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Crossing the Straights of Melaka

The Thai people, as all South east Asian people, seem to have an aversion to staying in bed in a morning, and being on a train they are no different.  By 6am most of the train seemed to be up and about.  We both managed to linger in our bunks until about 8.30am when we felt that we needed to get up and join the rest of the train who were busy wandering around and chatting.

At about 10.30am we reached the border town of Pedang Besar .  At which point everybody had to get off the train and go through immigration.  We got stamped out of Thailand and into Malaysia by the ultra friendly and helpful Malaysian customs officers.  Then got back onto the train and spent another few hours getting to Butterworth.

On the ferry
  We arrived at about 3.30pm.  From here we had an easy five minute walk to the ferry terminal where it cost us just 1.20 ringitts (about 15p) to cross the Straits of Melaka to Georgetown.

We were going to opt for one of the midrange hotels in the city but Liam had been recommended a budget guesthouse so we jumped in a taxi with him and a girl we had met on the ferry to 75 Travellers Lodge.  We opted for the aircon room with bathroom for 6 pounds.  We were expecting Malaysia to be the most expensive of the SEA countries so far but so far it is looking good.

Georgetown seems like a very interesting town.  It has a real mix of people and architecture.  Many old English colonial style buildings mixed with old crumbling Chinese shop houses; we could spend days just looking at the buildings.  Once we had dropped our stuff into the room (which was basic, very basic, but clean) we went for a beer and some food to keep us going until later.

We were joined by Liam and Sarah for tea in Little India.  Much of the central part of Georgetown is Chinese, but right in the middle is Little India, a bustling area full of sari shops, bollywood fasion shops, body jewellry shops and of course Indian restaurants.  We ate in a good looking restaurant and each had a good meal.

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Crossing the Straights of Melaka
Crossing the Straights of Melaka
On the ferry
On the ferry
Georgetown
photo by: ice9van