Melaka is a city that has been listed in the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2008. It is a city, which is culturally rich and has a number of historical sites that you can visit with your friends and family. The best part of this city is that it has a small river running through the city providing a calm and serene environment all throughout. Apart from tourism, it also boasts of a lot of good food and cultural attractions. Make sure to visit the busy Christ Church here. One thing that is worth noticing is that there are plenty of night markets here where you can find goods that have been priced reasonably compared to the other markets. Make sure to try out the Nyonya cuisine for its wonderful flavours.
During my stay in the city, I was lodged in the Majestic Melaka Hotel, which is a mid-range hotel with amenities so luxurious that it will give the 7 star hotels a run for their money. Most of the people living in this city follow Islam. There is also a considerable population of Buddhists and Hindus living here. If you are visiting someone in this city, make sure to carry a gift as it is considered polite in his or her culture. It was originally a fishing village known as Orang Laut. Iskandar Shah founded the city. It was in the year 1824 that the city slipped into British hands. By 1946 it had achieved freedom to be a part of the Malayan Union.
Melaka is famous for its shopping outlets and its night life. The night markets are beautifully lit with colourful lights. You can shop here for clothes, handicrafts, souvenirs and a lot more. You will typically find all of these night markets located one after the other on Jonkers Street whereas the malls are located in Melaka City. If you were looking for a good variety in products, I would recommend you to visit the Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall. After spending about 10 to 15 days in Melaka, it was time for me to head to my next destination, which was Ipoh and was only a few hundred kilometres from here. I booked my Bus tickets from this website redbus.my which was quite user friendly and I could select my choice of seats while sitting in the comfort of my hotel room. As per the website there were only two Operators serving on the route between these two cities.
Transnasional and Sepat Express were both economy coach Operators. Tickets for these Buses start at MYR33 onwards. Transnasional had about 5 buses plying throughout the day and Sepat Express had about 2 buses plying. The first Bus with Transnasional departs at 8:30 am in the morning followed by a bus every half an hour until 12:30 pm. The duration of the journey is about 5 hours. Sepat Express has 2 buses – one departing at 11:30 am and the other at 10:00 pm.