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Melaka May 2015

Because of the super long weekends, we decided to go for a short trip to Melaka. It turned out this was worst jam I had ever experienced in all my holidays in Malaysia.

Normally, we would go to Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru to purchase the coach tickets. Knowing it is going to be crowded and tickets may be sold out, I decide to purchase the coach tickets from Singapore. Bought it from Starmart Express from Beach road at SGD25 per head.

SGD 25 per head

SGD 25 per head

It took about 2 hours to reach and clear the Singapore immigration and customs via 2nd Link.   Massive traffic congestion. More nightmare to come. It was totally standstill to reach the Malaysia immigration and customs. Moving inch by inch, we could only manage to clear after 4 hours of useless waiting time. It was scorching hot. Fortunately, the super VIP coach was comfortable and cool.   Wasted one whole day in this dreaded jam ! By the time we reached Melaka Sentral, it was almost 7pm. Quickly, we had McDonald as we were famished.

 

We booked 7 Days Inn for non-smoking triple room with attached bathroom at MYR336 (without tax) through Booking.com for 2 nights. Breakfast included.

 

It is just opposite the newly opened The Shore shopping mall. Location is good. About 20 minutes walk on the riverside path to Jonker Street.

7 Days Inn Melaka Review

I must say the effort by the authority to beautify the river path is commendable.

I must say the effort by the authority to beautify the river path is commendable.

Whenever there is a super long weekends period, Melaka is flooded with Singaporeans.   It is people and more people everywhere. For those popular food stalls, long queues were a common sight. I reckon why Melaka is so appealing is due to its proximity to Singapore.   The current attractive exchange rate may also play a big part. Relatively affordable. Super long weekends also mean does not need to take leave = massive crowd and congestion…..

For the rest of our trip, I will let the pictures to do the talking ->

We had our late dinner at Lot 10 Hu Tong , The Shore

We had our late dinner at Lot 10 Hu Tong , The Shore

Hokkien mee - so so

Hokkien mee – so so

Charcoal fried mee - I find the version in KL is better

Charcoal fried mee – I find the version in KL is better

Freshly steamed siew mai - a bit rough but tasty

Freshly steamed siew mai – a bit rough but tasty

Read lot of reviews for this place -  from entrance of Jonker Walk -turn right to where the famous chicken rice ball is

Read lot of reviews for this place – from entrance of Jonker Walk -turn right to where the famous chicken rice ball is

 

Nonya dumpling from East & West - superb but the do not bother to try the chendol

Nonya dumpling from East & West – superb but the do not bother to try the chendol

Nonya yong tau foo curry noodle from Jonker88.  Like its chendol, it is overrated

Nonya yong tau foo curry noodle from Jonker88. Like its chendol, it is overrated

Bunga Raya Popiah neat Madam King departmental store.  Heard about it but do not know where.  By chance saw it.  Must try

Bunga Raya Popiah near Madam King departmental store. Heard about it but do not know where. By chance saw it. Must try

Popiah is big and lot of pork lards.  Not so keen

Popiah is big and lot of pork lards. Not so keen

Rum and raisin crepe from Nadeje (Mahkota Parade) - nice.  This is a revisit.  More to come.  Queue is long

Rum and raisin crepe from Nadeje (Mahkota Parade) – nice. This is a revisit. More to come. Queue is long

Wanted to try crab at Restoran Lee but 2 hours wait put me off.  By chance, saw this smoky lane with a few stalls.

Wanted to try crab at Restoran Lee but 2 hours wait put me off. By chance, saw this smoky lane with a few stalls.

We had hor fun -so so

We had hor fun -so so

We also had black mee - so so

We also had black mee – so so

As expected, tickets back to SG were sold out.  We took to Larkin Terminal, JB.  Decided to have lunch at Dragon-I restaurant at City Square

As expected, tickets back to SG were sold out. We took to Larkin Terminal, JB. Decided to have lunch at Dragon-I restaurant at City Square

Mushroom with vegetable.  Mustroom is well braised

Mushroom with vegetable. Mustroom is well braised

Fried rice - quite ordinary

Fried rice – quite ordinary

Crispy duck - i find the meat  a tad too dry

Crispy duck – i find the meat a tad too dry

XO fried carrot cake - tasty

XO fried carrot cake – tasty

Fried popiah - ordinary

Fried popiah – ordinary

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