Ipoh Railway Station
Ipoh is another city with plenty of history (but not extensive as Malacca's). It was originally a village until tin was found nearby in the late 19th Century, attracting investors and workers, causing a mining boom. However, by the 1970s, most of the tin was depleated and the price of tin crashed, causing a decline in the city as people left to find employment elsewhere.
Today, Ipoh is known for its colonial British architecture and food scene, as efforts to revive the city continue. We were here to get a taste of this.
A street in Ipoh (the view from our accommodation)
…with A, of course :)
Overall, it was not a very eventful day today as A didn't feel too good, but we had to move on from Cameron Highlands to Ipoh.
Rafflesia in bloom
One of the adventures I was most looking forward to during our trip to South East Asia was to find a Rafflesia flower. Today we were gonna do just that.
The Skybridge of Petronas Towers
Today we got up early to take a bus to Kuala Lumpur, the big smoke. At just MYR 12 each, it was cheaper than the bus we took to get to Malacca from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
We had stayed out pretty late the previous night so we left for brunch a bit late. Today we were going to explore more of Malacca.
Pimped up trishaws of Malacca
Malacca (or Melaka) is a city with a lot of history, which was what enticed us to it in the first place. It is UNESCO listed too, so tick another one off the list.
Dragon dancing for Chinese New Year
It was time to leave Kuching and Borneo. We did Kuching quite slowly haha but I think it was rather productive. Borneo wasn't even on the initial plan but I pushed for it and and we're both glad I did. At least I can say A enjoyed the eating part a lot.
We were headed back to Peninsula Malaysia, and there'd be no more flying for a little while.
Roof decoration of Hong San Si Temple
We didn't do a whole lot really. Just slept in, relaxed and ate. It rained a lot too. Lunch was pretty bloody good (REAL TEH TARIK) but dinner wasn't.
A beach in Bako National Park
Fingers crossed the weather will continue to be good. It didn't really rain during the day yesterday and I was hoping this would continue because we were finally headed to Bako National Park, one of the main National Parks of Borneo. Interestingly, it faces the South China Sea.
So, we haven't seen any Orangutans yet. I had really wanted to see one and knew where we would be guaranteed to see one but wasn't entirely sure we should go.