Starbucks’ deal is unfortunately not as good as before. It used to be one got a RM2 discount for using a Starbucks tumbler. In addition one collected one reward point per coffee.
Bangkok to Hua Hin by train is around a four hour trip. But this depends on which train service you take, and whether the train is delayed. You can go by bus, or by taxi in a little less time. For more details on trains see, as always, The Man in Seat 61. This blog is more about the actual experience. For a longer trip I just took, see The Train from Malaysia to Chiang Mai.
Malaysian musang murdered my papaya trees – or rather, was responsible for their deaths. The musang, aka Malayan Civet is a really nice looking animal. It is omnivorous but seems to particularly like fruit. And it’s nocturnal.
I was growing papaya trees in the roof garden of my house. This was partly to see if it was possible to grow fruit “in the sky”, partly to see if they would grow fruit in limited soil, and partly to supply myself with fruit. Thus this was successful, and the papaya the most delicious I’d ever eaten.
A ripe papaya I was hoping would fall, as it was hard to reach, just disappeared. We were mystified. But we concluded it was a musang. And we have photos of it. Therefore a musang had discovered a new source of food, and looked like it was going to set up house in our ceiling.
The train from Malaysia to Chiang Mai is interesting and fun if you like trains. And a useful and safer way to travel if you want to make stops along the way. And you’ll see some of the countryside, and have the experience. But if you don’t want that, fly – if you’re flexible you can find cheap flights.
So you could make one or more stops or travel all the way to Bangkok in one go, and then take another train on to Chiang Mai. The latter is what I will describe here as in the past I have visited the below-mentioned.
Previously you could catch the train from Singapore to Bangkok on the one train. More recently it was Butterworth, Penang to Bangkok, but Malaysia has electrified the lines, while Thailand hasn’t. So now one must change trains at the border of Thailand.
So the the train from KL and Penang to Chiang Mai is actually three trains. Train one to the border, train two to Bangkok and train three to Chiang Mai. For more photos and videos related to this trip, please see Part 2.
A digital nomad. Someone who earns a living on their laptop often working remotely, and often abroad. So they are working in coffee shops, hotel rooms, public libraries, co-working spaces, or recreational vehicles. It’s a lifestyle that offers freedom from many of the downsides of traditional working. Downsides such as office hours, office politics, a boss, a dress code, and commuting. And the downsides of living in just one country. Control and surveillance-obsessed governments and the accompanying bureaucracy. Not to mention confiscatory taxes. If you don’t like particulate restrictions, you avoid countries that impose such restrictions. Instead there are many of the fascinations of travelling. And being easily able to vote with your feet when tired of one’s current location, for whatever reason.
A new tea room has now replaced Pie Harbour in the Gurney Plaza al fresco area. It happened quite quickly. Coffee shops and tea rooms now dominate this area.