Saturday, February 07, 2015

Melaka, Malaysia

To transit out of Singapore we opted to take a bus from Queen Street Bus Terminal, a few mintues walk from our hotel, to Larkin Bus Terminal in just-over-the-border in JB (Johor Bahru), Malaysia, then buy our onward ticket to Melaka at 1/3 the Singaporean price.

Entering Malaysia was a breeze; no paperwork required, we hopped on a ready-to-pull-out VIP bus at Larkin Terminal and we were in Melaka 3 hours later.

I had read that Malaysia was a leading exporter of palm oil but was not expecting to pass through endless palm plantations for the whole three hour ride. Wow! Do they have any natural forest left?

We spent all of our time in Melaka in the old city which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Malaysian Sultans, Portugese, Dutch, and British have all ruled Melaka at some time; and the local population is a mix of Chinese, Malay, South Indians.

We spent just two nights in Melaka but could have easily spent another as we had a great hotel, good vegetarian eats, and the old city is lively day and night due to a good number of local and foreign visitors, young and old.

Note that there is no photo below of the cruise ship we saw anchored off the Melakan coast, nor the Water Monitor lizard we saw swimming in the Melaka River.

Palm plantations seen through the bus window.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Our "big" hotel room. Quite nice after the smallish room in Singapore.
Melaka, Malaysia

And a balcony.
Melaka, Malaysia

The cutesy pedicab tours of Old Melaka always seemed full of happy riders.
Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka, Malaysia

Dutch Square - the center of the old city.
Melaka, Malaysia

St Paul's Church + lighthouse.
Melaka, Malaysia

The Chinese cemetery on shady Bukit China (China Hill).
Melaka, Malaysia

Various scenes along the Melaka River.
Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka, Malaysia

Dinner at Yeti Restaurant. That's fried okra (they call okra lady-fingers) at bottom.
Melaka, Malaysia

Mosque with native, not Islamic, architectural features.
Melaka, Malaysia

At the fish market in Liitle India.
Melaka, Malaysia

Traditional Melakan houses dwarfed by new high-rises right on the edge of the World Heritage district.
Melaka, Malaysia

More vegetarian food.
Melaka, Malaysia

Old school selfie.
Melaka, Malaysia

Shaving ice for our cendol - a traditional shaved ice dessert.
Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka, Malaysia

Chinatown shophouses.
Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka, Malaysia

"Veggie Meal" in Little India.
Melaka, Malaysia

Could not resist the cendol-to-go for less than a dollar at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Melaka, Malaysia

And finished off on our hotel room balcony.
Melaka, Malaysia

1 comment:

Liz nulton-bodiford said...

Loved the old-fashioned selfie!