A six day road trip around Malaysia – 2/6

This is Day 2 of the road trip; Day 1 is here.

After breakfast at the Ipoh Club we checked out, but left the car in the car park and walked to the railway station, which is virtually across the road.   Even though we waited for the pedestrian light to cross the road some cars and especially motorbikes just zoomed through the red light anyway – so one has to be careful.

Ipoh Railway Station

Ipoh Railway Station

The station also houses a hotel.  I looked in a couple of years ago, and the rooms were in a dreadful state. Fortunately they are now renovating the hotel.

Ipoh Railway Station

Ipoh Railway Station

Railway Hotel under renovation

Railway Hotel under renovation

Ipoh Railway Station

Ipoh Railway Station

A few minutes drive from the club we came across the Birch Memorial. There were plenty of empty car parking spaces just in front, and no, no parking signs or other information. We parked.

Birch memorial

Birch memorial

Birch memorial

Birch memorial

Birch memorial

Birch memorial

But when we returned to the car it was just about to get booked.  It looks like the council keeps their parking rules a secret and they prey on tourists as easy targets.

I checked online, which stated, “Ipoh parking is using coupons. You can buy these RM1.50 coupon booklet from mobile phone shops, mini market outlets.

It is troublesome to scratch the correct year, month, day, time by the hour and minute. Each time interval is 30 minutes and cost 30 sen each. So you need to scratch out 3 if you are parking for an hour and half.And place clearly on your dashboard avoiding any overlapping. Otherwise, it will be all in vain and you may get a parking summon.”So, if you see marked, numbered parking spaces, but no signs or no parking lines on the road – be suspicious.  Check with a local before leaving your car unattended.

After this we hurried off to the Sam Poh Tong Caves, slightly south on the outskirts of Ipoh. Entry is free, by the way.
Sam Poh Tong Caves

Sam Poh Tong Caves

Sam Poh Tong Caves

Sam Poh Tong Caves

Sam Poh Tong Caves

Sam Poh Tong Caves

Sam Poh Tong Caves

Sam Poh Tong Caves

Sam Poh Tong Caves

Sam Poh Tong Caves

Sam Poh Tong Caves

Sam Poh Tong Caves

We left the caves about 10.30AM. The going from Ipoh until south of KL was smooth for us, although traffic north was horrendous.  But south of KL we hit traffic too, and also very bad storms with limited visibility – but no opportunity to pull off the road into a rest area.

bad traffic jams south of KL

bad traffic jams north of KL

food court at a motorway stop

food court at a motorway stop

Finally we were arriving in Malacca. But the traffic lights were set to red – so we had nine red traffic lights in a row – making it very slow going.

welcome to Malacca

welcome to Malacca

At around 4PM we pulled in to the Equatorial Hotel – where I had stayed on other occasions. It is very central and convenient.  You can walk everywhere.  With a couple of stops at rest areas, totalling perhaps an hour, we’d been on the road for 4 1/2 hours.

Equatorial Hotel, Malacca

Equatorial Hotel, Malacca

As planned we had a few hours to have a quick look around central Malacca before dark.

car on display in Malacca Heritage area

car on display in Malacca Heritage area

Being a holiday weekend there were a great many tourists.

ruin of St. Paul’s and a marble statue of St. Francis Xavier

ruin of St. Paul’s and a marble statue of St. Francis Xavier

Nearby is Jonkers Walk – markets, restaurants…

Jonkers Walk

Jonkers Walk

We were hungry – and we found chicken rice balls!

restaurant where we ate chicken rice balls

restaurant where we ate chicken rice balls

We’d missed out on Ipoh Duck, but could get very similar here.

duck, vegetables, and the Malacca specialty - chicken rice balls

duck, vegetables, and the Malacca specialty – chicken rice balls

watch them make potato crisps from potatoes - and then buy one - delicious

watch them make potato crisps from potatoes – and then buy one – delicious

A. Famosa

A. Famosa

Malacca River

Malacca River

Well, there is a lot more to see, but we’d seen the main area, and were tired. Back to the hotel.

IF WE HAD MORE TIME

Virtual Tourist gives many more places to visit.

Day 1 , Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day Six

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