Monday, December 26, 2011

Part 1 - A Visit to Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

It has been some years since our last visit to Malacca, so the family (siblings, their family and mom) decided to make a short trip south to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historical city of Malacca.

So, bright and early on a beautiful Thursday morning saw us setting out on our road-trip to Malacca. This shot was taken along the North-South Expressway in the Cheras area. The giant tap (at bottom left) always catches my attention every time I pass by it.
By road, Malacca is a short two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.

We had a reservation at Mahkota Hotel Malacca

and since we had plenty of time before the 3pm check-in time, we thought we would take a slow drive using the country trunk road instead of taking the North-South Expressway, so we turned towards Kajang, a small town just south of KL famous for satay, a dish of marinated, skewered and grilled meat, served with peanut sauce.

Malaysian highways are well-paved and great for driving. Even the country trunk roads are just as well-paved
and make for a pleasant country drive passing by villages (we call kampong) with pretty traditional kampong homes with fruit trees all around and palm oil plantations along the way like the one in the picture below.
Palm oil plantations are a common sight along our highways. Malaysia still has wide areas of unutilised forest land further inland and away from towns and cities and which are being converted to palm oil plantations. Rubber and palm oil are two main agricultural products in Malaysia.

On Malaysian highway, we have primarily two speed limits - some stretches cap at 90km/hour, others at 110km/hour. Because of the good road conditions, road-users are prone to exceeding the speed limit and do sometimes end up in bad accidents. We encountered a really bad accident going to Malacca - even on the country trunk road! It was so bad that traffic wasn't moving at all and together with some other vehicles, we diverted to another route going through a small kampong coming out near Rembau.

More pictures taken along the way..

Coconut trees are a common sight here in Malaysia and more so on the outskirts. These coconut trees are fronting what looks like a tall very white building if you look close enough.
It turns out to be a magnificent-looking church..
Towns in Malaysia have a somewhat similar look when it comes to the general architecture. This town is no different - with the rows of pre-war shophouses which make up the commercial centre of a town. Small towns with just one main street are still pretty common in this country.
The law has finally caught up with excessive ad banners indiscriminately located all over town, even in smaller towns. We saw town council uniformed men removing banners along a stretch of banner-filled street and they were coming fast for these banners.
Here is another church, more like a cathedral, we passed by. This one was built in 1948 unless I read it incorrectly.
Our police stations have a standard white-and-blue theme. Here is one of them. Our friendly police officer is spotted taking a smoke break. Only realised he is in the picture afterwards.
This one is part of a government building.
A different part of the same government building complex, the State Development Corporation (PKNNS). Imposing structure, reminiscent of the local Minangkabau architecture.
Rembau stadium..

Malacca, here we come..

Read continuation.. Part 2 - A visit to Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site


  1. wow, you went to Malacca during your christmas?? hoooh, i hope it was not packed with tourist.. looking forward to your Malacca trip post~~ :)

  2. I haven't been to Malacca in such a long time. Used to study there during Form 4 & 5. :)

    Waiting for more posts on the rip. :)

  3. Nice trip to Melaka eh? I visited it a few months ago. I always like to drive on Malaysian highways provided there's no traffic jam! And driving through villages are always pleasant! Gosh! Your post makes me feel like going on a road trip to somewhere in Malaysia haha!

  4. Oh I have heard like a lot about Malcca from many Malaysian bloggers. Will you continue the story? Kenny told me there is this Chinese temple over there too

  5. Where is the exact location of the giant tap? Have not taken notice of this giant before leh. Nice family outing for a short break.

  6. It's been a long time I didn't visit this historical state. May plan a visit in future... Happy New Year 2012 to you & your family :-)

  7. SK, the streets were busy, and Jonker Walk was packed!

    Lina, for me, that was a visit after so long.

  8. Foong, I have to agree that our highways are a breeze to drive except when there is a jam which normally is caused by an accident. We saw three bad accidents coming back to KL!

    So where are you headed next?

    Rad, right, if you are reading Malaysian blogs, you would have read lots of posts on Malacca, the place being a tourist attraction for both foreigners and locals alike.

    There are a number of famous Chinese temples all over Malaysia and Malacca has her fair share. There is a Chinese temple that is at Jonker Street in close proximity with an Indian temple and a mosque. How cool is that?!

    You've got to visit Malacca and experience the place for yourself.

  9. Bananaz, the giant tap is at the vicinity of Pandan Indah. What's interesting about this structure is that the 'flowing water' is the part that holds up the tap. Looks magical..

    Dora, Malacca is nice for a holiday. Happy new year to you too!

  10. Azuan, yes, she does!