Although my Internship get extended till this end of month, I still manage to get myself out from hectic corporate world and enjoy this wonderful trips with friends.
Fyi, this is a trip only went by 4 sticks. I called it 'Malaklou' trip to Betong. Haha, but it turn out fun to hang out with only dudes as we can express ourselves with more freedom. Oh, all those topics that with chit-chatted all the way in the car, it still fresh in my mind.
Anyway, Junyen brought along his newly gadget collection
A GPS. Well, it turn out pretty useless in Thailand though and have to fully dependent on maps printed from internet. For this, I need address courtesy to Junyen for all the preparation done.
We stopped by Ipoh for one night before heading out to Thailand. Thanks to Yc for providing us a heart-warming shelter.
Betong, is a small town of Thailand which govern by Yala Province. It located just beside Perak borders. Specifically, 10-20km away from Pengkalan Hulu. So, from Ipoh, we traveled by Trunk Road and heading toward Gerik.
Running on Trunk Road is fun ! Because you don't get bored like PLUS highway. And you can stop town by town for sight-seeing or whatever. From googling, I found out there is a town called Lenggong which we will pass by. From internet sources, it is famous for its Wan Tan Mee ! It called Loh Dee Wan Tan Mee
Oh, I am so excited because I am all crazy about Wan Tan Mee. Especially the good one. And that day is Sunday ! Damn, I am pretty sure it is open ! Who will close their shop during the best selling day in the week.
So, we finally arrived at the town of Lenggong and try searching for that shop for breakfast.
Uh. *Disappointed*. It really closed that day. I am so crazy about it and yet it closed on Sunday. Therefor, we continue our journey to Thailand through the Trunk Road. We decided to have our breakfast at Pengkalan Hulu. But that will be almost 2hours driving distance away from here.
So, we finally arrived and simply stop at one coffee shop to have our breakfast. Initially we decided to have our breakfast at Betong because Pengkalan Hulu and Betong are just 15 minutes away. But our stomach can't hold on any longer.
So, we have a Pan-Mee breakfast.
Edmund order a cup of hot coffee to kick-start his day.
And we continue our journey to the Betong. And after 15 minutes or so of driving, finally we reached the border and of course, there will be an Immigration building from both country.
Just few steps away and we will place our foot on a foreign country !
Ya I know. This is just Thailand so I do not need to get so excited about it. Well, this is my first time over sea-ing. Forgive me.
Speaking of immigration procedure. We have to fork out Rm4 for processing procedure and another Rm 3 for Car entry. Personally, I think they pocketed the money themselves. Anyway, don't let this few Ringgit to spoil our fun right ? Haha
Hip Hip Hooray and we drive in Thailand !
First thing first, we hunt for our stay. Junyen had came here before, so he recommend us this hotel called Butterfly .... erm I forget.
The cost is cheap. It cost us Rm 73 per night. The room is large and have balcony. Since we are all dudes, we decided to cramp together in this room. But the stupid us, had forget that most of the hotel policy would not allow so much people to cramp into a room. Especially when we have number of four to cramp in this two person room.
We should have go into the room separately instead of acting like F4 and walking in together ! Argh !!!!
After failing to negotiate with hotel management, we have to open a new room but with cheaper price. Rm50. So, in total we have to pay rm 123 for accommodation.
Speaking about his hotel, if you know all those taboo. Then I bet you can't sleep properly that night. Apparently our room is located on the poorest fengshui of all. First, one of our room is located on fourth floor, and one room is facing directly to the lift and another room is located on far end corner of corridor. Not to mention that there is a super big mirror placing at the end of the bed. So, you will see your handsome face first thing in the morning. Haha
Anyway, we guys still have a super good sleep that night and frankly, I felt no disturbance at all. Thanks god.
Ok, let get back to the schedule. As soon as we settle our luggage, we drive to the town and have our sight-seeing and food hunting. And we get welcome by a heavy rain-pour. So, we simply stop by a coffee shop and have our lunch as we can't really see properly the available choice as the rain poured really heavy that time.
