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Langkawi
We caught a taxi from the ferry port to our hotel. We got given a nicer room than we were supposed to be given. Our hotel was lovely because it was tranquil, had it's own stretch of beach and hammocks, and it was really close to the centre. We had delicious pineapple fried rice for lunch, and tasty fish and chips for dinner.
It was extremely hot but the beach had silky smooth sand and translucent water. At the night market we had chicken satay and corn on the cob.
We hired a car and drove to 7 Wells. At the waterfalls, we swam in the pools and tried to catch different fish. The rocks were really slippery so you could slide down the rocks. We had bland noodle soup at the falls for lunch. We also stopped at another beach which had calm, warm, crystal clear water. We had nasi goreng at the local restaurant, and watched the sun go down in a hammock.
At the beach I was stung by a jelly fish and a line came up where the jellyfish stung me.

Pantai Cenang, Langkawi Island

Pantai Cenang, Langkawi Island

Seven Waterfalls, Langkawi Island

Seven Waterfalls, Langkawi Island

Penang
We caught a 2 and a half hour journey on a ferry to Penang. The ferry had nice leather seats and showed Animals Fantasticos on the ferry's TV. We walked 2km with our backpacks to our hotel. The hotel had a television and really good aircon. We had delicious tandoori chicken for lunch. We were so full up we only had a cake for dinner.
We had clams in noodle soup for lunch. I got over 20 clams in my bowl.
Thomas's favourite dish of fresh clam noodles, Yeap Noodles

Thomas's favourite dish of fresh clam noodles, Yeap Noodles

We went to Penang 3D Trick Art Amazing World where we did spectacular trick art photos and tried a virtual reality headset. In Clash Royale we beat a guy with the legendary graveyard.
3D Trick Art Museum, George Town

3D Trick Art Museum, George Town

3D Trick Art Museum, George Town

3D Trick Art Museum, George Town

We went to the Penang Botanical Gradens. The park had a warning sign about aggressive monkeys and at one point we did have to run. We saw one monkey grab a bottle from a person's hand. The bus drive home was 2 hours long, because the bus just stopped and waited for so long. When we had our tandoori chicken dinner, it absolutely chucked it down because it is getting near to monsoon season.
We caught the bus to Penang Hill, but the railway that took you up the hill was offline, so we had to get back on the bus to the jetty. It was very annoying that the railway was out of order, and we didn't want to take the ferry because we had been sitting on a bus for an hour. So we had tasty popcorn chicken with plum sauce.

We got really early to get the bus to Penang Hill again. It was lucky this time that the funicular railway was working. It went up the hill a lot faster than I had expected. My tummy was hurting and we thought it was because I had eaten too many clams over the last 4 days. When we got to the top it was a tourist trap, and the reason why I say that is because mum really wanted to go there but even she rated it only 1 star. Penang was tranquil, beautiful and friendly and also it was the first nice World Heritage Site we have visited. For dinner we had melt in the mouth fish and chips.
Funicular Railway, Penang Hill

Funicular Railway, Penang Hill

Taiping
We had a horrible Milo roti, then a nice condensed milk roti for breakfast. When we caught the ferry to the mainland, we saw massive jellyfish in the sea. We then caught a luxurious bus to Taiping. At the bus station, the taxi drivers wouldn't take us because we had luggage, but luckily we caught a bus in the pouring rain to our hotel. Our hotel room had a TV and was spacious. We had a full of flavour Pizza Hut meal for tea.
We walked to a park at Lake Gardens and went on the swings. we walked round the lakes and saw the biggest lizard we had ever seen. We bought a bottle of orange juice and I had just drunk it all when a monkey snatched it from my hand, but I ran to safety.
We hired a pedalo and paddled round the lake, while it was really hot. We had fresh orange juice afterwards because we were so hot. Then we had horrible teriyaki chicken for lunch. I bought 7 top quality lego mini-figures in the shopping mall. We had tasty nasi goreng and wontons in the night market.
We walked to the Lake Gardens Zoo. We didn't have high hopes for the zoo, but we were pleasantly surprised. First of all some of the cages were empty, but it all changed when we saw a fish that has lungs, could weigh 200kg and could be 5m in length. We saw a crocodile that had been caught by 100 men and had been feared by the neighbourhood's fishermen for over 20 years. wee saw the biggest crane wandering around right up to us. We saw flying foxes which looked like gigantic vampire bats flying above us. Then we had to run from the same type of monkeys that stole my bottle. It was the biggest zoo and the best so far on my travels. We just made it to KFC for zinger mushroom soup, before the pouring rain started.
When we walked round Lake Gardens today, we saw a very small green poisonous snake, and we see rats at least once a day. We paddled round the lake on a boat and we saw a gigantic lizard catch a catfish and swallow it whole. We did dad's most boring walking tour around Taiping, and had hot chicken satay for dinner.

