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Countdown to Retirement!

With just a few weeks to go until we finish our jobs, it’s starting to get real! Our furniture has been sold or given to charity. Our clothes and personal belongings have been boxed and shipped. We left our rental apartment and moved into the Comfort Inn Robert Towns. Townsville

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Hat Yai

We cought another speed boat and mini van to Hat Yai. The boat took one hour and the van took 2 hours. Hat Yai had a different feel. There were lots of armed military people patrolling the streets and searching vehicles. There had been some recents bomb explosions and the

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4 Thai Islands

We arranged a Grab taxi to the port which cost about $1 before catching the fast ferry to Koh Lipe. It was different to the last ferry and felt like the inside of a coffin! There were no windows to look out at but luckily they showed Ferdinand the cartoon

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Penang to Langkawi Ferry and Kuah Town

The ferry from Langkawi took 3 hours. I read somewhere they called it the ‘vomit comet’ but it wasn’t too bad. They do pack you in like sardines though. They show movies but it’s almost impossible to see or hear but it serves as a distraction. We had read reviews

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Penang – A City of Character and Colour

Penang is known for its British Colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses, mosques and temples. Beyond the old town, George Town is a modern city with skyscrapers and shopping malls. Lush Penang Hill, with a funicular railway, overlooks it all. George Town is a vibrant pedestrian friendly (but keep your wits about

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Kuala Lumpur – It’s good to be back!

Apart from Bali, Malaysia was the first trip we took to South East Asia from Australia. It’s been five years since we were here. KL has a unique contrast where it feels familiar but very different. Most people speak English. The weather was hot and ‘smoggy.’ It felt good to

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