Photo of the Week: View from the Hammock

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View from the Hammock

Sometimes you just need to relax and enjoy all that the world has to offer and be thankful for what you have been given.  It’s so easy to get tied up with all of the little details of life, even when traveling, and it’s important to spend a little time reflecting on what really matters.  It’s easier to do this when you can sit in a hammock on a rooftop by your pool.

Cuz Phuket, it’s cheap! – The Phuket Night Market

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One of the great staples of Southeast Asia is the ever-prevalent night market.  This is where all of the vendors, after spending a day napping in a chair in their shops while tourists play at the beach, wake up and hawk their wares in consumergasm of hundreds of small stalls while the smells of street foods seep into every nook and cranny. It’s something that you’ll find all over the area, but the Phuket Night Market is a superlative version of this fixture.

A Myriad of ColorsThe market, which is especially happening on the weekends, is located in Phuket Town.  Just ask where you’re staying and they’ll be able to tell you how to get there.  There are hundreds of stalls arrayed into some unholy mixture of a shopping mall and a circus.  The white tent-like tops of the small stalls meet blue tarps covering the narrow aisles of the market.

There are a large assortment of different vendors there, though you will undoubtedly see many of the same items repeated at numerous different stalls (I’m looking at you “Ray Ban” sunglasses).  Still there is just a huge amount of stuff to look at here, and you’ll be hard pressed to leave there feeling like you haven’t gotten enough retail therapy.  Additionally, you can find some pretty fantastic deals in the murky depths of the market, though you’ll have to bargain to get them.  Read more

Hospital in Penang

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103日目:

バスで朝方にペナン島に到着。ペナン島に入る前の船着場で降りるつもりが、よく分からずペナン島内の終点であるGeorgetown(ジョージタウン)より大分南の方で降りてしまった。

そこから他のバックパッカーの人と相乗りしてタクシーでジョージタウンへ向かった。

この日泊まったホステルRed Inn Cabanaは綺麗で快適だった。住所は、22 leith Street, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia 10200

ダブルベットの部屋で、wifi使用可能。朝食付きで一泊USD43.26。

トイレ&シャワーは共同。(5つずつぐらいあるので一回も待つ事はなかった) *トイレ&シャワー付きの部屋もあり。

リビングは、水とお湯が出るミネラルウォーターの機械があり24時間使える。

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Phuket Beach: The Nudist Beach You Wish Wasn’t

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When one hears the term nude beach, images of perfectly cut, bustily appointed, olympic-athlete-meets-fashion-model perfection comes to mind.  Unfortunately, there is an inescapable phenomenon in the world of nudistry: the likelihood of an individual deciding to bare it all is inversely proportional to the number of people who would desire to see that person naked.  Of course, the one exception is where money and/or Hugh Hefner are involved, but as they are rarely present at most beaches, we will leave that for now.  Instead, what you find is a large number of nude sun worshipers that venture down to the tropical beaches to tan their already leathered hides to the point of cracking. This is what you will find on Phuket Beach.

First, let’s give the beach itself some credit, it is extremely beautiful.  White sand spread across a tropical landscape full of palm trees and hugging crystal clear blue water.  It is what you think of when you think of tropical beach.  The kind of beach that you keep on your desktop wallpaper in hopes that staring at it long enough might transport you there.  In that respect, Phuket beach is definitely a winner.

Where it loses is in the crowd of nudists that lays interspersed across the beach.  I should not that Phuket beach, along with all Thai beaches, is not intended to be a nudist beach.  It is actually rude in Thai culture to show that much skin. (How they justify that belief with what goes on in the ping pong shoes in Bangkok is a topic for another day).  However, Thailand makes a huge amount of money on tourism, so they want their tourists to be happy, and hold their tongues when some formerly-white-but-now-orange person decides to strip down.

So instead of seeing this:

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What you really see is closer to this:

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Welcome to Phuket.  Please, for all of our sakes, please keep it on.

Melaka to Penang by night bus

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102日目:

ランチを食べにショッピングモールへ。日本食料理屋を発見した。さっぱりしたものが食べたかったので入ってみた。

私はしゃぶしゃぶのセット、彼はすき焼きのセットを注文。二人で約RM50。

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安くて、意外と量もあり、味もまあまあ美味しく満足した。 Read more

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