Boating on Taiping Lake, Taiping

Boating on Taiping Lake, Taiping


Water Monitors, Taiping Lake Gardens

Water Monitors, Taiping Lake Gardens

Taiping Food Night Market

Taiping Food Night Market

Eating satay in Taiping Food Night Market with the locals

Eating satay in Taiping Food Night Market with the locals

Ipoh
When we caught the bus to Ipoh we were the only people on it, and it was luxurious with leather seats. Our hotel room was small, next to a busy road and it didn't have hot water. I had sumptuous noodles with bbq pork for lunch. We took photos of the beautiful street art. It rained so heavily that it made a mini waterfall on the roofs of the houses.
We slept really badly because of the road noise. We walked round the murals and went in a tea museum. The museum was about a man called Ho Yan Hor who sold up to 1200 glasses of tea a day for 5 cents each in 1945. He was famous for cycling the whole length of Malaysia to deliver his product. He dried all of the herbs required to make the tea outside. We had a 5 flavour ice ball with honey which made your lips numb and was special to Ipoh. We had delicious chicken and noodles for lunch.
We had a rubbish night's sleep again. We went to the market and bought some apples and bananas, and caught a cosy train to Kuala Lumpar. The train had a lovely toilet but was very cold.

The road less travelled, bus from Taiping to Ipoh

The road less travelled, bus from Taiping to Ipoh

Pork Noodle Soup, Thomas's favourite, Ipoh

Pork Noodle Soup, Thomas's favourite, Ipoh

Thai Sweet Soup with seaweed (it tasted disgusting), Ipoh

Thai Sweet Soup with seaweed (it tasted disgusting), Ipoh

Ipoh Street Art

Ipoh Street Art

Adding the flavour to an Ipoh ice ball

Adding the flavour to an Ipoh ice ball

Best part is eating your Ipoh ice ball

Best part is eating your Ipoh ice ball

Kuala Lumpar
We caught the LRT to chinatown in Kuala Lumpar. Our hotel room was small and right next to the noisy night market. We had cool lychee iced floss with tapioca beans and pineapple fried rice for lunch. We had a pot noodle for tea.
We had a terrible nights sleep because a man had a loudspeaker on the corner of the street, on from 6 o'clock, so we moved to the top floor of the hotel. We walked to the Petronas towers and were disappointed because the food court food was bland and flavourless. We were very lucky to see a carnival which was only held once a year to wash all your bad luck away. And they gave you free sweets. We spoke to a Taiwanese man who spoke about all the different gods on the floats.
We got up really late because we had to kill time until our flight at 6 o'clock. Then we caught the LRT and a bus to the airport.

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpar

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpar

Claypot, Petronas Towers food court

Claypot, Petronas Towers food court

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Thailand (again)

Nong Khai
We got on an international bus into Thailand. We got through immigration really quickly. At the border we caught a 5 minute tuk-tuk ride to our hotel, Park and Pool Resort. We played catch the tennis ball in the pool and had delicious ice cream, tasty sweet and sour chicken for lunch and lovely carbonara for dinner.
We had our best sleep for 3 weeks. We had bacon, fried eggs, pineapple, watermelon and ovaltine for breakfast. We walked to a proper shopping mall and had tasty strawberry coated ice cream. I had 2 meals for lunch. They were bbq pork and duck in soup. Then we played in the pool. Our room was sparkling clean and very spacious. It was very nice to be back in Thailand.

