Malacca/Melaka Journals

Weekends in Malacca

A September 2005 trip to Malacca/Melaka by jabela

Mahkota Hotel Melaka Photo, Malacca/Melaka, Malaysia More Photos
Quote: Malacca really has all of the history of Malaysia compressed into one place, as well as a really fun river tour!

Weekends in Malacca

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Overview

Dutch Windmill Photo, Malacca/Melaka, Malaysia
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I have a real soft spot for Malacca, because it was the place my wife and I first dated, so I tend to see it through it rose-coloured glasses. We enjoyed a trishaw ride in the evening and had a candle-lit dinner, and the trishaw driver met us to take us back to our hotel. It was definitely a lot better than an official tour. This is the historic centre of Malaysia. There are a lot of museums, but there's also a lighter side. The river tour is hilarious, and the locals have a good sense of humour. (It's also a UNESCO site.) If you're staying for dinner, the Portuguese settlement is the place to be, with lots of local seafood places offering fish caught tha...Read More

Mahkota Hotel Melaka

Hotel | "Century Mahkota Hotel Melaka"

Mahkota Hotel Melaka Photo, Malacca/Melaka, Malaysia
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It is a 5-star hotel, and the first time I stayed there, it was wonderful, but standards have slipped, and the maintenance hasn't been the best; don't get me wrong--the facilities are okay, but not nearly as good as they used to be.

Location: Easy walking distance from all the main historical sites. Alternatively, you can take a tri-shaw around the city.

Facilities
  • A number of pools
  • Children's play area
  • Gym
  • Business centre
  • Restaurant--you can find the website here: http://www.malacca.ws/century/index.htm
  • Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 9, 2005

    Mahkota Hotel Melaka
    No. 16, Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz
    Melaka, Malaysia 75000
    (606) 281 2828

    Festa San Pedro

    Attraction

    Festa San Pedro Photo, Malacca/Melaka, Malaysia
    Quote:
    On our last visit, we happened to come across the Festa in the Portuguese village. The festival is a semi-religious Christian event.

    However, the big news this year was the change of sponsor. Oh yes, the beer company had changed. In this Festa, that was VERY important, because cheap beer is a big part of the celebration!

    We saw a parade, and then there was a stage show and lots of stalls around. We had dinner in the area, where they serve a lot of fresh seafood.

    I believe that the event takes place in June every year, but for exact dates, please check the Tourism Malaysia website: http://www.tourism.gov.my.

    Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2005

    Festa San Pedro
    Portuguese Settlement
    Malacca, Malaysia 75050
    +60 6 284 7493

    River Cruise

    Attraction

    River Cruise Photo, Malacca/Melaka, Malaysia
    Quote:
    This is not a tour to see beautiful sights, because there aren't any on the Malacca River; however, what the river lacks, the tour guide makes up for with an imaginative and at times hilarious ride down the river.

    The tour operator knows the price of a beer in every tavern and everything else possible about the riverbank.

    The tour lasts for 45 minutes and is really a nice way to relax for a while after the heavy cultural information in the museums.

    Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2005

    River Cruise
    Behind the Information Centre
    Malacca, Malaysia

    Muzium Pemerintahan Demokrasi (Democracy Museum) Photo, Malacca/Melaka, Malaysia
    Quote:
    This museum is very interesting for those who want to know about the democratic process in Malaysia and is ideal for expats or people with an interest in this area. Malaysia's democracy is quite complex to allow all of the different races to be represented. I found it fascinating, and they're really tried to bring a complex subject to a level that most people can understand.

    They've also been very clever in using visual aids to bring the subject to life.

    If you are also visiting Singapore, it's interesting to note the different spins they've put on the tale of how they became separate states.

    Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 11, 2005

    Muzium Pemerintahan Demokrasi (Democracy Museum)
    Central Malacca
    Malacca, Malaysia

    Muzium Tuan Yang Terutama (Governor's Mansion) Photo, Malacca/Melaka, Malaysia
    Quote:
    It's really a throwback to the time when England ruled the world and how a governor would have lived. There is also some interesting artwork and historical snippets.

    Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 11, 2005

    Muzium Tuan Yang Terutama (Governor's Mansion)
    Central Malacca, near St Paul's Church
    Malacca, Malaysia

    Mini Malaysia

    Attraction

    Mini Malaysia Photo, Malacca/Melaka, Malaysia
    Quote:
    It is a showcase of the different types of houses found in the 13 states of Malaysia. What I found most interesting was how effective some of the traditional houses were at keeping people cool. It's also interesting to see how much light would get in, even though there were no windows in some housesOf course, the real highlight was walking in on a film crew shooting a local soap opera, with the actress was in full traditional costume. Apparently it's a great filming location, and if you go during the working week, it's quite likely you'll see them.One word of warning, there's a lot of walking involved in this museum, so take plenty of water, and you will be required to cli...Read More

    Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 13, 2005

    Mini Malaysia
    Mini Malaysia & Mini Asean Culture Village
    Malacca, Malaysia 75450
    +60 6 231 6087

    Orangutan

    Attraction | "The Orangutan House"

    Orangutan Photo, Malacca/Melaka, Malaysia
    Quote:
    Its a small shop that celebrates local artist Charles Cham, who is very popular in Malaysia. You can buy an array of T-Shirts, posters, and souvenirs with his designs. Of course, you can also buy some of his paintings.

    Now, in terms of art, it's really your opinion that counts, and my friend Darren thought the paintings were cool, whereas I thought they were cliched and didn't like the slapstick style of painting, although I didn't disagree with his values.

    He has a website at http://www.charlescham.com/, so long as he paid his Internet bills this month...

    Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

    Orangutan
    59 Lorong Hang Jebat
    Malacca, Malaysia 75200
    +60 6 282 6872

    Maritime Museum

    Attraction

    Maritime Museum Photo, Malacca/Melaka, Malaysia
    Quote:
    The best part of this museum is exploring the museum itself, which is housed in the Portuguese warship, Flor De Lar Mar. The museum is well organised and traces the maritime history of Malacca from Portuguese rule up until the British.

    For Marine buffs there will be a lot to take in, and they could probably spend hours here, but for everybody else, this is 30 minutes of fun exploring a galleon, and at only RM2, I think that's a very good value.

    Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

    Maritime Museum
    Bandar Hilir
    Malacca, Malaysia 75000