Fun things to do in Melaka

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    River Walkway

    by IreneMcKay Updated Nov 26, 2013

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    This riverside walkway did not exist on our first visit to Melaka. It is a great asset to the town as Melaka's non-stop traffic and frequent absense of pavements can get on your nerves. Here you can walk in peace and quiet watching the tourist boats hurrying up and down the river. There are several very pleasant cafes and restaurants here. We stopped in one for a much needed drink and noticed its food prices were very reasonable.

    On one side of the river the old warehouses have been painted with bright, colourful, psychadelic pictures. On the other side traditional wooden houses still exist. We saw a huge monitor lizard here. The walkway is also a good place to take a picture of St Francis Xavier Church minus traffic.

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    The Sultan's Palace

    by IreneMcKay Updated Nov 26, 2013

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    Near the Porta de Santiago there is a replica of a 15th century Melaka sultan's palace. The palace is wooden and built entirely without nails. Entry was only 2RM and the palace was open from 9am to 5.30pm. It looked lovely, but we did not go in. Too many other things to see.

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    Jonker's Walk

    by IreneMcKay Written Oct 19, 2013

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    We eventually got back to Dutch Square and walked across the bridge over the river onto Jonker's Walk. This street is famous for shopping and has some lovely old Melakan buildings. There was a Chinese temple here with some lovely paintings. However, on our visit - a Sunday during a holiday - the whole area was incredibly busy and I was pleased to escape to the side streets. Apparently there is a night market here on Friday and Saturday nights.

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    Transport Park

    by IreneMcKay Written Oct 19, 2013

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    I don't really know what to call this area, but on the walk back from Porta de Santiago near the architecture museum we passed a park with old trains, aeroplanes and even a bullock cart. Lots of people were wandering around taking photos with the vehicles. I took a nice empty shot of the bullock cart, turned away then started to walk back and there were about twelve people on it. Lots of photo opportunities.

    People were also go-karting here and on the other side of the road there were dinosaurs - very strange!

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    Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

    by aussirose Updated Jan 27, 2013

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    I am surprised that there are so many pictures of the Kling Mosque and not many of the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. This place was so much better.

    ".. It remains the finest of Chinese temples in Malaysia – a fact underscored by an UNESCO award for outstanding architectural restoration..." please take the time to read more on the web site link below.

    It was nice to wander around and see all the candles and incense burning and feel the relaxed atmosphere here. I recommend that you visit too.

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    Melaka Lookout - St Pauls Hill

    by aussirose Updated Jan 27, 2013

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    Driver Patrick suggested we walk up the steps of St Pauls Hill to the lookout for a view over Melaka.

    So armed with plenty of water we made our way up......and I'm glad we did because the view was lovely over Melaka and the Melaka straight.

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    Drink Tiger Beer and people watch

    by aussirose Updated Jan 27, 2013

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    Well our time here was nearing it's end.

    Nothing better than ending our day with a couple of cool Tigers and people watching :o)
    You can't miss the Geographer Pub - located right in the middle of the famous Jonker Street.

    When have visited the Geographer Pub twice now and will do again. In fact it is a great place to set as your meet up when you hire a private driver for the day. They have really nice T-Shirts - Hubby bought one and I really like it. A nice momento of our trip here :o)

    We will be back.

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    Try authentic Baba Nyonya food

    by aussirose Updated Jan 27, 2013

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    I had read a number of tips here on vt about the authentic Malay/Portugese cousine in Melaka called Baba Nyonya or Peranakan. This is what Vivian (luhweitze) wrote -

