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Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur and Melaka


Boat and night train down to Hat Yai was longggg..........I had to wait several hours at the train station before i jumped onto the sleeper. No backpackers just Thai people...hmmmmm what am i doing i thought. Arrived in Hat Yai after a rocky sleep at 7am and a Thai man helped me check the time on the trains. since no trains were leaving until the end of the day i decided to catch a bus down to KL.....about 7 pounds cant really complain haha!....arrived in KL at around 7am after my 30 hour or so journey. I felt so gross and finally found my hostel after walking backwards and forwards. I finally realized what people were talking about with the culture here. The people like to be polite and like to help you, so even if they have no idea where something is they will point you in a direction anyway, not very helpful when they don’t know what they are talking about. However i soon discovered how nice and friendly the people are in KL...arrived at my hostel, nice staff, clean and great location. was a bit quiet though and not many people around....i dumped my backpack and went off to the tourist information for a map....i then walked through Chinatown trying to find a place i had been told you can make international calls. after an hour I found it and all was swell...
Since my time was limited in KL i was up bright and early ready to see the sights of the big city. I went on a walking tour around the history of KL central square...learnt how diverse in culture KL really is and how English spoken it is. no need to learn hello and thank you here unless you want to learn it in Malaya and Mandarin and other languages spoken there. The modernization of the city and the fact that everyone spoke English made it extremely easy to travel around the city..I ate a Malaysian chicken kebab for lunch and then onto the train/tram/metro....they don’t really have specific names for it, all different lines are owned by different companies and are called different things. The trains were so easy to use apart from the fact that none of the lines connected like the London underground, so you have to get off and walk for 10-30minutes, so not always the best source of travel....First big sightsee was the twin Petrona Towers - these still remain the tallest twin buildings in the world. Absolutely magnificent. skyscrapers surrounding the perimeter, i had never been to a city like this before and it kind of took my breath away. I took about a million pictures trying to get myself in the shot haha, a bit difficult by yourself. I kind of wish i had done them in the evening though because they light up and the pictures look incredible....I couldn’t go up the towers and walk across the connecting bridge unfortunately due to some kind of renovation. However i did go inside the shopping mall which is underneath the towers. o my god, girls this was shopping heaven, the biggest shopping centre i have ever seen and it had Everything....but i did not buy anything, i have definately come a long way haha....apparently there was an even bigger one but i didn’t have time to go there. Then off to the KL tower with the cylinder. I travalled up the tower to the top where I could see a 360 view of KL city, brilliant scenery but the whether was a bit hazey ( but still blazing hot). Then to the zoo hehe with big snakes, spiders and monkeys.....got back to hostel had a shower and was expecting for some people to be around that i could tag along to dinner with but the hostel was pretty dead, so off to china town i went.....fakeries everywhere and of course i had to buy a bag :) wasn’t too sure about my meal, i already know I’m not a massive Chinese food eater.
The next day there were a few other things i wanted to squeeze in before i left. Batu Caves in the morning, this had temples of worship and 300 or so steps reaching high up the cliff side to reach into the caves...i think the statute was one of the biggest i have ever seen. That day i also went to the botanical gardens, and to the bird/butterfly and orchard park. By the time i reached this park my legs and feet were killing me and i didn’t do as much as i wanted to, my legs failed me...:.when i reached the hostel there were 'people' woooo! Managed to tag myself along with a group of exchange students from Singapore. Ate a coconut curry which was delicious. I discovered that I’m really fond of Malaysian food, yummy...
Up at 6am the next day to set off for Melaka, no rest for the wicked.....since my flight was already booked out of Singapore unfortunately I couldn’t spend as long as i wanted in Malaysia, but i suppose its not going anywhere.....
Melaka....nice sweet seaside town, but absolutely scorching hot! I went for a bit of sightseeing around the churches and museumsn and found a really cute Malaysian café where i had some Malaysian dish consisting of fish (not sure what fish, probably should have asked) in a spicy sauce served in a clay pot, delicious. was too hot to do anymore so back to the hostel. Hostel was nice, great host and friendly people. but the mattresses were not that impressive. That night I went out with some Dutch guys from the hostel and walked around the night market. It stretched along the main street of the little town. everything they were selling i had seen before, whether that be Thailand or Kuala Lumpa, fake Ray Bans, angry bird t-shirts etc.... After our Malaysian meal of chicken kebab sticks and some kind of rice that i cant remember the name of, I then thought yeh i will try a Malaysian desert, So I went to the street stalls.....it was deep fried with some gooey fruit in the middle, not very nice at all but at least i tried it i guess. Went back to the hostel and watched a film and relaxed. I decided that i would leave for Singapore the next day as there wasn’t a great deal to entertain in Melaka. Before i set off for the bus to Singapore I ate an Indian breakfast which consisted of a greasy cheese pancake and curry on the side, a bit strange but the freshly squeezed orange juice was yum!

Posted by jessicajhunt 23:09 Archived in Malaysia

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