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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

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
Harmony Street House of Worship #1
Harmony Street House of Worship #2
Harmony Street House of Worship #3

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
Malaysian Customs Museum
confiscated vest
forbidden belts

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka January 4th 2017

Geo: 2.20568, 102.256After a more leisurely start, it was off to the bus station for the two hour trip to Malacca. The car/taxi trip would have been RM400, the bus 40RM - about NZD8, for two people. It was pretty easily sorted although we were asked for passports while buying the tickets. Adolf produced a photo of his and apparently that was good enough. But thanks to Linda and Romi for responding to the txts and I hope they don't create too much angst!There is motorway all 140 odd km to Melacca and lots of jungle and new apartment blocks to be seen. Downtown Melacca is a pretty spot with a nice mix of tourist and local shops. A guy in an antique shop directed us to the best local place for satay. It was great, ... read more
Temple, Jonker Street
St Paul's on the Hill
Even a hint of Venice

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

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka May 4th 2016

Another late rise. I think we have all been fighting off a cold over the past week. It explains why we've all been grumpy and short with each other at various times this week. We're heading south today, for a couple of days, to the colonial city of Melaka. The journey to the bus station took a little longer than expected as we got dropped off at the station that no longer had bus departures! Terminal Bersepadu Selatan was a bright, airy and cool building which puts British bus stations to shame. The coaches are not quite up to Peruvian levels, however, red flocked curtains with tassles is also a bit of a step up from National Express. Hotel Majestic was a lovely colonial style house built in the 1920's. The kids were hungry so we ... read more

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
Clock Tower

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
cuisine malaise 1
cuisine malaise 2
cuisine malaise 3

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka February 11th 2016

Thursday 11th February 2016 Awake, packed and having had a quick breakfast at the hostel we were in a taxi and on our way to the bus station ready for our 11am departure to Malaysia. The bus arrived at 11am and when we boarded there was only 1 other person on-board. As we had trouble booking a seat a few days earlier as everything seemed fully booked we expected more people to board any minute. At 11:15am we set off with only 4 people aboard including the driver. We had a really plush bus with very wide seats that reclined almost horizontally and no one else aboard. We came to the conclusion that there must have been problems with the booking site as most buses that left the station had very few people aboard. 30 minutes ... read more
Bus all to ourselves..pretty much
Colonial buildings of Melaka
Pimped up Hello Kitty bike

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
buddhist centre Melaka
Chinatown KL
Melaka sign

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