(Day 214 to 216)
23.06.2010 - 25.07.2010 34 °C
As the Football World Cup progresses day by day, so do we on our discoveries. With Shakira and Freshly Ground’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” song blasting absolutely everywhere we turn, we now find ourselves in Malaysia, already our 3rd country in South East Asia.
The population here, like in Singapore is surprisingly mixed. This first town we discover is Melaka and is rich in history about its former settlers: the Dutch and the Portuguese. Some of the Dutch buildings remain but not much evidence of the Portuguese being there can be seen architecturally. However many of their descendants apparently remain in the town to this day.
As a small town, it took us no more than a day to explore the pretty streets of Chinatown, see the Old Dutch quarters etc. We also took a river trip up the Sungai Melaka from where we could see an area called “Village Moren” where the typically Melakan wooden houses, on stilts, can be seen.
The town is centred on the river which gives it a European feel, however, unlike Europe, there are monitor lizards wandering about, but we had seen our fair share of large lizards on our Komodo trip, that this didn’t bother us much!
From this pleasant town our next stop was to be the chaotic Kuala Lumpur.