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Asia » Malaysia » Melaka September 30th 2022

We said goodbye to Sabah and Borneo and flew back to KL - our Intrepid leader Felix arranged a taxi for us back to the airport (it was the same guy who took us to the Proboscis monkeys the day before!) Smooth flight back, we arrived at KLIA 2 (Air Asia terminal but much better than terminal 1) and picked up our bus tickets to Malacca. Its still not clear to me why the English spelling is more frequently used than the Malay 'Melaka' but I'll use the english spelling as its more common. Easy bus ride in and taxi to our hotel, we freshened up and walked around the historic city centre before retreating to a lovely rooftop bar of another hotel and had some drinks and dinner. The next day we spent wandering around ... read more
Red city centre
Ruins of St Paul's church
A'Formosa fort

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka November 15th 2021

Melaka River Cruise The river cruise is a 45-minute round-trip and covers 9 kilometres. The boat passes under a number of historic bridges reflecting the history of Melaka including a foot bridge that resembles the Rialto Bridge of Venice. Further down the river is the Pirate Park, a conventional amusement park with Ferris wheel, bungee trampoline and a rocking pirate ship. Pasar Bridge (either during the 1500’s or 1600’s) Linking Kampung Hulu to the Old Central Market, this wooden bridge was built during the heydays of Portuguese rule. Old Bus Station Bridge Quaint arches now decorate the bridge which was once a barren of steel and connected to the now relocated bus station. Hang Jebat Bridge (rebuilt in 2008) Unique styrofoam technology supports the foundation of this bridge. Tan Kim Seng Bridge (1862) Tribute to a ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka August 20th 2021

Heart of Melaka: Dutch Build City My first tour with Shaukani The Dutch have a long association with Malaysia having first encountered the Sultan of Johor in 1602 when their fleet was looking for spices to trade. Holland colonised Melaka from 1641 until the British took over in 1826. As Shaukani took us across the Melaka & down streets with Dutch names, like: Heerenstraat and Jonker Walk, many of the houses were in the Dutch style of the time with narrow frontage, one large window & a door on the ground floor and one window on the first floor, the frontage was narrow due to the taxation but the depth of the houses were very long as much as 70mtrs, with courtyards and gardens inside. Bricks from Holland were shipped in to build these houses. When ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 28th 2020

On our final evening we went to a fabulous vegetarian restaurant, the best I’ve ever eaten at, and it was just round the corner from our hotel. It‘s called the Mori Vegetarian Tea House. We were unfashionably early at 6pm but a tour group and a family arrived just after us. The food was sensational, sweet and sour jackfruit, mushroom satay, olive fried rice and drinks cost £6.50 each. It’s quite stark inside, not full of atmosphere but the food is to die for. They close at 9, so you have to be there by 8.15 at the latest. Then we walked down to the quay for the boat trip, 25 ringgits including a bottle of water in a carrying bag and a cute (not) keyring. We thought ho hum, this will be a bit boring ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 26th 2020

Crossing the border from Singapore to Malaysia by bus is a breeze. We got a Grab to the bus station and were far too early but I was relieved to see that our easybook booking had gone through so we were OK for the 2 front seats. You have to go up to the 707 window and show your booking, then he ticks you off and he writes the bus reg number on it so you know which one. There is nowhere to sit at the bus station so we sat on our bags in the shade and used the loos at the last minute. Everywhere was very clean and being hired down and wiped constantly. There were posters up giving health advice about the virus. The 707 service bus pulls in across the road in ... read more

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 » Melaka City May 18th 2017

Malacca City, Melaka State, Malaysia Saturday, January 1, 2011 What a pong! Definitely the worst thing I have ever tasted. A dish fit for the gods! Durian polarizes opinion like no other fruit. When I first sampled durian – in Thailand in 1986 – I loathed it. It was beyond my comprehension how this fruit with a nauseating smell and a sickly taste could be so esteemed by the natives. All the other Brits in my tourist group agreed with me. For 17 years I avoided durian. Then, in July of this year, I went to Malaysia and a miracle occurred: one reckless afternoon, to confirm yet again that this was truly a fruit from hell, I bravely put a morsel of durian flesh in my mouth…and I loved it. For the uninitiated, a durian is ... read more
Durian Galore!
The Scrumptious Fleshy Interior
Typical Malaysian Sign

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

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