Massage bus to marvellous Malacca
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When we went to catch the coach from Singapore to Malacca (Melaka in Malay), blazoned along its side was "Massage Bus". We wondered. We stowed the luggage and got on. Tickets were collected, numbers checked. Then the driver came round and pointed out and pressed buttons on the armrest. The seatbacks started to vibrate gently - massage seats like the ones you now see at airports. Certainly a first in bus travel for us!
The coach used the quieter second causeway from Singapore to Malaysia. On the Singapore side we trooped off the bus, went through the exit procedures in a huge hall with maybe 50 kiosks, about 5 manned, but enough for the traffic. Back onto the bus, over the causeway, off the bus again at Malaysian immigration, this time with all luggage too. Forms completed, passports stamped, baggage x-rayed, then re-stowed on the coach and off within 15 minutes along the Malaysian motorway the 200km to Malacca. All very efficient and a bit different from our Cambodia - Laos crossing a few weeks ago.
Malacca is delightful. The Portuguese (130 years), the Dutch (150 years), the Brits (160 years) have all left their mark - public buildings, forts, churches, monuments. The 19th and early 20th century streets and buildings in the old part of town are well kept and attractive. In recent years the local authority has built lovely promenades along the Malacca River and pleasure boats ply up and down. We took one and joined lots of Malaysian families on holiday - it's a school holiday week. In fact the town is thronging with Malaysian holidaymakers. There's a new attraction, a "donut tower" lift, like the one they're planning for Brighton West Pier. Great views from the revolving platform at the top. We passed the Museum of Eternal Beauty, but declined to enter in case we were mistaken for exhibits.
So Malacca has been a lovely spot to end our Asian travels.