Monday, January 7, 2013

What to do in Melaka Malacca!

Way back in March

Firstly, my apologies for the misspelling of Melaka/Malacca in previous posts...all amended now. Apparently my version was a tad unsavoury!

Beautiful Melaka was the last destination on this trip, apart from an airport hotel stay on our last night. As mentioned in the previous post, our hotel was a delight and well situated. 
We bought tickets at reception, a little cheaper than usual, for a River Cruise for MYR9 each. The ride lasts for around 45 minutes and I'd suggest doing this to get your bearings and two,  because you'll probably be revisiting some of the sights may have already seen before if you've been out exploring on foot.
The river is lined with many buildings, both homes, bars and cafes, colourfully decorated with murals. And as you can see, you can also walk along most of this part of the river bank. The boat will also take you down to the old kampung (village) area.
 Heading toward Jonkers Street (Jalan Hang Jebat), you'll see quite a few places of interest.
Jonker Street, the heart of China Town, is very lively, full of shops, cafes and tourists. Unfortunately we missed the night markets, but did enjoy quite a few nice meals there.
The large dragon guarding one entrance to Jonker St.
What else to do? Head for the ocean side of the city where you'll find large shopping malls and Melaka's 110 metre high revolving tower. Travel to the top for approximately 20 ringgit to take in some pretty views and put the city and sights into perspective.
Also, go for a walk up the hill to St. Paul's Church, originally built in the 1500's, if you like a bit of history and good photo opportunities...yours, not mine.
There's so much more to do and see, I'd really love to go back to explore some more.
Incense sticks on steroids.
 Been to Melaka? What did you like and do?

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Catherine said... Best Blogger Tips

Nope, I haven't been to Melaka yet but your photos are a huge pull! Looks like a lovely place to visit (so now off to see how far, how much, how doable it it :-)

Snap said... Best Blogger Tips

@Catherine I know I regularly complain about my camera...since spilling coffee over it, I now have no choice but to buy a new one, very soon. The more I research them, the more confused I become. Don't want anything fancy or bulky, something good for travelling, any ideas?

Martyn said... Best Blogger Tips

Snap - Melaka is one colourful place. I like the painted murals on the walls of the buildings lining the river. Two lovely photos.

Your 45 minute MYR9 trip works out at just under two UK pounds. That's cheap.