Like the the Netherlands, traditional wooden clogs will always be in fashion in Melaka, Malaysia... well, at least to the tourist. I wonder if anybody actually remembered that these clogs were traditionally used in wet places like the kitchens and toilets? The toilet slippers came in plain red, of course, unlike the flowery new designs. Even if you're not keen on these clunky slippers, you can get a mini-me pair on a key chain. Kitsch but cute
What To Buy: Pop by Jonker Street and you'll see lots of these clog-making shops . If you can, pester the shop keeper to let you see how those clogs are made. It's a fast-disappearing art as it's difficult to get young apprentices.
What To Pay: Expect to pay up to RM20 if you want delicately painted flowers on your toilet slippers...
Name of Shop: Kebaya Shops in Jonker Street
Like the beaded shoe, the nonya kebaya has been described as traditional haute couture. I feel almost decadent each time I slip on a blouse with intricate embriodery and lacework because it takes hours of painstaking labour to make!
What To Buy: Melaka is the right place to buy the beautifully embroidered top that you see on the mannequin. Worn by the Peranankans on special occasions, each piece can fetch up to RM700 if the piece is hand embroidered on Swiss Voile. What To Pay: Expect to pay RM150-RM200 for a 'real' nonya top made on Swiss Voile. If not, go for the cheaper ones made of courser materials.
Now if you haven't tasted this yummy brown coconut sugar , you haven't been to Melaka, Malaysia! Why else would they name the sugar after the state anyway? Gula Melaka is made from from the sweet, watery sap that drips from cut coconut flower buds. Contrary to belief, it isn't palm sugar but coconut sugar.
What To Buy: Good Gula Melaka taste lusciously sweet, creamy and rich like caramel when it's soft. To use, pop a piece into a bag and hammer it into small pieces. You can find good, fresh Gula Melaka from this little factory -shop in Jonker Street.
What To Pay: RM4 for about 6 pieces
Address: Along Jalan Kubu
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MALACCA: The completion of the RM44.9mil interchange and road in Ayer Keroh would enable faster travel to the soon-to-be opened Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) and Kolej Yayasan Saad.
Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said it would cut the travelling time from 10 minutes previously to two minutes.
The Federal Government funded the construction of the interchange and the road.
Mohd Ali said the soon-to-be opened UTeM is expected to have around 6,000 students and would complement the 3,000 student population in Kolej Yayasan Saad.
He hoped the surrounding areas leading to the college would be further developed, with the opening of the interchange.
“With ample space, good road access and being only five minutes away from the Ayer Keroh toll, this place has all the signs of becoming a new development area in the future,” he said.
He also urged the Public Works Department to cancel tenders to contractors who were slow and did not meet deadlines set on road and bridge projects.
He urged the people to call him or their state assemblymen to complain of shoddy work by contractors.
MALACCA: Malacca will set up one-stop centres in industrial estates to cater to the needs of investors.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the centres would have clinics, restaurants and courier and security offices.
Speaking to reporters after visiting Panasonic Electronic Devices Malaysia Sdn Bhd in Batu Berendam, he said the concept was similar to those in the United States, Japan and South Korea.
“The state economic development corporation will set up the centres in an area close to the factories in the industrial estates.
“We are also planning to set up an international school in the state to attract Japanese investors to bring along their families.
“At present, most Japanese chief executives and senior management staff stay alone in Malacca and put up their families in Kuala Lumpur.
“We want to reverse this trend and entice them to bring their families over to Malacca,” he added.
Mohd Ali said a committee comprising state government officials and senior foreign executives would be set up to discuss the curriculum for the international school.
He said that under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, the Federal Government had allocated RM30mil for infrastructure development in the state's industrial estates.
“We will use RM3mil to put up streetlights, repair drains and roads and plant trees in the Batu Berendam industrial estate,” he added.
Mohd Ali said the state would also brief foreign expatriates on the Malaysia My Second Home campaign.
With effect from 1 October 1998, all travellers are required to fill in the Travellers Declaration Form (TDF) on arrival/departure. Residents and Non-Residents are allowed to bring in not more than RM1,000 in cash and an unlimited amount of foreign currency.Residents leaving Malaysia can take out up to RM1,000 in cash and foreign notes including travellers cheques not more than the equivalent of RM10,000 on departure. Non Residents are only allowed to take out amounts less than or equivalent to the sums they have declared upon entry.
The new measure is the result of Bank Negara Malaysia's Exchange Control Measure's Implementation Plan to regain monetary independence in the current world economic environment and to stabilise the country's economy.
A Resident means:-
- a citizen of Malaysia, including a person who has obtained permanent resident status outside Malaysia but is residing in Malaysia.
- a non-citizen of Malaysia who has obtained permanent resident status in Malaysia and is residing permanently in Malaysia.
A "Non Resident" means any person other than a resident.
Note: A citizen of Malaysia , who has obtained permanent resident status outside Malaysia and is residing outside Malaysia is a "non-resident".
Where to obtain the Travellers Declaration Form (TDF)?
- Malaysia Embassies/High Commissions
- Tourism Malaysia Offices.
- All entry/exits points.
What To Do With the Travellers Declaration Form (TDF) On Arrival?
- Complete your TDF prior to immigration clearance.