Park and Pool Resort (tranquil oasis after hard travel in Laos)

Park and Pool Resort (tranquil oasis after hard travel in Laos)

Udon Thani
We caught a train to Udon Thani The train journey was nice and peaceful. We caught a tuk-tuk to The Lion King Hotel. The hotel was alright, except I didn't have a proper bed. We ate squid fried rice for lunch and then went to the best kept park in Thailand and played in the playground and walked round the lake. The hotel owners were very nice, and gave us free transport to the airport. I had a delicious bacon and cheese croissant for breakfast.
We caught a 55 minute flight to Bangkok.

Lakeside Temple Udon Thani

Lakeside Temple Udon Thani

Bangkok
We caught a VIP shuttle bus to Khao San Road, then walked to our favourite hotel Nakorn Ping and had tasty chicken green curry for dinner at our favourite restaurant, Nancy Home.
We had tasty pancakes and eggs for breakfast then caught the free local Thai bus to MBK. We had delicious crab meat and duck noodles for lunch. We nearly got scammed at the train station, but we made a lucky escape. We watched The Lego Batman Movie at MBK. It was awesome. I thought The Lego Batman Movie was better than The Lego Movie because there was more action. On Burnout 3 in the arcade, I beat 25 takedowns. We had delicious shrimp and duck for tea.
We caught a taxi to the train station. We caught a 2nd class sleeper train to Ko Samui. It had lots of mosquitos on board and we were on big reclining chairs. Dad let me have an eyepatch because they didn't turn the lights off.

Ko Samui
When we arrived at Surat Thani train station we had to wait for an hour before the bus took us to the port. We caught a catamaran to Ko Samui. We were quite lucky to get a seat on the Catamaran. We caught a long tuk-tuk drive to our hotel. It was raining very heavily. Our hotel room was very big, clean and modern. We had duck noodles for lunch and tasty yellow curry at the night market for dinner.
We had delicious banana milk and cookies. We built massive sand castles and jumped lots of waves. We had ridiculously spicy chicken wings and lovely boneless chicken. We went to the arcade but the Terminator game didn't work so we played pinball instead.
We had delicious ham and cheese croissant for breakfast. We jumped massive waves and dug the biggest hole in the sand. We stayed on the beach for over 4 hours. It was awesome. I had 11 different types of sushi. The different types were prawn, sea bass with soy sauce, salmon, tuna and seaweed. But there were many more.
Dad woke up with a swollen foot, but the doctor assured us it would be ok. We had delicious stir fried garlic chicken for lunch. When we played Jurassic Park in the arcade we got killed because it only took one bite from the T Rex. I had tasty sushi again for dinner.

Surat Thani
We got up early and caught a minivan to the ferry port. The ferry was a lot nicer than the catamaran because it was larger and more comfortable. Then we caught a comfortable bus to the city centre. Finally we got a horrible tuk-tuk to our hotel. The reason the tuk-tuk driver was horrible was because we didn't pay tourist price he dropped us short and we had to walk in the burning sun. We had delicious duck and noodles in the food court for lunch and a tasty KFC for dinner.

Trang
We caught a tuk-tuk to the minivan bus station. Next we caught a cramped minivan to Trang. We then caught another tuk-tuk to our hotel. Our room was big and spacious with a noisy aircon and a TV which didn't work. We had delicious pork ribs for lunch. For tea we went to the night market. At the night market we had a tasty blue drink with sweets on the top. I also had lovely bbq pork and corn on the cob.
We caught a tuk-tuk to the botanical gardens. We went on the skywalk first. The skywalk was better than the one in Taiwan. In the botanical gardens there were lots of beautiful flowers and the longest ant run I have ever seen. We had delicious chicken biriyani and a strawberry sorbet with sweets for dinner.

Frog Tuk Tuk, only found in Trang

Frog Tuk Tuk, only found in Trang

Rainforest Canopy Walkway, Trang

Rainforest Canopy Walkway, Trang

Satun
We caught a 3 hour minibus to Satun. In our hotel it had a separate luxurious sofa in our room and it had amazing wifi. It was very hot, but we made it to the mall. We had tasty KFC for lunch and fruit for tea.
We got up early to go to the ferry port to catch a ferry to Langkawi, Malaysia.

