Kuala Lumpur (Burkit Bintang) Tuesday 5th February

Happy Chinese New Year, it is the year of the Pig.

The Chinese New Year is a national holiday here, nearly 21% of the 31,000,000 population of Malaysia is of Chinese ethnicity. This meant the roads were all very quiet as we cycled in to Kuala Lumpur, the short 22 kilometre cycle turned out to be really nice not the chaotic stream of cars we were expecting.

Lots of construction everywhere

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George Town, Thaipusam Wednesday 23rd January

We got up again around 12:30 am to walk out to Jalan Burma where the third and final day of Thaipusam has the silver chariot pulled by oxen due between 1:00 am and 2:00 am. There were the huge piles of coconuts still waiting by the roadside, the earshattering music being played, the food and water being given out from roadside booths, hundreds of people finely dressed all waiting.

Everyone awaits the chariot

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Bridge over the River Kwai Wednesday 5th December

After our late night last night, we had a later breakfast then took a stroll out to try and find a bookstore not far from the hotel. Sadly once again Google failed us, no bookstore at all. Back to the hotel for a final pack up as we have a taxi booked to take us and our still boxed bicycles to Kanchanburi better known as the location of The Bridge Over The River Kwai.

The show ends (see later)

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