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After Phuket, I boarded a way overloaded ferry towards Koh Phi Phi. While boarding, I could only think of the South Korean accident. If this thing was going to roll, I was for sure jumping off. Luckily we had smooth sailing.

Upon my departure of the ferry, I took a casual stroll to my hotel room. Yes, my hotel room. They are half the cost of hostels in Australia, so it looks like Ill be in hotels for the foreseeable future. If I am feeling cheap, I guess I will pay $6 to $8 USD for a hostel.

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Economist Paul Romer once said “A Crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” Although he was referring to the rapidly rising education levels in other countries versus the US, economists took it as a positive spin on the 2008 market downturn. I am going to take it one step further and apply it to booking hotels in Thailand during low season and during a political crisis.

Why am I doing this? Well for three months I have been in hostels so as to reward myself and to take advantage of said unrest, I decided to book a five star resort in Phuket for three nights. How could I afford this? Luckily the cost was only $60 USD a night. I love Thailand.

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I am approaching three months of living in hostels, and over those three months, I have found that there are roughly ten types of people that you generally do not want to share a hostel room with. I thought it would be a good change of pace from the travel updates to write a different kind of article and share these ten types of people with you. This post probably resonates best with other backpackers, still I thought it would be fun to share!

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After Penang I took a bus to Kuala Lumpur (KL) which is the capital of Malaysia. The bus ride was an experience all in itself. We were told that the bus was leaving downtown Penang at 8 AM and that we were be to picked up at our hostel by a van to take us to downtown Penang at 7:30 AM. Our van arrived to pick us up at our hostel at 8:15 AM; forty five minutes late. We got on the van and drove to downtown Penang and boarded our bus. The bus was interesting. It was a two-story bus, and the top of the bus had twenty or so rows with three chairs across. The bottom of the bus (where we put our luggage mind you) was a bedroom complete with a couch, a bed, and a moped. Quite the unusual arrangement. Anyway the bus finally left downtown Penang at 8:43 AM.

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Penang is an island on the northwest side of mainland Malaysia. It is known for its excellent and cheap street food. I specifically went to George Town which is a small port city on the island of Penang developed by the British in 1786. In 2008, George Town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As a side note, Malaysia is a predominately Muslim nation. The majority of people here are Malay and for the most part Malay is synonymous with being Muslim. There is also a large Chinese and Hindu population. Scattered around George Town are elaborate mosques. I particularly enjoyed hearing the adhān; the call to prayer being sung out over the city at various times throughout the day. . Ornate Chinese and Hindu temples also dot the city landscape. Vb
It is a diverse and cultural city.

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