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Feb 21, 2005 - The Jungle Railway To Gemas

Two sore bums and 14hrs on a train later we can now say that we've been on a railway that goes straight through the jungle! The scenery was great - loads of green trees, but not much wildlife in sight. Other attractions to distract us on the train included a cockroach infestation!! The train was a mailtrain with carriages attached. There was only one class of ticket available - 3rd, but if you were lucky you could get a soft seat to sit on rather than a hard bench. The choice between hard and soft seat was more difficult than it seemed -...

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Stu and Liz On Tour

Feb 18, 2005 - Melaka

Our third day in Melaka. Quiet a luxury of time really. Most people spend only an evening and day, then move on. Most of the rickshaw drivers know us now, and wave a hello. We are becoming quite a novelty. Travelling with two small children obviously effects the pace of things and the amount of culture you can soak up. A lot is governed around when their tired, hungry. But we are quiet o.k. with this pace, at this rate we gather more of the feel of the environment. Both Toni and I realise how distant our backpacking years have become. Which...

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Feb 4, 2005 - Melakka

Gisteren zijn we in Melakka aangekomen, wat op ongeveer 2 uur rijden ligt van Kuala Lumpur. Melakka is een oude stad met een lange geschiedenis. De inwoners zijn trots op hun koloniale verleden, waarschijnlijk ook omdat dit de enige toerische trekpleister is voor dit stadje. Het is enkele honderden jaren bezet geweest door de Portugezen, Nederlanders en Engelsen. Vandaag hebben we de hitte (36-38 graden) getrotseerd en hebben we een bezoek gebracht aan "Het Stadhuys", wat ooit door de Nederlanders is gebouw. Momenteel doet het dienst als...

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Jan 4, 2005 - Melaka, Malaysia

Mon 27/12 Hot Shit - over 12,000 dead in the earthquake/tsunami - changes my route plans somewhat!!! I'm still going to Malaysia today, to Melaka, but will not now go to Penang for NYE, which was pretty much the plan! Thanks for the texts during the night guys... the Japanese guy I was sharing a room with actually laughed when the 5th one came through at 6am!!! On the road at 10am, I'll be glad when today is over, a lot of humping bags to be done I think! Took 2 hrs, and 3 on and off buses to get out of Singapore n in to Malaysia, and then...

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Pippa on Tour

Dec 8, 2004 - Melaka

We took a day trip down to Melaka, which used to be the rich bustling port for Merchants from all over Asia and Europe. The City is picturesque and seeping in history with a blend of Asian and European architecture. Melaka was an important port for the spice trade and attracted the attention of Portuguese and, later, Dutch and English. As far back as 15th Century there was a multi racial society here and an amazing 84 languages were spoken in the City. Hungry to find out more of this intriguing history we went to the Maritime Museum, which...

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Our Big Adventure

Nov 16, 2004 - MELAKA

The bus journey to Melaka was packed yet again and probably ranks right up there as one of the worst yet. Whilst the ride was ok, I was sat next to a guy from Pakistan who totally freaked me out (yet another downside of travelling alone). He spent two hours telling me that I was beautiful, I had beautiful lips and asking if I had a husband or if I was Muslim! He even tried teaching me Hindi, singing the songs from the video that was playing to me and reading my palm - apparently, I'm going to have two boys and a girl and I was going to...

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Nov 9, 2004 - Melaka

After a tiresome 6hrs journey from Singapore we made it to our first stop in Malaysia, Melaka. Melaka is an old city (one of the oldest in Malaysia), full of history. Everywhere you go you are reminded of the past and how Melaka came to be now (firstly colonised by the Portuguese then the Dutch and finally the British before becoming independent in the late 1950's). We spent the afternoon exploring China town; we visited the oldest Mosque in Malaysia - which was pretty pants in comparison to the oldest Chinese temple. It was very impressive...

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Oct 25, 2004 - Meleka

Meleka is Malaysia's oldest city. It was founded in 1400 by a Sumatran price Paremaswara and was named after a tree! It is a very historical city and has been ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Again we only really had one full day here so it was going to be an action packed day full of museums and sights! O Joy! We first visited the Proclamation of Independence (we walked passed it actually!) and then went to see the Porta De Santiago, the last remaining gate from the Portuguese Fort A Fomosa. The British were responsible for...

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Nanny Goat on tour !

Sep 19, 2004 - Melaka

As we got off the bus, we were surpirsed to be in a brand new bus station that was out of town, not where we had expected to be. We were given a few leaflets by people touting guest houses but no pressure, and very helpful, telling us where we could book our onward ticket to Singapore and also where to catch the bus into town for 15p instead of a more expensive taxi. We sorted out the tickets for Singapore in no time for 2 pounds and hung around waiting for the next bus, met some other travelers there who recommended one of the lodges we...

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Apr 1, 2002 - Malaysia Will Amaze Ya

Copyright 2004 David Rich 500 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com M a l a y s i a W i l l A m a z e Y a Malaysia has two parts, the wilder part on the island with Borneo and the peninsula part. When we crossed from the ultra-immaculate city-country-state of Singapore to the Malaysian peninsula, we figured this would be a whole different ballgame. But for a completely unanticipated reason, Malaysia will amaze ya. We'd always lumped Malaysia in with the rest of Southeast Asia, which was to say (excluding Thailand) backwards infrastructure, but...

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