Friday, 2 August 2013

Malacca, Malaysia

The Unparalleled Melaka, Straits of Malacca

Why Melaka was on my list?


I love to visit the places with history importance. And what could be better than Melaka where history pages literally get unfolded in front of your eyes. 

This is the place where West met East for over 500 years. Melaka's architecture is without any parallel. Sitting proudly on the western cost of Malaysia, around 145KM from Kuala Lumpur, it really justifies the "world heritage site" tag. It's an amazing place to visit. I would say Melaka is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. It's unique architecture is influenced by its previous rulers (British, Dutch and Portuguese). And it's unique culture is influenced by Malays, Chinese and Indians. 

St. Francis Xavier Church





















Tourist Destinations Melaka/Tempat Menarik Di Melaka:

The list is bit bigger this time but don't worry most of them are on walking distance but a map of Melaka's top places is certainly needed.
  • Christ Church Melaka
  • St. Francis Xavier Church
  • A Famosa Malacca
  • Melaka River Cruise
  • Jonker Walk Melaka
  • Kampung Kling Mosque
  • Portuguese Square : Portuguese Settlement In Melaka
  • The Orangutan House
  • Maritime Museum
  • Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
  • St. Paul's Hill
  • Dutch Fort
== Photos from my trip ==
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Food and Drink:


I can only say if you are in Malaysia just raise your hand and you will get a tasty food served to you. This country is really a place to be if you are hard core eater :) 

If you are in Malacca don't forget to taste Nyonya Laksa, Tandoori Chicken, Xiang Ji Pork Satay, Satay Celup and Coconut Shake.For drinks well if you are night party lover then you will be happy to know there are some great places to be when the dark falls. The Geographer Cafe and Mixx Club were the places we choose  to get high!!!

Stay:

Like many other cities in Malaysia, Malacca also got options suiting each and everyone's pocket. We found few of them in Kampung Kling Mosque street a walking distance from the Christ church. 

It costed us around 60RM for a decent room with WIFI, TV and Air Conditioner. If you are looking for budget stay, cross the river and search on the right hand side lane you will definitely find something for you.

Transportation:


We took a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka from the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan in Bandar Tasik Selatan. It was 2 hours journey in total. The fare at that time used to be around 12RM. The bus will drop you at the Melaka central terminal. 

From there you would need to take another bus  to the george town. As per the Melaka tourist guide there is a bus service called "Panorama" which covers all the tourist areas. Well we waited for that bus for 1 hour not even a single one arrived. 

We decided to move on without catching "Panorama", we took a local bus which dropped us in front of the Christ Church Square. But I got to admit that bus service in Melaka is not as good as Kuala Lumpur or Penang. Monorail melaka was under construction at the time when we traveled so I guess you could check whether it's ready for ride? 

Another mode of transportation in Melaka is "tricycle", they will take you to the tourist places near by Christ Church and wont charge you a lot.    

Another famous mode of transportation is walking :) since most of the attractions are located nearby and Melaka weather is also good. 

Malacca trip had all you could ask for...beautiful locations, delicious food, awesome people and of course free history lesson but there were two things which I din't like at all, public transportation was really not good and it needs a serious improvement and second was Portuguese square, Portuguese village was neat and clean but the beach was very dirty there was garbage very where. 


I don't know whether it was local restaurant guys who were throwing garbage there or was it coming through sea but a place with such a historical importance should have been taken care a bit more. 

Happy travelling...