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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
Cheeky devil!
Waterwheel
Excited for the customs museum!

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City August 9th 2015

Casa Del Rio means Castle by the River. Its a Boutique Hotel sited by the Melaka River mouth, just apposite Flor Del Mar, the famous museum of the wooden sail ship shape. I love walking or even cycling along the riverside footpath of Casa Del Rio. ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City July 11th 2015

Let me preface this entry by reiterating how much we love living in Kuala Lumpur. Truly, we do. Jeremy and I both dreamed of one day living (if only temporarily) in some beautiful high-rise in an exotic foreign city. And, well...here we are. Twenty-three floors above a big bustling metropolis, with a view of the world's tallest twin structures right outside our wall-of-glass bedroom window. Seriously, it's awesome. And yet... There's been a little something missing, too. Malaysia is pushing forward so hard these days, striving to attain official status as a developed first-world nation by the year 2020. And nowhere stronger do you feel that push than here in the capital city. There's so much new development! New train stations, new mega-malls, new cars on new highways. They're not quite there yet, but they're definitely ... read more
Photographer's Paradise!
Color Color Everywhere
Officially Ready for the Night Market!

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City May 28th 2015

Ahhhhh costal town with sea air and a cheap hostel, perfect for a couple of days after the crazy time in Kuala Lumpur. Malacca is the place where all history of Malaysia and the British colonial times started and it was a place that I would happily have stayed on for a few more days/weeks. After getting the bus from KL I arrived at Malacca Central bus Station with no idea where I was going and where I was staying with the brilliant idea of finding somewhere when I got there. As ever there were backpackers and one started lighting a cigarette as soon as we got off the bus, good sign! Sami was from Switzerland and like me he had not booked a hostel but had a rough idea of where he was heading so ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka April 11th 2015

My Melaka bus left from KL's new intergrated transport terminal, Bersepadu Selatan, situated 30 minutes south of the city centre. It's connected to Bandar Tasik Selatan LRT station via a covered walkway, and was only three stops from the closest station to my accomodation. So it made perfect sense to me to use the train to get there, which I did. The trip to Melaka passed quickly in another comfortable coach. Two hours later I stepped out at the Bus Terminal and caught a taxi to my accomodation for the next 2 nights, Heeren House. This guesthouse is situated in the heart of the Old Town, in Heeren Street, a street of traditional shophouses beside the Melaka River. Melaka is the capital of the state of Malacca and is conveniently situated on the west coast of ... read more
Lovely Building Facade
Melaka Street Scene
Melaka Street Art

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 25th 2015

Very few cities in Southeast Asia boast such rich history and have managed to preserve its architectural heritage as Malacca city. Initially a sultanate, it was later dominated by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British. Although several large scale projects are in progress, the city still possesses a distinct traditional charm. Several different cultures live there together in harmony, surrounded by fantastic examples of Buddhist and Hindu temples, churches and mosques located next to each other. Urbanism Malacca is a coastal city, located directly where the Malacca River enters the sea. While the city center has a rather medieval urban grid, with densely built houses and narrow streets, the periphery is organized as semi-independent neighborhoods similar to those of a garden city. The center itself is a place of complex cultural influences and apart from Chinatown ... read more
Masjid Kampung Kling
Cheng Hoong Teng
Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 23rd 2015

In mid-February my friend Christiane from Germany came to visit me. Of course there was a lot to see and do for her in Singapore, but we decided to go on a one-week road trip in the Southwest of Malaysia. The week after Chinese New Year was the perfect time for this because there would not be a lot going on in the office. However, it also turned out to be very difficult to rent a car for the trip. I wanted to rent a car in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and not in Singapore. Driving with a rental car from Singapore through Malaysia is not such a good idea, the risk of the car being stolen is too high. However, in JB most cars are available only upon request. I tried various websites, asked my travel ... read more
Jonker Street
House on Jonker Street
Another house on Jonker Street

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 18th 2015

First full day in Melaka was gonna be a chilled one - as spending most of yesterday getting the lay of the land and realising theres not a lot to do. Melaka was - in the 15th century the hub of Malaysia trading spices to other countries and becoming quite wealthy through it. It was then taken over in 1511 by the British, Portuguese and Dutch all leaving different architectural styles - apparently - to prove. So, the day started with a walk around china town visiting some temples along the way, then off to find the pier - found it hidden behind 5 large shopping malls and a huge Holiday inn complex! Who ever accepted planning permission for Melaka should be shot! The pier was boarded and all shut up for business, which was a ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka February 18th 2015

I heard there were quite a few buses to singapore from Melaka so no need to pre book. Made my way to the bus station with a girl from Canada and a man from Germany - both going by bus to Kuala Lumpur - so we shared a taxi to the station. The next bus to Singapore was leaving in half an hr, so I grabbed some munchies and exchanged some ringgit into Singapore dollars. I shared the 5hr journey with only about 10 other people, so loads of room to stretch out - And we were off! As we approached johor bahru - the most southerly point of Malaysia, we pilled off the bus to passport control and 10 minutes later we were off again - passing over a short causeway into Singapore - and ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 15th 2015

Finished packing my bag and caught a taxi to the correct bus station, joining a 15 long queue to buy a ticket to melaka - just south of kL. There was approx 12 different bus companies going to melaka within that hour - how on earth do you choose! Anyway, closed my eyes and picked one and it seemed fine - comfortable, clean, fans etc. 2hrs later and we were there - well, still 9km from the centre so had to get another taxi into the centre to find a hotel. Found a tourist information place who pointed me in the direction of many guesthouses so off i went in search. After visiting about 3 or 4 i found one that suited me - a double room with air con and a shared bathroom for 50 ... read more




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