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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

Magically, she surfaced the other end of the bus station and we wildly flagged down our bus, which was in a queue to leave, flopping down in our seats to settle our nerves and our gurgling Indian stomachs.

"I need a holiday after that", I thought.

Day 190: 9th August
Keep Refrigerated
The flag of Malaysia

Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Now don't get me wrong, I love air-conditioning. But just like Thai cinemas, on Malaysian buses they take it a little too seriously. After an hour or so on the bus Noesha and I were shivering violently as a result of conditions normally only found inside the Arctic Circle (or in the freezer compartment of your local supermarket). I could feel the gangrene setting in, and was about to declare that I was "just going out for a while and I may be some time", but then we reached the salvation of the rest stop and we were first in line to retrieve warming layers of clothing from our backpacks stowed beneath.

We arrived before dawn at 5.30am, both of us feeling amazingly refreshed having slept well for possibly the first time on a night bus. The buses were indeed luxuriously comfortable. Sitting in a nearby cafe run by a kindly,