Its a Cracker

Trip Start Nov 07, 2004
Trip End May 20, 2005

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Saturday, January 29, 2005

We arrived in Malacca already seeing the truth in assurances we'd been given that travel in SE Asia is less troublesome than India!

Malacca is the historical seat of Malaysia. In the 14-16th Centuries it was a thriving port and major trading centre. That was until the meddling colonial powers got their hands on it and one by one the naughty Portuguese, the underhand Dutch and great Britain all plundered, then neglected the area. There is a fantastic museum set within a replic Portuguese Ship, outlining Malacca's heritage.

Wilting somewhat in the heat and humidity we toured the eclectic mix of Buddist Temples, Mosques and Churches. We wandered into a random reptile house, filled with snakes of varying lethality (no offers of veterinary help here). Then as we crossed the river, we saw some wild lizards (about 1 1/2 metres long) basking on the river bank. Unsurprisingly there weren't any ducks about.

A short ride from the centre is the crocodile zoo. There are variety of crocs and aligators from around the world, all within surprisingly low-walled enclosures. Worryingly none of the padlocks on the salt-water crocs doors' hade been fastend, fortunately they'd just been fed (chicken limbs still visible in between those vast jaws). Down the road was a park called "Mini Malaysia" (construction costs estimated to be one miiiiillion dollars). This has 13 life sized traditional Malaysian houses and some Thai, Philipino and Indonesian too. This was great, but like much of Malacca, it was empty. We were told an entire troupe of dancers was ready and waiting to put on their all singing and all dancing cultural show just for us, but we made our excuses and left.

Caroline and Mark
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