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Log 3: Malacca, Ancient Malaysia
Unlike Ancient Vietnam, Malacca was a huge trading point. This meant that Gab and I could explore an entirely new environment. In the midst of coming into port, our sights had already focused on the market place that edged close to the water.
“This is probably one of the biggest cities we’ll visit, ...
... little helps! A minute's walk from the guesthouse was the river, which we walked along back to the main town square, past a few pretty Catholic churches (Portuguese influence) and quaint little streets. The riverside walk was really peaceful, with quite a few little independent bars, restaurant and cafés, all lit up with fairy lights once the sun had set. The town centre has also enjoyed Unesco World Heritage status since 2008 (yep, ANOTHER one!), but I ...
... however, even mine, are made of stronger stuff than to be phased by motion sickness. But 40 miles of bends does mean 40 miles of 20mph which meant (I'll do the maths for you) a 2 hour journey just to be free of the hills. Though that two hours was full of beautiful if cloudy, misty views and was more enjoyable than the next 90 mins of solid straight motorway. Which of course had its compensations...a rapid entry into KL. Compensation?
... to the hotel and started figuring out where we were going after KL.
All the options we had come up with for the next few days of travelling started falling apart due to fully booked hotels or hotels that were 3x the price we'd expected so we spent most of day 5 planning.
On our last day in KL we packed up our things and checked out of the hotel. We left our bags at reception and headed out to Batu Caves. The train ride only ...
... famous is Malaysia, one cafe had queues of an hour waiting to sample their chicken rice balls). For desert we tried a chocolate ice cream within an egg pod, fruit on a stick covered in liquid sugar (lolly pop like) and lastly a chocolate pancake like cake.
Next stop a 2 hour bus ride to Kuala Lumpur, doing it in local style a public bus to the bus station and then onto a coach!