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Ipoh and Kellie's Castle

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With yesterdays tour covering just about everything of note save bullshit such as strawberry picking or a butterfly farm, I opted for a quick getaway from the Highlands no matter how conducive the climate may have been to staying. I hoofed it out to the bus station for the 11am departure to Ipoh, finding the ticket counter unmanned. Advised that I had to go to the tourist office back the way I had come, sure enough the bus was there but similarly devoid of life. Enquiry taught me that I then had to go to another office on the "Main Road" to buy the ticket, where I finally bagged it after bumping into Hebrew Helen there again. The bus appeared outside only to take us back to the bus station again, where clearly you could have just got on and paid the driver, what a farce. It was only a couple of hours on a new direct road to Ipoh, Malaysia's third largest city. It was alleged to be a pretty unremarkable place but we both fancied jaunts out to spots of interest in its locality, indeed we spotted a string of Chinese cave temples under looming rockfaces on the way into town. With it being a holiday weekend we thought we might struggle for a bed, but after chancing upon and declining a joint which was clearly a brothel, Hebrew Helen amazed me in agreeing to share a room. Man, it was almost human. She perplexed me again immediately though in electing to go her own way the rest of the day, whilst I headed out to an old colonial mansion known as Kellie's Castle she opted for cave temples and then more cave temples. It proved remarkably easy to track the castle down considering it lies out in the sticks surrounded by palm plantations, but with just a short wait to connect buses I was soon wandering around the empty shell of what some might call a folly. It was in the process of building it that the Tamil wokforce was struck by an epidemic

Posted by andyhay 00:00 Archived in Malaysia

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