close to the Great Palace – Because it was already around sunset… And this time of the day gives best pictures! Wat Po is way less crowded than the Great Palace and it seems to be more spacy… After that I was quite smashed from all the walking and got back to the hostel to have a shower, grab some food and relax.

Day 2 in Bangkok started also early in the morning,Wat Arun because the couple next to my room decided to do… ehm, you know what. Never mind, because it was already around 0900, so I walked down to Chao Praya River and waited for the Chao Praya River BoatRiver-Boat Taxi in order to get to Wat Arun, the famous Temple of the Dawn. This temple is right at the riverside and accessable via the ThaThien-WatArun cross-ferry. Also worth visiting. After this I headed down to central pier and walked around the silom district… Because this was not 100% interesting (just shops), I jumped into Skytrain and got to Siam Square, which is supposed to be quite nice – for shopping :( I decided to leave out all the shopping malls (cause they probably offer the same junk as inWat Suthat Singapore – and everywhereBuddha statues at Wat Suthat else in to world) and head to “Jim Thompson’s House” – Some nice traditional Thai buildings in the middle of the City formerly owned by Thai-Silk-Guru Jim Thompson (who mysteriously disappaered in 1967 during a Cameron Highlands Trip…) – Quite nice to see, but only go there if you REALLY have to kill some time. There are way more interesting places to go. But when walking back to my guesthouse (yes, quite far away), I found my personal highlight of the day: The Wat Suthat temple right at the “Giant Swing” at Bamrung Muang road. Beautiful temple!

I started day 3 again quite early in the morning, Golden Mountbecause during the days before, the time before 11am was really nice, because it was quite cool. Unfortunately on this day, it turned out to be hazy – or smoggish. The air pollution in Bangkok is really bad – I only experienced the phenomenon of getting a clogged nose by pollution in Beijing before… I walked down, or better “up” to Wat Saket – The Golden Mount. You would get a nice view of the city from there – But there was SMOG! Anyway… I decided to get to the Dusit area and visit the Marble temple. The temple is made by white marbleThe Marble Temple and really unique. I proceeded to walk down to Thewet visiting a wet market and accidently dropping into a flower market – This confirms: Just grab a map and go somewhere – Leave stupid guidebooks like Lonely Planet at home! You will find the best places by just walking around with open eyes! I concluded the day at the Suan Lum Night Bazar at Lumpini – Got there via Subway from Hua Lamphong (Bangkok Railway Station) after using the River Taxi from Thewet to Ratchawong.

Conclusion: Bangkok was a good choice for visiting! Whatever?!Really cheap (just spent 2000 Baht besides the air ticket) and many nice historic places to see. ... yeah this Airport has problems!I visited about 23 Temples (“Wat WHAT?”) and walked of probably a marathon distance of 42km. One last thing: I flew using TigerAir from Singapore to the brand-new Suvarnabhumi Airport way outside of Bangkok. The were many rumors about the airport having many problems, such as a broken runway and miss-organization. Yes, this is true, but I spotted the main problem… See the pic :)

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Last day at Sulzer

Sulzer Chemtech at SingaporeToday was my last day at work during my internship at Sulzer Chemtech, Singapore. It was a very nice working experience and I really appreciate the excellent working perspective – I had interesting projects and the possiblity to gain a lot of knowledge.

Food at Lau Pa Sat Hawker CenterA few friends of mine joined me for a Dinner at the famous La Pau Sat Hawker Center close to Raffles Place MRT Station . We had the whole range of nice stuff starting from Satay and ending at Stingray. Excellent food! I especially liked the Oyster Omelett and the superb Mee goreng. This place is of course a little more touristic and expensive (because it is in the middle of the central business district), but the food there is worth paying for it!

So tomorrow I’m heading for Bangkok – So be prepared for a trip summary on Wednesday :)

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