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Vinpearl Land

To get there we had to take a taxi for 20,000 dong each then go on a cable car (4 minutes) which is the longest one over water in the world at 3km long. It doesn’t stop so you have to hop on and off. On the way there we saw something carved into the mountain and the people going down it. So we went there first. It is called the alpine coaster and was like that ride I did in Germany where you control the speed. Had to go quite slow because the people in front of me did.

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Next we went on Roller Coaster twice, once at the front and again at the back and the back was scarier. Front felt like pushing while the back felt like dragging and like you were going to get thrown off. There was no line anywhere. We were then sweating quite a lot so we went to the waterpark.

10,000 for a locker and they put the key into a crayon-looking thing which went around your neck. We did Multi-slides 3 time, racing, black/space hole, kamikaze—they went twice, I went once because it is abusive!—tsunami slide too many times to count, flying boat twice, rafting slide 5 times, body slide twice and wave pool for a bit. The rafting slide and body slide had tubes which were painted like snakes and had slits of light coming though the pitch black so I thought it was quite fun. This was all in 2 hours. I fell out of flying boat and cut my elbow–so be careful!

Next we went to the aquarium which was really good for being included. There was a mermaid show and tunnel which a conveyor belt brought you though.

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Next was lunch at Lotteria. I ate leftovers from my train ride, followed by a fashion show.

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Then pirate ship, animal circus (depressing), 4d Aladdin movie, riding a bull, some arcade games (which I was terrible at), bumper cars (where I was a bull), swing carousel which tilted and evolution which had us hanging upside down for a longgg time. One of my friends freaked out in a very monotone way saying ‘oh my god. Oh my goodness’ so I correct him to say ‘oh my Buddha’ in-between laughing. We saw the sunset upside down.

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We then raced back to the alpine coaster and waited at the top so we could go faster. Still caught up with everyone.


Around Sihanoukville

Woke at 8:30 to leave at 9 for breakfast which was included in our day out boating and trekking for $20. We didn’t get to use the menu though (like we thought the day before when we booked it), just 2 eggs and a baguette (and a plate of bacon and fruit). Then a bus to where we got on the boat. The river we went down was Pre Toek Sap and we stopped at Ma Ou Ranger Station (I think) which would be a nice lookout if it was not raining. It was a fun building to go up because it was old and dangerous and the top floor had a hole from a fire which is stuck my legs though.

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Back on the boat Visna (our local guide) was cooking our BBQ barracuda/chicken which was interesting because it was a fire on our tiny boat. We saw lots of fishermen including ones looking for scallops or ones looking or clams and some diving birds. No dolphins though.

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Then we stopped at Thomor Tom beach dolphin station for lunch where the park rangers cooked (reheated) and were super nice. The barracuda was delicious. Coke in a glass bottle too. Beautiful looking beach but the smell was terrible once we go there probably because of the bathroom.

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From here we hiked to what is now Chinese beach but was Koh Sam Pouch beach (because of Chinese development even though it is a national park). We saw lots of water buffalo who made funny faces, a mother chicken and her babies, a huge pig (well, a few) and some colorful plants. It was raining and muddy the whole day, but that didn’t stop us!

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The beach was pretty nice and there were waves and pretty shells. Also a very long pier and a swing for fun pictures.  We were here about an hour.

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Next we drove to Kbal Chay Waterfall. One was massive! So many levels of the fall as well. A smaller one met up with it and this was less powerful so we got some pictures in it. Very slippery in the area because of moss on rocks underwater. We then walked a bit to a pool to swim in that lead to the small waterfall. It was cold and clear but didn’t look clear because of the rocks at the bottom. Such a strong current that when I did the breast stroke I didn’t move.

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Back into the van to go to Wat Leo Temple which is famous for monkeys. The temple itself was beautiful and had lots of decorations up. Sit, Visna and the bus driver made strange sounds and called the monkeys over for us to feed them and take photos. We then went to a lookout at the temple which, again, would be better on a clear day. Still great. Van back to the hotel.

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I sent postcards this morning for 3,000 each. Europe and Asia should have been cheaper but I’m not bother by 200 for the 3 that didn’t go to the Americas.

Dinner at the same place (Angkor Beach Bar) and I got veggie curry for $3 and fresh lime juice for $1 when it should have been $1.25. Woop. Leaving at 7 tomorrow for Vietnam.

Batu Caves

In the morning we went to the Batu Caves. The KL Kummuter costs 1 ringgit there are 2 ringgits back (that’s how they get you!). It takes about half an hour and leaves every half hour. No kissing on the trains!

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After we bought tickets there, I learned that the minimum wage is 5 ringgits an hour. If you work for one hour you can take a KL Kummuter from KL Sentral and back but not much more. Keep that in mind when things don’t seem to work properly, like only having one working gate taking tickets, or no working gates and just a guy taking tickets.

Upon arrival at the Batu Caves, you will have to cross a round-a-bout/rotary/traffic-circle/circle/whatever-you-want-to-call-it and then you can go straight in, past a few people trying to sell souvenirs and hats. There is a huge green Hanuman (monkey god) right past the first gate, and this was where we saw most of the monkeys. Many people gave them coconuts, but some were dumpster divers and pulled a bag of what looked like scrambled eggs out of a trash can for many monkeys to eat. There were even some babies attached to their mother. One shrine is right behind Hanuman, and another is in front to the left and up some stairs.

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Going past the little stairs, you will come to a pond with a fountain, and a parking lot for tour groups across from the huge golden statue of Hanuman. There were tons of pigeons there as well, and tourists were making them go crazy–shouldn’t they be used to it like the monkeys?

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From here, you can go up the stairs (260 steps) to the top to see the real part of the shrine, which is also filled with monkeys. You can go into the cave and there are two (?) shrines (and many more statues which could be shrines as well) and one you have to pay for. We did not do that as we could see into it and have no religious reason to go there, where people seemed to be praying heavily.

On the way back down the steps we stopped by the Dark Cave (to the right). It was recently conserved more and you can take a 45 minute tour or a 3 hour tour. We decided against that as that cost money and you probably would not be able to see much–it IS really dark, they have to give you a torch/flashlight.

After finishing the climb back down we tried some of the Southern Indian food there, and were not too impressed–either I don’t like Southern Indian food, Rawa Thosai (Onion Pancake), or the shop we went into (and probably the others as well) figured they didn’t have to try too hard at the tourist attraction. They also insisted on giving us chicken which we didn’t want and then charged us for it. I’d say don’t eat in the area and go for something more centrally (sentrally?) located.

Next we went to the KLCC.