I am going to stick with one spelling of Malacca throughout this post, even though it is spelt in a multitude of ways all over the town and country. It seems no-one can decide on just the one spelling. I think they need a board/council meeting to decide once and for all!
Anyway…moving on…Malacca is a beautiful town much similar to Georgetown in its architecture in some parts.
But it has the added bonus of a beautiful river which has had a lot of money spent on it and on which our guesthouse sat.
That was the view from our guesthouse. Fabulous. Like I mentioned before, a lot of money has been spent on this area to build lovely walk ways and all the buildings are decorated by local artists. This has become a big tourist attraction as boats run up and down this river every half hour to show it off.
But once the boats go away the big monitor lizards come out and have a swim, I woke up early one morning (by accident of course) and had a quick look out over the water and saw 2 massive lizards having a nice early morning swim. I felt very lucky to catch a sight of them as people rarely do.
I think I will quickly sum up our favourite things that we did in Malacca, as yes, there is a lot to do inside the town which is flooded with bus loads of tourists, but one of the best things we did was outside the town, and not too easy to get to. I don’t think they like tourists leaving the town as there is no information on how to get anywhere just outside! We found a bus which runs to the botanical gardens and recreational forest which took our interest, and after many questions we found we had to get a few buses to get there. Once we got there we were greeted by an area devoid of people. Literally. No-one. It was great! We walked around this massive forested area and came across the occasional person jogging or walking but that was it. We then found the canopy walk which we were quite interested in doing and asked how much, “8 Ringgett, but only one person at a time” this made us think a bit. We looked up to the canopy walk and saw it infested with monkeys! “Will the monkeys move?” we asked, the guy looked a bit confused until he looked himself, “oh yes, if you walk they will!” We didn’t think anyone had walked on this for quite a while and the monkeys (maucak monkeys which are now considered a pest as stupid people feed them) had claimed it as their own so swiftly decided against it. Nobody wanted to be the first one across to try and make them move and to find out the hard way that they wouldn’t…also some of the platforms looked quite old and rickety! So we carried happily with our normal walk along the quite steady ground. The highlight of this walk was seeing a family of Spectacled Leaf Monkeys, or Dusky Langurs. We were walking on our way out and saw this big black monkey at the base of a tree, “wow thats a big’un!” and then we realised that it wasn’t one of the common pest monkeys but something much dfferent. As soon as he heard us, he scooted quickly up the tree and watched us from above. We were stunned into silence and quickly got our cameras out to try and catch a glimpse of them, but these shy monkeys weren’t too keen on that and decided to leave. But we stood in awe for ages just watching them jump from tree to tree with their babies attached to their bellies getting far away from us.
One of the other great things we did was drink possibly the most expensive coffee in SE Asia. But it was worth it. Since we touched down in Bangkok we keep seeing these coffee places which have coffee contraptionswhich look like something from a chemistry set, so when we walked past a tiny coffee place using these we jumped at the chance. We didn’t think to ask about the price :s we were just a bit too excited!
The guy new his stuff, he made this so precisely taking so much care when he was making it and tasting it as cocktail makers do to test their product. It did not disappoint!
What made it better, they served it out of their modified VW Van and even roasted and ground their own beans too
Oh yeah, and our most expensive coffee came to a grand total of 50 Ringett for 3 delicious coffees, a grand total of around 10GBP….shocker!