Travel Blogs from Melaka
... first part of our first day we walked around Chinatown, Jonker Street (even though we knew we'd be back for the night market), and walked along the river. First impressions were the city seemed a bit more developed than Indonesia. We tried some local foods here including chicken rice balls, which were awesome.
At around 6pm, we received an email from Wayne, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, who we met in Singapore last weekend. ...
... let me describe my visit to one of the oldest forts. The historical center of the city, near the Dutch Square, is where I found St. John's HIll. Surrounding the hill are the ruins of the Portuguese fortress.
A little history for you
The Portuguese started establishing outposts in Macau, China, and India, early in the 16th century. They wanted to have a string of ports for their ships to run routes on between China and Portugal. Melaca was a growing place ...
... very special about this place. We all, including Shane, slept like a log every night! Other guests also commented on this too. Special history in the beautiful 100yr old home ;)
The weather was very sticky and hot and the girls' did so well with all their walking in the heat through the busy streets with no footpaths.
Our first experience in Melaka was a great introduction to our South East Asia experience. ...
... the Portuguese, Dutch and British influence.
There are lots of great antique shops with genuine items not just tat and the tourists shops have good quality merchandise. We did find that even at 4pm some of the cafes and restaurants were closed. It
was a Wednesday so this seemed strange.
We just wandered the streets the first evening and as the sun set we headed to the river side. There was a huge crowd of people and we realised it was the opening night of a new ...
... day we decided to take a scenic walk to the Sultanate Palace Museum. On the way we visited the Fort A Famosa - Portuguese, St. John's Fort - Dutch, Stadthuys - Dutch, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple - Chinese and finally the museum. The museum was a reconstruction of the Sultans palace and although it was a beautiful building the inside was a little uninspiring although the gardens were nice to walk around.
Next stop Johor Bahru and Matt's dream - Legoland Malaysia!