Phi Phi island – a wild ride or tranquility?

Long Beach on Phi Phi island.
Long Beach on Phi Phi island.

(Kho) Phi Phi Island is in what is called the Andaman Sea, part of the Eastern Indian Ocean and separated from the bay of Bengali by the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

On approach into Krabi airport (KBV).
On approach into Krabi airport (KBV).

You get to the island on a ferry from either Krabi (about 90 min) to the East or Phuket (about 2 hrs) to the West.

Krabi limestone rock formation.
Krabi limestone rock formation.
You likely will wind up on a ferry like this, there are also faster alternatives, but not really worth it in my opinion.
You likely will wind up on a ferry like this, there are also faster alternatives, but not really worth it in my opinion.
Andaman Sea Master Krabi - Phi Phi island.
Andaman Sea Master Krabi – Phi Phi island.
View of the Andaman Sea from the Andaman Sea Master Krabi - Phi Phi island.
View of the Andaman Sea from the Andaman Sea Master Krabi – Phi Phi island.

Once you arrive you need to pay the fee for entry into the national park area, payable by csh – it is currently August 2018 THB 400 for foreigners, add another THB 200 if you plan on going diving in the waters off the islands.

A girl wearing of all things a t-shirt from a Swedish hockey team (Djurgårdens IF) may be among the people greeting yiou upon your arrival on Phi Phi island.
A girl wearing of all things a t-shirt from a Swedish hockey team (Djurgårdens IF) may be among the people greeting you upon your arrival on Phi Phi island. Note that she is also wearing a “Foppa” toffel.

Once on the island, it is really up to you to decide which Phi Phi you prefer, wild ride or tranquility. If you chose to stay in “town”, that is by the ferry landing – it will likely be on the wilder side of things. The little town is bustling with bars, restaurants and other places of activity. However, if you prefer the tranquility part you may want to stay a little bit out from the ferry landing, just remember that you are pretty much at the mercy of the long tail boats for transportation into town.

In the longboat on the way out to Long Beach.
In the long tail boat on the way out to Long Beach.

There are no cars or really no motorized vehicles allowed, there are a few utility vehicles and there are also some “law-breakers” that have scooters, but not many. You can walk, but I can not recommend it and especially not if you have been in town imbibing, the walk is pretty long and at times treacherous. The long tail boats run most of the time, but there are exceptions, such as at low tide and with too high surf, they may not run, the captains are very much adverse to taking any risks with their boats so if the tide is too low or the surf too high you will have a hard time talking them into making the trip, offering better pay of course may help – standard fare somewhere between 100-200 THB (Thai Baht) each way ($3-6 USD) some of the resorts located further out on the island also may offer some boat services that are included.

A view of a longboat from shore.
A view of a long tail boat from shore.

Hotel Majestic – Kuala Lumpur

Hotel Majestic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - main entrance.
Hotel Majestic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – main entrance.

As the name implies, the Hotel Majestic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is just that, really really – Majestic. It is full of old world charm and the staff is fantastic, they all take such pride in their jobs and it is all centered on making you feel as welcome as it is humanly possible to make you feel, it is just a really great hotel and well worth the trip all on it’s own!

Hotel Majestic logo by the main entrance.
Hotel Majestic logo by the main entrance.

If you are lucky, Reza, the guest services manager of the Hotel Majestic will meet you upon your arrival and escort you up to your suite. Beforehand, he will have reached out to you to inquire about any dietary restrictions or other requests that you may have – all to make you feel so very welcome to the Hotel Majestic. At least this is true if you are lucky enough to have status with United Airlines Mileage Plus program that translates into status with the Marriot Rewards program.

Hotel majestic 14th floor suite, entrance.
Hotel majestic 14th floor suite, entrance.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, living room.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, living room.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, living room desk area.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, living room desk area.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, living room.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, living room.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, bedroom.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, bedroom.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, bedroom with a view of the bathroom.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, bedroom with a view of the bathroom.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, view from the bedroom window.
Hotel Majestic 14th floor suite, view from the bedroom window.