    "Just a quick intro about baba nyonya. According to a legend in 1459 CE, the
    Emperor of China sent a princess, Hang Li Po, to the Sultan of Malacca as a
    token of appreciation for his tribute. The nobles (500 sons of ministers) and
    servants who accompanied the princess initially settled in Bukit Cina and
    eventually grew into a class of Straits-born Chinese known as the Peranakans or
    baba nyonya. Peranakans normally have a certain degree of indigenous blood, which
    can be attributed to the fact that during imperial China, most immigrants were
    men who married local women. Peranakans at Tangerang, Indonesia, held such a
    high degree of indigenous blood that they are almost physically
    indistinguishable from the local population.
    Baba Nyonya subscribed to Chinese beliefs: Taoism, Confucianism and Chinese
    Buddhism, celebrated the Lunar New Year and the Lantern Festival, while adopting
    the customs of the land they settled in, as well as those of their colonial
    rulers. There are traces of Portuguese, Dutch, British, Malay and Indonesian
    influences in Baba culture. A certain number of Baba Nonya families were and
    still are, Catholic. From the Malay influence a unique "Nyonya" cuisine has
    developed using typical Malay spices. Examples are Chicken Kapitan, a dry
    chicken curry, and Inchi Kabin, a Nyonya version of fried chicken. Pindang
    bandeng is a common fish soup served in Indonesia during the Chinese new year
    and so is a white round mooncake from Tangerang which is normally used during
    the Autumn Festival. "

    Thank you so much for this info Vivian! I wish we had have met so I could thank you in person....next time hey :o)

    VT is full of wonderful people like Vivian who so willingly help out with wonderful information like this :o)

    Well we just had to try some of this baba nyonya......check out my restaurant tip for the story :o)

    The second picture here is when we came back to this restaurant in 2012. As you can see, the food is all gone! :o) Sone Jesse says....oh that was good...I am soooo full!!

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    A cool drink

    by aussirose Updated Jan 27, 2013

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    After wandering around the streets in the hot sun we couldn't wait to find somewhere cool to sit down for lunch.

    Whilst we were looking, Janine found these yummy non-alcoholic coctail drinks. Look out for them when you visit.....we totally recommend them.

    Better than water I'll say!! :o)

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    Walking the streets of Melaka

    by aussirose Updated Jan 27, 2013

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    I just loved our walk around the quaint streets of Melaka. The place is so colourful and a hive of activity.

    And it gave me a forgleam of what it will be like on our trip to Europe next year walking the small back streets and checking out the quaint buildings and lovely architecture. :o)

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    Taming Sari Tower - Gyro Tower Melaka

    by aussirose Updated Jan 27, 2013

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    We didn't go on the Gyro Tower as we had good views over Melaka from St Paul's Hill, but I can imagine that the views would be spectacular.

    The tower is 110metres high and can hold up to 80 people.

    It certainly stood out from our view from the lookout.

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    Jonker Street - the street of "antiques".

    by Askla Updated Dec 21, 2012

    In the "Jonker Street" (Jalan Hang Jebat) you'll find lots of shops selling what is called "antiques". In most cases there are no antiques, and if there are then you have to get a special certificate to take the goods out of the country if you buy anything.
    The street is known to be very expensive but it seems like every tour organizer take their groups here.

    The words "Selamat Datang" on the picture means "Welcome" in Bahasa Malayu.

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    ST PAUL'S CHURCH

    by ancient_traveler Written Aug 19, 2012

    St. Paul's Church is a historic church building in Malacca, Malaysia that was originally built in 1521. It is located at the summit of St. Paul's Hill and is today part of the Malacca Museum Complex comprising the A Famosa ruins, the Stadthuys and other historical buildings.

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    CHRIST CHURCH

    by ancient_traveler Written Aug 19, 2012

    This church was built between 1741 and 1753. It replaced a Portuguese church, which was shattered. Bricks were shipped from Zeeland in the Netherlands. On the floor of the church you will find Dutch tombstones. It is the oldest protestant church in Malaysia. On the altar you will see sacramental silverware, still bearing the Dutch coat of arms.

    Opening hours: 8:30AM-5PM Mon-Sat

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    BABA AND NYONYA PERANAKAN MUSEUM

    by ancient_traveler Written Aug 19, 2012

    Step back in time with a visit to this museum which is an actual Peranakan heritage town house and is a great example of Peranakan culture.

    Opening hours: 10AM-12:30PM, 2:30PM-4:30PM. Closed on Tuesdays

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