Kuala Lumpur to Khota Baharu

Short post, catching up.

The last job in KL was getting our Thai visa. Good for only 14 days if you get it at the border, 30 at an embassy. Relatively painlessP1000078

New tires, a seat swop and we’re off north to Thailand, yay
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We take the highway our turnoff to the Cameron Highlands and the oldest forests in the world, they say
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After the turn-off and a twisty ride for 50 miles, BIG trees, super hot and humid
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To the one town up here, Ringlet
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We went for an explore in the morning. The air’s cooler at 5000′ and every valley is cleared for agriculture, small, medium and large-scale
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A great spot
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Immaculate
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Great strong smell from onions as we rode by
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Up to a big plantation
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It’s this, tea. I was surprised, in that clueless city boy way, to find out tea is a woody shrub
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1000’s of acres, just stunning
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Peaceful
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The next day was the border crossing. We’re going the unusual way, up the east coast. Unusual because it’s not the way to Krabi and because this corner of Thailand is involved in a long term war with its Muslim minority
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Descending off the mountains through dense forest
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Back on the plain we pass limestone crags
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There’s a dirt road to the base of some so we go off to explore
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A Hindu temple unexpectedly at the end of the road
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The base
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Later, lunch time. This doesn’t look right
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But these crazy ladies have a fruit stand
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These mostly, rambutan
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Yummy, but a big pit in the middle
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Even yummier! mangosteen
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The next town had sculptures of mangosteen at an intersection, so obviously a big deal around here
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A little further
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Big logging just like at home, comforting we thought
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The daily rain. The clouds build quickly and all hell breaks loose. You wouldn’t believe it
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Then to the border and what a mess. Somewhere in this room is someone with a brutal infectious bug as I was to find out 2 days later. Despite having a visa I had to fill out an entry form for immigration then stand in this crowd for an hour. It was well over 100F and hard work. Then off to customs which thankfully was a breeze
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Then back out, onto Lucinda and through another lineup. Not the quickest
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And into Thailand. An armed crossing, as expected. Very stupid idea to take pictures of soldiers on the job so this is as good as it gets
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