Melaka is a fun, little city in Malaysia, easy to reach for a weekend getaway from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. There is a lot of history to see, but my favorite spot is the riverwalk. It’s well done and lined by little restaurants and bars, making it a great spot for a walk or to hang out for happy hour as the evening cools!
To plan your own getaway to Melaka, Malaysia, check out my Destination Guide Melaka!
Melaka Fort Afomosa
Melaka in Malaysia has an interesting colonial history, with the Portuguese, Dutch and British each in control of the important harbor for 150 years. Throw in the presence of Chinese, Arab and Indian traders and you get a veritable melting pot with hundreds of years of history. Fort Afomosa sits on the hill above the city and offers great views over the city and glimpses into the past!
To plan your own getaway, check out my Destination Guide Melaka!
I’m usually not a fan of tourist-oriented attractions, but a tricycle ride in Melaka’s Old Town, especially at night, is a fun treat: I have never, anywhere in the world, seen tricycles (or rikshas or any other public transport) seen as decorated as here. In the old days, the decoration would be elaborate flower arrangements. In 2019, they are over-the-top light shows. You can even pick a “Hello Kitty” tricycle for your tour of town.
To plan your own getaway to Melaka, Malaysia, easily reached from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, check out my Destination Guide Melaka!
Melaka is home to important historic sights, with landmarks from Portugese, Dutch and British colonial times. Throw in ever-present Chinese and Arab traders and you get an early melting pot, resulting in a unique mix you won’t find anywhere else in Asia. You’ll also find those ethnic roots in the food scene, with the vibrant night market on Jonkers Street … Continue reading
Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
I love getting a bird’s eye view of a new city and the landmark Petronas Towers in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur are a great place to get an overview of the city. The two towers are linked by a skybridge at breathtaking hights and the glass enclosure gives you great views. Just make sure you can handle the view down!
To plan your own visit to Kuala Lumpur and what else to see in the city, check out my Destination Guide Kuala Lumpur.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) does not meet international safety standards as defined by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). They downgraded Malaysia to Category 2, which means Malaysian airlines like Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia or Malindo are banned from launching new flights to the US. Because international aviation … Continue reading
Melaka is a great getaway from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, with a tranquil riverside setting, colonial history, lively Jonkers Market and interesting cuisine. And the 1825 Gallery Hotel has a prime location on the river, offers rooms in a wonderful, traditional decor that fits well to the spirit of the old town. All that is available at reasonable prices, making … Continue reading
The ibis Melaka offers modern rooms and a full breakfast at low prices in a central location of the city, making it easy to explore all the historic sights of Melaka and to visit the famous Jonkers Street Market. While it doesn’t convey the old-town charm of local boutique hotels, it offers good value and a reliable stay. Check out … Continue reading
Sarawak Museum Kuching, Borneo
Borneo has a history for its headhunters, but today the best place to see those skulls and learn about their history is the Museum in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. You’ll also learn about the longhouses that hold a whole village and the amazing flaura and fauna of the region! That makes it well worth a visit!
Check out my Destination Guide Kuching to plan your own trip!
Orang Utan, our distant cousins with 97% shared DNA, are experts in peeling bananas – and ob Borneo you can observe that first hand and close up.
The two orang utan rehabilitation centers at Semenggoh (near Kuching) and Sepilok (near Kota Kinabalu) are great places to observe the orang utan in the semi-wild environment.
Check out my guides to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu to plan your own trip to the last frontier.