So we needed to do our first visa run! After 3 months our visa in Malaysia ran out, so we hopped on to the ferry to Thailand which is super close.
We.loved.Thailand! It is so close but so different from Malaysia. Everything seems more cheerful, colourful, more relaxed. I guess the religion makes the difference.
On the way from the ferry to the city Satun we met Daniel, also on his visa run, and had a nice chat. We checked into a little hostel in Satun and explored the town. Our eyes got caught by a sweet tiny colourful shop selling candies for passing by school kids. It was decorated with such love and happiness that we had to check it out. We talked to the owner Bee a little bit, who was so openhearted and lovely. She spontaneously invited us to have dinner at her mother's restaurant later tonight.
So we went there in the evening, together with Daniel, and if her shop was already full of kitsch and colors, then her mother's place was a whole different level!
It was a little restaurant at the street but it was packed with art and decoration, most of it done by Bee's mother. She was just as sweet as Bee and said she regularly changes the interior, painted new stuff on the walls, hangs up new items she finds etc. It was so lovely seeing this incredible place!
And it was a karaoke place too! A lot of Thai came here to have some food in the evening, but most of all - to sing! Of course we had to take our turn too, and we sang "Yellow" from Coldplay (one of the few songs I knew from the playlist) and got compliments afterwards.
It was such a heartwarming evening, and Bee and her mother even gave me a necklace as a present afterwards. What wonderful people!
By the way - on the way back to Malaysia we got told at the border that we needed to stay at least 3 days outside of the country, which we hadn't known obviously. Luckily the border control guy was nice enough to let us in.