Malacca, or Melaka, is a sleepy town around three hours bus ride away from Kuala Lumpur. Around every corner there’s something beautiful to photograph, we were snapping left, right and centre!
There are brightly coloured windows and doors, lanterns hanging everywhere, and a wealth of vibrant street art. Our stay fell during the week and we were sad to miss the weekend market, but still enjoyed our time in this beautiful little spot.
The most famous street in Malacca is Jonker Street. On the weekends it transforms into a huge night market with stalls and street food aplenty. During the week it’s quiet and calm, and perfect for strolling up and down to peek in all of the small shops. There are old shophouses at every step, and it’s quite hard to stop taking photographs and put your camera away!
Adjacent to Jonker, there’s a back street with plenty of highlights. The Baba & Nyonya Peranakan museum makes for an excellent hour of learning. Our guide gave us an interesting 45 minutes, filling our heads with all sorts of history. Our favourite titbit? That the floor tiles in one of the rooms were from Stoke-on-Trent! Needless to say we had a good chuckle between ourselves.
There is plenty of beautiful street art to be found around Malacca – not as much as Penang, but still a fair bit to go at. We loved spotting this cheeky Orangutan on the side of a building. Isn’t he cute?
This vibrant mural really caught our eye, and we had to stop for photographs infront of it. Like true bloggers, we embraced the wall and got some colourful snaps. It seems to have been commissioned by beauty brand Kiehl’s, but we couldn’t find any more information on it.
Wandering up and down the Melaka river as the sun set was our favourite thing to do in the evening. The stillness of the water, the quietness of the town, and the beautiful buildings all merged together to make for a lovely evening stroll. These photographs were taken during the day, and you can see just how quiet it was!
Malacca was inhabited by the Dutch for 150 years, and the Dutch square is one of the remnants. The beautiful red buildings are eye catching and impossible to miss. A fun fact – the clock tower is not as old as it looks. It was built in 1886! This is the busiest part of town, with dozens of cyclos decked out in crazy Pikachu themes. You’ll just have to visit for yourself to see what we mean.
We stayed in a beautiful old shop house during our time in Malacca, ate the spiciest Laksa known to man, and drank copious cups of hot Milo. Walking from one end of town to the other, we left no stone unturned in this little town. There’s not a whole host of things to do, but just enough for a night or two. If we were to visit again, then we’d definitely stay over a weekend, to make sure we’d catch the night market!