I spent the final 2 weeks of my trip in the ninth country, Thailand. We headed up over the border on the south eastern corner and onwards to Hat Yai. We weren’t really sure once we made it past the border where we’d end up that evening. Having eventually decided on a train out of the border town we were flagged down leaving the station for a bus to Phuket. We ended up arriving at like 1am and were bundled into a hotel by the minibus driver which I’m sure he made handsome commission from.
Singapore and Malaysia served as a good introduction so far for Asia. Singapore is a huge spectacularly clean and modern city with lavish air conditioned malls all over the place. Even on the shuttle from the airport to my hostel it made an impact after coming from a rather autumnal Australia. Firstly the humidity, even arriving at 11pm it was almost suffocating in the humidity, especially in the jeans I was wearing! Then you have the sky scrappers, so many and so many more being built all the time, and many are rather oddly shapped, including one which has a building that looked like a boat spanning the top of 3 skyscrapers!