Timezone : GMT +08:00
Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR)
I was in need of a short & cheap getaway so decided to go Malacca ‘backpacking’ Style! Actually it’s easier to just drive there and stay in a nice hotel but the feeling will be different!
The truth is, I haven’t been to Malacca (or Melaka) for quite some time now & I definitely haven’t been to ‘Jonker Street‘ before. So here’s my backpacking journey to Malacca a.k.a ‘Melaka Bandar Raya Bersejarah’!
To go to Malacca from Kuala Lumpur, there’s a direct bus that will take you there but both my friend and I decided to take a train to Seremban, and then take a bus to Malacca instead. From home, we took a taxi to the nearest KTM komuter station. Since we need to take another train to reach Seremban at KL Sentral (see picture), we decided to make a stop there first and have our breakfast at McDonald’s! Hotcake! My favourite!! The journey took us around 6+ hours instead of 1.5+ hour …
During the 3 days 2 nights getaway, we stayed at a very ‘strategic’ guesthouse: Sayang-sayang 2 Youth Hostel (look it up on the internet, made reservation via phone call and bank in money through online bank transfer … EASY!) The rate is quite cheap but the most important thing is … this is my first experience staying in some sort of a guesthouse instead of a hotel! My comment? SATISFACTORY!!! This place is located 2 doors away from Discovery Cafe & near to 1st Inn Hotel (on the opposite road) in case you can’t find it … like me! – http://www.sayangsayang.com.my/sayangsayang2.html
INTERESTING PLACES & THINGS TO DO
- Jonker Walk – a place to be during night time because of the night market!
- River cruise – cruise along the river for a spectacular view
- The Stadhuys – completed in 1660 and is a reproduction of the former Stadhuis (town hall) of the Frisian town in the Netherlands. Nowadays, it houses the Museums of History and Ethnography. This is one of the oldest Dutch buildings in the east.
- A Famosa or Porta de Santiago – You will find this remains of the old Portuguese fort, A Famosa
- Maritime Museum of Malacca – shaped of a big ship!
- Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum
- Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
- Christ Church
- Dutch Square
- Malaysian Navy Museum
- Malay and Islamic World Museum
- Muzium Budaya/Sultanate Palace
- Saint Paul’s Church
Do try chicken rice balls, asam pedas and the cendol (can go to cendol jam besar opposite the stadhuys, a famous place to eat cendol)
And this is me … being me … while enjoying life to the max! 🙂
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