I ended up staying in Malacca for three nights. Malacca is the English spelling of Melaka, which is in Malay. I see both spellings throughout the town and I’m going to be consistent with Google Maps.

The first morning, I walked around Chinatown via Jonker Walk. I also went inside Cheng Hoon Teng Temple briefly, but wasn’t impressed. I was more impressed by the Melaka Street Art, which is a small street that has some cool murals. By the time I finished eating a vegetarian lunch the afternoon humidity and heat made me decide to go back to the Cardamom Hostel, where I was staying.

I booked a room at the hostel since I wanted some quietness, but the room doesn’t have a window, like the inn in Johor Bahru. Every morning I felt like I was waking up in the middle of the night even though it was past 8 AM.

In any case, on the second morning I walked to the east of the town that’s separated by Melaka River. I went to Dutch Square with all the red buildings. Then walked up a hill to get to the Church of Saint Paul, which is in ruins. I took a photo of what remained of a fortress called A Famosa before spending 20 MYR (~$4) to go to the Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum. Lastly, I went inside the Proclamation of Independence Memorial. I learned that Malaysia was formed when a bunch of states decided to vote to form a country in the early 1960s and Singapore opted out of it, thus forming its own city-state.

Once again, the afternoon’s heat defeated my energy to walk and explore more. Since I’ve seen most parts of Malacca I felt it was enough for my visit this time.

This morning, I took a Grab taxi to Melaka Sentral bus terminal and spent a little over 10 MYR (~$2) for the 10:30 AM bus to Kuala Lumpur’s Terminal Bersepadu Selatan bus station. The Grab taxi I took to the hostel was more than three times the cost of the bus ticket, which I thought was amusing.

This hostel is called KLCC Dorm and is actually located inside a hotel. I plan on going to the pool later and enjoy the afternoon in the cool water rather than in the heat.


Jonker Walk World Heritage Park

Statue of a local famous bodybuilder

One end of the Chinatown

Xiang Lin Si Temple

Inside Xiang Lin Si Temple

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Inside Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple roof detail

Kampung Kling Mosque

Themed tricycles is a tourist attraction.

Melaka Street Art

Reminds me of Banksy

More street art

So detailed!

The bridge in Malacca

The other end of Chinatown

Melaka Fort

I had two plates of this chicken tandoori. So good!

One of my childhood favorites

Dutch Square

You know it's Dutch because of the windmill.

The fountain in Dutch Square

The sign in Malacca

Christ Church in Malacca

Inside the church

The red houses in Dutch Square

Inside the ruins of the Church of Saint Paul

Church of Saint Paul

A Famosa

Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum

Sultan's bedroom

A sultan's conference room

The garden outside Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum

Proclamation of Independence Memorial

Turn anything political into a cardboard and it's funny looking.

Taming Sari Tower (Malacca Tower)

The playground near Taming Sari Tower

A wide angled view of Dutch Square

Had to try a durian ice cream. Probably the last time, too. An acquired taste.