Lonely Planet is like the Haynes workshop manuals – LIES! Malacca is not ‘laid back’ – it goes at a billion miles an hour and will overtake up the inside if you go too slowly. I decided to move on to Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia’s bus system has a huge amount of competition so an air conditioned bus to KL costs RM10 ($5, or the same as a bus from Britomart to Glenfield). Given the choice available I decided to go for the one being advertised by a man with no arms.
I arrived at the new KL bus terminal about 2 hours later. This is new and wasn’t in my Lonely Planet, so i had no idea where I was. However it is next to a train station so I caught a very crammed train in to the city centre. If you go to KL Sentral station it’s a bit south of town Kuala Lumpur station puts you out near the central post office, in this magnificent building:
The administration building across the street is just as good:
From here I had to fight my way across the river
There are a few crossings but it wasn’t easy to find from the train station. Look for the big white latticework high-rise (the post office). There are some overbridges near there, which put you out at the Central Market. If you want a place to buy tourist tat go there. I went to Chinatown to look for an internet cafe (‘plentiful’ according to Lonely Planet – HA!). The best place to look for cheap accommodation is Jln Sultan.
I spent my first night at the Grocer’s Inn – RM15/night for a fan dorm. It had a window! The first one I’ve had!
And it let all the street noise in! And it was cramped! Don’t stay there!