Melaka dubbed ‘The Historic State’

Melaka River

Melaka River

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.

Jonker Street, Malacca

Jonker Street, Malacca

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.

Geographers Cafe

Geographers Cafe

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.

Murals, Malacca

Murals, Malacca

Murals, Melaka

Murals, Melaka

Hotel in Malacca

Hotel in Malacca

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!

Rickshaws in Malacca

Rickshaws in Malacca

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! 😀

Charming Armenian Street at George Town, Penang

Armenian Street, Penang

Armenian Street, Penang

My weekend trip to Penang was good fun and the leisurely two days were just right to explore the Island.

The best part about the place, according to me was exploring George Town especially Armenian street which is in the heart of the UNESCO Heritage Zone.

'Kids on Bicycle' painted by a young Lithuanian artist named Ernest Zacharevic

‘Kids on Bicycle’ painted by a young Lithuanian artist named Ernest Zacharevic

Another wall art by the same artist

Another wall art by the same artist

The area houses some old structures and buildings interspersed with interesting wall art. The area is humming with activity with vendors selling souvenirs, cool knick-knacks, accessories, snacks and drinks. At several points you will notice bi-cycle and rickshaw rentals which are a great way to go about exploring and spotting wall art. Alternatively, you can ride in one of the many trishaws and go around shaded in the umbrella overhead. You can even get a Georgetown walking map for free which will tell you exactly where different pieces of art are located. We couldn’t spot a couple of them so my guess is that they got painted over or something.

Trishaws at Armenian street

Trishaws at Armenian street

The locale is just so charming and the several quaint cafes, dotted around make it even better. Take a pit stop in one of these and relax over some cold latte and cake.

More pictures of the place and the wall art to share how great the place is!

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George Town, Penang

More of the old part of the city, Penang

More of the old part of the city, Penang

metal art, penang

metal art, penang

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Painting titled ‘Trishaw Man’

Another wall art sample at armenian street

Another wall art sample at armenian street

Eating Out @ Cameron Highlands

Two amazing places for Indian food in CH! Looking at the pictures still makes my mouth water 😛 (see pictures in original post)

Mouthfuls from Jhakal

CH is a lovely place but it doesn’t offer a lot when it comes to food. On top of that, being vegetarian makes it a bit of a challenge to find food you’d enjoy. There were several steam-boat restaurants all over the place but I didn’t try any.

I was still able to discover some good places and enjoyed hot, freshly cooked food at a couple of great eating joints. The cool weather made the meals even better 🙂 . The Tanah Rata market provides some choices and several tourists throng the area for food. Here are two great places I’d suggest:

Singh Chapati – this is a very simple setup run by a couple. They serve extremely tasty and wholesome indian food. It’s cooked with less oil and just the right amount of spices. We went here twice and loved both meals! The service is not flawless but hey…

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Drinking it up at Cameron Highlands

Tea anyone? Well there’s bucket fulls to try at Cameron Highlands, MY. Read on for more :-)!

Mouthfuls from Jhakal

7 Cameron Valley Tea House, nestled at a great spot overlooking Bharat Tea estate

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Cameron Highlands last week and spent a good part of an afternoon and an evening visiting a couple of tea estates. A unique feature of the tea estates here are the tea room/house/centre overlooking the estate where people can sit back and enjoy tea and accompaniments (mostly english like scones, cream puffs and the like).

Enjoyed tea with an awesome vview Enjoyed tea with an awesome view

First visit was at the Cameron Valley Tea House, overlooking Bharat Tea Estate. Really enjoyed the mint tea and scones with cream! 🙂 The setting was amazing too (see above?)!

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Second visit was at BOH tea centre, quite popular and overlooking Sungei Palas tea estate. There is a small tea factory also one can visit, a video documentary on tea making process that keeps running…

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A Mossy Forest and A Misty Mountain

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Mist all around, outside our hotel

Last week I was in Cameron Highlights, Malaysia. The first thing which I loved about the place was the weather – it was so cool and breezy, with a morning mist floating around; a much needed respite from the sun in most south-east-asian destinations.

The day after arrival, we booked a half day tour with CS travels which took us to the highest peak in CH, called Gunung Brinchang, 6600 ft. above sea level. While most of the view was blocked due to mist, we did manage to see a few glimpses. Besides, the weather up there was all the more amazing. The drive up to the place was quite nice as well with pretty views. It’s one of the few highest points one can drive upto.

Watch Tower at G. Brinchang constructed by the British

 

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One of the views from the watch tower

A few meters from the highest point is the Mossy Forest and our guide took us inside for a short trek, just to get a feel of the forest. It was my first visit to a moss covered forest and I liked the feel of the place and even learned some facts about it. Our guide informed us that the cool weather conditions are conducive for moss growth and  therefore the mossy forest, the moss makes the ground spongy unlike a normal forest. We saw and smelled certain plants/leaves, eucalyptus and another one used in balms etc. which makes the forest totally devoid of mosquitoes.  The plants take-in water from the mist and that’s why the roots grow all over rather than just under the ground towards the water source.

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Way to Mossy Forest

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