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Sep 18, 2005 - Melaka

Melaka is THE historical city in Malaysia. You've probably never heard of it, but historically it has been really important for trade over the years, more so than Singapore or anywhere else around here. In fact, this whole peninsula used to be referred to as Melaka. I spent a day here and had a look around. Melaka was worth a lot of money back in the day due to the trade, so it was first colonised by the Portuguese in 1511, then the Dutch came 100 years later and took control, then we (the British) took over at the beginning of the 19th...

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Aug 28, 2005 - Melaka

Malaysia - first impressions . . . extremely different from Singapore and therefore a lot more like the Asia we were expecting. A little bit more run down, bit more dirty, and a lot more cultural. Melaka was a great way to get an insight into real Malaysian life. The first city founded on Malaysian soil (once their capital and busy port), it is full of temples, little roads full of market stalls, food halls, and squats! But you can't get away from modern Western influences as smack bang in the middle is a shopping mall! On our second day...

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Jul 28, 2005 - Malacca, Malaysia

28th July 2005 - Malacca, Malaysia Well hello again. Today finds me in the one horse town of Malacca. Well to be honest it's so small and lifeless it actually shares its horse with the neighbouring town! The tourist trail looks as if it will take about 90 minutes to photograph, I mean visit. However it is pleasant enough; sort of like Portstewart with a few museums thrown in. And another 15 celsuis onto the temperature. And sunshine. And a lot more foreigners. Apart from that it's the same! 26th - 27th July, Kuala Lumpur This is such a...

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Gary On Tour 2005

Jun 27, 2005 - Melacca, Malaysia

So, we moved on from Singapore through to Malaysia. Our transport this time a train for 5 odd hours ! With a bit of getting off and on for the border crossing all went smoothly....the films though....we've had some bad ones but this was top stuff ! "The history of Archaeology" !!! Once we arrived we fell off the train with our bags and straight into a taxi for 45 mins (cost us only 5gbp) to our hotel near the centre of town. We didn't do too much that night, we caught a cab to the local shops....Tesco's ! Had a wander round and then got a...

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Jun 11, 2005 - Melaka, Malaysia

Ohne Probleme geht es mit dem Bus weiter ueber die Grenze nach Malaysia. Auch Malaysia ist so andersartig, als dass man sich Suedostasien vorstellt. Autobahnen nach franzoesischem Vorbild (wurde mir zumindest vom Fachmann persoenlich so erklaert), vernetzen die Hauptorte in Peninsular Malaysia. Auch hier ueberall technologie vom Feinsten. Und ein relativ friedliches Beieinandersein verschiedener Ethnien und Religionen. Kein Feilschen, kein Aufschwatzen von Dienstleistungen, dafuer Fixpreise und eine unglaubliche Hilfsbereitschaft. Von...

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Far far away...

Jun 8, 2005 - May 28th to May30th - Malacca

The 1st city of Malaysia is one for any Historians amongst us:) Apart from that aspect though this is a place you pass through not stay!!! Too hot to sunbathe and too humid to walk about, complete with the coolest shopping centres in the world there really is not much to do here!!! Inspite of this we stayed 3 nights and this was more a factor of us finding by far the best accomodation going (The Travellers Lodge) complete with roof garden terrace, the cutest living area's for TV and music, a balcony, really friendly staff and fab peeps that...

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May 2, 2005 - Melaka

Melaka was our history lesson for Malaysia. Formerly the most important place in the country it's been invaded and taken over too many times to mention. Previous successors include the Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese and British, who finally conceded control back to Malaysia as late as 1957. Sorry, we didn't know that until now. Influence from these invading nations is apparent everywhere, from churches to windmills to forts. There were again loads of Chinese here - the reason being that they were drafted in by the British as cheap labour. Greg...

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Apr 20, 2005 - Kuala Lumpur/ Melaka

Malaysia has been an unexpected treasure. I really did not know what to expect because I really didn't know that much about the country before I came. We definitely enjoyed our time in Kuala Lumpur. It is a really beautiful city. Yesterday, we toured both the KL Tower (similar to Toronto's CN Tower) and checked out the view from the skybridge at the Petronas Towers. Both views were very impressive. I am amazed by the sheer beauty of the Petronas Towers, especially when they are lit up at night. Before catching the bus for Melaka, I treated...

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Apr 12, 2005 - Melaka

Aaaahhhhh - calming down after KL. This was the first time on my travel that I was given the opportunity to cook and wash clothes at the guesthouse, and as strange as it sound, it felt nice: at home for a while. Melaka is also the city housing the AMAZING "sound and light show" which dramatically informed the big crowd (6 per.) about the deathly history of Melaka. He, he, he, truly an experience, maybe not for lifetime..... Feeling all relaxed and at home I even risked entering the house of a fortuneteller who foresaw my life in details...

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Mar 24, 2005 - Malaysia - Melaka

I headed south to Malaka, the Lonely Planet listed it as one of the top 36 things to do in Asia, I think this was a little exaggerated. It was a very important trading town back in the days when it was a Dutch colony so was interesting to see a re-constructed wooden Portuguese ship etc.... I am also trying to manage my timetable to get an Indonesian visa for Bali. The embassy are so unhelpful and I am still not sure they will issue me with a visa. You would imagine they would be trying to encourage tourists to visit right now! For the book...

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Mellons on the Move

Mar 12, 2005 - Melaka, Malaysia

After our lovely trip to the Camaron Highlands it was back on the bus for another cross country journey. The first leg of our trip was a 4 hour journey back to Kuala Lumpur. Then we had a quick lunch before getting back on the bus for another 2 1/2 hour ride to the coastal town of Melaka. Upon arrival we didn't have a hotel in mind so Ben and I searched around for a decent place while my parents waited on a street corner with our bags. We didn't have any luck because most of the hotels in the area recommended by the Lonely planet were dives...

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Feb 22, 2005 - Melaka

You couldn't help but feel sorry for the people of Melaka after going round some of their excellent museums and learning all about their history - they went from being one of the most successful shipping ports in the world to having pretty much no port at all thanks to the combined efforts of the Portuguese, Dutch and British. The Portuguese imposed huge taxes which drove ships away, the Dutch transferred trade as much as possible to Batavia (Jakarta), and the British tried to move everyone to Penang! Despite all of this Melaka is a...

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Stu and Liz On Tour

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