- Submit the completed TDF to the Immigration Officer for endorsement.
- When the TDF is returned to you by the Immigration Officer, please DO NOT REMOVE it from your passport.
- Complete your TDF prior to immigration clearance.
- Submit the completed TDF to the Immigration Officer for endorsement and retention.
Failure to declare is an offence. Prohibited amount in the
possession of a travellers may be seized.
Should you need to carry ringgit notes, foreign currency notes and traveller's cheques in excess of the permitted limits, prior written permission may be obtained from:-
Head of Department
Balance of Payment Department
Bank Negara Malaysia
Jalan Dato' Onn
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 603-291-0772
Fax : 603-293-7732
Malacca hands out dodol to 300 lucky visitors
Story and photo by S.L. FOO
MALACCA: It was literally a sweet experience for tourists visiting the Stadhuys here recently when they were greeted and given small packs of dodol – a sweet chewy candy synonymous with Malacca.
Some 300 lucky tourists received the tasty snack handed out by Tourism, Culture and Heritage Committee deputy chairman Datuk Chua Peng Song.
Singaporean Thomas Low, 41, said dodol would always remind him of the country’s multi-racial community.
“The sweet was one of the first cakes I tasted when I visited Malacca for the first time many years ago. I still remember its delicate taste and aroma.”
Delicacy: Chua handing out dodoland street maps to tourists at the Stadhuys in Malacca recently.
Low, who was in town sightseeing, said the dodol would always remind him of the historical state.
Abdul Rahmet, 41, a tourist from Saudi Arabia, said the dodol was an excellent gift to remind tourists of Malacca, its people and culture.
“Like Malacca, dodol has this charm that evokes the senses.”
Chua said that dodol had always left a memorable impression on visitors to Malacca, and as such, hoped the little gifts would go a long way in promoting the state as a tourist destination.
He said some three million tourists had visited Malacca this year.
The state expected another three million tourists, especially from the Middle East and Europe, to visit the state by year end, he added.
Originally published in The Star on
Malacca captivates artists
By LEE YUK PENG
Photos by A. MALEX YAHAYA
MALACCA not only has the charm to lure tourists to its historical sites, but also has mesmerised non-Malaccan artists to live here and call the town their home.
Over the years, it has captured more than a dozen artists, local and from abroad, to live and work here, creating their paintings, wood carvings, clay vases and various other forms of artwork.
At home: Tham uses water colour to paint at the back of his gallery in Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock.
One such artist is Tham Siew Inn, 61, from Klang. He came to Malacca at the end of 2002.
Having sold his Klang home, he now lives, works and sells his painting from an old pre-war shophouse in Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, with his wife and two sons.
Tham, who uses watercolour, ink acrylic and a combination of both mediums for his artwork, can be seen walking around the historical city with his sketchbook.
“I sketch whenever I get an idea. I then improve the sketches in my paintings later,” he said.
Home studio: Low uses oil as a medium in his artwork. He also favours pastel and acrylic.
Tham said, although Kuala Lumpur offered a lot of art galleries and people were willing to pay big money for his artwork, the city was not conducive for creative work.
“But Malacca, which is much quieter, peaceful, relaxed and historical, is a good place to live and work for creative people.”
Like Tham, many other artists who have settled here find the town has similar attractions.
One of the artists who moved from Johor Baru to Malacca early on in 1988 is wood sculptor Chong Choon Kim.
Chong, who spent four years learning art in Paris prior to settling down in Malacca, carves wood at his home-cum-studio at Jalan Kampung Kuli.
His work is not only artistic but can be used as furniture.
Functional: Some wood sculpture created by Chong, which can be used at homes as furniture.
Chong, who has held exhibitions in France, Japan and South Korea, likes the idea of showing his skills to tourists visiting the state.
Negri Sembilan-born Leong Chee Siong, 44 , from Ladang Geddes, settled in Malacca with his wife and two young children after he and his brother bought an old shophouse in Jalan Tukang Emas.
“The shophouse is my home. It is also my working place from where I sell my clay products like vases and lamps.
He said he preferred to live in Malacca where the cost of living is much lower when compared to Kuala Lumpur.
Singaporean artist Low Hai Hong, 66, fell in love with Malacca after visiting the state on a number of occasions.
He rented an old pre-war shophouse as his studio in Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock in 2003 and juggles his time between Singapore and Malacca regularly.
“You cannot find such place in Singapore any more. I like it here,” he said.
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Medan Ikan Bakar Umbai/Pernu. Opens daily 5.30p, to midnight.
From town, take the road from Ujong Pasir to Padang Temu. At the end of Padang Temu, turn right and follow the road for the next few kilometres. There is a big signboard just before the turning into the jetty (turn right in front of Esso petrol kiosk). This place consists of a row of shops located next to the jetty to Pulau Besar. Choose any one that catches your fancy. Make your selectin from various kinds of local fish, shellfish, crab, squid and prawn and decide how you want them cooked - apart from shellfish that is fried with chili paste, most seafood and simply grilled over open charcoal. Grilled otak-otak and nasi lemak is alse available here.
