Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
54Trip End Sep 19, 2011
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Anyway we arrived in Melaka about 8:30 that evening. We had already booked our accommodation months ago for the River View guesthouse. We had doubts about guesthouses, Cathy because of shared bathrooms and me because I have so far never been to a guesthouse. As it turned out the owners were the warmest most welcoming people we have met so far.The guesthouse is situated right next to the Melaka river and right in the heart of China town. We had a Big room with air con and fan. There was also free tea,coffee,cake, Bananas and WiFi all for £10 a night !!
Time for the history lesson
Melaka became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007 or 2008, I forget which. As a result the Government has spent a fortune on preserving and doing up the riverside Promenade and it looks great. There are legions of Chinese tourists visiting this historic town.
Melaka has the oldest Chinatown in the world, well , outside China anyway.
The port of Melaka has been a big player in trade between east and west since the decline of the Silk Route and may well have played a part in its demise. It sits at the narrowest part of the Straights of Melaka,( 25 miles at its narrowest) which separates Malaysia from Sumatra.
The Portuguese came next and ruled happily until the Dutch grabbed it. The Dutch ruled it happily until the British grabbed it. We ruled it happily until the Japanese grabbed it, but we grabbed it back. Then we fought some Commies in the jungle and won. Why? ....... Why bloody not?! Then we gave it back to the people it actually belonged to. That concludes the history lesson for today.
We spent our days wandering around Chinatown and taking a ride up the river, Oh and eating and sleeping. We did eat at this weird place. A Satay restaurant. Sunken into the middle of each table is a pot with a burner underneath it. The pot contains peanut oil. You choose your sticks or Kebabs of meat or veg and take them back to your table and cook them yourself. Fondue style......... GRAND.
So far I have hardly taken the camera out. (lazy git), but I will from now on I promise.
It's late now and i have an early start tomorrow,we are off to Singapore for the day.We are currently in Johor Bahru, just over the causeway from Singapore.