Friday, June 26, 2015

MY MELAKA TRAILS - DAY 3

I was told that four nights in Melaka would be too many and I would get bored. Well...not at all!!  I was still quite busy on my 3rd day of walking Melaka. 

I started out at the historic Dutch Graveyard, a piece of Melaka history which most tourists won't even notice. Even my Melaka born friends did not know anything about it. From there I attempted to find my way to Bukit Cina and Pho San Teng Temple, which proved a bit difficult. Almost everyone I asked sent me in a different direction and I finally had to just revert back to my own sense of direction and managed to find it ok.  Bukit Cina with over 12.000 graves is said to be the largest grave site outside of China. For me personally it was definitely the largest concentration of mosquitoes anywhere in Asia so far! 

Walking back all the way to the historic center of Melaka I zig-zagged again through the streets and visited various temples and museums with a stop at "The Geographer's Cafe" for lunch. It was also Friday so the streets filled with groups of tourists from Malaysia and other places in Asia and I spotted a few really dumb individuals with a Caucasian background who attempted to visit Kampong Kling Mosque during Friday prayers being totally underdressed. Actually more fit for a beach or pool time. Some people never cease to surprise me!

Finally I gave in and paid a visit to the Maritime Museum, an A/C equipped replica of a Portuguese ship, which was quite interesting to experience. 




























Thursday, June 25, 2015

MY MELAKA TRAILS - DAY 2

Don't mess with Melaka!  Not my own creation but the sign at the Melaka Sultanate Palace Cultural Museum, which is a great place to visit when in Melaka.  I particularly enjoyed all the cultural displays in the museum and the gardens. 

After the museum I enjoyed extensive walks along the Melaka River, which is really picturesque and in my case there were absolutely no other tourists around! They were all standing in line at food places on Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonkers). After a few bends of the river, i crossed over to visit the beautiful Kampong Hulu Mosque and worked my way back across the old town to take an in-depth look at all the houses along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Hereen Street). 

When the heat became unbearable I took cover (speak A/C) and enjoyed all the displays in the History & Ethnography Museum inside The Stadthuys.





















Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MY MELAKA TRAILS - DAY 1

What a great town Melaka is! Compact. Easy to walk. Lots of culture and entertainment. 

Of course I did all the spots which are covered in all the maps and travel guides, along with hundreds of other tourists. However, I started early and sometimes had those places all to myself. 

The famous Jonker Street is where all the tourists go, but usually it is quite empty during the week and to be honest, Melaka has much more to offer than Jonker! 

So, for my day one trail, I focused on Porta de Santiago, the old gateway into the Portuguese fortress, St. Paul's Hill and Church, the Dutch Square and all the buildings around the Stadthuys. And of course I chris-crossed the side streets of Jonker Street and Blacksmith/Goldsmith/Temple Street (which I actually liked more due to it's mosques and temples.