Our final stop in Malaysia was the historically significant city of Malacca. Because of the city's long and varied past, there are as many different ways to spell Malacca, you will see most commonly Malacca and Melaka. It has been a strategic trading post for the incredibly profitable spice trade for nearly a thousand years, and hotly contested, changing hands many times throughout history. It is how the straight of Malacca got its name and a significant part of the reason why Malaysia has such ethnic diversity, as traders and laborers and soldiers have flooded in through this important city from all over the world.
Once again we loaded up our stuff and headed to the bus station. Our next destination would be the capital of Malaysia, the huge city of Kuala Lumpur. Home of the Petronas Towers and more street food, malls and skyscrapers as far as you can see in every direction. So we boarded another super modern and comfortable bus and headed south along the coast of Malaysia.
With our time soaking up the sun in Thailand's vast archipelagos of islands come to and end, we made our way south to our 20th country, Malaysia. Like the city of Bangkok, much of Malaysia has been transformed and modernized by capitalism. In stark contrast from rural Thailand, Malaysia is a country of modern conveniences and commercialization. Most traces of the simple indigenous life have been erased and replaced with a land of shopping malls, resorts, restaurants and cafes. If you are looking for a relaxing holiday in southeast Asia, with beautiful weather and a plethora of great food, but don't wan to stray too far from your convenient lifestyle back at home, Malaysia might just be for you.