08.12.2012 - 08.12.2012 30 °C
Today we crossed the border from Singapore to Malaysia. But like every other day since we have been here it has not been without is complications. We woke up early intending to leave early so we had plenty of time to reach Melaka and find accommodation, the problem was when we woke up Chelsea had her first episode of 'toilet issues'. She did not feel like she could handle a full day of bus journeys and immigration queues so it looked like we were going to have to spend another night in Sinapore. That was until the afore mentioned snoring man made our decision for us, luckily Chelsea started to fell better.
It is a simple enough journey to make, there is a bus station near where we were staying, you pay for the bus which takes you to immigration to leave Sinapore, you then get on the same bus, no need to pay again, and it takes you to immigration to get into Malaysia. The problem is that there is more than one bus doing the journey and there are no signs at the bus stations, people were just in several long queues and we had to pick one and hope for the best. The journey time took around an hour but with the queues it was more than double that. We made friends with an American couple who were in the same boat as us so together we managed to bumble our way through it and made it to Malaysia.
After we finally got into Malaysia we again found ourselves in a sign-less bus station. Chelsea asked a Asian girl where the bus was that we needed and had already paid for so it could take us the rest of the way. After it did not turn up this very kind Asian girl insited we "come with her", held chelsea's hand and took us to another bus and paid us on as we did not have any malaysian money with us. She was so sweet.
We then arrived at Larkin a large bus terminal where you can catch buses to the rest of Malaysia from. It was ridiculous. Not only was it sweltering, there were people everywhere and we were constantly been asked where we wanted to go so they could sell us the bus ticket. We managed to book on the next bus to Melaka. Just our luck as well we managed to book on the only bus without air con to Melaka. This was a two and a half hour journey, luckily it was so hot we fell asleep unfortunatly we missed everything out of the window but every time we woke up it was a motorway and thick jungle.
When we finally arrived in Melaka we had to catch yet another bus into the centre. Bus fares are so cheap here that unbelievably the whole journey only cost us around 9 pound each. In Melaka we mangaged to find accommodation at the first place we called to. We picked it out of guide books and have managed to get a double room for one night for 8 pound. You think that is cheap, you should see the place, it's not great.
Thankfully we have found a very nice guesthouse just around the corner from where we are now and have booked a double room until Wednesday for 24 pound, bargain.
After we put our things in our room, washed our clothes in the sink (the sink had a hole in so it took a while) and had a shower we went for a walk around the streets of Melaka. It is really beautiful. The streets are narrow and the buildings are old and shabby. The streets are lined with lanterns and as it is Saturday night they are full of stalls and vendors selling everything you could imagine and packed with people. The atmosphere is so relaxed compared to Singapore.
We walked around the stalls and decided to have some food. We went to an outside street filled with food vendors. I had fried crab and dips and Liam had a sort of oyster omelet. Liam also had a barbecued Taiwan sausage on the way back because they smelled delicious.... And they were really good.
We are spending until at least Wednesday here so we are going to relax and enjoy Melaka.