Today we leave Melaka with a heavy heart. The Wayfarer Guest House has been the perfect place to stay and the proprietors been a great help to us as we explored. We have had a wonderful 6 days here but it is not enough. Erica has mentioned she would have no problems with living in the Shore Residences so Melaka could just be our home base in Asia!
The cheap gas fired electricity only 0.36RM or 12.85 cents Australian (about one third of Australia) a kilowatt, low rental costs, many shopping malls, its history and proximity to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur make it a stand out.
We will come back here soon for a longer stay in a few months.
Off to catch Express bus to Kuala Lumpur. Travelling with Transnasional this time as it is the locals favourite. Another adventure of discovery begins!
Forgot to mention yesterday that the Shore complex in Melaka has a 3 storey 100 shop shopping complex incorporated and also houses the longest Aquarium in the world on the second storey! It is hard to comprehend that all this is butts onto the historic UNESCO World Heritage old Town of Melaka. We are thinking of staying a few nights in the hotel part on our return to get the feel of what living in the complex would be like. We now figure because of the traffic here you would need to live within walking distance of facilities.
Our taxi driver Peter awaits so off to Meleka Sentral Bus station. Peter has an “unusual” driving style in that can be a little unnerving. He drives erratically and changes lanes as he chooses with scant regard for fellow motorists. It appeared his indicators were non-operational. He also has a nasty habit of stopping the taxi or slowing to a crawl whenever he likes even in a busy traffic lane! He converses with us by making eye contact in his rear vision mirror with no regard for the road ahead! Needless to say we have been the recipient of many horn toots! Apart from his few foibles we have enjoyed travelling with him and his encyclopaedic knowledge of Melaka has been of great assistance.
Private express bus services are wonderful with one at least every thirty minutes from Melaka Sentral to Kuala Lumpur for 13.6RM or $4.86 Australian one way.
The Transnasional bus was truly “a plane without wings” and whisked us away up the motorway at 100KPH and deposited us at the Sentral Southern Bus Station, a remarkable edifice and exactly like a modern airport terminal. We were not missing that plane travel at all. Viva Le Bus!
After a lift and a short walk we took a taxi to Leapple Boutique Hotel at 160 Jalan Ampang KLCC. It is a new contemporary hotel in the heart of the city, and I mean the heart. Our room is under the shadow of the Petronas Towers although from our window one obscures the other. We know there are two of them so who cares.
The reception lady was friendly but her duty manager who took our payment could do with a training course on how to treat clients! I doubt he has ever smiled!
Off for a quick look at our new surrounds.