We were in MATTA Fair last year until we decided to buy a hotel voucher from Seri Costa. Sis tagged along and she bought the voucher as well. So, that was basically how we ended up in Melaka together with my mum. She was super-duper excited for the short visit to Melaka as she always thought that Melaka always welcome and never failed her (We knew that she only wanted to get her Melaka Hard Rock shot glass as she’s an avid collector of it). Furthermore, there’s always something new to see and explore too. As for us, our main modus operandi is just to catch some nice foods and strolling around the town.
Started the journey as early in the morning and once we reached there, Melaka welcomed us with such an unpleasant weather. It was drizzling all the way but we still continued with our initial plan which is the Melaka River Cruise. We headed to the main jetty facing the newly built exclusive hotel, Casa Del Mar. With just RM10 per pax, we then board the boat for about 9km ride which took us about 45 minutes journey. We were clueless and making assumption as the boat move to the other end. It was just a plain river cruise. Furthermore, we were trying our best avoiding the water splashes as it smells badly. At the point of time, how we wish that the boat operator should have not push everyone till the front deck as he/she knew that the water will splashed at that portion.
Once we reached one end and the boat making a turn, we are then served with an audio playback explaining every single thing about the river and Melaka specifically. You will pass through Kampung Morten (a traditional village in the heart of Melaka Town), Eye on Melaka, various numbers of bridges such as Old Market Bridge, Melaka Port (which used to be an important port in the world map), warehouses, trading house and etc. All this reminded us to the glorious days of Melaka as marked in the ancient histories. The River Cruise runs till night too.
We then walked to the nearest tourist spot which is the Muzium Samudera or Maritime Museum. It is located exactly right in front the Medan Samudera, a one stop center selling local handicraft, snacks and etc. This is where a 34 meters height and 8 meters width Flora De Lamar replica, a Portuguese ship which sank in the coast of Melaka while on its way to Portugal proudly stands.
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Flora de Lamar
As we had almost reached our lunch time, we opt for Asam Pedas Selera Kampung nearby in Bandar Hilir. This will be our choice this time around due to the overwhelming responses and reviews of the restaurant. They served ‘kampung food’ as if the famous Asam Pedas with various choices of fish, Gulai Lemak, Ikan Bakar and etc. Head there early or you might end up queuing for seat. Another reason is that this restaurant is located just a block away from the Seri Costa Hotel that we’ve booked earlier.
After a short break, we hit the road again! We walked around town and Alhamdullillah the sun was making her appearance of the day.
Halia Inc. We got caught of seeing their signboard and font! Too attractive! Love the retro kind of look.
Quayside Hotel, a 3 star boutique hotel.
A pieces of ruin structure found within the area.
Abang beca, he was there waiting for customer. Definitely in love with the caught in the act moment.
Just to quench the thirst, we tried the famous Clock Tower Cendol. Verdict? Nothing can beat my hometown legend which is Cendol Air Putih. Other than just a plain cendol, they do offer ‘Cendol Pulut’ and ‘Cendol Durian’ too!
The latest tourist attraction in town, the famous Hard Rock Café. Mum’s couldn’t missed the chance to grab her shot glass as collection.
Since it was Saturday, this is definitely the best time to head to Jonker Street as there is a night market that sells everything from local snacks, souvenirs and etc. Jonker Street was once a renowned for its antique shops and definitely a place for an antique collector and bargain hunters. It is a centre street of Chinatown too.
We will continue our journey on Part 2 soon.
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