After 8 hours (non-stop) drive from Penang, we arrived late at Melaka’s central bus station and waited for another hour for another bus going to Stadthuys. I really felt bad because of our shortened stay at Melaka and it rained. From our planned stroll of 7am- 2pm, it became 10am-2pm.
Check out what we did for 4 hours
Checked in at Discovery Cafe
35RM for 6 hours ain’t bad for a hands free stroll, shower, and a free toast and kopi. Luckily, the staff is a Filipina, she gave us some tips and a map for our quick Melaka tour
Church of St. Francis Xavier
The church was built in 1856 at the site of an old Portuguese church by French priest.
18th-century Anglican Dutch Colonial style church and is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia
Red Clock Tower
By the way, all of these red structures are part of the Red Square or Stadthuys – the administrative capital of Melaka.
If you want to explore the areas near the Red Square, you may ride a trishaw for 25-35RM
Climb A Famosa Fort
A Portuguese fortress and the oldest surviving European architectural remains in south east Asia. This is a smaller version of Manila’s Intramuros.
Enjoy the view from above
A mix of modern and historical architecture – really reminds me of Manila.
Unfortunately, the line was very long and I already took a cup of Melaka coffee in Discovery Cafe – another cup might ruin my stomach.
Proclamation of Independence Memorial
It is a museum which displays the journey of Malaysia from independence and its modern development
Window and Door appreciation
It is very odd to have an admiration to walls/windows/doors.. but Melaka really have some “instagrammable” backgrounds
Walk around Jonker Walk
Jonker walk could be considered as the Chinatown of Melaka. It is filled with restaurants, textile shops, coffee shops and houses.
Everything in Melaka is so cute – you can find quirky stuff at Jonker Walk
Chicken Rice Ball
I expected that the chicken was already included in the rice – boo, it was an overpriced chicken rice meal.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
Or the “Temple of Green Cloud” is the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia which practices the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism
We rushed to Discovery Cafe before 2pm to get our things. However, we really had a hard time finding the bus stop going back to the Central Station. We are already opting to ride a taxi but it will cost us around 30Rm. Luckily, a kind-hearted local offered us a ride.