3 nights in Malacca
Having visited Singapore we caught a coach back across the border and into Malaysia again. Malacca’s historical city centre is a UNESCO world heritage site with Portuguese, Dutch and British influences from consecutive occupations from 1511 to 1957 when Malacca’s independence was declared. Malacca had international appeal due to it’s key trading port status between the East and the West. For this reason the main historical centre borders the river with many nautical museums and monuments.
We noticed the european feel as soon as we entered Malacca ranging from more subtle architectural building designs to the more obvious – a windmill in the central square!
We were staying on the other side of the river, which was less grand and characterised by quaint little streets with Chinese influenced architecture. We were also a couple of roads away from the main street food area! It was also home to many museums.
We visited the Baba and Nyonya Museum and had an interesting guided tour. The Baba-Nyonya’s were the rich descendants of Chinese immigrants who resided in the Malacca area. Baba Nyonya food it also the traditional food of the Malacca area.
Also nearby was a road that was devoted to mural street art. There were probably close to 30 murals down the road, some so subtle and in keeping with the street that you would have difficulty noticing them. Some were more obvious!
Our guest house had a few bikes that they rented out so one day we cycled about 17km out of the city and into the local countryside, which was an interesting ride. Our destination was Pantai Kunder, a beach popular with locals for picnicking on their lunch breaks. Even though it was boiling hot, we decided not to swim because it looked quite industrial with many tankers passing by!
Time for a final Gula Malacca breakfast (palm sugar syrup made from coconut palm) before catching another bus back to KL to get our bags before heading further up the peninsula and onto Penang.