Ferry from Satun (Thailand) to Pulau Langkawi (Malaysia)

Ferry from Satun (Thailand) to Pulau Langkawi (Malaysia)

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Laos

Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

We crossed into Laos. We didn't really know what to expect. We got a nice hotel room with a TV and fan. For lunch we had big noodles and pork. Then we checked out the slowboat.
We got up really early because we needed to get a seat on the slowboat. We bought supplies for the boat in the border town. The boat had padded seats, curtains and two toilets.
We stopped at Pak Beng over night. We found a really nice hotel but with only 2 beds. We had delicious Indian food for dinner.
We caught the slowboat, but this time it had tables and nicer seating. We stopped at lots of villages on the way. I was bored most of the time on the boat.

Jetty for slow boat to Luang Prabang, stopping at Pak Beng overnight

Jetty for slow boat to Luang Prabang, stopping at Pak Beng overnight

Life on the Mekong River

Life on the Mekong River


Departing from Pak Beng on the slow boat (second day)

Departing from Pak Beng on the slow boat (second day)

Luang Prabang
Our first night in Luang Prabang we slept in our worst hotel yet. One of the many reasons it was so bad was because the bathroom stunk and the toilet seat looked like it had come out of World War II.
We changed hotel in the morning. We explored Luang Prabang, found a book exchange and went inside some wats. We had tasty sugar and lemon crepes for breakfast. I think Luang Prabang is beautiful and very tranquil. We went to the night market. I had fatty pork ribs, but had lovely dumplings.
We had delicious crepes and smoothies, changed my book and looked at wats. I thought the wats were colourful, pretty and had lots of gold buddas. We had tasty Indian for dinner.
We did a Laos cooking class. We went to the market and our guide showed us the market. There were some weird things like frogs and sweet wood. At the market we bought ingredients for the cooking course. We cooked a salad with mayonnaise which I didn't like, and we cooked chicken and vegetables in a tasty sauce. We then had a tea break and ate our food. In the afternoon, there were 5 dishes and you had to cook 3. We chose 1, 3 and 5. We chopped all the ingredients up first, then cooked them one by one in a wok. We made horrible chicken and banana flower, tasty pork and eggplant, and spicy chicken in beanspouts and sauce. I thought the cooking course was better than I expected.
We climbed up a mountain which was supposed to have budda's footprint, but it wasn't really budda's footprint because it was as big as an elephant. When we were up the top of the mountain there were beautiful views.

Worst bathroom on our trip in a guest house, Luang Prabang

Worst bathroom on our trip in a guest house, Luang Prabang


Our cookery teachers, Lao cookery course

Our cookery teachers, Lao cookery course


Thomas is in charge, Lao cookery course

Thomas is in charge, Lao cookery course

Lunch is served, Luang Prabang salad and chicken noodle dish

Lunch is served, Luang Prabang salad and chicken noodle dish

Nong Khiaw
We caught a minivan to Nong Khiaw. The minivan was nice because it had leather seats, lots of leg room, stereo and stopped to go to the loo. We found a really nice hotel for 100,000 Kip a night. We had delicious Indian for lunch. We were so full up that we had fruit for tea.
I had a pineapple pancake with chocolate and vanilla for breakfast. We climbed up a really steep mountain for an hour. It was worth the climb though, because there were beautiful views from the top. I was shocked that the Lao people left 20 beer cans at the top of the mountain. We had chicken korma and rice for tea.
We caught a Land Rover up to the zip-lining. I thought it was an experience in itself. We then trekked up to the first zip line. We got taught how to brake. We then did a really long zip line where my feet even touched some plants. We did a few more zip lines and stopped at a mini camp to have bananas. The camp was where the future overnight stay would be. We then got on a zip line that took us to a rope ladder which we had to climb down which was exhausting. Once we did that, we got on another zip line to a tree house where we had tasty pork with sticky rice. Then we did a rope bridge. Next we abseiled down to a platform that was the scariest thing yet. We crossed some swinging ropes to the longest 400m zip line. We then did a running zip line and an abseil down. We walked back across beautiful rice fields and a fast flowing river. I thought the experience was amazing and I will treasure it.
Dad and I got our hair cut by a 15 year old boy in a bamboo shack. We climbed up a steep and not as touristy mountain where we got bitten to pieces by mosquitos. Dad got bitten by a sneaky spider and a speedy ghecko. We had drinks and samosas. I had samosas again. I was sick 6 times in the night.
We were looking forward to leaving, but I was so ill we couldn't. I was delirious and was so weak that I could barely walk across the road to the restaurant. We think it might be heat stroke.
I barely made it to the bus station in the morning. The mini bus was rubbish because a local lady pushed into our row and I had no seat back. We finally made it back to Luang Prabang and I felt weak and tired, and only had a smoothie and chicken.

