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Kampung Bukit China

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  • Day34

    Day 34: Checking out Malacca

    July 19, 2016 in Malaysia

    Woke up at a fairly normal time this morning but had a few errands to do before getting the day off. Firstly our washing situation was becoming critical, so we needed to find a laundry shop. And our efforts the previous evening to find an ATM proved fruitless, so we needed to find one pronto as we had no money and were clearly in a relatively cash-driven area. After a pair of hot tips from a passing motorcyclist and a tourist info officer, we managed to find both facilities okay.

    Malacca is a city with a long and surprising history. Before arriving, I'd assumed it was similar to George Town in Penang which we'd visited last year, but it's actually very different! It was an important trading city and the centre of a sultanate from about the 1100s onwards, until the Portuguese arrived in the 1510s and colonised the place. They occupied the area for about 140 years until the Dutch conquered it in the 1640s, who then ruled for just under 200 years. The Dutch wanted to free up troops and resources to fight off Napoleon's occupation of the Netherlands, and so handed temporary control of the town and area to the British in the 1810s. The British, concerned about giving the Dutch back a strong fortress and trading post sabotaged the place, pushing most of the trade to their settlement at Penang a few hundred kilometres up the coast. In the end, the Dutch didn't want it back so the British kept it until the Japanese conquest in 1941/42 (Malacca fell only a week or so before Singapore). The Japanese occupation ended in 1945 with the return of the British, until Malaysian independence in 1965. So a long and varied history!

    We spent most of the day wandering around the ruins of the old town - there's still a crumbling archway from the original Portuguese fortress, along with a bunch of buildings, churches and graves from the Dutch era as well. The British didn't build much so there wasn't a lot left from their era. We spent quite a bit of time in a couple of museums which were very impressive and very thorough - exhausting even.

    Also found the time to go on the observation tower, which ascends to quite a height, maybe 20 storeys? It takes about a minute to ascend, and stays at the top for about 5 minutes while slowly rotating. Great views from the top, long distances in every direction!

    We retreated from the heat of the day to a cafe and had a cold drink then headed back to the hotel around 5pm. Showering in the evening is just such a necessity in the tropics, even being outside for more than 10 minutes makes me sweaty! Headed back out around 6:30pm, intending to take a river boat ride during sunset and dusk which we'd heard good things about. The dock was only a couple of minutes walk from our hotel, and we made it with time to spare.

    The ride itself was great, 20 minutes each way up and back along the river which is really more of an Amsterdam style canal, complete with ornate lighting and brightly painted buildings. It also went past the amusingly poorly-thought-out monorail that only operated briefly before being shut down. The idea of sticking a monorail in a UNESCO World Heritage listed town honestly makes me shudder! Got some good photos from the boat which was good!

    After the boat ride it was nearly 8pm and definitely time for dinner (though we'd snacked on some pineapple tarts late in the afternoon). Once again we couldn't find much open - I think most tourists come here as a day trip from KL or Singapore so the bulk of the restaurants just don't open in the evening. Once again Shandos vetoed the Hard Rock Cafe, so we had a beer in a small bar overlooking the canal then a laksa dinner at a cafe around the corner from our hotel.

    Looking forward to tomorrow, this town seems to have quite a lot to offer! Today was mostly on the eastern side of the canal, as for whatever reason the western side where the older Chinese community live is mostly closed on Tuesdays. So we'll check out that tomorrow!
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  • Day5

    A slow start since everyone was lying quietly in their own bed tryimg not to disturb the others, with only the light of Luka's iPad and the beeping of Cait's camera indicating states of consciousness. Breakfast not the delicious nasi lemak we anticipated but still not too bad.

    We set off up St Paul's Hill past the Old Dutch Cemetery, a walk far worse in the anticipation than the actuality. We passed a festive crew preparing for what looked like a giant party in the car park and adkef what was cooking in the giant vat. Dodol, we thought they replied. The old ruins were well worth the walk, with interesting views down to the sea and an array of ancient tombstones and stray cats. Our true destnation was the Maritime Museum, set in the replica of an old Dutch trading ship, telling the history of Melaka through its different iterations, Melakan, Portuguese, Dutch and British. Very interesting.

    Wandered along the river back to Jonker street in search of the famous chicken rice balls, but rejected Al Famosa as the same source of the mediocre satays of yesterday. We wandered aimlessly, got lost and had a durian recovery break that left Imogen traumatised (she refused to try it) and the rest of us underwhelmed. From there we meandered along the fascinating Heeren St and eventually found the Duck Noodle restaurant we were aiming for, about opposite the Maritime Museum we had set off from. The duck broth especially was deicious, and we were all fed and watered (2 sarsis, a coke and a grape fanta) for under$2 each.

    Back to the hotel (party really going now, Mike sweet talked them intp a container of half ready dodol). Swim and relax before we set off on our next culinary adventures and perhaps a boat trip.
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  • Day4

    Leisurely start as we summoned the energy for another borderline breakfast and I crushed Rolphean dreams of a Hilton Buffet. And today's was not so bad, a fried
    egg being added to the mix with plenty of Teh Tarak and watermelon, But as soon as I got back to our room, I knew all was not well with my digestive system and a strong dose of diareze would be necessary to survive the 2 hour coach trip to Melaka. But it all went pretty smoothly once we'd deciphered the train map to get to the bus station.

    Friendly taxi driver pointed out the sights as he drove us to the Rucksack Caratel, and we were indeed only 100m from the Dutch Square, in a lovely garden oasis. The Buddy Caravan (we got "Frank Sinatra") was all part of the 50s Americana vibe. Quite charming and comfy, if super compact! I collapsed into bed while the others went off exploring and testing the pool. I emerged late afternoon, ready to face the famous sights, if not the food, of Melaka. Passing on the garish trishaws of Dutch Square, we diverted with a riverside walk, full of charming street art, beautiful flowers and giant swimming lizards. A local walking her tortioises attracted a lot of attention. We cut back through Chinatown to Jonker Street in search of Nonya nirvana (some of us anyway). Close to the Geographer's Cafe were two likely establishments, and we settled on The Far Eastern Cafe, with understated interiors and
    music, and a very satisfactory introduction to Nonya cuisine (for those of us who could face more than rice). Mike had a chicken Rendang, Luka a tamarind pork affair, and Imogen something involving prawns and pineapple. Alas, the black nut chicken was not available. We wandered home, resisting the portuguese tarts Imogen had fallen in love with, and raiding an upmarket Malaysian sweet emporium. Lots of free samples, we came home with dodol, pineapple tarts and chicken biscuits. A bedtime podcast of The Traders (AFL not Malaccan) sent everyone but Luka to sleep.
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  • Day1

    erste Eindrücke von der roten Stadt

    July 18, 2016 in Malaysia

    Die Spuren der holländischen Kolonialisten prägen das Stadtbild Melakas. Muscle Man, akrobatische Baumverschneider mit gerechter Arbeitsteilung und Hello Kitty-Rikschas runden es ab. Melaka gilt also zu Recht als UNESCO Welterbe. :D

  • Day1

    Zeit für die Werbung

    July 18, 2016 in Malaysia

    Unser Guest House in Melaka, das Old Town Guest House, verdient diese Werbefläche, weil es echt toll war. So schicke Bilder von allen Sehenswürdigkeiten der Stadt - da müssen wir ja gar nicht mehr das Haus verlassen, um alles zu sehen. ^^
    Und der Inder um die Ecke (letztes Bild) hatte die besten und günstigsten Süßspeisen der Stadt.

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