Another Night in Mersing - day 16

Trip Start Apr 07, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Malaysia  , Johor,
Thursday, April 22, 2010

We arrived into the old port town of Mersing around midday, having left the island of Tioman an hour and a half earlier.  Much to our disappointment, we were back again in this place all too soon.

The journey had afforded us some time to consult our Lonely Planet and map to decide our next destination, and we had chosen the west coast city of Melaka.  We had surprisingly tired of spending time on beaches and wanted to get on with seeing the sights and experiencing the culture of Malaysia, or whichever cliche we used at the time.

Mindful of wanting to make sure our second stay in Mersing was limited to one night and not two, before anything else we headed for the bus terminal nearby to buy our onward coach ticket before it sold out.  The 4.5 hour journey cost the equivalent of just five pounds each.  Ross got speaking with the guy at the ticket office, and mentioned the hotel we stayed in previously had been a dive.  The guy recommended the Embassy Hotel as fairly modern and well-run, so we made our way there.  This was very true and a world away from the previous hotel, which had offered complimentary lizard skeletons and a rat or two resident in the plumbing, but for the same price.

We went shopping for provisions for the coach journey, and passed a school supplies shop.  Ross, having decided to start a small daily journal of facts because his memory was failing on what had happened and when in only the couple of weeks we had been away, went inside to buy a pen and notebook.

Despite hearing our first call to prayer in Malaysia here in the evening (the state religion is Islam), we remarked at the prevalence of Chinese in this town over Malays.  None of the businesses appeared to be run by Malays.  This was our first realisation of the disparities amongst racial communities in Malaysia, which became explained to us in Melaka.
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