Sunday, March 11, 2018

1 DAY TRIP TO MALACCA





I was in Malaysia with my family and fiance to visit my Dad's little sister (aka my aunt), and her family. We stayed one night at her apartment, it was a great experience for us because her kids are so lovable, so smart and well-mannered.

My Dad wanted to visit Malacca since years ago. We've been to Malaysia few times but never visit this city. Malacca is the historical state of Malaysia with rich with heritage buildings, ancient landmarks and colonial structures. 

My uncle-in-law and my Dad drove us to Malacca, we woke up quite early that day for this trip. I had a car sickness when I'm not driving, so I slept in the car for the entire trip until we arrived in Malacca. >__<




TAKE A WALK

In Malacca, you can still see the imprints of British, Dutch and Portuguese forces left behind in forts, museums, churches and towers. Malacca is easy to get around on foot or trishaw to explore the many places that make it unique. We chose to explore the city by foot, I think it's more personal because we can walk slowly and drop by to see many details in the corner.

I can notice the strong Peranakan culture here, makes me remember of my parent's hometown in Bagan siapi api. There're many mix of old and new Peranakan culture with historical buildings plus the modern shopping centres. Makes this place really unique.




TRY LOCAL FOOD

If you love culinary, you must try their local Wonton Noodle here and don't forget the chili! It makes so much difference with the taste, the local usually eat the noodle with the chili. Also you can order one cup of Teh Tarik or Kopi O along with the meal.

You can find so many Ice Chendol and Coconut Shake here (try it!) it was really good! And I really recommend if you're coming here with your family, visit one local humble restaurant and eat their Kang Kong Balacan along with their Sweet Spicy Fish, Fish Cake, Spicy Prawn and Sotong, don't forget your rice!






JONKER WALK

If you like sight seeing while trying many street foods and snacks, then this place is for you. Jonker Street is the centre street of Chinatown – you can find many museums along the way, countless food stalls and craft outlets, also antique and clothing store.

I've heard the best time to visit this place is on Friday and Saturday night where you can enjoy their lively night market while eating, drinking and watching live performances.

I didn't stay until night that day because we planned to go back to Kuala Lumpur on the same day, so we just had a walk from the morning until late afternoon.

Still a great experience tho!




We visited some temples and craft store here, my mom went to pray and my dad bought some souvenirs. My fiance and I, we visited one antique store and looked around. Lucky us, the owner let us to explore through all his vintage collection and they're all so unique!





CHRIST CHURCH

Christ Church is located near to Malacca’s Chinatown centre, it's one of Malacca’s most defining structures. Across the bridge from the Jonker Street, it is an instantly recognizable brick-red building with a huge white cross at the top.

We can pay to ride colourful trishaws (if you want) and enjoy the area where you can see ‘Baba merchants’ houses and elegantly-conserved Nyonya restaurants that line the constricted roads

I really love the brick-red building all around this place, such an unique place to visit and learn about their past histories here. You can visit some museums or walk around to enjoy the vibes there.




Not far from Christ Church, I also visited St. Paul's Church where it's actually a ruin of the original church. This place kinda reminds me of The Ruins of St. Paul's church in Macau, I wonder if it's related?

I didn't get to take any picture there because it was raining heavily and some random students interviewed me about what I think about Malaysia, lol.





There're many beautiful hidden spots here and I wanted to explore around and take a look one by one but the situation didn't allow me to solo walk too far because I was there with my whole family, lol. We need to walk together not separately.






TO REACH MALACCA

You can either rent a car or ride a Bus to get there from Kuala Lumpur. Malacca has their own Airport so maybe you can consider to take a flight to Malacca then ride a bus to Kuala Lumpur or otherwise for your trip.


We left Malacca after lunch (at 2/3pm) and we arrived at KL before night by car.

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