Nong Khiaw viewpoint

Nong Khiaw viewpoint

Next destination is that tree house via abseiling and zip line

Next destination is that tree house via abseiling and zip line

The last zip line...

The last zip line...

Thomas getting his hair cut for 10,000kip (1 pound)

Thomas getting his hair cut for 10,000kip (1 pound)


Luang Prabang (again)

We spent most of the day inside because I still had a stomach ache. I walked out to the book exchange but that was as far as I could go. I had a smoothie for lunch and a little bit of chicken for tea.
I met a boy called Leo from Swindon. We played Clash Royale and watched YouTube. We went to a restaurant where a horrible lady shouted at one of the customers. We went to the market and bought 12 Star Wars figures for about 4 pounds. We watched Harry Potter on the TV in our room.

Fortune Telling at the top of Mount Phousi

Fortune Telling at the top of Mount Phousi

Monks, Luang Prabang

Monks, Luang Prabang

Vang Vieng
We caught a minivan to Vang Vieng. After an hour we were further away than we started, but then our driver was on a mission to get there as quickly as possible. We found a really nice hotel across the toll bridge. We had tasty yellow curry for lunch and delicious spring rolls for tea.
We had tasty museli and fruit for breakfast. I wrote 3 TripAdvisor reviews. We only went out walking for 30 minutes because it was so hot. We had bland chicken noodles with chicken for dinner. When we were eating dinner it was so smoky that it wasn't enjoyable.

Vientiane
We had to get up very early to catch a local Lao minivan from Vang Vieng to Vientiane. We had delicious battered fish and chicken satay for lunch, exchanged our books and had a look round Vientiane, and tasty fish and chips for dinner.
I had a delicious banana pancake for breakfast. We went to a UXO museum and learnt all about the American bombing over Laos:
- most bombed country in the history of the world
- bombs were dropped every 8 minutes for 7 years
- 10 to 30% did not explode
- 85 million bombs did not explode
- it will take a century to clear all of the bombs
We went to the only shopping mall in Laos and played Sandstorm Pirates in an arcade. I exchanged my Harry Potter book for another one. We went to the night market and bought a bottle opener made from metal from UXO.

COPE Visitors Centre, exhibit of cluster bomb

COPE Visitors Centre, exhibit of cluster bomb

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Thailand

Bangkok
We had a terrible night's sleep in the airport. We caught the aeroplane to Bangkok. All the films were the same as our last flight which was disappointing. We had spicy red thai curry. Our room was cramped, our safe didn't work and our sink leaked. Dad was sick in the morning which was a shock. We found a new hotel. Our room was big and we had amazing air conditioning. Dad stayed in the room all day because he was sick. Mum and I had tasty and spicy prawn curry, green thai curry, parathas, and fish cakes.
We all went to the Tesco Lotus in a hot, unair-conditioned bus. We went to the food court first and had tasty duck noodles for lunch. We then walked to MBK and had a look at christmas presents and the cinema. MBK is a 7 storey shopping mall with thousands of stalls.
We went to the train station. All of the night trains to Chiang Mai were fully booked until the New Year. We took the bustling skytrain and the metal-detecting metro back to MBK to buy presents. We went to the Diamond restaurant and I had the best spring rolls in my life, but the other food was disappointing.
We went to JJ market which is the biggest market in the world with over 15,000 stalls and covering 70 acres. It got busy a lot later and new stalls were setting up all the time. The market had too many clothes stalls and was very hot. I had 3 popsicles, only 5 baht each. These were the flavours: sprite, cola and blueberry. I had a fresh coconut which tasted like fizzy water.
On christmas day I got loads of presents. We went to MBK to play in the arcade. I had tasty chicked korma (an Indian curry with coconut milk) and tom yum soup (a soup with crab meat, shrimp dumplings, rice noodles and bbq pork) and a strawberry fizzy drink. Then we went back to the hotel and I played with my toys.
We went back to the cinema in MBK. I was looking forward to watching Star Wars Rogue One but after we watched it I thought it was disappointing because there weren't enough lightsaber fights and I thought that everyone getting wiped out was unnecessary. Afterwards we had delicious yellow thai curry at Nancy House.

