People I met while backpacking Ep1.

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Usually when you travel,what do you look forward most? The food, the attractions, or the country? I personally love meeting people, as much as I love eating.  For me the people I met while I travel co-author my backpacking tales. They are the colours to my painting. Some are really good people, some are just friends and some who call themselves family-to-me.  I have to admit that I met some bad ones too… part and parcel of life eh?

So far, I’ve only backpack to five Asian countries; Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei (solo traveling  or with my sisters). Maybe my experience is not as much as people who have traveled their whole life, but it is enough for me to at least understand people a lot better then before.
The Travel Penguins. 

How did I meet these people and finally calling ourselves The Travel Penguins? By chance and love for traveling I must say! I seriously admire them from their blogs, we kept tweeting each other. Sharing traveling tales and whatnot till one day it was fated that we were meant to meet and travel together! All thanks to the Kuantan, Pahang trip and the crazy night at Teluk Chempedak Beach, I am happy to call them, my traveling family. :’) 

This is to the crazy bunch of Travel Penguins Jard, Fie and Lily! 


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Krabi: revisited on the road to Ayutthaya.
What Tsunami has to do with a banana-pineapple smoothie? It looks like a far off connection eh? Well, I’ve been to Krabi, Thailand twice this year and I will never miss getting my dose of banana-pineapple smoothie from this one particular roadside stall by the Krabi River.

I still remember the old lady who manned the stall, the same lady who told me how she was there during the Tsunami and how bad it was as well how she coped with losing her family. I sat there the whole night listening to her despite her poor command of English.   Well, the drink she made was great. The 1st time I was there, in one night, I drank 6 glasses. It was that good! 

Fast forward 6 months after that, I was on my way to Ayutthaya and decided on a detour to Krabi. Little that I expected that the same lady, the same stall will still stand there. And the best part  is that she remembered me, and in tears she excitedly said in her thick Thai accent “You comeback! You comeback ! Banana smoothie?” .

I couldn’t resist giving her a tight hug, knowing that she still alive and healthy just made me happy. 


More stories on people I’ve met while I backpack in another episodes. Till then, keep on traveling peeps! 😀

Author: Rayyan Haries

A Malaysian boy's journey becoming a man through his journey travelling and volunteering around the world.

12 thoughts on “People I met while backpacking Ep1.”

    1. hhaha,,jgn kata makcik tu ingat, sekali konduktur bus dari hat yai -krabi pon orang yg sama! huhuhu… aku sampai pack up hostel, terus si reception tu peluk. Aku rasa orang ingat aku sal my size kot,muahaha ^^

      tapi seronok lah bila orang ingat kan senang nak buat apa2

  1. rayyan, dolu2 org cakap veni vedi veci. i pulak, baca travelogue rayyan, study map, pack my belongings then go. i reached aonang beach, thanks to you, thanks to you on 5 may 2014. splendid. i wish to share few photos with you.

  2. at chao fa pier depan customs house, i makan sup daging sedap giler rayyan. gerai hj abdollah. anak2 mestilah nutella pancake with banana. pineapple banana smoothie – berapa cup tak ingat, cha yen, nasi goreng, pad thai, kuih pau, cockles with basil leaves sepinggan … burrppp. alhamdudillah. makan 4 orang, 400 baht = 40 hinggit. mewah, mewah.

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