1. Crab wok baked in salt
2. 2hell fish fried with chili
Tai Sum Yun, Jalan Bukit Cina. Opens 5pm-2am daily
A favourite Chinese seafood spot among the local. Famous for its crab dishes, the various styles such as black pepper, kum hiong (black soy sauce and dried chili), salt baked, dry curry or sweet and sour.
Restaurant Lu Yeh Yen, Jalan Bunga Raya
Just a short walk from the Renaissance hotel, you won't miss the stricking reed and yellow temple facade. Crab dishes is popular here.
1. Malay Kuih
2. Kuih Lapis
3. Putu piring
Warung Kuih Kampung, 202, Jalan Ujong Pasir, (opposite the Police HQ), Opens daily at 3.30-7.30pm.
You can get a variety of kuih and dishes (more than 30) from binka to kuih koci to ondeh-ondeh, popiah, nasi lemak bungkus, nasi kunyik, kway teow goring, kuih keria and more.
Warung Kuih Keria Haji Jalil (small stall in Limbongan).
Opens 2-6pm. Closes on Fridays.
The plump and luscious kuih keria, a local dough nut made of potato and flour that is deep fried and punged in hot melted palm sugar for a caramelized effect is especially good here. You can also try out the kuih rengas, fried bananas and fried sweet potatoes.
252, Jalan Tenkera (next to the Sports Toto shop). Opens 7.30-11pm. Closes on Sundays
The putu piring here is absolutely the best. White as cotton and just as fluffy, this Sri Lankan desert is made of rice flour, grated coconut and palm sugar.
Extracted from Flavours Magazine (Dec 2002-Feb 2003)
Capitol Satay Celup, 41, Lorong Bukit Cina 5.30pm until last customer leaves. Closes on Mondays.
Satay celup or "satay steamboat" only found in Malacca, are assortment of raw and semi-cooked seafood, meat and vegetables on skewers that are dunked into a boiling pot of water and eaten with sauce that is similar to the ubiquitious satay sauce but has different ingredients. Though Jalan Ong Kim Wee abounds with many satay celup shops but this place is said to be the best, as the sauce is thick and aromatic.
Hainanese Pork Satay
Jonker Street Satay/ Sun May Hiong Satay House, 135, Jalan Hang Jebat(Jonker St). Opens 11am-6pm(8pm on Saturdays). Close alternate Tuesdays.
This famous satay of old Jonker Street offers a selection of pork, chicken, liver and intestine on skewer, with the usual side accompaniment of ketupat rice, sliced onions and cucumber. This aromatic meat has a crisp, slightly burnt edge served with a tangy, sweet and spicy concoction of crushed peanuts, aromatic roots, spices, shredded pineapple and star fruit.
Ngah Satay(opposite the three-storey flats in Bukit Baru). Opens 6-10.30pm. Close 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month. For halal Malay-style satay, this is the place to go. This satay is well marinated that it is good without its sauce.
San Pedro Restaurant, 4, D'Aranjo Road, Portuguese Settlement, Ujong Pasir.Opens 5-1.30p, daily. This place is the first and oldest Portuguese restaurant that offers home-stle Portuguese fare. Make your choices from the small menu such as the toned-down Devil Curry, Portuguese-style Baked Fish in spice paste and squid fritters.
DMG Cafe (formerly known as Margaret's Kitchen), No. 346, Taman Melaka Raya 3. Opens 8.30am-5pm. Closes on Saturdays.
This little Portuguese eatery has a small menu but food is freshly prepared and appetizing. Must-tries include Devil Curry, Beef Semur, Ayam Buah Keluak and Assam Fish Curry. On ala-carte, Portuguese laksa is highly recommended. The chicken pie is creamy and really yummy.
Bibik Neo Nyonya Restaurant, No. 6, Ground Floor, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya. Opens 11am-2.30pm/6-9.30pm. Closes on Mondays.
One of the many nyonya restaurants in town, this place provides home cooked dishes such as Pongteh, Ayam buah keluak Masak Assam, Geram Asam and Itik Tim. You can alse try egg with cincalok, stamed ladies fingers with sambal belacan and otak-otak.
1. Curry Debal
2. Steam ladies finger with sambal belacan
Kengdom Restaurant, 147-149, Taman Melaka Raya.
Opens daily 11am-2.30pm/5.30-10.30pm.
This place is known for its dinner plate-size pies. The pie dish is covered with puff pastry underneath which is chicken stew or chicken and potato curry. Alse available with pork ribs, beef and mutton. Other hainanese specialties includes mutton soup and beef hot pot.
Gerai Makan 35, No. 35, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir. Opens 11am-4pm. Closes on Fridays.
Located in Mallacca's own Glutton's Corner, opposite of Mahkota Parade, this warung serves local freshly prepared by Malay food ranging from garden-fresh ulam salad with sambal belacan, Ikan Sepat Masak Lemak, various kind of kerabu and curries.
Extracted from Flavours Magazine (Dec 2002-Feb 2003)
This popular dish has an apparent difference. It is prepared with a big blob of vermillion red chili sauce that goes on the plate before anything else. This vinegarish chili sauce gives noodle a distinctive Malaccan flavour.
Fresh noodles made in a secret recipe, serviced with choice of stewed beef, pork ribs, pig's trotters or minced chicken.
