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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

delights, including its beach and some lovely British colonial architecture. It deserves another visit which unfortunately I doubt I'll be able to grace it with.

Back in Butterworth, I jumped on yet another night train for the main event, Kuala Lumpur, and to be reunited with a former travelling companion.

(Yes, I mean Noesha. Yes, I know, again.)

Day 185: 4th August
Dere's a rat in me Starbuck's
The flag of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A loud, wailing Indian kid woke me and the rest of the carriage, and very possibly the whole train and nearby houses at 0530 this morning. I figured I could certainly give the little blighter something to wail about if I hung him by one foot from the ceiling fan. This beautiful mental image kept me going for the hour it took for us to arrive at Kuala Lumpur.

We pulled into KL Sentral, a spotless gleaming whizz-bang station straight out of a sci-fi flick. It made poor old Hualampong in Bangkok, with its Family Fortunes-style departures board, look a fair bit dated. Having said that, I know which I