We took a short trip up to Melaka over the Vesak Day weekend in May. Right after I booked our hotel and the coach tickets, it occurred to me that travelling to Malaysia over a long weekend probably meant that we would be stuck in traffic and customs and that this wasn’t necessarily my best idea. But we were hopeful (and inertia set in).
Our coach left the boarding point at Concorde Hotel slightly past the scheduled time of 8am. We finally reached Melaka at 3pm. Seven hours of travelling to a destination that is purportedly just three hours away. We didn’t spend too much time at customs; thankfully, the lines were cleared pretty quickly. The causes of delay were, surprise, heavy traffic and the very slow drive into the immigration buildings – traffic was backed up for at least an hour each way.
We used Luxury Tours & Travel. Our return tickets were $78.00 each.
We stayed at Courtyard @ Heeren. The stay was comfortable, though the pictures on the website look way better. Location was fantastic; the hotel was parallel to Jonker Street and just a five minutes’ walk away from our coach pickup point at Casa Del Rio. Wi-Fi is available. It is next door to Baboon House, an art gallery and burger joint that serves delish burgers and the most wonderful soursop slurpee.
Jonker 88 for the baba laksa and the chendol. Absolutely delicious. We were there in the early evening when the sun wasn’t too impossible and the queue was manageable.
One-bite durian yogurt puffs, next to Jonker 88 and past the open area. These puffs were awesome. Be careful biting into one though (it spurts!), and have some tissue handy. Best if you are able to pop the entire puff into your mouth. Cheap and good.
Nancy’s Kitchen? We arrived at the stated opening time at 11am, where there was already a short queue. However, the owner declared that they weren’t ready to open yet and when one of the queuers requested that we be seated (away from the blistering sun), he declined, claiming rather annoyingly that we would “disturb” them. They eventually opened at 11.30am. The food is decent, though definitely not worth the wait and attitude. We had the company of an American visitor (working in Singapore), who loves popiah. We shared dishes and some conversation, and this nice kid paid for our meal! Thank you!
Anak Nonya (Little Nonya) at Jonker Street is way better than Nancy’s Kitchen, at least for us. Go for the assam fish, nonya chap chai, otak and the chicken wings! Near Jonker Boutique Hotel.
Baboon House is a great place to chill over some drinks and burgers. Loved the place.
We loved the Volkswagon bus in Mods Café. Pretty popular, seeing that reservations are preferred for the café. We were lucky to get seats on the sofa. Drinks are better than average, but nothing to write home about (though we’re writing about them now…).
The slew of cheap variety shops left us dismayed with their similar selection of made-in-China goods. But, The Clay House is good for some handmade ceramic goodies.
We left Melaka at 4pm on Sunday. Or rather, we tried to leave. As expected, traffic was horrendous. Lesson of the weekend: Never travel north over a long weekend. And erm Melaka, don’t lose yourself to the tourism dollar, okay.
(This was essentially an eat-and-sleep trip. Don’t judge!)