1.Taiwanese Noodle minced chicken noodle
4.Pork ribs noodles
This noodle dish is only found in Malacca. It is noodles with an assortment of fish derived toppings such as fish balls and fish cake slices, seasoned with dark soy sauce and chili sauce.
The fusion of noodles is the result of marrying(kahwin)mee rebus with Indian rojak. The result is a explosion of sweet, sour and spicy, enriched with curry powder and crushed peanuts. The concoction consist of noodles, bean curd, potatoes, boiled egg and crunch fritters, onion crisps, raw cucumber and yam bean. Don't forget to eat it the Malaccan way - with a dash of vinegar and kicap manis.
Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls
This is a Malaccan specialty. Rice boiled in chicken stock and some chicken oil and salt, flavoured with ginger, garlic and shallot and make into rice balls then served with boiled chicken pieces and garnished with cucumber and spring onion, and chilli sauce.
BBQ Pork Rice
Charcoal roasted meat that is golden-crusted, crispy, tender and juicy, tasting of sticky sweet caramel, aromatic and full of flavour. Served with white rice and side dishes such as kangkung, tafu, egg, dried meat and Chinese sausages.
Nyonya Cendol : No 1 Kopitiam (across from Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Shop). Jalan Hang Jebat(Jonker Walk). Opens 11.30am-6pm. Closes on Tuesdays.
This traditional Nyonya cendol is made of homemade jade-green cendol that is absolutely creamy, with aromatic palm sugar syrup.
1. Tutti Fruitti(left) & Red bean
2. Nyonya Cendol
Clock Tower Cendol: Stall opposite the Clock Tower. Opens daily, 10am-6pm. This Indian style cendol is typically pale green in colour and ice with mik
not as creamy rich as the Nyonya version. Mashed red beans is optional.
Jalan Tengkera (beside ACS/Wesley Church). Opens 10am-6pm daily.
A Nyonya dessert in danger of extinction is like a sweet noodle made of rice, tapioca and wheat flour shaped comes in pink and white served with ice and light syrup. Can also add black jerry or read beans and palm sugar syrup.
The best way to enjoy Melaka in a slow and laid back manner is by walking along the streets of Melaka. But, if you want to experience a different view, trishaws will come in handy. The trishaw will take you through streets and corners of Melaka's historic city center that you could easily miss out if you decide to venture on your own. The trishaw can be rented on hourly or distance covered basis at The Stadthuys.
The rate that is usually charged by the operators for a return ride from The Stadthuys to A'Famosa is RM10 per trishaw.
Visitors will acquire a difinitive sense of history and culture of the countries based on the features of the houses constructed with remarkable detail. Visitors can also see cultural performance from Asean countries which is held every weekend.
For more information, please contact:
Taman Mini Malaysia/ASEAN,
Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka
Entrance Fee: Adult - RM10.00, Children - RM5.00
The Mini Malaysia Park, which can be considered as a theme park of sorts, is perhaps the best place to witness and learn about the unique cultures of people from the various States in Malaysia.
The main feature of the park is the replica of traditional houses, which are individually constructed and represents the architectural style and splendour of the 13 States in Malaysia.
Inside each of these houses, visitors will find various handicrafts which originate from each of the State. Apart from serving as decoration, these handicrafts also serve as an eye-opener to visitors especially in learning more about each of the individual State. In some of the houses, the costumes of the locals are also displayed for public viewing.
Although to the untrained eyes, all these houses may look alike, they are by no means identical as each has its own distinct feature and variation.
Apart from these traditional houses, visitors can also look forward to various traditional and cultural performances apart from traditional games.
For more information, please contact:
Taman Mini Malaysia/ASEAN,
Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka
9am - 5pm Daily
- RM10 (Adult)
- RM5 (Children)
Another attraction in the Ayer Keroh area that should not be given a miss is the Melaka Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary, which houses dozens of beautiful butterflies, from various species. Feel free to walk around in the aviary to catch a close glimpse of the various butterflies in their habitat.
Apart from butterflies, visitors can also view various species of reptiles including snakes, spiders, scorpions and hundreds of insects that will undoubtedly make the weak heart squirm. A closer look at these reptiles on display, especially the various species of snakes, will undoubtedly leave a visitor in awe, if not more respect for the often misunderstood reptile.
Tickets are priced at RM5 for adults and RM3 for children.
Daily - 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
Melaka Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary
75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka.
Tel: +606 232 0033
Fax: +606 232 9977
Set in a beautifully landscaped area, the Melaka Zoo is considered as one of the oldest zoos in Malaysia and is home to some of the endangered species of animals in the world. Among some of the rare animals to be found here include the Red Panda, which is strikingly different from the giant pandas of China.
Apart from viewing the animals from outside the enclosure, visitors can also seek the thrills of riding an elephant or horse, which is a favourite among the young visitors to the zoo.
Another attraction at the zoo is its 1.5 hectare mini-safari where visitors can walk along a raised platform viewing some of the animals from close range. To date, there are some 80 animals from 16 species roaming freely on the beautifully landscaped safari. Among some of the animals include impalas, springboks, zebras, deers, emus and storks. Developed by the National Parks and Wildlife Department, the RM7.2 million safari was opened to the public in November 2000.
Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka.
