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We were in Melaka for a very relaxed break from 27 June to 29 June 2014. In fact, it was more of food trip this time. Went to Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru early morning to purchase the coach tickets to Melaka.
It was a very smooth ride without any jam in traffic or custom clearing. We arrived at Larkin before 8 am. I had intention to buy ticket from 707 bus group which is very popular. We were so early that the counter was not even opened. My second altermative was then to buy from KKKL bus group. Having done research, KKKL has positive reviews. I did not regret. The bus departure though not on the dot but 5 minutes later is acceptable. Super VIP seat at RM20.90
About 2 and half hours later, we arrived at Melaka Sentral. The KKKL bus driver was driving fast, I must say. As usual, we needed to purchase return tickets. No luck. All tickets were sold out. The only choice we had was to buy ticket back to Larkin. Again we bought the 9.30am trip tickets from KKKL. Same price at RM20.90.
Two years when I was here, there were many different private buses plying the domestic routes in Melaka. Now, all domestic buses were Paranoma. Buses were newer and better. Improvement. We took the bus 17 to reach Mahkota Parade shopping centre where I had booked our accommodation at Fenix Inn. Ticket at RM1.50.
Fenix Inn is located at around Melaka Raya area. Strategically situated with many nearby eateries and attractions. Two major shopping malls, Dataran Pahlawan and Mahkota Parade are within walking distance. RM155 per night for Superior Twin room with attached bathroom. No breakfast. Wifi was free and fast.
Yes, food is the main draw for this trip. As far as I am concerned, I will try to seek the places as much as I can. I rely on public transport and leg power. Normally, I will not take cab.
Jonker 88 – The crowd here is overwhelming. Imagine the power of internet ! I am not sure why but I think the chendol( RM4) here is overrated. Yes, it is okay for me. I would love to try their Nyonya laksa but because I could not get a seat, I gave up the idea.
No. 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka, Melaka, 75200, Malaysia
+60 19-397 5665
Calanthe Café – famous for its 13 states flavor coffee. I came here to try their Nyonya laksa. Not sure how to compare as I have not tried others. However, the coconut milk is quite thick.
Mods Café – hear about this café from reviews. Small and cosy place with lot of old and antique décor. Tried the latte and homemade cheese cake. It is located at the quiet street off Jonker Street near the Chinese temple.
Nadeje Café – many have positive reviews for this place. I must admit the original crepe was a delight. A nice place for an afternoon coffee and cake. Place is not big. May need to queue for seats. Located at the corner of Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall facing the carpark.
Pak Putra restaurant – every time we are in Melaka, we will make sure to dine here. After 2 years lapse, I find food is consistently good. Famous for its nan and tandoori chicken. We tried the Bombay chicken this time. I liked the hot spicy chilli punch curry.