The short and sweet trip to Melaka turned out to be quite enjoyable I must say. I was having my doubts about the place when we were planning but I would say that two days is the ideal amount of time one can spend there as a tourist.
Melaka aka Malacca is a historic town declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July, 2008. The place has this antiquated feel with a laid back, leisurely pace to it and dotted with influences of the different ruling eras the place witnessed. From the Sultans to the Portugese, the Dutch and finally the British after which Malaysia was declared independent.
We stayed very close to Jonker Street and that’s probably where we spent the maximum time. Strolling up and down, stopping for a bite and halting at the numerous stores to pick up stuff – candles, incense sticks, essential oils, fridge magnets, a tiny rickshaw made of wire, some cushion covers and clips and threads to hang photos from.
Walking around, checking out the lanes and alleys and chancing upon quaint cafes was real fun. And for some reason the coffee everywhere was just delicious! The food was great too at certain places. Based on my experience, I recommend – The Daily Fix, Kaya-Kaya Cafe and Black Lane. Geographers Cafe, more for the experience rather than the food I would say.
And of course a walk along the river, discovering the numerous murals along the way and taking a pit stop at one of the many river side cafes/restaurants was pretty charming and gives you great photo opportunity.
And lastly the most entertaining thing there was taking a ride in one of the most jazzed up rickshaws ever. Near the Red Square (Dutch Square), we noticed hordes and hordes of rickshaws adorned with decoration themed on various animated movies/cartoons – Frozen, Minions, Hello Kitty, Spider Man, Iron Man and others. At night, glaring lights jazz up the ride and music blares from speakers (very good quality ones with amplifier actually). They were even playing bollywood music every now and then. I didn’t know it was popular there!
I think that sums up Melaka – Historic, Jonker Street, Cafes, Murals, Melaka River and Bling Bling Rickshaws!
If you are in this part of the world with a couple of days to spare or even a single day, you should drop by.
Happy Travelling folks! Cheers! 😀