24 Hours in….Malacca

IMG_3591I’ve been back in Singapore a grand total of 9 working days and hurray, it’s a Public Holiday. Course it is! Happy Birthday Buddha (Vesak Day.) And what do 3 day weekends always mean for Singapore? Answer) A mass exudes to Malaysia!

Malacca kick-started my travel buzz again. It has hints of Pai Thailand about it  in its cute craft markets & ice cream stalls, met with glimpses of Ubud Bali in its artist studios and antique shops. I say this in a ‘ramshackle Malaysian’ way however, i.e  add lots of dirt & traffic!

Top Tips for 24 Hours

IMG_3603Do: Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum
For $12RM you can take a guided tour of this  palatial Peranakan townhouse with its tiled parlous, Victorian dressers, indoor wells, peepholes and everything else gorgeous about 1800’s interior design that makes you WISH you of the era (and social class) of your typical Chinese/Malay dynasty.

 

IMG_3567Don’t miss: Jonker’s Walk Night Market (Friday and Saturday 5pm – 12am)  I saw 3RM souvenirs, 2RM durian icecream , 1RM  earrings, 15RM mice?! At the south end of Jalan Hang Jebat a crowd gathers for local celebrity; Dr Ho Eng Hui who splits open a coconut with his bare elbow and does some very elaborate things with whips!

 

IMG_3535Stay: At the Oriental Residence. The view from the back porch straight onto the twinkly Melakan river, is as lovely as the staff. Very much like a home-stay rather than a guesthouse, it’s rated top #4 on Trip Advisor for good reason. Double rooms from $55RM.

 

 

IMG_3612Eat: A lot! (Malacca is famous for foodies.) On the corner of the action in Chinatown the Geographer Cafe, serves tasty veggie curry and local sour plum juice. Other than that there is street food galore.

Drink: At Tofu Cafe (watch out for Mojo the aggressive poodle!) or Shantaram Bar (watch out for the cats!) It’s all about shared beers in short glasses talking about local elections with Malacans who are happy to mingle.

 

a IMG_3609Getting there: Just 4/5 hours from Singapore (depending on the border traffic.) Bus company Maju Express have tickets from $16 SGD one way from departing from the Textile Centre, Jalan Sultan Rd to Melaka Sentral. A taxi 4km into town then costs 20RM.

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