Today Andrew and I caught a bus to Melaka in Malaysia so we are in another country for the night. The bus ride took about four and a half hours but was a fun experience. It was interesting crossing the border because I have never been on the same piece of land and done this before. The bus was suppose to leave at 2:30pm but we ended up leaving a little late so we arrived in Melaka after 7:00pm.
We grabbed a taxi to our hotel because the bus depo is a fair way out of the city centre. We managed to share the taxi with two other travellers from Germany and Indonesia who were on our bus so that made it a very cheap taxi ride. When we got to our hotel, 'Hotel Mimosa' we dumped our bags, freshened up then headed out for a wander to have a look around and find a place for dinner.We were blown away by what we saw and Andrew was having fun getting used to his new camera.
After wandering around some streets and getting our bearings we came across a lovely restaurant in Chinatown called 'Bistro 1673'. It had heaps of options and was a gorgeous outdoor setting with vines and plants and live music. I had a signature asian prawn dish and Andrew had a sweet and sour chicken dish and the food was delicious. By the time we finished our meals it was quite late and there weren't too many people left in the restaurant but a local guy came up to Andrew and asked/dragged him into participating in a performance. He agreed to give it a go and it ended up being an experience we will never forget!
Andrew had to shoot an arrow (not a real one) at a balloon that was between one of the guys legs and thankfully was successful. Then they made Andrew put the balloon between his legs and they blind folded the guy that was aiming at Andrew and amazingly he shot the arrow perfectly and popped the balloon.
They then asked him to try their traditional dancing between bamboo sticks which was quite a laugh and heaps of fun because they then made me have a go. They were chanting and they were dressed in authentic looking costumes. What were the chances of coming across something like this? It was a night to remember!
Melaka is one of Malaysia's most eagerly sought after destinations. It is a small historic port city that lures many visitors and is famous for its heritage architecture and distinctive local cooking.
We are very excited about what tomorrow brings in this charming little city. We headed back to the hotel after dinner taking a different route so we saw a bit more of the city and it didn't take us long to get to sleep. Another big day of travel and exploring!