Tel : +606-232 4053
Fax: +606-232 5859
- RM5 (Adult)
- RM2 (Children)
- RM2 (Adult)
- RM1 (Children)
10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm
(Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays Only)
Melaka Crocodile Park has more than 100 species of crocodiles, including albinos and hunch-backed crocodiles, in their almost natural surroundings.
Visitors will be able to watch special and exciting performances by the trained keepers and their crocodiles every Saturday. These heart-stopping performances will definately have you at the edge of your seat.
There is also a section of the farm set aside for honeybee rearing. Although the bees do not harm people, do be careful when passing through the area.
Other attractions include a ghost house, horse ride and fairground rides.
9am to 6 pm daily
Melaka Crocodile Park
75450 Ayer Keroh
Tel: +606 232 2349 / 232 2350
Fax: +606 231 9136
- Adults: RM5
- Children: RM3
Pulau Besar Fantasy, Melaka is an exotic tropical island off historic Melaka and only about 3 kms from the mainland of Melaka. There are 2 resorts in the island, IMM Putera and IMM Puteri which are accessible by boat from Anjung Batu Jetty and Umbai Jetty. The ferry and boat services to and from the island is regular, safe and comfortable. The island which has long been associated with fascinating legends and myths has transformed IMM Putera & IMM Puteri to become an ideal holiday destination. The centers offer white sandy beaches, great swimming and jungle walks.
The island has long been associated with fascinating legends and myths such as "Keramat 7 Beradik", "Makam Nenek Kebayan", "Tasik Bunian", "Batu Belah", "Keramat Sultan Arifeen", "Makam Sharifah Rodziah" and others.
Tanjung Tuan Recreational Forest is located in the administrative area of Alor Gajah Municipal Council (MPAG) and is bordered with Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan. It is about 20 minutes by bus from Melaka Town. The beach is a newly established recreational area for the whole family.
Various activities can be done here such as picnicking, boat riding, kite flying and swimming (at own risk). There are services like horse riding but it is chargeable.
Every morning, residence from the vicinity come to the beach to catch 'geragau shrimp' (a very tiny shrimp), which is in abundance from August to October. This activity is seasonal according to the monsoon wind.
'Geragau' shrimp is very popular in Melaka. They are made into 'belacan' (shrimp paste) and 'cencaluk' (shrimp sauce).
Every Sunday from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, there is a free "Dondang Sayang" performance.
There is a lot of food and fruits stall along the beach. This beach promises serenity and tranquility to relieve stress after a hard week of work.
Especially designed for family recreation, this 8-hectare theme park is fully equipped with international-standard facilities. Thrill seekers can check out the high-speed water slides and water scooters.
For the youngsters, there is the 'Arabian Village', a brightly-coloured playground inspired by Moorish architecture with its onion-shaped domes and minarets. There's hours of fun as they climb up the steps, go through water tunnels or slide down water tubes and slides into the pool below.
The theme park is about 1-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur and 2 hours from Johor Bahru via the North-South Expressway. It is located in Simpang Ampat, a border at the Melaka-Negeri Sembilan border.
Mondays - Fridays : 11.00am - 7.00pm
Weekends/ Public Holidays : 9.00am - 8.00pm
Adult: RM 18.00 nett
Child (height above 3 feet): RM13.00 nett
Height under 3 feet: FREE
Single: RM 4.00 nett
Double: RM 7.00 nett
Tel: +606 552 0969
Fax: +606 552 0979
Recreational facilities include the Prehistoric Garden, the Storyland, children's playgrounds, the Orang Asli (Aborigines) Park, Deer Park, suspension bridge, observation towers, picnic spots and refreshment kiosks.
Joggers will love this place with its three jogging tracks and a par course; and for trekkers, there are many well-marked trails throughout the forest.
Many of the trees are labelled to facilitate identification; birds and insects can be spotted from the many observation towers and tree houses scattered throughout the forest.
There is also a 10-hectare camping ground with basic facilities like water and electricity, barbecue pits, special areas for campfires and scout jamborees, and a par course.
Campers are charged RM10 per day for a group of 10; for groups of less than 10, the fee is only RM5 per day.
If you're looking for more comfortable accommodation, there are cabins equipped with kitchenette at RM30 per night. There are also huts at only RM5 per night, but you have to bring your own gear.
9 am to 6 pm daily
Melaka Forestry Department
Tel: +606 529 1244
Ayer Keroh Recreational Forest
Tel: +606 232 8401 / 231 6096
Tel: +606 529 1244
Ayer Keroh Recreational Forest
Tel: +606 232 8401 / 231 6096
Malacca is a land of many sights and attractions, rich in color and contrasts. Her multi-racial populations lives and works in harmony as one people, yet preserving at all times the traditions and cultures unique to each race.
Malacca's fascinating cultures are strongly evident everywhere one goes. From the typical roadside stall to the royal palace, the rich heritage of Malacca's cultural traits continue to influence the lives of the people here.
The colorful cultural aspects are evident in the games people play, in the exotic food they prepare, in the many art forms and pastimes, in the glorious festivals that are reverently look forward to and indeed in the many facets of their lifestyles.
So rich and fascinating are the cultures that volumes have been written about them. Visitors to Malacca too are often awe-inspired by the sheer fascination of the multi-faceted cultures.
