The Big Trip begins!

I’m typing this from a rambling hotel in the heart of the Chinatown district of Melaka, one of Malaysia’s premier and historic coastal tourist cities. It’s dark and humid with light rain just beginning to trickle on the rooftops, and so far I haven’t seen a single mosquito.

The flight to Singapore was uneventful, though we were delayed for almost two hours by a small storm in Sydney. Last night’s hotel was predictably bland, but it was chosen for its proximity to the bus station more than its charm. Today’s bus ride was comfortable and relaxed, and even though I had to try three different hotels before getting a room for the night it’s been a lazy start to the Big Trip. Exactly what I wanted 🙂

I’ll spend at least one more night here before heading to the Cameron Highlands in the centre of Malaysia for a few days, then it’s big city time again in KL before the flying to Vientiane. That’s when the “real” trip starts: Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand. Bring it on!!

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