Now this was one of the hilights of our trip. After reading all about it here on vt and thanks to Chia (chiabh) for his fantastic tips and Vivian (luhweitze) for the great tip on baba nyonya food, our trip to Melaka was awesome!! :o) This is a must do!! on your trip to KL!!
Melaka is about 2 hours south of KL. Our driver for the Fireflies recommended his friend Patrick to take us and we are glad we took him up on the offer. Patrick our driver certainly made the experience great. I have given Patrick a write up on a transport tip should you want to hire him for your day trip to Melaka.
Melaka is a quaint historical town with beautiful old buildings, some with awesome art work. We soon realised that one day is just not enough to do Melaka, so the next time we come back we will definately have to stay a couple of nights to enjoy all there is to do in Melaka.
Read all about our adventure in the travelogue below :o)
The hotel tour desk had tours to everywhere and everything. Our group of 13 wished to visit Malacca and we organised a bus with driver and guide for the day. We asked that the bus be for ourselves, however the next morning when we boarded the bus there were 3 other people onboard.
We were to pick the guide up on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur but were delayed an hour as his car was involved in a motor accident. Eventually he arrived in his dented car.
90 minutes later we arrived in the old trading city of Malacca, a port city on the Straits of Malacca with plenty of history from the time of the Portuguese (1500's onwards) Malays, British etc etc.
Many of the old buildings, Temples, ruins, old shophouses remain and there is plenty of history to view and photo. We also had a local lunch included, nice food and a beer included.
After lunch we again went sightsseing, however a heavy storm arrived mid afternoon, but we continued walking the streets.
An enjoyable day and recommended to anyone visiting Kuala Lumpur who has a day to spare.
Malacca is located on the west coast of Malaysia, about 150 kilometres south of Kuala Lumpur and where much of Malaysia's rich history can be traced.
The Portuguese influence is still very visible in the city's architecture.
Melaka, 2 hours south of KL by Coach, this place needs it own headon VT (how do I add one of those). Rich in history, conflict and really was the start of Malaysia back in 1400's.
Some dude, exiled from Sumatra founded the port, a few Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and Brit’s and 500 years later you have modern day Melaka.
The main historical part of town and Chinatown are all with in short strolling time, which is quite handy in the heat.
I travlled up from Singapore by Coach (S$25 - 4 hours) and returned the same way, but bought my ticket in Melaka for RM12.50 which is a quarter of the price for the same trip.
Stayed at Tony's Guest House (formerly Apple), Single room cost me RM12 and it was very very central. Close to Capitol Satay and Madras Resturants, and a short stumble from the Discovery Cafe where a got a little drunk with Mike & Tony, Mike was another guest of Tony's.
Very enjoyable and relaxing location
We took a day trip down to Melacca which was quite good. There will be more photos and infos in the travelouge soon.