PLACES TO VISIT IN MELAKA IN 4 DAYS – PART 1

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VISITING MELAKA IS like taking a journey back in time, witnessing all the adventures and discoveries during the state’s golden age.

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Like a beautiful tapestry, its colourful and intricate history were beautifully combed and intertwined making Melaka so harmoniously unique in heritage and culture.

From the tale of swashbuckling warriors of the five brothers of Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Hang Lekir, Hang Lekiu and Hang Kasturi, to the fall of the Sultanate to the foreign powers, the Peranakan heritage and later modern attractions of 5D museum, oceanarium and sky tower offering vast aeriel view, this small state has a lot to offer to its visitors.

It is impossible to discover all the attractions in Melaka in just a few days. They are historical sites to see, eclectic blend of customs, traditions, food and lifestyle to experience, and of course there are other modern attractions like the river cruise, the glass deck at the Shore Sky Tower that have to be in the itinerary.

Recently, we got the opportunity to join the travel agents from Singapore to experience some of the must see attractions organised by the Tourism Melaka along with Melaka State Government and Straits Hotel and Suits.

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The hotel is located at Jalan Melaka Raya 2, Taman Melaka Raya, so it is actually in the heart of bandar Melaka itself. It is just a few minutes away from the popular shopping belt for shopping, entertainment and dining experiences.

It offers 352 spacious deluxe guestrooms and luxurious suites with kitchenette and suitable for a few days retreat here in Melaka.

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There are also so many restaurants and eateries nearby for gastronomy experience, where guests can try the eclectic choice of local Malay food, Indian, Mamak, Peranakan or Chinese cuisines. The famous would be the chicken rice balls.

Like most modern hotel, the bathroom is using glass wall. The reason is to allow natural light to flow and use less energy. There is a screen for privacy, unfortunately the designer failed on practicality. Imagine if your partner decided to ‘tease’ you and flip open the screen while you are sitting on the ‘throne’ doing your business.

Yes, the screen is on the other side of the room where you have no control if your bedmate decided to torture you.

You can enjoy the view of parts of Melaka city

The hotel room is luxurious and perfect for those wanting a good rest and relaxation after a day exploring Melaka city. Other facilities include a kitchenette, television, mini fridge and also most importantly, free wifi.

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Before we start our sightseeing, let’s fill our bellies with some food first at its chic restaurant with patio.

Meanwhile a rooftop terrace features an infinity pool, a cafe/bar and BBQ area. Other facilties include a gym and a sauna.

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Day 1Our itinerary started with a visit to the Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm located at Sungai Udang. This agro tourism fruit farm with ‘farm stay’ concept is wholly-owned by the Melaka State Government.

The farm is situated on 173 acres of land and provide visitors the opportunity to experience nature and taste sweet tropical fruits that are planted here.

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Melaka juice is a product produced by the farm. It is said the buah Melaka or Indian gooseberry contained some health benefits especially to those suffering from diabetes.

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Here, visitors can learn about the many tropical fruits and herbs that are grown locally and their health benefits.

When fruits are in season, the farm will organise a fruit fest such as the Durian Fest (Pesta Durian) which was held when the King of Fruit was in season in July.

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There are other facilities at the fruit farm such as bicycle and jogging tracks, lake for kayaking and fishing, mini zoo that house animals like ostrich, deer and others.

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There are chalets for families to enjoy a day or two in the farm. The lake is for those who love kayaking and fishing. The farm ensures that they are plenty of fish in the lake.

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There are a lot of tropical fruits to be enjoyed at the farm during the fruit season, including the King of Fruits, durians.

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