Back To The Peninsula
Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
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Jumped in a taxi and sped off the short distance to the airport. Kuching Airport looked really new but was empty inside. Most airports normally have at least a few rip off restaurants/shops but this had nothing. Fought our way on the plane and grabbed whatever seats we could find so we were scattered around the plane. Air Asia doesn't issue seat allocations but they are so cheap and the flights so short that who cares where you sit? Our flight was only a couple of hours back to KL and it took no time. Had some really weird meal (that you have to pay extra for) of rice, anchovies, some meat and really spicy chilli. It wasn't particularly good.
Landed in KL and had to get a taxi all the way into the city (about an hour) as the airport bus station wasn't serving our destination. Once back in Chinatown again we booked our bus tickets, in an insanely busy bus station, had yet another coffee and said goodbye to Julia before getting aboard another luxurious bus.
We were headed to Melaka for a couple of days which is a couple of hours south of KL. Passing through a toll booth on the motorway just outside KL we spotted an hilarious sign that read, "Say no to porn, Hold Alt+F4!". Quite what relevance that has at a motorway toll booth I don't know but we found it rather funny.
It was pissing down outside but stopped just as we arrived at Melaka bus station, miles from nowhere, so we had to get a taxi to the hostel. One good thing about the LP is it states how much the taxi fares should be around town. Melaka is the first stop for most travellers headed north from Singapore so they try to charge you over the odds whilst you're not used to the new currency. We were fully aware of how much it should cost but the driver made it an interesting journey. He kept chatting about how we were getting a very cheap taxi ride but we wouldn't budge. He seemed very proud to be Malaysian and we had a good chat about England and Dave was joking around the whole journey saying he had a wife and kids at home and was on business. I could hardly keep a straight face.
There are a few hostels in Melaka but we chose Travellers Lodge. It sounded pretty nice, Julia had recommended it, and it was quite good. Had a nice rooftop garden and sitting area which would be good in the evenings but an unbelievably steep set of stairs to get up there.
Had a little wander round the shopping mall and a burger in the most luxurious Burger King I have ever seen. Spotless and large cosy leather chairs. Felt more like a coffee shop than a dirty artery clogging restaurant.