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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Umphang Trip Day 01: KL - Surat Thani

“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. That makes you a winner right there… “ – Venus Williams

(Route 41 - Western themed Rest and Recreation Area)

Day 01: 1 September 2016 (Thursday)
Route: K Lumpur – Surat Thani
Distance: 865 km
Hotel: Princess Park Hotel

It was a beautiful sunny day to travel.

Hubby and I are still having slight fever and still taking our medications. Instead of riding our KTM 1190, we planned to drive across the border and brave the ‘Death Highway’ to Umphang, Thailand, just the two of us. We are celebrating our 37th anniversary there!

(A beautiful bright clear day)

Our 4x4 Ford Ranger Extreme is still in the workshop, waiting for spare parts since a week ago so we will be driving our Mercedes E300. This is a first time for the E300 to drive across the border. Around 10:30 am we started driving north from our Bidara House. We stopped at Simpang Pulai for refuelling. Around 2:30 pm we took a break for lunch at Restoran Mee Udang at Sungai Dua. It was not as good as expected. We have tasted better Mee Udang than this, elsewhere!

(Mee Udang and Nasi Goreng Udang Sungai Dua)

We refuelled again at Changlun, completed documentations, insurance and bought some Bahts. We finally crossed the Malaysia/Thailand border at Bukit Kayu Hitam around 5:00 pm.

(Many more eateries to be opened at Route 41)
(Our E300 crossing the border for the first time)

We made a brief photo shots stop at Route 41 and drove direct to Surat Thani where we had a late dinner at our favourite Muslim stall. By 11:00 pm we checked in Princess Park Hotel Surat Thani at B600/night with complimentary breakfast.

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