The highest looking building is the KL Tower (a.k.a. menara KL) which is not the tallest building, the tallest is the Petronas twin towers, but because the KL Tower sits on top of a hill in downtown KL, they appear to be the tallest. In the above picture there is a sideview of the Petronas twin towers which appear to be the third tallest in this picture. I recommend not trying to get up into the Petronas twin towers, you can not book tickets less  than 24 hrs into the future and the staff at the towers are extremely rude and unhelpful. There is also no outside viewing area in the Petronas towers, but there is in the KL Tower where you also get a nice view of the Petronas towers which you will not get if you go up in those towers.

Breakfast time at the Hotel Majestic, waiting for the Oatmeal porridge to arrive.
Breakfast time at the Hotel Majestic, waiting for the Oatmeal porridge to arrive.
Teatime in the salon at the Hotel Majestic KL.
Teatime in the salon at the Hotel Majestic KL.

If you feel like being a bit British while in Malaysia, you may take tea in the salon or Library at the Hotel Majestic in KL. You can enjoy some relaxing piano music and indulge in the goodies with your tea!

Tea time at Hotel Majestic.
Tea time at Hotel Majestic.
Tea time goodies at Hotel Majestic.
Tea time goodies at Hotel Majestic.

Sunset at the Floating Mosque in Melaka Malaysia

On of the most beautiful places in the world to watch the sun setting, is by the Malacca Straits and in particular with the “Floating Mosque” as a backdrop. These pictures were taken on Wednesday July 25 by our correspondent. The pictures were taken in the timespan of about 41 minutes with the first one taken at 19:06 local Malaysian time (GMT +8) and the last one at 19:47. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Floating Mosque in Melaka Malaysia on July 25 at 19:06
Floating Mosque in Melaka Malaysia on July 25 at 19:06
Floating Mosque in Melaka Malaysia on July 25 at 19:07
Floating Mosque in Melaka Malaysia on July 25 at 19:07
Floating Mosque in Melaka Malaysia on July 25 at 19:13
Floating Mosque in Melaka Malaysia on July 25 at 19:13
Floating Mosque in Melaka Malaysia on July 25 at 19:23
Floating Mosque in Melaka Malaysia on July 25 at 19:23
Floating Mosque in Melaka Malaysia on July 25 at 19:47
Floating Mosque in Melaka Malaysia on July 25 at 19:47

Charles Cham Artist in Melaka – Malacca City Malaysia

Orangutan House in Melaka functions as Charles Cham's studio.
Orangutan House in Melaka functions as Charles Cham’s studio.

If you visit Melaka, and I really think you should  – You will need to go visit Charles Cham at the “Orangutan house”. Charles is an artist who creates beautiful paintings and in addition to this, he also designs and sells t-shirts in his studio in the “Orangutan house”.

Charles got his inspiration to paint when he at 5 years old watched a movie about a painter with a magic brush. As soon as he got home from the movie he started drawing and painting and never stopped. Charles worked as an editorial artist in Kuala Lumpur fo a few years before he one day decided to go to France to paint. Charles became a member of “Association des Artistes Indépendants Aixois“, he exhibited at the Salon des Independants in 1990 and 1991. He returned home to Melaka Malaysia in 1991 and set up his studio in the old part of town and named it “The Orangutan House”.

Charles takes a picture of yoiu and the art you buy for use on his facebook page if you consent to that use.
Charles takes a picture of you and the art you buy for use on his facebook page if you consent to that use.

Charles is a very nice person and if you want to talk art with him he is very happy to do so. He is a renowned artist around the world and has exhibited in places such as, Singapore, Hong kong, Bali, Australia, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Portugal, Hungary and Malaysia. His paintings are generally based on the philosophy of Ying and Yang – “the duality of life and the attraction of opposites”.

Melaka river runs through the beautiful city of Melaka.
Melaka river runs through the beautiful city of Melaka.