At 6am we took the ferry to get off the island of Koh Samai. After stopping for breakfast, we continued our journey to the border crossing (to head to Malaysia!). We then drove another 3 hours to get to our hotel in Georgetown. Georgetown was very arty. There’s a lot of art galleries/museums etc. to visit. As well as cute boutiques and cafés. In the evening, our tour guide took us to an awesome outdoor food market with live music. Interesting decor and the music was pretty good! The food stalls were all different types of cuisines, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Mexican, Japanese etc.
travelwithkay: Eating out can be quite expensive in Malaysia (in comparison to countries like Thailand) so food markets are a great way to experience the local cuisine/culture at a lower cost.
We spent most of the next day touring around Georgetown with our tour guide as well as a local Malaysian guide. We saw a few different markets, Kek Lok Si Temple, Georgetown waterfront, Botanic Gardens (a huge monkey park!). We were taken to a traditional Malaysian restaurant for lunch and then strolled back to the hotel – looking at the amazing street art along the way.
The next morning we left Georgetown to head to our ‘homestay’ on the Chenderoh Lake. It was a small island village and we stayed with a typical Malaysian family. They had a largish farmhouse on the lake. The house was surrounded by all sort of greenery and had small paths leading to the lodges we stayed in. The lodges were more civilised than I was expecting…2 bedroom lodges (2 people per room) with en suites and sharing a lounge area and veranda! After being shown to our rooms, our host took us on a small walk around the village which was very interesting. We then had a couple of hours of free time before supper so people either went kayaking or relaxed in the hammocks. To eat, the family taught us how those would traditionally dine. So we ate on the floor and the host taught us how to eat with our hands! What an experience!