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Trishaw Riding in Melaka

There comes a time in everyone’s life when you just have to be the cheesy tourist.

Like pretending to push the Leaning Tower of Pisa upright for a photo, or sitting astride a massive clog in Amsterdam, we are all united in the fact that as much as we love to laugh at people who engage in such tomfoolery, we love it equally as much.

Our cheesy tourist day came in Melaka, midway through our visit to Malaysia. After the ordeal of having had the ends of my hair butchered by a ladyboy, I was in desperate need of some cheering up. Luckily, there are some men with plastic flowers and boomboxes for that. And by that of course I mean the trishaw drivers that line the streets of the city’s Red Dutch Square, outside the oft-photographed Christ Church.

Graffiti Street Art in Melaka

Melaka was an unexpected little gem.

Planning on only spending three nights there originally, we actually found ourselves hunkering down at our cute riverside hostel for six nights in total. Partly because of laziness and partly because accommodation was so cheap compared to everywhere else we had been in Malaysia. And we only left after that because we felt like even the guest house owner was getting sick of the sight of us.

The bonus of being located on the banks of the river was that we could walk back to our hostel via the boardwalk, where you will find that the majority of the buildings have been covered in spray-paint murals commemorating the city and its culture, heritage and tourist attractions. Apparently it is officially known as the Melaka River Art Project, set up to showcase the talents of local graffiti artists. Whatever its purpose, the street art in Melaka definitely added to the charm and uniqueness of the town.

The View From My Window: Melaka, Malaysia

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I’ve recently been looking back through all of my photos from the last year, reminiscing about the wonderful places I went and the delicious food I ate (Mexican coffee buns: will I ever taste your delicious sweetness again??)

The great thing about doing this is that I keep finding photos that I had totally forgotten about, or remembering events that had gotten pushed to the back of my mind by newer, fresher, seemingly more important things.

This photo is actually one of Scott’s, but I remember when he took it thinking how pretty it was – this was the view from the balcony of our hostel in Melaka, Malaysia, first thing in the morning. We spent a lot of time on this balcony, overlooking the river and waving to people passing on the riverboat tours. The only time the river was ever as still as this was first thing in the morning and last thing at night; after all of the tourists had gone home for the night and the boats had stopped running.

At both of these times, it was so serene and calm and pretty; no one had started their day yet, the city was unusually quiet and it was exciting to think of what the day ahead would have in store.

Malaysia Travel: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I spent a total of almost seven weeks in Malaysia (yeah, it came as a surprise to me, too) and I miss it. A lot. It kind of crept up on me in a away I never expected and often left me surprised and intrigued by the people and places I found there. 

After the intensity of Hong Kong I wanted to relax somewhere for a few weeks and Malaysia just seemed to be the perfect fit, hence why I found myself calling Melaka, a small UNESCO city, my home for several of those seven weeks.

Now I have left I can look back on what were the highlights and the not-so-great elements about this diverse country and my period of Malaysia travel. And I have to tell you, I struggled to find much that was bad, as you will see…

The Good

The people

Malaysia houses a diverse mix of Indian, Malay and Chinese cultures and I cannot think of one occasion where I met someone who wasn’t willing to help, give directions or offer a smile. The fact that so many different cultures and religions live here seems to make it much more tolerant of travellers and their own customs.

The food

When you take two of my favourite Asian cuisines (Chinese and Indian) and throw some spicy Malay fare into the mix, I was never going to be disappointed. I also discovered some interesting and unusual dishes that became my favourites, such as Mexican coffee bread, nyonya laksa and every type of steamed bun (pau) imaginable.

Malaysia Travel: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly