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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

fact, it didn't even feel like part of Thailand to me at all.

I managed to matchstick my eyes open long enough to board the train, which finally arrived gone 2am, and crawled gratefully into my sleeper to be rocked to sleep, ready to wake up in a different country, my seventh this trip.

Day 184: 3rd August
I can't believe it's not Butterworth
The flag of Malaysia

Butterworth, Malaysia

Although I like train travel, I was growing restless. The journey had taken an age, with a particularly long delay at the border after immigration. I've since learned that due to terrorist activity in the Muslim south, the authorities scan the train for bombs, which attributed to some of the delay.

And so at 1pm, with limbs pleasingly still attached, we pulled into the functional transport hub of Butterworth, Malaysia, and I immediately boarded a ferry to the infinitely more interesting island of Penang.

The thing that struck me immediately about Malaysia was the wonderful multicultural mix of people. Predominantly Muslim Malays brush