We meandered the city starting from the Historical sites of Christ Church Melaka, The Stadhuys, Queen Victoria Fountain, Dutch Square, St. Paul’s Church, Melaka River and Melaka Sultanate Palace.
Who will missed the famous Porta de Santiago known as The A’Famosa? This gatehouse was the only remaining part of the old fortress, built during the Portuguese occupation in the 16th Century.
We dropped by to the museums and looked back Melaka at the old times. Even we spend few minutes to these places. We learned the life and mixed culture of Melaka in the past.
Only in Melaka you can see the churches, mosques, temples adjacent to each other which signifies it’s religious diversity. The Kampung Kling Mosque was near to a Hindu and Chinese Temples.
Along with Melaka’s rich culture, their Baba Nyonya cuisine (Chinese – Malay influence) was to die for. We never passed the opportunity to taste the authentic Melaka treat. They’d known for the Chicken Rice Balls and the dessert Cendol.
If you haven’t visit Melaka at night then you missed half of your life. The Historical town transformed into a vibrant dynamic city during night time. Must see the Melaka River, Rickshaws and the Water Wheel at evening.
Of course the Melaka adventure will not be completed if you haven’t been to the famous night market , the Jonker Walk in Chinatown. The quaint street in the morning converted to a bustling alley during night time where locals sell Melaka’s famous food, crafts, antiques, souvenirs and almost everything you could imagine.
We ended our first day at full blast and dissipated all our energy. Time to hit the bed to recharge for another day adventure. It was our very first time to sleep in a guest house away from our familiar bed and comfort pillow. We checked in at L’Armada Guest House, a nice homey feeling place for budget travelers. We’ll post a separate entry with our good experience with this abode.
Morning comes and we’d greeted by the Lovely Sunrise viewed from the guest house window. We packed up and hit the road again and ended our adventure at Melaka Zoo. We did have a great time touring the 22 hectare of Melaka Zoo. And honestly it was our first time to visit a Zoological Park in our entire life. There, we had saw more than 1200 animals from the common to the extinct ones.
We move out and back on the road and that time we owed a favor to Google Map as we had reached KL in an hour and 30 minutes time.
That concludes our journey in retrospecting Melaka. Follow our detailed Melaka Trip series as we will uncover our travel mishaps, boo-boo moments and of course our first road trip and overnight experience.
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