THIS IS POST FOR MALAKA DATE 27/05
Well i'm going to blast through this section as i've managed to miss a few days blogging.
We headed to Malaka which is a historic town about 150km south of KL. bus ride took 4 hours instead of 2 due to saturday traffic in KL. But it was nice and relaxing, we did have a point where it was raining inside the bus! It was all good though. Got to Malaka and decided being the intrepid travellers we are to get onto the local bus system to get to our acommodation.
Well it didn't go so well as we got very lost quickly having been dropped off about 100 meters away and heading in wrong direction. trekking around in heat is no fun with a backpack. We eventually found it and it turned out to be an amazing place to stay. Ringos Foyer is a brilliant hostel, perfectly clean with Raymond the best host ever. Most nights he'd take a group of us out to the good places to eat and drink.
We hit a lot of luck with timing or out arrival- was night markets in china town so was great time to explore saturday and sunday. Malaka is very much a weekend place. Spent a good amount of time enjoying a beer on hostel roof with many new friends- due to heat here it's beautiful at night when it goes dark and there's a breeze had a few nights up till 5 AM.
Monday did a proper explore of the town- it's a very historic blend due to being occupied by the portugese, dutch and english in the past. Now it's a blend of malay, chinese and muslim.
So far food's been amazing, but it's really hard to eat in this climate. had chicken and rice ball, a couple of different laksas, lots of wanton soup and possibly best so far satay. This is a bubbling bucket of a spicy 'secret' recipe sauce in the middle of your table that you dip various things into to cook. It's great and would take off so well in UK it's a great idea. Manager was a top guy who gave us beers and we had biggest prawns ever- like 6-8 inches of prawn, the cost 60 sen or 10p english!
Then we experienced a surreal thing, thatbeing off the beaten backpack track we have been experiencing. All the waitresses wanted photos with us, in the end probably over 200 photos were taken on a selection of 10 cameras. They were crazy to get photos with us. It's weird but they don't get white people traveling these places to we are minority. Lots of people want to talk to us and are very friendly but english isn't spoken very fluently in general.