Preliminary, I have done visit on this side of the Malacca River, So I went across the bridge to the other side. This is a concentration area of the Chinese community since ancient times, so it is not difficult for you to see many old Chinese architectural houses. Just like in historical dramas, a great place for you to have beautiful pictures.
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Located scattered in this neighborhood, there are also private museums, are old houses with long-standing furniture. However, due to being private museums, the admission is also quite high, two famous names are Baba Nyonya and Straits CHinese Jewelry.
Besides, there are also old houses for you to visit for free, I see in a house with Chinese tourists are chatting, I also entered how to see. Later, I also followed them to another old house, this house is more beautiful, the front room to display the old tables and chairs, the rear room shows and sells beautiful antique ceramic products. The unique feature of the house is that in the middle of the house there is a large skylight, which makes the light flooding the whole house, the floor just below that skylight is also planted with more plants and trees. What a wonderful living space.
Malacca day trip from KL: Jonker Walk
As a walking street, on the side of the Chinatown, just across the bridge, you will see this name right in the middle of the road. This Jonker street in the afternoon will be a place to display and sell products, souvenirs, and attractive street food. Deep inside this walking street is the dining area with countless dishes, the venders processing food on the spot, smoke rising up, the food paradise for your hunger.
Because Melaka is near the sea, you can easily see many types of seafood on sale, other traditional Chinese dishes are also abundant. I was attracted by a stall that sells fried dough, looking at some dough balls, exactly like Vietnam, but processing a little different, they fry for a while and then fry it, chop it up, add more eggs, some kind of soy sauce, it looks a little mixed. Not as delicious and eye-catching as eating fried flour in Vietnam.
Address: Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Melaka day trip from KL: Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
As the oldest Taoist temple in Malacca, inside and outside the temple are decorated and elaborately carved, unique. The temple is built mostly of wood with red tile roofs, which is a sacred place of worship of the Chinese community in the area.
When I entered, there was a lady on her knees in the main hall to draw a fortune stick. I strolled around taking pictures for a while before I heard the sound of the fortune stick falling to the ground, she picked it up and continued to sow the yin and yang to ask. Luckily, when she had sown, it was immediately get positive. I went back to the counter to draw my fortune stick to see how it is, all the fortune sticks were in Chinese, so I gave up my intention of getting draw fortune stick for myself. If you traveling to Malaysia and want to try getting a fortune stick, you can visit Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, the sacred temple and fortune sticks are in English.
Address: 25, Jalan Tokong, Kampung Dua, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-282 9343
Date established: 1645
Melaka itinerary 1 day: Cafe by the Malacca River
Walking around for a while, it was the end of the Chinatown, my legs were tired and the sunlight made me feel muggy. I found a cafe to rest my legs and look for shade. In the Chinatown, there are many beautiful cafes, you simply open Google Maps, locate your place in the search box, type “cafe” or “coffee”. This map application will show you the list as well as the location of the surrounding cafes. At this time, just click on each coffee shops to see photos of space, prices, most importantly reviews of the previous ones. Then, you can go wherever you like.
Another option to sit down for a drink is right by the river. In the afternoon when the sun has softened, the shops along the river are a very poetic place to sip a cup of coffee, or some favorite drink. See the flow of people on the Dutch square across the river. Sometimes on the surface of the river there are boats carrying tourists back and forth, maybe they will wave to you, and those on the shore, then just say hello. How funny.
1 day in Melaka: Sailing on the Malacca River
Once before I went to Malacca, I also tried taking a sightseeing boat on the Malacca River, but at that time I went in the evening. And the experience of going to the evening is not very interesting. You should go in the afternoon, at sunset will be more beautiful. At that time, it was not too dark to admire the banks of the river, and the gentle afternoon sunlight was more poetic. Another unhappy thing is, the boat runs so fast, there’s no romance at all. It was as fast as the enemy behind it, because it was so fast that water spilled from the bow of the ship into the cabin. Sitting and admiring the scenery sometimes, I have to dodge, then cover my face by hands. Not too fun!
And the price of this boat tour is not cheap. About RM 20 ($4.77) for foreign guests.
Malacca day trip from KL: Night walking, listen to the beat of life
If you are not in a hurry to leave Malacca during the day, then at night you can stroll around the old town and enjoy music performances from many street artists. The first time I went to Malacca, when I was walking by the river at dusk, I was attracted to a busker. With a thin body, dark skin, in front of him, he placed a stuffed monkey that kept nodding his head every time he played the instrument. There was another man who asked him to play an English song. I sat back on the bench opposite to observe and listen, and there were many other people passing by and lingering to enjoy.
For a while, the busker, surrounded by young Chinese people, he immediately played and sang the song Tong Hua, so the other youngsters also sang along. Everyone’s face is full of happy smiles, the atmosphere when people get along with each other, really makes others feel peaceful, life is still beautiful, and happiness is sometimes simple..
Melaka day trip: Malacca tourist information
How to get to Melaka?
Bus: The bus from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca departs from TBS bus station every 30 minutes, starting from about 5 am until the last trip at 12PM. In the opposite direction, the last bus leaving Malacca to KL is 8:30PM, if you go to Malacca during the day, remember to notice the schedule. Bus to Malacca will stop at Melaka sentral, about 4km from the old town center.
You can book tickets in advance online, but with such a dense frequency of bus trips, you can go to the counter and directly buy tickets for convenience as well. Ticket prices range from RM 11-13 depending on the firm.
Well, you should note that there is a direct bus route from Malacca to KLIA1 and KLIA2 airports, so if you spend Malacca as the end destination in the journey, you can take this bus back home. No need to spend time returning to KL to going to the airport.
Getting around Melaka
Uber and Grab are great options for moving from Melaka Sentral bus station to the center, or from your hotel to tourist attractions. In the old town, because the distance between the locations is not too far from each other, you can walk comfortably. An interesting thing about transport in Malacca is that you can ride colorful tricshaws. Besides, you can also rent bicycle.
Food and drink
As mentioned above, you can eat and drink comfortably at the Jonker Walking Street in the evening. During the day, you can easily find yourself a dish at the shopping malls, or in the Chinatown, with many shops. You can try to eat Assam Laksa, a spicy Malaysian noodle dish.
Or you can also enjoy traditional Chinese peranakan cuisine at some famous Baba nyonya restaurants such as Kocik Kitchen, Jonker 88, Seri Nyonya Peranakan Restaurant, Nancy’s Kitchen, Nyonya Cottage Spices. There is also a very famous chicken rice you should try.
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