We walked along the banks of Melaka River retracing our memories from last year’s trip. We passed by the Malay Traditional Village, a carnival right after a certain bridge, a market with hawker food stalls, some guesthouses, cafes and down to our soon-to-be fave beer place. It was a fulfillment of some wishes from last year during our 22-hour jaunt in Melaka; to follow the riverbanks wherever it may lead us to.
Me and my buddy commenced our Beach Hop Asia 2016 trip on Melaka. We dashed out from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 and bought bus tickets to Melaka (RM 24.10 | USD 6.15). The two-hour bus ride was smooth and I snoozed most of it. We arrived at Melaka Sentral at around 8:00 pm and hopped on a domestic bus (RM 1.50 | USD 0.37) to our hotel, The Pines Hotel Melaka.
It was drizzling after we settled in on our room. I was about to surrender to the snuggly bed but Melaka Food (Mee Goreng and Kopi Ais) kept flashing on my thoughts, so late dinner we did.
Just a hundred meter or so from our hotel was food haven. Hawker stalls with local Malay fares were at its peak serving local diners. It was a no-brainer for me and my buddy; Mee Goreng + Kopi Ais combo. And just on the first bite, we knew it was happiness.
The next morning we had coffee sesh on the riverside just a few strides away from our hotel. It was a quiet and relaxing time that we wanted to do more of that. Suddenly, we had an itinerary on what to do on that day; to walk along the riverbanks.
We started to walk from Villa Sentosa (Malay Living Museum) and got a taste of Malay’s local way of life. We walked further, passing by some business establishments, a carnival, guesthouses and public market.
|Villa Sentosa - Traditional Malay Village|
|Choose your spot|
We walked back home and called it a day, oh well, after having some Nasi Goreng Ayam and Mee Goreng on our fave hawker area.
We had almost the same itinerary next day, we traversed the quiet Melaka riverbank and almost became familiar with Melaka morning scene. We went to the
famous Jonker Street where shops and restaurants lined the street. It wasn’t
busy as it was a weekday. We then headed to its parallel street, Heeren Street,
which we loved more.
|Nasi Goreng Ayam|
We headed to the Dutch Square where we were greeted by the Disneyish tuk tuks then hiked up the hill to the Ruins of St. Paul’s Church. I checked out the church, snapped some photos and lazed on a rock somewhere and viewed Dutch Square from there which almost didn’t get empty.
As it became a routine for us, we went back on our favorite beer spot and, again, shared a big bottle of beer (we need to save as much for this 2-month trip).
The next day, our last day, we woke up earlier than usual and went to Bukit Cina, just a kilometer away from our hotel and checked out the largest and oldest traditional Chinese cemetery outside China (the earliest grave that was found was of 1622) . It was quiet and serene, a normal cemetery scene.
We then headed to Poh San Teng Temple at the foot of the hill where the King’s Well was also located. Further walk led us to Chinese War Memorial.
We went back to the hotel, as if not contented on our previous walks, and rented a bike for our last few hours in Melaka. It was relaxing and fun as we got to meet some locals who kept on referring to us as Thais and after revealing that we are Filipinos, they would smile and nod.
This Melaka trip was a fulfillment of last year’s wish; to cover the historic Melaka River not on a cruise but by foot. We had four wonderful days strolling around with no particular plan. It was our second time but we still felt that we needed to be back again. What’s great about a chill, no-itinerary kinda trip is that you get to savor each moment as it should be. So see you Melaka, maybe next year?
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