Malaysia – Getting from Melaka to Cameron Highlands

27/06/16

I decided to leave earlier than planned as I had realised that the bus takes longer than I thought and I didn’t want to be looking for somewhere to stay in the dark.

The bus stop in Melaka is at the top of Jonker Street, opposite side from Dutch Square and to the left. It’s really easy to find, and you’ve got to remember that it is only bus 17 that will stop there to take you to Melaka Sentral. Many others tried to flag down every bus that stopped but it was never meant to stop there in the first place. It’s also good to remember that there are many buses during the day so if the bus takes a while to come, there’s nothing to worry about. I’ve never been so chill travelling before haha.

In the end the bus to the station took a while and after leaving the hostel at 8am, I didn’t arrive until 8.45am. At Melaka Sentral you have to choose which company you want to travel with, I had no idea but I’d read online somewhere that KKKL was good. I booked with them the 9am bus (so chill!) and it cost 13.4RM, not as cheap as the way there but this bus was even more luxury. It had pull out leg rests and everything!

I arrived in KL just after 11am, and managed to book myself onto a bus to Cameron Highlands leaving at 11.30am. It was just so seamless and no waiting around, so great. I then arrived at Cameron Highlands around 4pm. There was a quick stop halfway through the journey, and you need to sit near the front to avoid any motion sickness. I felt like my head was being thrown about during the last part of the journey…

The hostel I wanted to stay at was Orchid Place but it was full so I went to CH travellers, which is run by the same company. It was decent enough for 30RM per night, with a towel and breakfast (bread) included. Not many people here though!

I joined some other people who I’d caught the bus with, and we walked 2km to a viewpoint which we had passed on the bus. It was so worth the dangerous walk along the road, and I was told that this tea plantation was only a small one, so I can’t wait to see the others. This viewpoint is so easy to find and the hostel will show you where to go. It took us around 30mins maybe more to walk there, but it felt like such a long time. On the way back we managed to hitch a ride so we didn’t have to walk back.

Foodwise there was a large market selling Malaysian food, but it’s all so stodgey and I really wanted some vegetables and ended up eating Indian. It was so good, I’m happy to say I like Indian food now! Especially roti, I could eat it all day.

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