End of Malaysian Occasion

Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
Trip End Feb 28, 2013

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Where I stayed
The Explorers Guesthouse Kuala Lumpur
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

8/30 Melaka to Kuala Lumpur
150 km by bus
12:30pm to 3:00PM

Easy Bus Ride to KL

We had left one backpack at The Explorers Guesthouse and had to stick with our plan to go to KL before flying out to Bangkok on Thursday. Many buses make the trip to KL so we didn't bother reserving ahead. But we had to wait two hours for an open seat on a bus that would take us to the Sentral Bus Terminal. We picked a comfortable Transnational (23 MYR) bus which stopped briefly at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan at Bandar Tasik Selatan (a big train station) before continuing on to KL Sentral Bus Terminal. Dave had asked if the bus would go to Puduraya, the station by our hotel, and the lady said "Yes". But it doesn’t and the end of the line is KL Sentral. But we knew the way and it wasn’t too big of deal to catch the LRT for one stop like we did when we arrived in KL the first time.

Feeling at Home

It was like returning home when we got to The Explorers Guesthouse. The receptionist was all smiles as she asked about our trip to the highland and the islands. As she was looking for the mail from Social Security as well as packages we had sent from the US and UK, Dave noticed that some idiot had left his camera on the counter for anyone to walk-off with. 10 minutes later, it dawned on him that the case was a lot like the one he has for our waterproof camera. He checked, and sure enough, it was our camera. We had planned to take it with us to the Island and thought we had left it in the storage backpack by mistake. The camera must have been sitting on the counter for the 7 weeks since we left KL in June! In what other hotel would that camera have been safe there for so long?

Babylon is in Egypt

We found our old bus 30 for the ride to Pavilion Mall and the nearby Babylon Restaurant for Middle Eastern food. We were greeted with a smile there too! Mohamed, the manager, had remembered our faces and welcomed us back. As we chatted, we discovered he is from Egypt. He studied tourism there before coming to work KL. We told him our first stop after India would be Egypt. He told us not to believe what we read in the papers and that American tourists can travel safely in Egypt. He gave us a short list of sites to see as well as hotel and restaurant recommendations. “It is beautiful,” he said. “When I go back, I will never leave again!”
Final Stats for Malaysia

* 80 days on peninsular Malaysia
* 8 blog entries
* Posted 342 pictures and videos
* Stayed in six locations; Kuala Lumpur, Tana Rata, Georgetown, Perenthians Islands, Kuala Terengganu, and Melaka
* $52 per day spent is average for SE Asia for our travel style. We took zero tours and didn't move from place to place very often. Zero visa fees and the one flight we took to exit was $76 each.
* $16.59 per day for food for two! Don't think we are eating cat food. We are eating quite well and usually in established restaurants. Our most expensive restaurant bill was $50 but $2 per plate chicken rice lunches are common and delicious in Malaysia. The number is also skewed partly because almost all our hotels had some sort of breakfast included. We indulged on Import foods and wines, more than that number suggests, because those haven't been as readily available in Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia.  

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Peter Michael Podesta on

Are you headed to India? Wednesday we go to Zihuatanejo. I should really blog but too lazy..lol.

Bonnie on

I am impressed by your financial analysis

Sophie and Inge (from the Explorers guesthouse) on

Hi Dave and Michelle!

Inge and Sophie here, the two Dutch girls from the Explorers guesthouse that wouldn't stop asking you all kinds of questions. At this moment we are in Chiang Mai, Thailand and we hope you two are doing fine somewhere in -what was it?- India! The evening before you left KL we bought you a small, funny present in China Town. We dropped it of at the counter of the Explorers the morning afterwards but when we came back they told us you had already checked out earlier in the morning. I am still carrying it in my backpack, sure we'll find a good destination for it :) When we have internet on our cellphones again I will try to upload a picture on your blog.

Hope you have amazing experiences during the rest of your trip, greetings from Thailand/Holland!

Inge and Sophie

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