So, we have Wan Tan Mee. Thailand Style of course.
Actually, it look exactly like Malaysia style. But, they don't really concentrate on the charshiew sauce which we use to like. The noodle is quite plain if eat as it served originally. So, we are expected to add the seasoning ourselves with provided chili powder, super spicy sauce and etc. One thing that is really cool about Thailand Wan Tan Mee is the noodle. The noodle is totally hand made and you can really tell that as soon as you munch it. I like the noodle but not the taste though.
The rain stopped, so we start strolling around. One thing that I notice is Thaist ride motorcycle most of the time. Without helmet and always carrying an umbrella with them. It is raining season, so ... I see this a lot !
I found that this action of carrying umbrella while riding a bike is something I not use to see it in M'sia. Or maybe it don happen at KL. Haha
By the way, You will definitely meet the Thai King ! Even the blind will see it because
One of the trademark of Betong. The Clock Tower.
And we continue to stroll the shop and market. Oh uh ! so happened that I found out my favorite stuffs !!
Guns !!!! and it is Gas-operated BB gun !!! It looked so damn real and almost impossible to differentiate it from the real stuffs. I want it so badly but have to realize that it is totally illegal in Malaysia. I am drooling all the way when scanning all of their collection...
It cost around Rm 400+ per gun.. too bad, I will get myself in hot soup for getting this. So, out of fear, I suppress the temptation.
And expected from Thailand, the condom vending machine !
10 baht per condom. Cheap or expensive ? There are a lot of massage parlor over there too. LOL
Just to let you know how big Betong is, we climb a long stairs of Muzium of Betong
And snap Betong Town photos from top.
I would say, medium size as we could visit almost every corner of the place within a day or two. Before our dinner, we visit a tourist spot. A Buddha temple.
But we went in late ! The main shrine hall is closed. So we only get to hang around outside of the temple.
Oh, about the currency.
My advise is, you do not need to trouble yourselves to change this currency as Betong accept Ringgit as well. They see 10 baht = Rm 1. But as the matter of fact, the actual rate is around rm0.90 cent per 10baht. So, we earn if we buy their stuff using our currency. So, don't bother yourselves to change ya.
Dinner time ! Junyen knew very well where to eat and straightaway guide us there. For dinner, of course we want spicy and firely stuff because we are in Thailand babe.
Out for 4-5 dishes, the Tomyam-gung is Good. Real Good
And one more special food. Really special and original. The *Junyen said* Gong-Chan-Lampa. Err, it sound like testicle, but we are not eating that stuffs lol.
It is raw prawn served with super-firely-spicy hot sauce for dipping purpose. No joke. This sauce can kill. It is not mean for faint hearted. We are all wetting the floor and table when have our first taste on this sauce. It even make tomyam-gung taste nothing but a sour soup. We end up getting double thick sausage at the end of dinner.
Haha, after a hearty dinner. We stroll the town again. Betong's night life.
And it is different from I was expecting. I thought Betong's night life would look like Petaling street. And I thought there will be sex workers standing beside streets to get business. I was totally wrong. Betong's night life is peaceful.
So, we just stroll around the night town. And visit some shop lots. Do you guys know porn is legal in Thailand ? Just to make sure, we entered a shop selling VCD & DVD and skim through their products. And Yes, we found PORN !!!!!! A massive collection of Porns !!!! (We didn't buy those)
Liquors in Thailand is dirt cheap as well. Because it did not get taxed insanely like Malaysia. So, we bought 3 big bottle of big beers with total cost of 130 baht and drank it dry-off in our room. And yea, we have a good night sleep that night.
I even heard rumor said that Thailand television channel will air porn after starting from midnight. So we (the healthy and curious boy) waiting anxiously while kept on changing channel to see whether the rumor is true or not. And then, we get fed up as we get really sleepy after bottom-up the beers.
and so, we gave up the the rumor free porn from tv, and call it a day.
Ps : I woke up at 4 am that night due to stomachache. Well, expected after a firely dinner. And I checked the channel again. Confirmed. The rumor is a lie afterall.