When we were living in Shanghai teaching English in 2013-2014 we had a ten-day break for Chinese New Year.
So we decided to take a trip down to Malaysia and Singapore. We had planned to go to a Malaysian island called Tioman, but were thwarted by monsoon rains in the east of the country. Instead we booked bus tickets to a place we knew nothing about, Melaka, Malaysia.
Melaka is a city about half way between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Our map showed it was on the coast of the Straits of Malacca, so we hoped we might still get some beach time and snorkeling in. Turns out the Straits of Malacca is one of the most important and busiest shipping lanes in the world, so the beaches aren’t great. However, this impromptu detour ended up being our favorite place on the trip!
If you like laid back towns with chill vibes, history, architecture, quirky cat cafes, Indian, Malaysian, Chinese, and street food, friendly people, beautiful landscaping, and walk-able cities, you will love Melaka!
Have you ever been to Melaka? What did you think of it?
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