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Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City August 19th 2019

De reis naar de Cameron Highlands was lang. Eerst moest ik vanaf Langkawi de boot terug naar Penang nemen (gelukkig nu met een rustige zee en een film om te kijken), vervolgens de boot van Penang naar het vaste land en vandaar nog een busrit. Deze was langer dan ik dacht en ik kwam in het donker aan. Het was echter niet heel erg, want de route door de Highlands was erg mooi en nu het donker was waren alle aardbeikassen verlicht, maar daarnaast was er bijna geen andere verlichting waardoor ze er echt uit sprongen. Daarnaast waren de groene heuvels op zichzelf erg mooi. Je zou misschien niet direct verwachten om verse aardbeien in Azië te vinden, maar het klimaat in de Cameron Highlands is verrassend koel, ik moest in de avond zelf mijn vest ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City August 5th 2019

After five mostly sunny days in Penang, Linda and I awoke to the sound of pouring rain on Thursday (August 1st) to face the eight-hour bus ride to Melaka. With the forest-clad spine of mountains in Penang's interior buried under a thick blanket of clouds, we crossed back over to the mainland via the 24km Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge – which has a name almost as long as the bridge itself! As the only passengers left on the bus (which was actually more like a luxury coach, with fully-reclining seats that enabled Linda to sleep comfortably for most of the journey) we then spent our forty-minute stopover in Kuala Lumpur at an outdoor canteen beside the intercity bus terminal, where we were the only non-Malaysians (and Linda the only female!) amongst the motley crew ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City December 25th 2018

The Straits of Malacca held the key to wealth in the 17th through 20th century. This was a shortcut between China and Europe, and the city of Malacca – or Melaka – was located on the Straits and bisected by the Malacca River. Spices, silks, and all manner of trade goods flowed through here, and whoever controlled the straits controlled a whole lot of wealth. I was staying in a hotel near the river. I like walking along rivers, and since there was some interesting history along this river, a walk seemed in order. Past the local craft market and the Maritime Museum, I saw a building labeled Museum of Malaysian Customs. Now, at various times Malacca has been under the control of the Chinese, the Sultan Muhammed Shah, the Portuguese, the Dutch, the English, the ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City May 5th 2016

The breakfast was a real treat and we all agreed it was the best on the trip so far. At 10.00 we met on the foyer for a tour of old Melaka City. The influence of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the Chinese. How Dutch and British ships loaded up with bricks and tiles as ballast and sold them in the Eadt Indies for silks, spices etc. It became a world heritage site about ten years ago and there is a constant fund to resort the mish mash of buildings. Harmony Street was particularly interesting as it had a Hindu Temple, Mosque and Budddhist Temple all within two hundred yards of each other. After an hour and a half we called it a day as the kids were melting. We retraced our steps to an air ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City March 25th 2016

March 10-14, 2016 I arrived into Malacca in the early afternoon after a 4-hour bus ride from Singapore. The day was hot, with not a single cloud in the sky. After settling into my hotel, I decided to walk around the area. I stayed near the old Portuguese settlement area of the city. The neighborhood is well laid out, and waking in the late afternoon felt nice. I got to the center of the settlement as all of the restaurants were setting up for the evening. I sat down at the J&J Corner 10 Restaurant for dinner. The lady running the business served delicious food. I had some Portuguese baked fish—in a hearty tomato and vegetable sauce—along with some steamed vegetables in garlic. I spent the rest of the evening relaxing and getting ready for the ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 14th 2016

Nous arrivons à Malacca jeudi en début de matinée. Après quelques recherches pour dénicher notre point de chute, notre choix se porte sur la Travellers Planet Hotel & Guesthouse. Nous faisons ensuite le tour des guichets pour acheter nos tickets retour vers Singapour pour dimanche après-midi, ce qui s’avère un vrai parcours du combattant car tout ou presque est déjà vendu ! Heureusement qu’il reste des places auprès d’une compagnie de bus (la plus chère malheureusement, mais le tarif reste inférieur à si nous avions acheté nos tickets depuis Singapour). Nous rejoignons le centre-ville et notre logement en bus, et terminons cette 1ère journée sur place au calme. Vendredi et samedi sont consacrés à la découverte de la ville, inscrite comme George Town au patrimoine historique de l’UNESCO. Bien que Malacca semble moins agréable à visiter ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 7th 2016

Currently writing from the sedate town of Melaca, some four hours' north of Singapore on Malaysia's west coast. It's a quaint little place built around a river with a diverse history. It has been in the hands of the Portuguese, the Dutch, the British and the Chinese, as well as the Malaysians. It was an important port and trading post long before Singapore came to prominence. This is reflected in the buildings you can see - the ruins of a Portuguese fort, Dutch architecture on the river, and colonial British buildings too. Modern-day Malaysia, like the rest of the country, is a mix of Malays, Chinese, and Indians. The Chinese have been here a long time, so long in fact that the Malay-Chinese have their own special name, the Baba-Nyonyas. 'Baba' is the name a Chinese/Malay ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City January 23rd 2016

Melaka was exactly how I thought Malaysia would look, it's a super cool place. We stayed in a funky hostel just off Jonker street (Ringo's), ran by a French woman with funny signs all over making demands of you but in a humorous manner lol! One such sign was over the washing machine on the rooftop, stating that if you used it without paying, you only shame yourself and your family! Very catholic of them, Lol! The stairs had welcome greetings in different languages including Irish, woohoo :) We got lunch in a friendly Chinese restaurant where the owner was intrigued to learn of our travels :) We got lucky as we arrived on the weekend when they have the big market on Jonker street, closing it off to all cars. We went on a tasting ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City October 17th 2015

After getting home about midnight we were in bed about 12:30am. The alarm went off at 6:00am and it was a struggle to get up but we were up and ready to leave by 6:40am. We got a very smooth run to the airport and arrived at the A1 Parking by 7:30am. We handed over the keys, jumped in the minibus and got delivered to the airport. We had already checked-in so were able to wait in the much shorter ‘bag drop’ line. It took maybe 15mins before we were bag free and headed in the direction of the Irish Pub for our 'Breakfast Vodka'. After that, Bec went for a quick smoke before we quickly went through customs. We got some non liquid breakfast at Hungry Jacks before a having a walk around the shops ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City August 22nd 2015

Sarah: Penultimate destination: Melaka (or Malacca, one is English one is Malay...potayto/potarto and all that, but also not quite penultimate if you count Princes Street as the final destination but I'm getting pedantic with myself and will continue with the blog). We arrived here on Tuesday afternoon and were soon installed in our latest guest house. Our host spent a good deal of time talking us through all of the local restaurants and cuisines that we should try, the focus being on the local Indian grub. He was keen to know if the curry here is tastier than the curry in the UK. Apparently a lot of our fellow countrymen prefer Malacca Indian curry to the curry in England. Being blessed with several good curry houses in Reading and making decent versions of the stuff ourselves, ... read more
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