Day 137

Trip Start Sep 14, 2006
Trip End ??? ??, 2007

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I woke late again and got downstairs just in time to tell the guest house owner I would be checking out today. She seemed a bit disappointed that I wasn't staying three nights - but I think I'd seen all I needed to see of Melaka.

I looked around a few more sights between checking out and getting my 4pm bus. St. Paul's Church was sat on top of a hill overlooking Melaka. It has been derelict for 150 years after the Dutch finished building their own Christ Church (the nice red brick building I'd seen a few days earlier). The setting was really nice and you got a good view of the historical city below.

My next destination would be Taman Negara - 4343 sq km of pristine jungle full of wild life. It's difficult to get to and I would need to first take a bus for five hours North to Jerantut. Jerantut is a small town where you can get onward transport by boat into the park. During the bus journey I noticed a guy who had been in the same guest house as me in Melaka so I said "Hi". Christian is French-Vietnamese and we wondered away from Jerantut bus station in search of a hotel for the night - it was already 8pm!

As we approached our favoured choice for hotel a young tout appeared out of nowhere and asked where we were going and if we needed accommodation. "We want the Chong Heng Hotel" I said. "It's closed down" the young tout replied. "That's what they all say" I said and carried on walking. The tout followed us closely and as we got to the Chong Heng hotel I realised quickly that the young fellow was correct - it had closed down! And to think I'm using a January 2007 Lonely Planet too! We followed the tout to his place and got sorted with rooms and travel arrangements for the morning.
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