Wednesday Wanderlust - Malacca
Malacca - around two hours away from the centre of Kuala Lumpur - is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. And so it should be! I came here to see the Red Square & the Church, but the city had so much more to offer. From stepping out the front door of my hotel, my camera was up shooting those gorgeously beautiful colours of Portuguese & Danish influenced architecture. While wandering around I headed into the centre where I reached the Malacca River. The banks of the river are full of restaurants & cafes, where you can enjoy food and drinks and watch the sunsets. The restaurants & cafes are not open in the mornings because it’s too hot as the sun faces them, according to one French owner of one of the cafes. But I totally recommend walking around in the morning as the sun hits the graffiti covered little houses beautifully. The locals are really chatty here & sweet, immerse yourself to the conversations. Alternatively, you can hop on a river cruise, sit back & chill.
Once I’ve seen Malacca’s Church & the street, I headed up the hill to see the ruins of St Paul’s Church which was stunning. Following the route down some stairs you will find the ruins of F’Amosa. Other things not to miss are Jonkers Walk where all the night markets stalls come out to offer souvenirs & street food & just great atmosphere. I traveled while the Chinese New Year was on so the Red Lanterns were up decorating the streets & made it look that extra special. It is celebrated here because there’s a large community of Chinese living in Malaysia, & I even used my bad Mandarin at Chinese food stalls. & this is mainly all I’ve done, in a day. It all depends how much time you have & what kind of trip you want to get out of it. Spend more time if you’d like to chill, which I wish I did, but I’m doing this in a “go, go, go” mode so a day here was all I needed.
How to get here? I flew in to Kuala Lumpur International Airport & got the bus to Malacca Sentral. Me thinking I could walk to my hotel from there, as I walk everywhere, yeh, no! It was 8km away, ok it’s walkable but just get a taxi. The bus & taxi fares were reasonable, & the bus fare from Malacca back to Kuala Lumpur Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) was even cheaper.