Melaka was the farthest extent of planning that I did for this trip. I knew that I would be spending a week in Seoul, that I would hang out in Kuala Lumpur for a bit, and that I had a week to kill somewhere (turned out to be Tioman), and I knew that I was meeting my buddy Scottie and his girlfriend in Melaka. Of course, I did no planning for when I got into town. Getting there from Tioman took all day.
I ended up in a situation that I generally try to avoid, backpacker purgatory, in which I arrived in an unfamiliar large city late at night with no room booked, thus having to walk the streets with all of my stuff. Some people I met in Tioman had recommended Ringo’s Foyer, but since internet on Tioman sucks I had no reservation. Unsurprisingly on a Saturday night, Ringo’s was full. So was the place next door. I ended up at a midrange Chinese hotel since I didn’t feel like knocking on anymore doors.
To be fair, after spending a month couch surfing in America and Korea, and the last 10 days in dorms or a rustic bungalow, it was nice to have a regular hotel room with air conditioning and my own bathroom with a hot shower and TV and wifi for a couple nights.
I did spend my second two nights at Ringo’s. It was a fan-cooled dorm with cold showers, but it had wifi and a roof garden and free coffee and an awesome owner, and it was 5 bucks a night. Harold, the owner, also helped me figure out where to go next. Rather than head to Sumatra, which had recently been hit by a major earthquake, I would be going to Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands. I’m getting ahead of myself though. First, Melaka, in pictures.
Sunday night is a little less busy. We were the last ones at the hawker center, and this is only around 11 p.m. This picture was not taken by me or with my camera, which is why it’s of much higher quality than the others.
A highlight of this trip was a visit to the local night market. Sure, I hung out in the Chinatown weekend market with all the tourists, but this one was in a residential area and was much more local. Harold, the owner of Ringo’s, took me and a couple of other people there. This market only runs on Tuesday nights, so Happy Tuesday! The remainder of my pics are from this market.
Next up – Cameron Highlands!