Melaka ka ka kaaaaa

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 29, 2009

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Flag of Malaysia  , Melaka State,
Monday, September 21, 2009

With Ramadan in full flow our options for travel and days left in Malaysia were soon running out, our best option was to catch a bus back to KL and see what connection we could get there. We found a bus and headed home, the cool air of the mountains soon turned back into the appresise heat and the jeans were definitely coming off!

Back in KL it felt like a completely different place, the city was buzzing and the relative calm of our last stay here was completely replaced by hordes of people and traffic chaos, far more asian. 

The cahos of what was going on around us completely took us off guard we had thought about seeing our last few days out here but soon took the option to find somewhere a bit calmer, Singapore was doable but seemed a bit to much of a rush and another 5-6hrs traveling on what could already be a long days traveling, so without really having to much time to think about it we went in the bus station and got tickets to Melaka from the first person we asked.

We then had to get a bus out of the city to the KL stadiums to catch one of the hundreds of buses that had been laid on especially out of town to ferry people across the country. We were glad to eventually get on the road we had four nights left so decided to just see what Melaka was like and take it from there.

Picking up a flyer about a guesthouse in town that sounded nice didn't really prepare us for what we were about to experience. We got to the building that was hardly impressive, a grubby little door above little local restaurants in a deserted street, our first impression was hardly impressive. We should have know better, this was Malaysia after all and we were greeted by the owner Howard, it really felt like visiting a long lost friend. Howard runs the coolest little guest house you are ever likely to see, hes so friendly and takes time to introduce all the guests to each other which certainly helps break the ice. The old building has been un-effortlessly turned into a chilled out hippy/student flat, Howard makes everyone feel right at home and his energy enthusiasm and local knowledge is infectious.

Talking to fellow travelers Singapore didn't seem to far away, Melaka doesn't really impress on fist inspection so we were undecided how to finish our Malaysian tour. But if you give it a chance it soon becomes apparnt its a quirkly little town with bags of history and a cool modern arty feel, it was growing on us more and more. We ate and went out with our fellow guests and swapped traveling stories, something that hasn't really happened in other hostels, for one reason or another people have just kept themselves to themselves, this was the type of experience we were hoping to find in hostels and the longer we hung around and just chilled out we quickly realised we didn't need to go anywhere else.

We stayed three nights in the end, it felt like weeks, Howard had driven us around taken us out and generally made us feel right at home, we had ate some amazing food, including getting into proper southern indian curries eating with our hands off banana leaves and amusing the locals doing so! The low level city has hundreds of hidden gems, the shops are so cool and old shops mix with galleries, traditional cooking and quirky modern shopping, we generally just strolled around treated ourselves to a few little cloths items and accessories, ate wonderful food, relaxed on the roof terrace watching amazing sunsets and just enjoying the fabulous local hospitality and amazing friendliness.

That was pretty much that, our Malaysian adventure had ended on what felt like a stunning high, the trip back to KL was as smooth as we expected and we had time  to reflect on the wonderful diversity of our Malay tour back in the hostel where it all started. We had gone full circle and the nerves we starting to surface as our onward journey loomed. Malaysia will have a special place in our hearts, if there wasn't so much of the world left to see this could easily be a regular travel destination for us,
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