Melaka or Malacca is located in the Southern part of Malaysia. This place is so unique which you would easily fall inlove with. The mixture of Chinese culture and dutch architecture made this place interesting. Every corner of it was full of art and colours. I can only imagine how vibrant the place is and how warm the locals are. And if there is a place that defines my personality, this is probably it. YES, colorful, warm and chill; THAT’S HOW I AM.
It was a last minute decision that we visit Melaka since it is not too far from Kuala Lumpur. We have only researched about it night prior to our trip. Good thing the transport system was so easy and convenient, we were never lost or stressed over things. Everything was smooth which I am so grateful for cos it’s either we’ll make it or break it.
Melaka has a different atmosphere compared to Kuala Lumpur, it was more laid back. If you chose Melaka as your tourists destination,you would not be disappointed. I would have spent my days in this town than in the city. BUT DON’T GET ME WRONG. I love KL, it’s just that I would choose the country side than the city.
COLORFUL STREETS OF MELAKA
HOW TO GET TO MELAKA FROM KUALA LUMPUR:
Just ride the LRT trail line to TBS, a huge terminal of buses that goes out of Kuala Lumpur. From TBS, there are buses that goes directly to Melaka. Fare is only for 10 ringgit which is about 2.50 dollars. CHEAP, RIGHT? Once you arrive in the Melaka terminal, you need to ride another bus for like 10-15minutes to get to dutch square.
NOTE: There’s no direct flight to Melaka. Your only option is to fly to Kuala Lumpur and travel by land, or you can also fly to Singapore which may take around 3hrs also by land.
WHAT TO SEE IN MELAKA:
I was quite amused with how picturesque Melaka is, especially Jonker street. The walls, architectures, and arts that’s scattered all over the place satisfied my eyes, it has exceeded my expectations. For a day trip, we opted to explore the Dutch square and Jonker street (which are pretty much on the same are). A day isn’t enough but it has totally refueled my wanderlust.
JONKER STREET / JONKER WALK is the Chinatown in Melaka which is a haven for antique collectors, bargain hunters, and vintage fashion enthusiasts. They say that the best part about this area is the night Market on Friday and Saturday nights, which we weren’t able to see. Though, seeing the artsy walls and stores in this place was enough to see the uniqueness of the place.
DUTCH SQUARE also called as RED SQUARE is a street full of red-painted buildings. It was so stunning, I couldn’t wait to get off the bus when I got to see a glimpse of it. The atmosphere is like a carnival where you find many tourists and locals. The pedal bikes designed with cute stuffed toys added more fun in the place.
- BRING WATER OR WATER CONTAINER. There are re-filling stations in the area, and you’d probably need so much water due to the heat.
- TRY CHICKEN RICE BALL. It’s similar to Singapore’s chicken rice except the rice were shaped into small circles and has a gingery flavour. I love it!
- PACK EXTRA CLOTHES. If you can at least bring an extra shirt, I highly suggest that you do. I was sweating the whole time I was there and changing would be nice before you go back to KL.
- MAKE SURE YOUR BATTERY IS RECHARGED – every corner of these streets are instagram worthy which would make you go gaga on taking a snap literally on everything!
- LEAVE MELAKA BEFORE 6PM. If you’re not staying for the night, you should go back to the Melaka terminal before 6PM. Most of the bus that goes back to KL leaves at 6-7PM, we almost missed the last bus. Phew!
- BEWARE OF SCAM. There was a guy who was very persistent and kept following us until we got inside the bus. We were two girls, it was already dark and he is kept offering his taxi from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur. I firmly declined his offer with a monotone voice. It can be dangerous anywhere, even on a safe spot, always be cautious.
- LASTLY, MAKE A LOT OF GOOD MEMORIES, whether you came to visit for a vacation or for business, don’t forget to have fun.