Enjoying a fresh coconut

Enjoying a fresh coconut


Bangkok Main Railway Station, waiting for the 3rd class train to Ayutthaya

Bangkok Main Railway Station, waiting for the 3rd class train to Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya
We caught a third class hard seated train to Ayutthaya. Then we caught a tuk tuk to our hotel. A tuk tuk is a three wheel transport which can make very bumpy journeys. We got to our new hotel. I thought it was so far out of the centre of town. We had chicken on a stick from a street vendor and I thought it was so nice that I went back 2 times, and the lady gave we an extra one for free. We had a wierd pad thai which had raw vegetables and a pile of sugar on the side. Dad said it was the worst pad thai he had ever tasted.
We hired bikes and went to lots to Wats. I thought the Wats were a lot better than the ruins in Mexico. We cycled to a place that did delicious food. I had Tom Yum soup with shrimps and chicken. Then we cycled back. I thought we had a lovely day, but to top it off we had tasty fish cakes, chicken cashew nut curry and squid.
We cycled to a reclining budda. After the first day, I thought the ruins were getting a bit old because they were almost the same as one another. We had bland tasting food for lunch that nanny would have liked.
The people at our hotel were really nice because they gave me a box of chocolates and two sweets when we left. We took a tuk tuk back to the train station. We weren't expecting to get a seat but we did.

Exploring the Wats at Ayutthaya

Exploring the Wats at Ayutthaya

Giant reclining budda - Ayutthaya

Giant reclining budda - Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya temple

Ayutthaya temple

Bangkok
It was really nice to be back in hotel Nakorn Ping and eat at Nancy home.
We tried to go to the park but it was taken up by the mourning of the King. We had lunch at KFC. On the KFC picture it looked amazing, but it was ok. I got a new Diary of the Wimpy Kid book.
Happy New Year! We had tasty chicken korma at MBK, and played in the arcade. We were really excited about going on the sleeper train because it was only 2 months old. Dad said he always had an amazing sleep on the sleeper train, but we had a terrible night's sleep on the train because they left all the lights on all night.

Platform for Chiang Mai Sleeper Train from Bangkok

Platform for Chiang Mai Sleeper Train from Bangkok

Chiang Mai
We arrived early in Chiang Mai. We got a tuk tuk to the centre of town. We found a hotel easily and had breakfast. For breakfast I had yellow curry. We had a lazy day because we didn't sleep very well. I had a sweet milk pancake for tea which was delicious.
For breakfast I had tasty pork satay. We checked out book shops and went to a shopping plaza and bought a head torch and had bbq pork with noodles. We had delicious smoothies with sweet milk pancakes for tea.
I had satay, Massamum curry and a pineapple smoothie for breakfast. We walked a long way to the bus station to buy our tickets. We had tasty pork ribs for lunch. We went to the night market. At the night market they sold silk elephants, clothes and jewelry. I thought it was disappointing and expensive.
We went to Masay Elephant Camp on a guided tour. We rode the elephants across a river two times, and went up a steep hill and I nearly fell off. We really enjoyed it and we had a massive elephant and it was a really long ride. We then caught a slow and boring bamboo raft. I thought the ride was disappointing because I had high hopes for the bamboo rafting. I fed a cute baby elephant with bananas and sugar cane, and really enjoyed the experience of feeding an elephant with food. We then did ox carting, an uncomfortable ride up a hill and down again. I did think it was a terrible and bumpy ride. Next we had lunch, delicious chicken drumsticks, rice, watermelon and yellow curry. We then went to see the long necked villages. The tour guy was desperate to get us to pay but even though he lowered the price, we just stayed with the van. We then walked round the fake waterfall, and accidently went too high and saw the villages and it looked rubbish. We then drove to the orchid and butterfly farm. I though it was rubbish because it didn't touch the butterfly migration in Mexico. We went Cooking Love restaurant which always has a queue outside, but because it had been raining there was no queue. I had sukiyaki seafood soup which was amazing.
We went to lots of wats. One of the wats had a gong which was bigger than my dad. We also bought some interesting souvenirs. I had tasty teriyaki chicken for lunch, but I sprained my ankle really badly and couldn't really walk so dad bought some food from 7 Eleven for dinner.
Dad had buy me a bandage for my ankle, and go to the bus station to buy a new ticket. It was my birthday but I could only go the closest restaurants. I had sweet and sour river fish for lunch. I also had grilled squid, coconut icecream, battered fish and battered chicken.

