Potpourri of colonial history
The history of Melaka is the most facinating part. Also the easy going and relaxed pace of life in this silent place is invigorating. The other good thing is that you can cover most important tourist attractions on foot. They are all located very close to each other. Talking to the rickshaw driver while enjoying the ride across the city. This guy is a historian, guide, salesman, driver all in one.
A Famosa means the famous in Portugese - it was once a very mighty fotress.
It is among the oldest surviving European remains in Asia.
This is once part of the Porta de Santiago, built by Portugese invader Alberqueque. The fort changed hands in 1641 when the Dutch drove the Portuguese out of Melaka.
The fortress changed hands again in the early 19th century when the Dutch handed it over to the British to prevent it from falling into the hands of Napolean's expansionist France.
But the English and ordered its destruction in 1806. The fort was almost totally demolished but intervention by Singapore founder, Sir Stanford Raffles,
who happened to visit Melaka in 1810, it was spared from total destruction.
A' Famosa Water World
A' Famosa Water World is rated as the largest theme park in Malaysia. Especially designed for family recreation, the 20-acre Water World is fully equipped with international standard facilities.
The high-speed water slides are fun. The Wave Pool gives a feeling of a beach away from the beach. You can also enjoy the longest Lazy River in the world, the highly exciting High Speed Slides and the Arabian Village.
Monday, Wednesday,Thursday and Friday: 11am - 7pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 9am - 8pm
Closed on Tuesday except Public & School Holidays
Alor Gajah Town Square
The town square used to be a playing field before being upgraded and renamed Dataran Alor Gajah (Alor Gajah Town Square).
Located in the heart of the town, there is a children playing ground, a small park, a pavilion for public functions, recreational facilities and a Keris Monument. The Alor Gajah District Museum is also located within its vicinity.
Peranankan Fashion - Beaded Shoes
Wearing couture on your feet, that's how I feel each time I slip into one of these beautiful slippers. My love affair with these things started since young since all the grown-up women in my household had pairs of beautiful shoes embroidered with flowers, birds and even the seven-dwarves... When you're in Melaka, you're practically in Peranankan ( Straits Chinese ) Shopping Haven . You can find good ol' pernankan fashion ware here and beaded shoes.. It takes many weeks to complete an intricate design so a good pair can cost up to RM300+. A 'fake' pair will cost less as the designs are less intricate and the beads are bigger. The shop that I'm recommending have been making these shoes for generations . They even make tiny 5cm shoes for women with bound feet!