During my stay in Singapore, I decided to do a short solo ‘city trip’ to the lovely Malaysian UNESCO-ranked city of Malacca for the weekend.
To go there, I booked a bus from a company called Delima. It costs 21 dollars (same price on the spot) and it leaves from the City Square, a kind of ghost shopping centre near Paya Lebr MRT station. I was alone in the bus with a nice French couple visiting Singapore and Malaysia too.
After 50 minutes of travelling, we reached the Singaporean border and a funny thing happened to me. In the queue, a young statistician on his way to Legoland starting chatting with me:
Thai guy: ‘Are you Spanish?’ (I’m blond by the way…)
Me: ‘No I’m Belgian!’
Thai guy: ‘Oh yeah Belgium! From Flanders or Wallonia?’ (wtf, even our French neighbours do not the names of our 2 regions)
Thai guy: ‘In Belgium you speak 3 languages: French, Dutch and German and your king is a Saxe-Cobourg-Gotha’ (wtf*2, even Belgian people don’t know that we have 3 national languages…)
Me: ‘ My god… How do you know Belgium so well?!’
Thai guy: ‘I love Belgium! Because of Eden Hazard!’ (oooh football, that explains everything!)
Coming from a very small country, it was really funny meeting someone that knew so much about it without having ever actually even travelled to Europe… and all of this thanks to football!
From Singapore to Malacca:
Arriving at Singaporean border: 50minutes.
Reaching the control area: 1 hour (yep it takes one hour of queuing in the bus to reach to actual passport control… quite painful)
Malaysian border: 30minutes
Customs: A joke! (Nothing to worry, the customs guy are basically all staring at their feet and there’s no metal detector)
Border to Malacca: about 2hours and 30minutes (I saw an enoooormous varan crossing the motorway! I guess locals are used to it but I would have been so afraid if i had been driving!)
Bus from Malacca bus station to Malacca centre: 30minutes (Tip: take a taxi instead!)
You have a funny story while queuing at the customs? You met someone in love with your small country on the other side of the world? Or you travel to Malacca from Singapore too? Let me know below!