In Malacca, there's a various type of martial arts. The Malays with the Silat, Wushu of the Chinese and Silambam for the Indians. Some other martial arts found in Malacca are such as Tae Kwan Do and Karate Do.
Silat is the Malay art of self-defence. This fascinating Malay sport is also a dance form. In this art of self-defence, the practitioner also develops a spiritual strength according to the tenets of Islam. There are many silat groups in Malacca. Silat demonstrations are held during weddings, national celebrations and of course during silat competitions.
Dondang Sayang were traditionally sung for centuries and are still popular as a mode of entertainment. Pantuns or quatrains sung in Dondang Sayang is unique and unlike any other performing arts. Pantuns are in reality quatrains in which the first and the third, second and fourth lines rhyme and often possess a assonance. The singers take turns to match and rebut each other's pantuns. The versatile singers with their spontaneous and impromptu cajoles and rebuttals sometimes get carried away into the wee hours of the morning.
The musical instruments that accompanied the Dondang Sayang consists of a violin, rebana and gong and sometimes the accordion too.
The origin fo Dondang Sayang is said to be from Malacca. The Dondang Sayang is not only popular among the Malays but is also indulged by the Babas and Nyonyas, Chittys and Portuguese- Eurasians of Malacca which became the popular traditional song and music of Malacca. In some Dondang Sayang performances, men and women dance to the music.
The small state,formerly Malacca,is one of the more interesting states in Malaysia. In the 15th century it was the largest port in South-East Asia, though its importance has long since declined. Its history is riveting and the town has fascinating examples of Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and Islamic architecture throughout its rambling streets.
Melaka town is small and easy to negotiate on foot, bicycle or trishaw. The most interesting parts are near the river and along the original waterfront. Here, particularly around the Dutch built, town hall where you will find a number of churches and the Culture Museum. On the opposite river bank, in what has become, Chinatown there are more interesting architectural landmarks worth visiting. Boat trips down the river make it possible to view the lifestyles of the people of the area and see more historic architecture en-route.
Melaka's beaches may not be what most would imagine to be a tropical paradise setting but there are a few close by worth visiting. The islands in the area are popular destinations for holidaymakers and weekenders. Hiring a boat or going on a tour is a worthwhile way to see the are. Pulau Besar has good beaches although the sea is not clean. the jungle walks on the island, though are good. The islands have accommodation, as does Melaka itself. In Melaka hotels can be found both in the town and in the resort areas further out of town.
There is so much to see and do in the area that Melaka makes a worthwhile stop-over for the traveler with a camera or sketchbook in hand or time to spare and an interest in history.
MALACCA: Prices of controlled items in the state has not increased, State Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Department Deputy Chief Enforcement Off-icer Abdul Halim Abdul Karim said.
He said his officers had been monitoring the prices of chicken and other food items and found that traders were following the ministry’s price lists.
“Up to now, my enforcement officers have not found any trader selling poultry above the controlled price in the state,” he said.
The retail ceiling price for standard chicken remains at RM6 per kg and super chicken at RM6.70. The wholesale price for standard chicken and super chicken are RM5.40 and RM6 respectively.
However Abdul Halim said that many traders had complained that the chicken price set by the Government was too low.
“I told them that the supplier price was enough for them to make a profit,” he told reporters after conducting surprise checks at the Melaka Sentral market recently.
A dozen officers from his department took part in the operation to check the prices of all controlled goods in the market and did not find anyone flaunting the law. Similar spot-checks were also conducted in markets at Alor Gajah, Merlimau, Masjid Tanah and Pulau Sebang.
Abdul Halim also commended the positive attitude of some traders who were selling their items below the controlled price.
“Red chillis under the controlled price list is RM8 per kilo, but some traders were selling it at RM6 per kilo because they still could make a profit without being greedy,” he said, adding that surprise checks would be stepped up near Hari Raya.
He also offered some words of advise to consumers for the coming festive month.
“Compare prices in other places before making a purchase, don’t overspend and don’t indulge in panic buying because there is sufficient stock of food items.”
1.Paradise Malacca Village Resort
2.Riveira Bay Resort
3.Air Keroh d'Village Melaka
5.A'Famosa Resort Hotel
6.Upeh Island Resort
7.Tanjung Bidara Beach Resort
8.Air Keroh Country Resort
9.Shah's Beach Resort
10.Klebang Beach Resort
11.Samudera Bidara Resort Melaka
12.IMM Putera Resort
13.IMM Puteri Resort
3.Pacific Inn Hotel
4.Lotus Inn Hotel
5.Semabok Inn Melaka
8.Coastal Park Hotel
9.The Baba House
10.Grand Southern Hotel
11.Tan Kim Hock Hotel
16.New Regal Hotel
18.Seri Costa Hotel
20.Atlantic Park Hotel
21.Ng Fook Hotel
22.New Cathay Hotel
1.Century Mahkota Hotel Melaka
3.Renaissance Hotel Melaka
4.The Golden Legacy Hotel
146, Jalan Hang Tuah,
5.The Emperor Hotel
Jalan Munshi Abdullah
6.City Bayview Hotel
7.Grand Continental Hotel
20, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang
9.Straits Meridian Hotel
No 1 Jalan Malinja
10.Naza Hotel (formerly Grand Hill)
102, Jalan Tun Ali
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Tourist Information Center Jalan Kota
Jalan Kota, 75000 Melaka
Tel: +606 281 4803 / +606 283 6538
Tourist Information Center Ayer Keroh
Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka
Tel: +606 293 3913
Tourism Promotion Divison
Jabatan Ketua Menteri Melaka
Aras 2, Blok B, Wisma Negeri, Jalan Hang Tuah
75300 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +606 288 2940 Faks: +606 288 2951
Asia Mawar Sdn. Bhd.
