The journey from KL to Malacca takes abt 1 1/2hr. Our first destination in Malacca is a bee farm near Ayer Keroh. There is a guide in the bee farm who explain to us how the honey was extracted from the bee hives, different types of bees etc....
Chicken rice ball shop
The Christ Church was built in 1753 by the Dutch to commemorate a century of their rule.
@ Christ Church
Trishaws Lamp post (I still prefer Macau lamp post)
The Stadhuys was built in 1650, it was the Dutch administrative centre with a clock tower and painted in bright red. It is museum with displays of traditional bridal costumes and other relics is located inside. But we didn't went in... hmmm.. probably next time.....
While waiting for the remaining tour group members, my sis n i took photos in 4 different colours.
The tour guide oso told us tt there is a famous chendol stall which is across the road opposite the Stadhuys... too bad... no time to try.
Chendol stall @ the left of the photo
Our next destination is A Famosa. On our way there, took photo of quite a few interesting things tt i saw.
The museum is built in a replica of a Portuguese ship, the 'Flo De La Mar' that sank off the coast of Malacca while on the way to Portugal.Replica of a Portuguese ship
The A Famosa is the oldest surviving European architecture in Malaysia. Its name means ‘Famous’ in Portuguese and it was built by them in 1511 during the colonisation of Malacca. The English would have demolished the entire structure had it not been for the timely intervention of Stamford Raffles who recognised its historical significance. Once part of a mighty fortress, all that remains is some foundation stones, some cannons and a tiny gate – the Porta de Santiago.
Infront of Porta de Santiago
Inside Porta de Santiago
My sis n I did not climb up the hill as it so terribly hot..... dun wanna get 'chao da'... I think the best time to come is either in the morning or evening.
St Paul hill
The cultural musuem n proclamation of independence memorial r oso located beside the A Famosa.
It's around 12.30pm n the tour guide ask us whether we wanna eat Nonya food so he can make reservation. Initially a lot of the tour members wanna eat Nonya food but the resturant can accomodate us only @ 1.30pm. Somemore everyone wanna return back to S'pore as early as possible. So in the end, the bus drop us @ Mahkota Parade - a shopping centre for lunch.
Mahkota Hawker Centre My lunch
After all of us had our lunch, it's time to go home.... On our way back to Ayer Keroh toll station, we pass by Bukit China. It is situated southeast of Bandar Malacca on a 42-acre hill and is actually carpeted with more than 12,500 graves. What makes this place special is that it is the oldest and largest traditional Chinese cemetery outside China. Some graves can be traced back to more than four centuries ago to the first Chinese immigrants in Malacca. Ironically, this was also the place where the princess, or concubine, Hang Li Poh (a fact still disputed today) settled in, having been sent to Malacca as a mark of friendship with the Malaccan Sultan in 1511.
Quite an interesting name
We reach Yong Peng around 4.30pm and some of the tour members bought some local products. We went to have our tea break cos we are afraid tt we would reach home quite late due to jam @ the customs.
Yong Peng town
Luckily there was no jam at 2nd link and we reached S'pore custom at 7.30pm.2nd link
Finally reach home @ around 8pm. 我的新年就这样过了......