I took a short bus ride from Kuala Lumpur to the straits of Melaka – an ancient trading hub that played a major part in Malaysia’s history. Famous for its weekend walking street called the Jonker Walk, a cute city centre full of Dutch era buildings, the Nyonya people – descendants of Chinese migrants who settled in Malaysia / Singapore during the British rule, and as with all of Malaysia, delicious food.
The city itself is easy to navigate on a bicycle, and the whole place has a laid back vibe to it. Like every other place in Malaysia, Melaka is full of south Indian immigrants, so the Indian food is top quality too. I went to a special restaurant named after my friend Alvin, and filled my stomach with little balls of rice rolled in my palms. What I need to emphasise is just how amazing the Indian food in Malaysia tastes… it’s even better than Indian food in India!
The city centre is marked by a little cluster of Dutch buildings, including a church. This is the centre, the touristy spot, the restaurant and bar hub, and the pretty much everything of the place. Expect touts and locals trying to sell you souvenirs too.
The city isn’t full of activities and relaxing is pretty much the theme of the town. There’s a nice waterfront that runs along the city centre which is perfect for workouts, dinners and alcohol nights.
There’s a lovely new mosque that’s been built by the straits where the sunsets are quiet and beautiful.
All in all, Melaka is the perfect short getaway from the bustle of Kuala Lumpur. My stay was short and more of a filler for the days leading up to my scuba diving trip, and the city definitely delivered.