Elephant Riding 2

Elephant Riding 2


Bamboo rafting in the rain

Bamboo rafting in the rain


Hugging the elephants

Hugging the elephants


Eating BBQ Squid

Eating BBQ Squid

Chiang Rai
We from a nice hotel with a shared bathroom. I had sukiyaki with seafood for lunch. We went to the night market and had delicious battered sardines, chips and chicken for dinner. But I don't like shared bathrooms.
We changed hotel and had an ensuite bathroom which was nicer. It rained all day so we played cards and went to the internet café. We went to the night market and had hot pot. There was a man on stage singing, "Shoo why, shoo why, why, why, why, why", and "Puff the Magic Dragon" in Thai.

We caught the bus to the border of Thailand. The bus was lovely because there were all local people on the bus and no tourists and when you looked out the window, you saw rice fields.

Spicy Hot Pot Food Stand, Chiang Rai Night Food Market

Spicy Hot Pot Food Stand, Chiang Rai Night Food Market

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Taiwan

(via LA)

Los Angeles
In LA we caught a bus to the science museum. In the science museum I cycled across a wire 34m above the ground. In the science museum I also touched a sea urchin, built a skyscraper and got told air weighs a lot, but we don't feel it because we are in equilibrium. But if you take air out of a container it's no longer in equilibrium and that's why it is hard to pull apart.

We had breakfast and caught the shuttle bus to the airport. In the airport there was an amazing play area and I played with a Chinese American boy. Then we caught a 14 hour aeroplane to Taiwan. On the plane we had a tablet, slippers and a blanket.

LA science museum

LA science museum

Taiwan
We crossed the international date line on the plane and arrived at Taiwan. Getting through immigration was a lot quicker. We had massive jet lag. The time difference was 10 hours. We arrived at Bee House Hotel and went to sleep.

Taipei
We caught the metro to the cable car station. Then we took the cable car up to the tea farms. Our car had a glass floor. At the tea plantation we met a tea farmer who let us try some of his produce. The cable car journey was 4km long. We caught a bus back down the mountain. When we got back, the people at our hotel helped us find a doctor for mummy. At the night market we smelt stinky tofu; it was really stinky.
We caught the metro to Taipei101, one of the tallest buildings in the world. We went to the food court first and I had dumplings with rice noodles. We caught the fastest elevator in the world up to the top of Taipei101, the 5th tallest building. In the gift shop the prices were ridiculous. For a pencil it was 5 pounds. Finally we had a pudding flavoured ice lolly and went to bed.

Fish Wonton soup and noodles, Taipei

Fish Wonton soup and noodles, Taipei

Taichung
We went to Taichung. We had a massive hotel room with a lounge and a garden area. We had a massive breakfast. Later we had delicious dumplings and pot sticks. We went to see the giant Buddha and learnt about Buddhism, and I played in the dancing water fountains. We had tasty squid lips, monkey shrimps, crab claws and whole squids.
We went to the 921 Earthquake Museum. It was the biggest quake in Taiwan. It was based around the old school which was destroyed by the quake and was near the epicenter of the quake. We had spicy chicken, sausages, crepe and a onion pancake.
We went to the museum of natural science and learnt that all the computer chips are made in Taiwan. I bought lego dinosaurs in the gift shop and then we went to the beautiful botanical gardens. We had pasta bakes and a strawberry and rose slushy for lunch.