T472, Jalan Merdeka,
Falcon Travel Service (M) Sdn. Bhd.
53, Lorong Bukit China ,
Harun Bin Mohamed.
29, Jln. Munshi Abdullah,
Lot 16A, Tingkat Bawah,
1 Jln. Tun Abdul Razak,
Peringgit 75400 Melaka.
Islah Resources Sdn. Bhd.
Lot KG6, Tingkat Bawah,
Jln. Merdeka, 75000 Melaka.
K.I Pengurusan Progresif Sdn. Bhd.
T/A Hotel The Trend,
No. 216, Jalan Melaka Raya 1,
Kemudi Ikatan Sdn. Bhd.
T 474, Jln. Quayside,
KG9, Tingkat Bawah,
Jln. Merdeka, 75000 Melaka.
LPY Money Changer Sdn. Bhd.
76, Jln. Bunga Raya,
OSB Enterprise Sdn. Bhd.
32A, Jln. Hang Kasturi,
P.I Muhibbah Money Changer Enterprise Sdn. Bhd.
G16, Intan Plaza ,
Jln. Munshi Abdullah,
Pushparaja Sdn. Bhd.
1 & 9B, Jln. Bendahara,
Region Deal Sdn. Bhd.
22, Jln. Tokong,
Sadaya Niaga Sdn. Bhd.
110, Jln. Munshi Abdullah,
Spak Sdn. Bhd.
29, Jln. Laksamana,
Wangsa Interchange Sdn. Bhd.
F 1-30, Tingkat Satu,
Plaza Hang Tuah,
Jln. Tun Mamat,
ACCESS TO MELAKA
Malaysia Airlines and other airlines operate daily flights into Kuala Lumpur and from there it's a quick journey to Melaka on the highway.
On the PLUS highway, the journey to Melaka from Kuala Lumpur is about 2 hours, and from Singapore about 3 hours.
The are buses every hour plying North, South & East of Peninsular Malaysia.
Taxis are easily obtainable and fares depend on the distance within Melaka.
cars can be rented easily with rates between RM160 and RM200 per day depending on the type of vehicle. Rentals can be arranged at the hotel.
Melaka does not have a train station, but visitors wishing to travel by train do so by going to the nearest station at Tampin which is just 38km north of Melaka. Tourists are advised to check the Railway offices, for schedules and fares at the following places:
Melaka Office: Tel: 06-2823091
Tampin Station: Tel: 06-4411034
Ferry services are available to and from Melaka - Dumai
Government hospitals will accept foreign patients in emergencies, and it is also possible to attend private hospitals and outpatient clinics for consultations.
Most of the hotels and numerous camera shops in Melaka sell and develop films.
POLICE AND THE LAW
The police headquarters is located in Melaka city and there are police stations in all districts.
The official religion of Malaysia is Islam but there is freedom of worship
Bahasa Malaysia is the official language but English is widely spoken and understood.
There are good telephone communications throughout Melaka town with phone-booths operated by different companies which either accept coins or phonecards. International calls can be direct-dialled from private phones, some public phone-booths using a phone card and Telekom offices. The access code for making international calls from Malaysia is 00. For telephone directory information, dial 103 for domestic and 108 for international.
A service charge of 10% and a government tax of 5% are added to bills in all hotels and tourist class restaurants. Tipping is not mandatory.
TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE
Tourist information can be obtained from Melaka Tourist Information Centre, Jalan Kota, 75000 Melaka. Tel: 06-283 6548 / 281 4803
Tap water is safe for drinking in Malaysia. Hotels usually provide bottled water for guests in their rooms.
The working week for Governement departments is from Monday to Saturday with Sunday being a public holiday. However, most of the food markets, businesses and commercial enterprises are open for business on Sundays, except on public holidays when most shops open for half the day.
Money can be changed at most hotels, banks and the airport. Major banks and moneychangers are located in Melaka, with banks being from 9.30am to 3.30pm from Monday to Friday and from 9.30am to 12.00 noon on Saturday.
Malaysia currency is in Ringgit (RM) and sen. Most establishments accept major travellers' cheques and credit cards. The exchange rate for US Dollars is fixed at RM3.80 = US$1.00.
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There is no duty-free allowance for visitors arriving in Melaka from elsewhere in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak or Singapore. Weapons and walkie-talkies are prohibited, while possession of narcotics and other illegal drugs carries the death sentence. Firearms are subject to licensing.
Visitors to Malaysia are advised that the trafficking of drugs in the country is an offence punishable by the death penalty.
Malaysian electricity voltage is on a 240 volt 50 Hz system.
