From Penang we booked a minibus all the way to Bangkok (instead of the train or one of the more expensive buses). The ride to Hat Yai, a city in Thailand’s far south close to the Malaysian border, wasn’t too bad. The thing was that we arrived there late and thus missed the bus that was supposed to take us to Bangkok. For that reason, we had to wait six hours before boarding the next minibus. Hence we arrived in Bangkok in the middle of the night instead of late evening.
In the morning of our last full day on Penang Island, we went hiking in «Taman Negara Pulau Pinang» (Penang National Park). The hike mainly led us through a jungle colored in more than fifty shades of green with weird sounds and exotic plants everywhere. It was beautiful and relaxing despite the heat and the numerous noisy Chinese tourists.
Later on in the day, we visited the «Kek Lok Si» temple, roughly 50 minutes by bus from Georgetown.
We arrived in Butterworth super early in the morning after a terribly long bus ride. The city is the gateway to the island Penang, where we were headed. After waiting for around two hours, we could finally board the first ferry, which took us to Georgetown in roughly 15 minutes. We walked to our hostel, the House of Journey, and waited for another few hours. Luckily, we were allowed to check in early in the morning and sleep for a bit.
After a few relaxing days on Tioman, we took the boat back to Mersing and travelled northwards to Kuala Besut. Another ferry and we were on another wonderful island: Perhentian Besar, one of the two Perhentian Islands. A little bit more touristy than Tioman but nevertheless a great place to spend some days lying in the sun.
On July 1, I boarded a plane to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My girlfriend had spent the last few months there as an exchange student. Now the time had come to spend a few weeks traveling through Southeast Asia. We spent the first few days in the capital, where I didn’t take a single photo (even though we came back for a few days at the end of our trip). So, fast forward to a few days later when, after quite a journey, we arrived on the paradisal island Tioman.
Kødbyen is Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District turned creative neighborhood. Among other things, it comprises art galleries, coffee shops, bars and restaurants. Read about the highlights here.
Finding decent coffee in Copenhagen is not too difficult a task. My intention was finding the best one though (which, admittedly, wasn’t all that hard either.) So here we go: The Coffee Collective, best coffee in Copenhagen.
They have three locations in the city, I first went to the Jægersborggade one. The café’s setting was simple yet cozy, everything was really focused on the coffee (although they did serve good breakfast too). They roast their coffee right in there for everyone to see.
Torvehallerne (Danish for the market halls) consists of two halls filled with countless food stands. Refreshing smoothies, delicious coffee and tea, exotic spices, tasty sandwiches, gourmet hot dogs, experimental interpretations of dishes from around the world, affordable prices and, of course, free Wi-Fi.
Superfuckingfantastic and beautiful food and great lemonade (as well as probably other beverages). Try one of the delicious quiches and the ginger-mint lemonade. A lemon tart for dessert and you’re in heaven.
Here’s some more in black and white. Those days in Copenhagen marked the end of almost half a year in the North. Good times. I’d really like to go back (over and over again) to see a lot more, discover new places, and visit the ones I miss. Copenhagen was the perfect last stop to slowly end this time.