Leaving the UK during the Christmas period has its obvious advantages; not so much of the post-Christmas clean happens, you miss out on post-Christmas depression, and you miss the crazy antics of shoppers during the sales. However, there may be a downside. As the Christmas period was not seen to the end (i.e. seeing all of the above), my brain still thinks it’s Christmas. I’ve been singing ‘Rudolph the red nosed reindeer’ nearly every single day of the trip so far. I’ve managed to down-scale it to a simple whistling of the tune, but it’s even managed to take over the constant ‘I believe I can fly’ lyrics that are usually stuck in my head (all down to watching ‘Space Jam’ one too many times I think), and as some will know (namely Elaine), that’s pretty impressive!
As if this is not bad enough, we started saying ‘Angkor Wat’ to the tune of ‘Byker Grove’, now THAT’S stuck in my head too. (Newcastle accent and all…)
Despite these annoyances, we’ve loved our crazy detour. We were back in a city we loved and had a great time revisiting sites, plus seeing new ones…this city houses the world’s 8th largest shopping mall. Inside this shopping mall is a theme park, one of its rides is a massive rollercoaster, insane did now quite cover how we felt about it!
So, time to say where our detour was: Kuala Lumpur! If you look at our trip from Vientiane, to Kuala Lumpur, to Siem Reap, you will see how utterly ridiculous it truly is. But we’re happy, our budget is happy, and our bodies are happy at the significantly shorter time we need to take horrible malaria tablets for!
So tomorrow we leave this amazing city for the last time, and head towards Siem Reap, and the wonders of Angkor Wat…we can’t wait!