The melaka streets are very narrow. It could be dangerous if the traffic is heavy. The car could just pass beside you with 10cm distance apart..
becareful when walking on the streets in the old town.. dont play play..
Beware of Vampires
Local legands abound about the 'Pontianak' - beware !
The 'pontianak' is a sort of local vampire who is always of the female gender. In the old days there were many reports of sightings of the 'pontianak' perching from large trees waiting for her next victim and sometimes you could hear her menacing laughter piercing into the night like a Banshee's wail. When she appears to her victims, she always manifest herself as a beautiful young lady in some sort of need and when her victims guard is down, she would pounce on him and suck his veins dry. There is a popular story among the elders that tells of a man who once managed to capture such a creature. According to the story, when the 'pontianak' approached to seduce him, he tricked her and managed to drive a nail through the back of her head and she remained in her human form as beautiful young lady. He married her, lived happily together and even had a child. One day, after many years, their child noticed what seemed to be a tick on the mother's head. When the child tried to remove the tick, it turned out to be a nail. With the nail removed, the spell was broken and the mother returned to her true form, the 'pontianak' and flew away with the sound of her menacing laughter. It was said that she was still seen from time to time after that waiting to pounce her next victim but all her poor husband and child could do was lament on the lost of their wife and mother.
I was going to add a packing tip about crucifixes, garlic and steaks - but that was going a bit far !
As the streets are vey narrow, as old time where, be ware of the cars, you dont have many space to walk so you will have to step to the vestibule of a house to let then pass throught. More carefull at knight that is very few light.
The last time I was in Langkawi I ran into problems with marauding macaques and the same thing happened in Melaka. There were a group of them at the zoo, not zoo animals - just delinquents hanging around. They tip out the rubbish bins for food and are very aggressive if you get too close. If they are up a tree and you are below they will attempt to urinate on you. The darn things are a menace. I advocate short, sharp spells in the army or community service for all macaques. They are a menace to society.
souvenir stalls at the red centre
When you are enjoying the sights of Christ Church and Stadhuys and the museums, these stalls offer a heinous contrast to the beauty of yesteryears.. selling very feeble quality items at ridiculous prices.. who buys them then? Malays? No. The Chinese, Never... Just people like you and me, mate.. who have shlepped hundreds and thousands of miles... why this desire to buy bad quality items at such high prices..
Shop in the old part of town or near the bus station or at the supermarkets and you would find some good bargains
Beware of the Traffic along the Heeren road
This road is probably the main attraction for all tourist. But, got to be very careful when you're on this narrow road. You might meet unexpected ACCIDENT if you didn't aware on the traffic.
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