Finally, after flying 8,000kms in nine hours, 10,000 metres above the earth, at speeds around 900 kph, with outside temperatures -50 degrees centigrade, and about half the journey being over Australia, the big metal container with wings, with over 500 passengers and crew, glided to a halt at the massive new Bangkok airport.
After several days re-acquainting myself with the frantic Bangkok metropolis, I flew on to the Sunset Beach Resort in Langkawi, Malaysia. The resort fronts a long clean beach in a bay containing several islands, where breakfast is served each morning, while planning the day's activities.
Malaysians are as friendly and cheerful as the Thais, the food as enjoyable, and the sightseeing as interesting and picturesque.
A Malay muslim I've had the good fortune to meet, helped me organise tours to the main attractions, which included:
The women seen in public are often dressed in colourful pastel shades of dress, rarely the sombre black.
After reading and seeing TV news editorials about muslims creating trouble in the world, it's a stunning experience to see and meet everyday cheerful muslims who go out of their way to happily chat and help a tourist.
Thai buddhists and Malay muslims, they're all delightful people who are a pleasure to meet.
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