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  • Day8

    Walking the cape

    February 22, 2020 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We took the road less travelled today, from Malacca to Kuala Lumpur via the coast road.

    The coast road is an almost unbroken string of connected villages for 80km, with countless local eateries, and small scale rubber plantations. First stop was Tanjung Bidara beach, a popular local recreation spot, where we had morning tea of roti and pulled tea (tea with condensed milk, poured with a high arm action to aerate it, and cool it slightly).

    Next stop was Fort Supai, an abandoned Dutch fort at the mouth of the Linggi River. The fort is difficult to access now as a local developer has put a gate across the road to build his resort, so we walked along the beach to view what little is left.

    The main walk for the day was at Cape Rachado, a sweaty trek through a forest reserve to the lighthouse, the oldest still operating in Malaysia. Our shortcut on the way back turned out to be anything but... as they usually do, but we saw plenty of great scenery.

    Lunch was at a roadside restaurant, 3 mains and 3 drinks for 22.50 ringgit ($7.50), followed by dessert of mangosteen and jackfruit from a roadside vendor (both delicious)

    Nearby Port Dickson is a resort town for locals, and home to the Army Museum, an interesting collection of motorcycles, planes, cannons and an armoured train.

    The drive to KL was mostly freeway, passing Sepang Grand Prix track on the way to our accommodation on the outskirts of the city.
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    John Kalaitzis