Hello again Melaka! – 2016

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My last post on Melaka (also known as Malacca) was in 2012 (You may read my post by clicking on this link: Melaka 2012). So let me update what are the new interesting places to visit when you are in Melaka.

ABOUT MALAYSIA

Timezone : GMT +08:00

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR)

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ACCOMMODATION

Went to Melaka for a short getaway (3 days 2 nights) and stayed at Bayview Hotel Melaka. My comment? Spacious room (deluxe) with jacuzzi! Limited choices of food for breakfast though but acceptable. Nice location. Not sure the attraction is within walking distance since we drive there and also drive to the places we wanted to visit.

* Image taken from Agoda

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INTERESTING PLACES & THINGS TO DO

Since my husband & I have visited the ‘usual’ attractions, example The Stadhuys, A Famosa or Porta de Santiago, etc. and this time we have a 14 months old infant with us, we decided not to go to those places (we will wait until our son is bigger and can understand better). This time around we only visited few places (to shop :p). If you would like to read on other attraction, visit my previous post as mentioned above.

  • Freeport A’Famosa Outlet Village – offers over 70 fashion, sport and accessories brands in some 180,000 sq.ft. The outlet is set in an open air mall featuring a lake, fountains, carousel and windmill with architecture loosely themed on Malacca’s Dutch heritage. Brands open at the centre include Nike, Cotton On, Esprit, Puma, G2000, Carlo Rino, Clarks and many more. Description and images are taken from their website http://www.freeportafamosa.com/

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  • The SHORE shopping gallery – a shopping complex with few other attraction especially for kids such as Oceanarium, 6D Motion Ride, Toy Museum. The Sky tower is also located here – http://skytower.theshoremelaka.com/

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  • Jonker Street – a place to be at night! Street market with interesting stores. Also don’t forget to buy some Nyonya pineapple tarts!

FOODS

The only special place we went to for dinner was Ee Ji Ban Chicken Rice Ball Restaurant. The food was delicious and Halal so no worries to Muslims! Must try!

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We also went to search for the famous kuih keria & Klebang coconut shake but the queue was soooo loonngg!! Instead of waiting, we went back home

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2014 – VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR!

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A few more weeks to 2014 & also visit Malaysia year!!

If you haven’t been to Malaysia..you should start planning a holiday to Malaysia! Malaysia is all about the culture, places (cities, beaches, island, etc), shopping, the people and also the FOOD!!! You will be spoiled by all of the choices you will get in Malaysia!

ABOUT MALAYSIA

Capital City: Kuala Lumpur

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM)

Timezone: GMT +8

Language: Malay language, English, Chinese, Tamil

Electricity: 220 – 240 Volt

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Here are some post I have written on Malaysia:

For more readings on Malaysia:

2012 Getaway Moments

Looking back at some of my 2012 getaway moments 🙂

Bali, Indonesia [CLICK HERE]

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia [CLICK HERE]

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Penang, Malaysia [CLICK HERE]

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Port Dickson, Malaysia [CLICK HERE]

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Krabi, Thailand [CLICK HERE]

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Malacca, Malaysia [CLICK HERE]

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Perhentian Island, Malaysia [CLICK HERE]

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Shanghai, China [CLICK HERE]

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Weekend ‘Backpacking’ Getaway – Malacca, Malaysia

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ABOUT MALAYSIA

Timezone : GMT +08:00

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR)

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THE TRIP

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’!

GETTING THERE

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 …

ACCOMMODATION

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!

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  • 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

DELICIOUS FOODS

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)

 

SHOPPING

And this is me … being me … while enjoying life to the max! 🙂

 

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