Order Form for restaurant serving pot stickers and soup, takes a while to decipher

Order Form for restaurant serving pot stickers and soup, takes a while to decipher


Thomas orders a variety of pot stickers including spicy Korean and garden vegetable

Thomas orders a variety of pot stickers including spicy Korean and garden vegetable


Ruins of Guangfu Junior High School, 921 Earthquake Museum

Ruins of Guangfu Junior High School, 921 Earthquake Museum

Tainan
We caught a bus to Tainan. Our hotel was called Famous Hotel, and there were lots of mossies in the room. For lunch we had milkfish and shrimp rolls, and tasty shaved ice with fruit and sweet milk.
The hotel breakfast was cold and not very tasty. We looked at some temples where people were throwing moon stones and burning fake money to give to the spirits. Moonstones were used for asking questions and then when you threw them if one landed on the curved side and the other on the flat it was positive. I had ramen with spicy chicken for lunch.
I found lots of bed bug bites from Famous Hotel.

Taiwanese milk fish and shrimp rolls (Taiwan speciality dish)

Taiwanese milk fish and shrimp rolls (Taiwan speciality dish)

Shaved Ice (Taiwan speciality dessert dish) from oldest shaved ice shop in Taiwan (1947)

Shaved Ice (Taiwan speciality dessert dish) from oldest shaved ice shop in Taiwan (1947)


Joss money (gold money) ready for burning in the furnace, temple in Tainan

Joss money (gold money) ready for burning in the furnace, temple in Tainan

Kaohsiang
We caught a train to Kaohsiang. We went to our hotel Sunnyside and it had a christmas tree. We went to a diner, and had clams and passionfruit tea. It was tasty. At the night market we had tasty chicken with spicy powder.
We went to the Watermark hotel. It has Japanese style beds in a lovely room. We had a really spicy curry and delicious shaved ice.
We went to Cijin island on the ferry with bicycles from the hotel. We went up the hill to a fort without guns and went to the lighthouse. We cycled the length of the island and cycled for 4 hours. We had Japanese hot pot with rice noodles and seafood and cooked it ourselves on a gas ring on our table.
The Watermark's breakfast has cereal, bacon, microwave, raisins and steamed buns. It is the best in Taiwan.
We went on a train to Lotus Lake. We looked round the different temples and went in a tiger and a dragon. I had a cola and orange slushy there.
We cycled along Love River and we cycled for 4 hours again. We had shrimp and mango tea for lunch. We had super plum drink and curry pockets for tea.

Ferry from Gushan to Cijin Island (with our bikes), Kaohsiung

Ferry from Gushan to Cijin Island (with our bikes), Kaohsiung

Dried Fish and other condiments, market on Cijin Island

Dried Fish and other condiments, market on Cijin Island

Cycle Trail, Gushan Harbour, Kaohsiung

Cycle Trail, Gushan Harbour, Kaohsiung


Japanese style hot pot with noodles, Kaohsiung

Japanese style hot pot with noodles, Kaohsiung

Taichung
We caught a 3 hour bus back to Taichung. I walked for 15 minutes with my backpack to the new hotel. We went to a restaurant and had fish with rice.
We went to Xitou forest. The bamboo arbortorium was rubbish it was tiny and the park was so mistywe couldn't see the people in front of us. It was really cold because it was up a mountain and the skywalk in the trees was dated. Some people were in hammocks and others gave us biscuits and I played in an amazing playground.
We caught a bus to the natural history museum. I bought loads of awesome lego dinosaurs, and saw a huge t-rex and velocerapter moving and roaring. We saw amzing replicas of the native aboriginal villages.

Which trail should we follow in the mist?

Which trail should we follow in the mist?

Deeper into the misty forest

Deeper into the misty forest

Bamboo Arboretum

Bamboo Arboretum

Taipei
We caught a bus back to Taipei. Our new hotel was amazing. It had snacks all 24 hours, the beds were soft and I had a Taiwan pot noodle.
We went to the zoo and saw giant pandas, lions, white rhinos, chimpanzees and gorillas, and I bought a giant panda. We had tasty pot stickers and snacks at our hotel. Then we caught a bus to the airport and went to the foodcourt to sleep. The 7 Eleven stayed open 24 hours. We tried to brave the night.

Sleeping at Taipei airport

Sleeping at Taipei airport

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