Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Malacca (Melaka), Malaysia

Malacca was a revelation. Honestly, I had very low expectations for this place but I ended up loving the place. This was another weekend getaway during my birthday in October. I think we found the hotel+bus package on groupon or some similar website. Thank you Alf for this trip! 

We stayed at the fairly new Hatten Hotel, whose lobby (photo above) smelled like a public restroom. That was really a disappointment as the hotel was not bad plus the rooms were very spacious.

What I love about Malacca is the Dutch and Portuguese influence and architecture. Cobblestone-lined pavement and the numerous European looking buildings.

Ruins of the old Portuguese wall...

Windmill as a symbol of the dutch history and heritage of Malacca.

Malacca (or Melaka to locals) is actually an UNESCO World Heritage site.

The iconic Christ Church Melaka

I loved the Malacca River. It looked very similar to Boat Quay and Clarke Quay here in Singapore. Wouldn't it be great if the Pasig river in Manila would be transformed into something like this?

Jonker Walk was fun. We were literally eating our way through this street haha. Lots of different food, trinkets and souvenirs that you can buy.

Yummy Beef Hor Fun!

The following day we explored more of Malacca. Saw this observation tower which is similar to the one in Sentosa here in Singapore.

There were quite a number of museums that were free. I would love to go back one day and explore all the museums in Malacca. We only got to see a few as we were only there for a night.

This was the Sultanate Palace Museum. Can you believe that the original Sultanata Palace was built using no nails at all??! Amazing huh!

There you go! I highly recommend this place especially if you are fond of culture, heritage and history. There are a lot of hotels in the area and you don't really need a tour guide. The place is quite small so just keep on walking and all the tourist spots are within walking distance.

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