23.01.2011 - 06.02.2011
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Since returning from Borneo, we have spent our time mostly in Kuala Lumpur with a few days spent in Melaka. Nothing hugely exciting to report but it marks the beginning of the end for our trip (in just over four weeks we will back home) and our final days in Malaysia before flying back to where it all began in Bangkok on Monday.
When we weren't eating donuts and drinking coffee in KL (we're all about the culture), we took a trip out to the Lake Gardens one particularly sunny day which made for a pleasant walk. Close to the gardens is the national monument, built by the same guy who did the Iwo Jima memorial in the States and it is massive and very impressive. It commemorates those who died in Malaysia's struggle for freedom, principally against the Japanese occupation during World War II.
We spent four days in Melaka, a small town two hours south of KL, and another UNESCO heritage site. It was Chinese New Year so the town was decked out in millions of red Chinese lanterns. The town is lovely but small and there isn't much to do after you've had a wander round and soaked up the atmosphere. We realised pretty quickly that perhaps the receptionist of our first hotel in KL was right in telling us that a day trip was all that was needed to see what Melaka had to offer.
We are back in KL now and have finally planned the remainder of our trip. We fly back to Bangkok next week for a few days before taking a bus south to Hua Hin, a small seaside town where I will have probably a final chance to get a tan to show for my six months away. After that we are back to Bangkok where we meet Will's mum and uncle before flying to back to Chiang Mai (yay!) where we meet Dad. Before we know it we'll be freezing our butts off in Amsterdam at the beginning of March and then finally landing back in Dublin...where did the time go? I am sure I'll be writing more philosophical posts on the end of our trip but for now I think I'll have a nap...enjoy getting this blog post title in your head