Portugal? China? Holland? England?
Trip Start Jun 15, 2004
105Trip End Jun 15, 2005
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Bus station at KL manic, and dingy, but get bus to Melaka, a mere 2 hours, which is now such a short journey it was too much effort to get my Ipod out to listen on the way!
Bus station at Melaka is a different story - super modern, but way out of town. After waiting a few minutes the sole tout finds me, sells his guesthouse, and then gives me options for getting there - 2.50 pound taxi, or 7p local bus - I took the local bus as its more fun - you see more locals, not that I'm tight or anything!
Walked past the inevitable modern shopping centre, into the old town, and see Chinese couple emerge from the Jesus Christ church having just got married. Climb the hill to St Paul's Church - built by the Portugese, but in true British religious zeal, we, er, used it as a gunpowder store and built a lighthouse right in front!
As you can tell from below, think the Dutch may have been here!
Thought it was warm, and barman tells me its 35 degrees, and do I speak Portugese? - he is decended from them and keeps their traditions and language.
Malaysia overall is very much more multi-cultural than the other countries I've visited in South East Asia - Malays, Chinese, Indian, the odd Portugese. Malaysia is also richer - which makes them taller and fatter. They even wear helmets on motorbikes, if their not driving around in the Protons...
Saturday 25th September 2004
Melaka can be pretty much done in a day - its a small place, so had a great lie in! (I did have to stay up to watch football late last night)
Visited the Chinese cemetery (the biggest one outside China apparently) - huge graves all facing the city in a feng shui approved way, then wandered around Chinatown, all very nice and quaint.