April 13, 2007

Mellow Malaysia

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After the chaos of India, Malaysia was a relatively mellow experience. Western Malaysia is an incredibly diverse region. While Malaysia is officially a Muslim country, this region is a delightful mix of Malay, Indian, and Chinese cultures. You can hear the Muslim call to prayer as you ride in a Chinese rickshaw past a Hindu temple. We spent a day checking out the port city and took a funicular to the top of Penang Hill.

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From the top of the mountain, we could look back at the harbor and see the MV Explorer. Can you see it in the middle of this photo?

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We also got an INTENSE foot massage (ouch) before taking the local bus out of the big city for a little beach town and a funky hotel. There we especially enjoyed the food!

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while Ryder enjoyed the fish pond at the butterfly garden.

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Next stop, Vietnam! Once we leave this port, the Captain takes the ship to full speed. Since she was originally designed to be a German navy vessel, we hear she can really boogie. Why full speed? The straights we are headed through are well known for pirates. Seriously! We figure if they try to take us, we'll barrage them with books!

Posted by rohwedde at April 13, 2007 9:47 AM