Continuation of Malaysia Day 1 (Genting Highlands and Petronas Tour)
So, for Day 2, we decided to headoff to one of the famous Malaysian destinations- Malacca. Malacca is around 2 hours from Kuala Lumpur and is tagged as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other reasons why you should go here is to a rich historical and cultural trip. After visiting the place, I can say that it’s pretty much a fusion of Vigan and Intramuros here in the Philippines. I’m recommending you to try it out as well.
HOW TO GO TO MALACCA FROM KUALA LUMPUR
Going to Malacca independently is easy. First, you need to take the LRT and go down at Bandar Tasik Selatan Station. From here, you will see the big Bersepadu Selatan Bus Station. Just buy tickets to Malacca Sentral (price is 9 RM). By the way, just to share, Malacca buses are totally different from the provincial bound buses here in Manila. It offers a lot of space for passengers up to a point where you can extend your feet since the next seat is about 2 slots from you.
The whole travel time is 2 hours up to Malacca Sentral. From here, you will take a bus again (2 RM) to Melaka City Proper., for around 15-30 minutes. Finally, after around 2.5 hours of sitting and chatting and eating, we arrived in Melaka!
WELCOME TO MALACCA
At first glance, Malacca is well represented by Red Christ Church and a lot of vendors and trishaw outside.
Here are our activities in Malacca
#1 Photowalk in Jonker Street
Jonker Street is a street where you can find most of the restaurants, shops, souvenir stores, and temples. It gets slightly crowded during lunchtime as lines in the well-famed chicken rice ball and cendol restaurants get long. Our photowalk here is just perfect- you can capture lots of candid moments in the faces of people, still images of statues and Melaka products, and of course, food shots of the sidewalk vendors! Overall, I love Melaka because of Jonker street. It just brings me back to a homey feeling of a province plus a busy market. Prices of the products in Jonker are not really high (unlike other tourist destinations) so you can go shopping and foodtripping as much as you want. Just a reminder, please bring umbrella or cap as Melaka is a pretty hot/sunny destination.
#2 Take a rest in the Malacca river
Malacca river is just beside the Christ Church where buses will take you off, and you will pass by it before you reach Jonker street. There are several benches in the side of the river where you can take a rest, inhale some fresh air, tell stories, and take some vain pictures. You will love the feeling in this spot because it is shaded, and has a continuous wind flow that allows you to chill and wipe off sweat , retouch makeup after the sunny walk in Jonker. Being photo addicts, we took some landscape and vain photos here.
#3 Malacca Foodtrip!
Malacca, aside from being historical also offers lots of authentic and yummy food choices. Basiically, it’s famous for its Chicken Rice Balls. However, when we went in Jonker street, the 3 famous chicken rice ball restaurants are full and has a loooong line of hungry customers. Since we are starving to death already, we found a simple, sidewalk foodstore of various dumplings and ate inside an old temple. The price is any 3 pieces for 5 RM. We also ordered Nasi Lemak to pair with our viand, plus the signature drink in Malaysia- iced Milo! For desserts, we tried some egg tarts, and Durian Puff! The Durian Puff, of course, tastes like Durian, but with a better smell compared when it is just the fruit alone. The good thing is that the puff has lots of filling!
#4 Order some Cendol!
Cendol is a traditional dessert in Malaysia made up of red beans, jelly noodles, corn, ice cream,sugar, coconut milk, on top of crushed ice. In the Philippines, it’s like halo halo, but I guess Cendol is sort of like a healthier version. In Malacca, you can find lots of Cendol stores. It is really advisable to taste this treat as it is a traditional food (though I still prefer Halo-halo), and it will cool you off after taking the hot stroll in the city.
So these are the things we did in Melaka.Unfortunately we weren’t ale to our longer since we need to head back off in Melaka Sentral to take the 6 pm bus going to KL (need to be back in the city to do some Chinatown shopping). If you plan to go here, I advise that you stay for 1 night, since according to people, Melaka is lively and perfect for photoshoots at night! Next time, when wwe go back, I’ll definitely stay here overnight!
CHINATOWN and STREETFOOD DINNER IN BUKIT BINTANG
We arrived around 9 pm in Bandar Tasik Selatan, and immediately catched the LRT going to Chinatown. In Chinatown, just like in any other country, you an buy your pasalubongs at a very low price. Imagine, buying a Kuala Lumpur shirt for only 7 RM! (91 pesos). So, we immediately bought all of the tshirts that we need as souvenirs.
Afterwhich, we ate at one of the Chinese restaurants along Bukit Bintang and tried their roasted duck! It’s actually my first time to try it out, and it’s tasty with a slightly firm meat.
Here is a night shot in the busy Bukit Bintang area since we also tried to have some night photowalk. As you can see, there is still a heavy traffic at around 12 midnight, and lots of people in the streets.
For continuation, you can read our Malaysia Day 3 – Daytrip in Petronas and Shopping in Bukit Bintang.