1 night in Malacca we're nuts!!!

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
Trip End Nov 28, 2013

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Flag of Malaysia  , Melaka State,
Monday, May 20, 2013

We liked KL and consequently stayed longer than perhaps we should have done....but what's not to love..? And we had a totally decent place to stay right in the middle of all the action - China Town and Little India!

Malacca!  A piece of cake to get to from KL, buses run every 30 minutes.  This level of connectivity with a major hub like KL suggests danger in most explorers minds - KL commuter town mixed with tourist nightmare...  Albeit everything K and I had read so far suggested completely  the opposite.

So, 2 hours down the road and we hit Malacca.  By the time we got into the old town our minds were made up - we wanted to stay and were totally miffed with ourselves as to why we had stayed in KL so long.  (Exam revision played a part in this but that could be done anywhere...)

Malacca is a stunning place and the old town is deservedly a UNESCO World Heritage site.  There are few places in Malaysia that haven't been touched by their old Colonial masters and this  place was touched by all  of them - the Portuguese, Dutch, and British.  Not to mention sizeable doses of the Chinese and Southern Indian immigrants going way back into time.

We stayed in a fantastic place called Riverview One which was nestled right in China Town and sat neatly on one of the 'canals' that wound through the old part of the city.  The Old Town has a uniquely old European feel to it with a dominant British slant - there's the  old Town square with a Clock Tower dedicated to Queen Victoria next to a Protestant Church built by the Dutch.  One of the oldest structures in Malacca is the Portuguese Chapel on the hill over looking the Old Town.  It was built by the Portuguese Catholics, stripped bare by the Dutch Protestants, left derelict for a bit and then restored by the British who  used it for ammunition storage during the 2nd World War.  It has lots of very old graves of colonialist and their families who met their end in the 16th up to the 19th Centuries.  Apart from the amazing structure of the chapel - the view of the bay and sea was absolutely stunning particularly as the sun was beginning to set.  We both had a very chilled and romantic sunset reminiscent of a sunset back home over those Sussex hills and the sea.

Little India in Malacca is extremely 'little' and most (if not all) food options in the old town are dominated by the Chinese option - not good for Vegetarians as the lines between what is meat and vegetable are frequently blurred... Of course if you want to pay top dollar The Hard Rock Café off the back  of UNESCO being there is always an option too - we're not in that category of  course.

We had a beautiful sunset and night-time stroll around  Malacca old town.  There are lot's of little bars and cafe's that sit beside the winding canal's (at some point we almost thought that we were back home strolling around the canals in Camden) - all this with side streets gothically lit up with red Chinese lanterns.

A day and a night in Malacca is not long enough but we did it justice.  We have been left with the need to come back, explore and next time stay a bit longer.  

Tioman tomorrow - early doors (6am-urgh) for the bus to bus station....(yawn)

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