Malacca an Interesting Place to Spend a Day! The UNESCO Heritage city of Malacca is a great place to spend the day! The entire city is steeped in history and tradition. Malacca was where the Sultan of Malaysia declared independence from the British after the Second World War. It is also the birth place of the Malay Federation. Malacca’s history stretches back to the early 13th century.

 Malacca's Heritage consists of a vibrant Chinatown containing small, narrow streets bursting with antique shops, local restaurants, selling cheap tasty dishes, and even original craft and metalwork shops that have been in existence for the last two hundred years or more. A stroll around Chinatown is a feast for all the senses. The sights, sounds and smells are something to savour. From the aroma of Incense burning at the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, to the sounds of the local Indians smashing coconuts in the forecourt of their temple close by, or the sight of craft shops filled with interesting items. Stop for a while at one of the many Dim Sum restaurants selling small tasty dumplings or sample a strong local coffee in a “Kopi Tiam”. 

The buildings in Chinatown are old, and little has changed here over the last three hundred year or so. The main Street in Chinatown is called Jonker Walk and during Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings the road is closed to all traffic and a vibrant night market takes over. There are bargains galore to be had, and hard bargaining is the norm. Don't be afraid to haggle it is expected. The night market also hosts numerous roadside food stalls selling tasty local dishes. The prices are unbelievable, the food delightful and the ambiance unique! Chinatown also is home to many charming hotels, guesthouses and budget backpacker hostels. 

Because Malacca is popular with both local and other Asian visitors it is often difficult to find a room for rent at weekends. Booking in advance is advisable. I love just strolling around Chinatown any time of the day and night. You always discover something new. I enjoy sitting at one of the many open air bars watching the tourists search for bargains. 

Food prices are very reasonable and a local meal for two people including non alcoholic drinks will cost around $5. A spotless room in a heritage hotel will cost on average 20-30 dollars during the week and slightly more at the weekends. During the calm cool evenings, visitors enjoy strolling along the scenic riverbank, stopping occasionally at one of the many bars and restaurants that front the riverside. 

River cruises are very popular and excellent value for money as are the twenty or so museums; some of them have free entry. There even is a museum situated inside an old sailing ship! One of my favourite bars on the river is the Honky Tonk Jazz bar! Here the beers are cold, the music live and the service eccentric! The old Honky Tonk has real character! The owner Joe is also the bandleader! Malacca is blessed by being a short distance from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and is very popular with visitors from both places. Yet come Monday Malacca wave's goodbye to all the tourists and reverts back to a sleepy Malaysian town.

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