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Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City March 1st 2012

Our second day in Melaka was just as wonderful as the first. The staff at the Malacca Majestic are simply wonderful. It is a funky, wonderful little hotel and so far has been the highlight of our trip. We went on walking tour today and saw amazing back alley sights with a local (Miss Cho) who explained the ins and outs of both old world Malaysia and lots of current political commentary. Apparently, there is lots of political corruption and public funds are often misspent. (not much different than home) The current political party has been in power for 55 years and apparently basically a monarchy of sorts. We met a Kiwi guy on the tour and had lunch at a Nynoya Baba resturant called Jonkers 88. Check out Nyonya cuisine. Tasty stuff. We had dinner ... read more
The Bridge of Hell
Kampong Martin
Along Boardwalk

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 27th 2012

When I was planning the trip, I decided that I'd like to visit this town with two names soon after we left Singapore. Logan determined it was somewhere between 3-10 hours by bus, but it didn't look too far on the map. I read good reviews and quickly added it to must visit list determining we would figure out the details of how we would get there a little later. I booked the hotel based on reviews and few url= images and hoped for the best. Since I determined I would like to come to Melaka, I've been trying to figure out how to say it. Actually, it's a bit less intimidating than most of the other cities in Malaysia, but for some reason I was having a har... read more
inside Bus
Majestic Hotel
Open Gutter

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 27th 2012

After singapore our next stop was Melaka, a small city once controlled by the Dutch, Portugese and British. We stayed near Jonker street, the main market street in china town. Highlights included a half swiss half brazilian man we met on two nights out who was clearly on a ecstasy fueled weekend. Our hostel owner also showed us that mc lovin from superbad had also stayed at our hostel before, a great claim to fame. From Melaka we bused and ferried to Tioman Island, rated in the top 10 most beautiful islands in the world. We stayed here for 4 nights, the first 3 of which were beautiful sunshine, snorkling and drinking in the evenings. Susan, who we'd met in melaka, had also come and eneded up sharing a room with us. A day trip with ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 25th 2012

MELAKA (MALACCA) HERITAGE CITY, MELAKA, MALAYSIA. Saturday 25 February, 2012. This morning we were off quite early to take the motorway down to Melaka (or Malacca if you spell it the English way). The City of Melaka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the Straits of Melaka. It has been occupied and controlled by the Portugese, Dutch and the British among others throughout its interesting history. All have left their mark on the city. We arrived and found our way to China Town fairly easily. We cruised around for a while wondering where we could park when we stumbled on a car park at the top of Jonker Street for just 3 RM (60p) for the whole day. Our next stroke of luck was to bump into an Ozzie couple who told us how ... read more
The Clock Tower in the Dutch Quarter
View Down the River Melaka
M Eating Nyonya Laksa

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 21st 2012

Nach den drei Großstädten und vor der nächsten ziehen wir uns für einen kurzen Erholungsurlaub in das kleine beschauliche Städtchen Melaka zurück. Auf dem Weg dorthin treffen wir die britische Opernsängerin Camille, welche zwar in Berlin wohnt, aber nur auswärts Arbeit findet und gerade in Singapur ein Konzert gegeben hat. Nach einem Abend beim Essen beim Inder in Chinatown trennen sich unsere Wege wieder. In Chinatown hängen überall rote Lampions und chinesische Girlanden herum und hier und da mal ein Drache. Nett anzuschauen sind auch die kleinen bunten chinesischen Tempel, wenn zwischendurch dann der Muezzin ruft, passt das aber so gar nicht ins Bild. In den vielen Geschäften in den teilweise schönen und stuckverzierten kleinen Reihenhäusern gibt es nur „Kunsthandwerk“, also Touristenkitsch, zu kaufen. Dieser ehemals bedeutende Handelsknotenpunkt der vorherigen Ja... read more
In der Mittagshitze ist es garnicht so leicht, im Schatten zu bleiben.
furchterregend süße Drachen
Von Mr. Melaka zu Mr. Universe - ein Kind dieser Stadt

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 8th 2012

Malaysia – Melaka – A quiet little historic town that suddenly exploded with people during the bank holiday!! After a flying visit to Singapore (another blog to follow) I jumped on a bus and made my way back to Malaysia to visit a town called Melaka. Whilst in Malaysia the first time I didn’t have time to visit the South so with a few spare days before I fly to Oz I decided to make use of the time by heading back for a quick visit. I only planned on staying three or four days but I liked it so much here I ended up staying for seven. I guess that’s one of the best parts about travelling, within reason when you find somewhere you like you can just stay longer or in some cases get ... read more
Melaka - Very cool artwork on the buildings by the river
Melaka - A little bit of street dancing
Melaka  - Hand made crisps

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City January 26th 2012

Driving half the length of peninsula Malaysia is always going to take a long time. Luckily on Chinese New Year's Day the vast majority of people were already visiting relatives so we had a fairly clear run all the way - until we got South of Kuala Lumpur. Then the heavens opened, visibility was reduced to a minimum, the traffic started to crawl but still several drivers thought they could drive like idiots. Thankfully we avoided any trouble and never witnessed any accidents. After about 5 hours we reached Melaka, or the outskirts at least. Then the traffic ground to a halt! Eventually we parked up at a posh hotel to enquire about their rates (way beyond our budget!), left the car there and walked towards town to find some accommodation. We looked at several options ... read more
Noisy Lion Dancers
Chinese Lanters

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka January 3rd 2012

I didn’t know what to expect, I’ve stopped reading the travel guides and decided to ‘wing it’. I knew we had to head back to Kuala Lumpur again and dreaded every step that brought us nearer to the dynamic city as it only drew nearer the fact Carl and I would soon be going our separate ways. Mightily I forced the tender thought in to the back of my mind and focused on the ‘now’ in order to enjoy the time we had left together. So we decided to take in a few places on the way after Singapore and Melaka was one of them. I saw it on the map in small letters and Carl insisted he had read wonderful things. So we went. It is always a daunting prospect to go somewhere new especially ... read more
Photo 63

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City December 31st 2011

Saturday, 31st December 2011 ~ Monday, 2nd January 2012 We decided to spend the last day of 2011 in the city of Melaka, some 240km away from where we were in Singapore. Our 8am Luxury Coach departed on time from Concorde Hotel before we were held up for a good 1 hour at the understaffed Royal Malaysian Customs. Apparently, only 4 out of the 12 check-points were in operation this morning! Visitors' traffic wasn't heavy considering the long weekend festive crush. It was just a matter of speeding things up a little during the immigration clearance. Along the way, our bus stopped for an uneventful 20 minutes at Yong Peng Lucky Gardens before continuing the journey towards Melaka City. It finally dropped us right at the lobby of Equatorial Hotel slightly after 1.40pm. Coupled with another ... read more
Jonker 88
Chendol Dessert
Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Balls

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City December 1st 2011

T – Two gaunt-faced and sweaty backpackers have just boarded the super cheap Penang passenger ferry that sits next to Butterworth’s bus terminal (which sounds like a brand of mints you’d find in someone’s car). It’s another steaming day made even more steam heavy by the burning temperature of my forehead and Kiran’s waterfall of a runny nose. We flop into the wooden seats in the centre of the deck seemingly uninterested in the beautiful sea view afforded to everyone by this crossing to the island. It takes only ten minutes and we disembark with 100 plus others onto Georgetown’s busy streets. We bypass the taxi men in favour of walking to our guesthouse and 40 minutes later are about ready to let the crows take us (for there are many here) when we finally collapse ... read more
St George's Church
Georgetown Town Hall
Little India

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