I had finally decided take a bus trip to Malacca (also known as 'Melaka' in Malay) like I've always planned to do.
I did a lot of research of Malacca tour packages and compared them with prices of bus tickets from a number of different websites, but then I decided to search for a combo package of bus tickets with accommodations.
This is my first time taking a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca and the easiest way was to go to Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) - the main transportation terminal in southern Kuala Lumpur.
I brought my printout voucher to counter 64 to get my platform number. Since the buses are almost always on time, BusOnlineTicket.com suggested that I arrive about 30 minutes before departure time.
This is the "Waiting Hall".
Here's where the passengers "check-in" before they can proceed to their platforms.
Finally I'm here - Malacca! They call this place "Melaka Sentral" - Malacca's main transportation terminal.
This is my hotel - HOME IN THE GARDEN. I felt cosy as the hotel staff walked me to my room that's equipped with air-conditioning, water heater, hair dryer and complete toiletries set.
I quickly stored my luggage and started looking for lunch.
Here it is - Chicken Rice Balls paired with Hainan's chicken.
After lunch, I went to Jonker Street. They sell so many unique and interesting handmade artworks and accessories here!
Not far from Jonker Street, is a popular tourist hot spot in Malacca - Red House (Christ Church). There were stalls selling handmade artwork here too.
This is A' Famosa. I went up to Bukit St. Paul and it was so crowded! Each sculpture there has its own story to be told.
Next was Dataran Pahlawan mall - which is about a 20-minute walk from the Red House. There is a hotel linked with Dataran Pahlawan called Hatten Hotel. They actually offer bicycle or a van renting there!
Here's the Maritime Museum, one of the famous museums in Malacca.
Before I knew it, it's dinner time! I had Fried Carrot Cake, Otak-otak and Melaka Cendol, bought from Jonker Street Night Market.
The next morning, I had Nasi Lemak and Fried Bee Hoon for breakfast. They both tasted quite spicy.
It was already time for me to leave so the taxi driver waited for me at outside of the hotel to send me to Melaka Sentral. He was so nice and helpful!
Since I was early, I went to counter 3 to enquire about my bus - Delima Express.
The Delima Express was quite clean and well-maintained.
It's time to depart. I'm definitely marking Malacca as one of my best travel destination!