With a flight today we were back in the big time. Not just catching the odd train or bus for us today. Still that said we still had to get to the airport and then fly to another country. It didn’t end there either as we would need to then catch a bus over 100km south on arrival.
We had booked an Air Asia flight at rock bottom prices, under $120 for the four of us including baggage. Flying out of the local airport of Surat Thani we didn’t know what to expect. Catching the bus out to the airport was painless and soon we were heading into the terminal. Using the barcode emailed to my phone we soon had the boarding passes and had bags dropped off ready to go. With over 40 minutes till boarding we made sure the kids were well fed and we were full of coffee.
Boarding the plane was quick and soon we were airborne. It certainly felt like the quickest departure in a long while. Of course the plane being empty helped. Both people next to the kids changed pretty quickly. More room for us. Result.
An uneventful 90 minutes in the air saw us coming into turbulence near Kuala Lumpur and a fast landing. Off the plane into the terminal I was amazed to find it empty. Last time there was over a 1000 people squashed in here and I had to blag my way through immigration to avoid the hours of waiting. Soon we were grabbing a quick bite down in the food court.
It was quick and easy to purchase bus tickets to Malacca 130km south. The bus was a little different with the back half made of 3 evenly spaced seats, not the usual 4 as is more common. The heavens opened and into the storm we rode. It took nearly an hour to actually get to the other terminal. Then fuel which here was put in via the bonnet! Finally we headed south into the chaos that was the Malaysian motorway! In 2 hours we passed no fewer than 3 crashes although thankfully none looked serious.
Eventually we arrived in Malacca bus terminal, conveniently located on the outskirts of town!!Not!! Finding a taxi we were so happy to be quoted a fair price to the guest house. Result as I have come to really hate the Thai taxi drivers. Besides Bangkok they are rip off merchants that I detest using but with the operation have had to recently.
Took a bit of driving around the lovely old Chinese quarter before we found the guest house but find it we did and quaint it was. Room was a bit rubbish and we had a share bathroom for $30 ouch!!
Time to explore this world heritage city. More on what we find later.