At 3:30pm we were sitting in a very deluxe van with cushy mustard yellow seats, air-conditioning and even a movie screen, along with two Japanese guys, a Thai man and an Indonesian woman. We were told it was 1 1/2 hrs to the Malaysian border and during that time, Mr. Don, our driver, played a DVD of scantily clad woman “dancing” on stage at an international car show. The DVD featured up close shots of the women’s crotches, breasts and butts, and every once in awhile, showed a glimpse of a car. This went on for the 1st hour, when thankfully he put on a Thai comedy. Although we couldn’t understand the language, we were able to enjoy the Thai slapstick style comedy, replete with sound effects to accentuate glances and surprised looks or someone’s pants falling down. Again, this movie had a sexual theme.
But then, we had arrived at the border, when we all piled out of the van, waited in line at Thailand’s exit immigration, and were picked up on the other side. I’m sorry to say that this is where we lost the Thai passenger, who, for some reason, was not allowed beyond this point. On we drove to the Malaysian immigration where we again, piled out of the van, waited in line trying to remember the few Malaysian phrases we had leaned the last time we were in Malaysia and after putting our bags in an X-ray machine were picked up again and on we journeyed onward to the island of Penang, which is connected to the mainland by a 7-kilometer bridge.
After another 2 hours of the same semi-porn video we began with, we had reached Penang, which was one hour ahead of Thailand.
We found our hotel (Guest Inn Muntri) with ease, went looking for food and settled in for the night.
Stay tuned for our first day’s adventures in Penang!
Mindy and Ligeia :):)