Our final stop in Malaysia was the historic city of Melaka, a city filled with lots of rich culture and heritage.
As we arrived in Melaka, Malaysia’s oldest city, we went for a walk around the city and saw some interesting sites.
In particular, we saw some extremely garish and brightly decorated tuk tuks with Pokémon, Minions, Hello Kitty and Frozen dolls. Yep they looked pretty crazy. And they were playing some crazy sounding music too.
As well as those, we also got a good taste of rich Melaka history. We strolled past traditional Peranakan houses and lots of craft shops.
We walked past the Maritime Museum, which is actually housed in a recreation of a Portuguese ship. It sank whilst trying to transport Malaysian treasure back to Europe. We also saw the Stadthuys, aka The Red Square. China Town, situated on the west of the river was also a visual treat.
We headed to a local Chinese restaurant later that evening to have our farewell dinner. Our last meal with the whole group together as by this point, lots of people had dispersed. So it was nice to have everyone in one place at the same time for one final time.
After dinner, we took a stroll around St Paul’s Hill and A Famosa, one of the oldest European architecture present in Southeast Asia. It was a fort overlooking the river that was built by the Portuguese when they came to Melaka in 1511 and ruled the place until 1641.
After our farewell dinner and a little walk around Melaka, it was off to bed for a very early 5am start. Melaka looked so beautiful at night. It was time to cross the border from Malaysian into Singapore, the final destination on the tour.
Hope you’ve enjoyed reading my travel/photo diaries about my Bangkok to Singapore. Next time, I’ll be talking about my adventures in Singapore…
Have you been to Melaka? What general travel tips and advice do you have? Let me know in the comments…