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Asia » Malaysia » Melaka January 20th 2016

Tuesday 18 January Up early, breakfasted on tea, toast and the local delicacy of coconut jam (once was enough we might add), then walked around the corner to meet the Guide at the tourist office. The free walking tour took in twelve of the most famous sights and lasted two and a half hours. We learned , where we were staying, Jonker street, used to be the main port and trading area,with riverside berths. Over the years, a combination of silting and land reclamation meant that the coastline moved three or four kilometres further away. Also, the Dutch houses here are extremely narrow and ridiculously long, due to the taxation laws in Holland during the 15th/16th century when taxes were calculated by the width of the frontage of houses. Therefore, sensibly, people chose to build long ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka January 18th 2016

14 Day Malaysian adventure -leaving Cyprus winter behind for South East Asia Sunday was uneventful. Our friends Kathy and Joe insisted in driving us to Larnaca for our Qatar airlines flight via Doha to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for which we were very grateful, thank you. We chose Qatar because of their competitive fares plus great transit time of 2 Hours meant whole journey would take twelve hours, not bad. The reality, however, was that the level of comfort and service was immediately forgettable. Can never understand that the shorter flight from Larnaca is always more comfortable than the longer-haul leg! This is true of Etihad and, to our knowledge, Emirates too, just don't get it! However, we arrived on time, customs and baggage reclaim very efficient, which unfortunately meant we then had a wait of two ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka November 28th 2015

"Malesia", pochi altri nomi suonano cosi' esotici ed accattivanti alle orecchie di un viaggiatore: terra di foreste, mercanti ed ovviamente pirati, vestiti grondanti di sudore e freschi cocktail sorseggiati all'ombra di una veranda, e che altro?? Vengo paracadutato a K.L., Kuala Lumpur, la moderna capitale di questa giovane nazione, una metropoli che sembra ancora cercare il suo orientamento tra monorotaie sopraelevate, metropolitane sotterranee, treni urbani e cavalcavia a 4 corsie, dove tutto a prima vista appare privo di ogni minimo senso; per fortuna mi viene in soccorso l'ambiente familiare di una piccola, sporca e scura chinatown, dove ritrovo un poco di quel disordine sensato che caratterizza questi insediamenti sparsi ai quattro angoli del pianeta. Ripresomi dallo sbandamento iniziale, comincio a girare per la citta' alla ricerca di un qualcosa che riesca ad attirare la mia at ... read more
Melaka: chiesa protestante
Singapore: alberi della vita
K.L.: Porsche e tempio Hindu

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
Cheeky devil!
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, 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

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