Last week, I posted 5 Things to Do in Melaka which you could probably do in just two days. If you like staying longer or trying something different, here are 4 more things to do. These should defeinitely help you feel the soulful essence of this UNESCO World Heritage city.
- Hop on the heavily decorated bicycle rickshaw.
If Vietnam has cyclos and Phillippines has jeepneys, Melaka has the most colorful and eco-friendly transport-the trike taxi. Sadly it’s used by mostly tourists only given it can only take you from the town square to the mall. Many of them have loud sound systems that people a hundred meteres from you can hear the music playing but you’re free to ask the drivers to turn the volume down. The experience is very unique; when you’re on it, you’ll feel like a rajah or a sultan passing by hikers, flaunting your golden three-wheeler. We have done it once but it wasn’t very pleasant because the seat was too small for two ‘size L’ tourists. :-)
- Eat Uniquely Melakan dishes.
I think most travelers and Melakans would agree with me if I declared that the best Melakan dishes are the Laksa and Chicken Rice Balls. As a foodie myself, I always associate distinct tastes of food to places where I have them best. As for the laksa, almost every restaurant and café in Jonker area serves this delicious dish. For chicken rice balls, the best (for me and those who frequent Melaka) is no other than the place called ‘Chop Chung Wah’the first restaurant on the right at the entrance of Jonker St. and is opposite Hoe Kee Chicken Rice on Jalan Hang Jebat. It’s hard to miss the place because it’s the only chicken rice ball place where dozens of people queue from 11am to 2pm. Now the place is just 30 steps to Hard Rock Café Melaka. We’d been lucky to get a table here once and the food was terrific!
Hainanese Chicken Rice at Chop Chung Wah
- Explore Jonker Street (both day and night).
The worst that could happen to you in Melaka is being on a cab on a Friday or Saturday night on Jonker Street. The Night market is such a big event on weekends here. Domestic tourists and Singaporeans flock to this site for some shopping. You can buy souvenirs, Hai Nan coffee, laksa, cendol, laksa etc. at rock bottom prices. Street food can also be had here but most of them are not so fresh or healthy. At day time, Jonker Street is haven to photographers and art lovers. You can see different designs of centuries old houses and shops that have been witness to the evolution of this part of the city. My wife and I took hundreds of photos of this area, braved ourselves tasting different Chinese and Melakan delicacies and bought some souvenirs which could not be found anywhere else.
- Visit the temples.
This city’s main feature is its color and this means various religions have been practiced here considering its long history of colonizations both from the West and the Eat. I personally suggest stopping by Cheng Hoon Teng Temple (the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia and grandest temple in Malacca), Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple(the oldest Hindu Temple in Malaysia), Tranquerah Mosque(the oldest mosque in Malacca),and Kampung Kling Mosque (one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia). How to get to these sites? On foot or by bicycle. Just head to the core zone of the Malacca Unesco World Heritage Site and they’re all just nearby. Although I’ve been here twice, I still haven’t visited all of them.
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