Malaysian hitchhikes from Sweden back home on less than $300

Malaysian hitchhikes from Sweden back home on less than $300
Adventurous soul: Thong waiting for a lift at the border between Malaysia and Thailand.
PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

PETALING JAYA - Freelance scriptwriter Petrina Thong bravely hitchhiked from Stockholm, Sweden to Malaysia in 13 months, crossing 22 countries with only US$200 (S$270) as pocket money.

She said it was nerve-wracking at first, admitting she felt shy asking strangers to pick her up.

Thong, 29, who is from Petaling Jaya, flew to Stockholm in June last year with the sole intention of seeing how far she could travel just by hitchhiking.

Her exploits were published in Britain's Daily Mail yesterday, where she recounted her self-challenging adventures.

One of the most irritating aspects of her adventures was the constant barrage for sex from those who were giving her lifts, especially in Eastern Europe.

"Half the cars I got in, the men were asking for sex. But they never tried to physically to do anything.

"In the beginning, it was quite scary but after a while it just got irritating. After a while, I told them to stop asking me this question," she said.

If they were persistent, she said she would ask them to stop the car or else she would to jump out of it.

When her money ran out after three months into her journey, she even dug into trash cans for food.

However hard the times, she added, she met many amazing and kind folks who helped her tremendously.

Thong said given the chance, she would go on this adventure again because she knew, in the strangest of lands, there would be the kindest of people.

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