The only vaccinattion requirements are yellow fever for those from infected areas. Cholera, smallpox and malaria have largely been eliminated. Those who are staying in remote villages are advised to take malaria prophylactics, commencing the coursei nadvance of arrival in Malaysia.
Citizens from the following countries are required to have a visa to visit Malaysia: North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and the People's Republic of China. Nationals other than those stated are allowed to enter Malaysia without a visa for a visit not exceeding one month. However, it is recommended that visa enquiries are made at the Malaysian embassy or Malaysian consulate closest to you, as regulations are subject to change.
Jonker Walk is well known for its art galleries, antique shops and traders, among them goldsmiths, watch repairers, clog makers and beaded shoemakers, blacksmiths, rattan and bamboo weavers, Chinese traditional medicine merchants and food outlets.
The area has the reputation for supplying authentic antiques and objects d'arts dating back to the early fifties when Malaysians joined the urge to shop for memorabilia of the past. Two well known pioneer antique dealers in Melaka were T.K. Kutty and Hj Abu Bakar. Worth a visit are the antique and second hand shops found at Nos 25, 26 and 55, Jalan Hang Jebat. An enticing display of curios confronts the customer in these outlets and be it after a gentle browse or a methodical search, you may just be rewarded with authentic artefacts such as charcoal burning irons or porcelain and ceramic pieces that can date as far back as 300 years. Victorian memorabilia, furniture and clocks too can be obtained in some of these outlets.
Jonker Walk is a pedestrian walkway along Jalan Hang Jebat (previously known as Jonker Street) and along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (previously known as Heeren Street), in the heart of Melaka town.
Town Bus No 17
Roving taxis provide cab service or contact the taxi terminal at +606 284 7164 as there are no taxi stands in these narrow bustling streets.
Opening hours for different shops vary but generally from Monday to Thursday most open from 10am to 6pm, and from Friday to Sunday, many stay open until 10pm. Eateries open daily from 10am to 11pm. The street becomes a marketplace every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6pm to midnight.
A fully decorated admiral of Melaka's naval forces who defended successfully, countless attacks against Melaka sovereignty from Siamese and Acehnese fleets. Hang Tuah's outstanding performance as a military officer made him a legend that has graced many a court and the history of Melaka. Hang Tuah's bravery was discovered during his adolescence when he single handedly arrested a man who had ran amuck in the village called Kampong Duyong. His valiant act caught the sultan's attention and was called to the palace and conferred the youngest knight ever to serve in the history of Melaka.
Hang Kasturi is one of the five great warrior brothers that includes Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Hang Lekir and Hang Lekiu. The five brothers where great warriors during the reign of the Melaka Sultanate especially during the regime of Sultan Mansur Shah (1456-1477). The courage and strength of the five great warriors plus the wisdom of the Bendahara Tun Perak has helped the Melaka Sultanate to expand the Melakan empire up to as far as the Malay Archipelago. Thus, the Melakan empire gained the respects of friends and foes. In the Malay Annals (Sejarah Melaka), Hang Kasturi was set to be the traitor for accusing his brother Hang Tuah without proper investigation. Hang Tuah, who was hidden by the Prime Minister in Ulu Melaka, took revenge by killing Hang Kasturi in such a big battle for being a traitor to the Sultan. However, based on another story known by many people, Hang Jebat was the real traitor who finally died in the arm of Hang Tuah. The structure of the Hang Kasturi's mausoleum was much influenced by the art and architecture from India where there are spaces to put light around the tomb. This tomb is staggered and has medium levels, unlike other tombs which are long and said to be holly. This mausoleum has been gazetted as a historic site.
The champion of justice who died a tragic death. Hang Jebat was unceremoniously killed by Hang Tuah in a duel of honor that lasted 3 days and 3 nights. He ran amok after suffering a fatal wound from Hang Tuah's dagger 'Keris Taming Sari.' In the name of justice to avenge the sultan's hasty punishment against Hang Tuah for a crime he didn't commit, Hang Jebat was accused by Hang Tuah of 'derhaka' (contumacy).
The duel between two of Melaka's most prominent knights has left a permanent question as to the moral behind Hang Jebat's aberrant reaction against the authority and the conventions by which Hang Tuah exercised his conduct as loyal subject of the sultan.
The hallmark of Melaka and perhaps the most photographed subject next to the Stadthuys. Built by the Portuguese in 1511 as a fortress it sustained severe structural damage during the Dutch Invasion. The British had set to destroy it but timely intervention by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1808 saved what remains of A' Famosa today.
Built in 1710 during the Dutch occupation in Melaka. It is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Malaysia and it was built on a piece of land donated by a Dutch gentleman, Maryber Franz Amboer. Its facade and decor has a combination of Eastern and Western architecture. Its bells was cast in Goa in 1608.
Built in 1849 by Reverend Farve, a Frenchman, the Gothic towered church is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier. Known as the 'Apostle of the East', St Francis Xavier is well-remembered for his missionary work spreading Catholicism to South East Asia in the 16th Century. You can view the authentic architecture and learn about the history of the church which is situated at Jalan Laksamana.
Standing exactly as it has always been since 1753, the church is testimony to Dutch's architectural ingenuity. Located next to the Stadhuys, its notable feature is the ceiling, whose beams, over 15m (16yd) long, were each made from a single tree. The 200-year old pews are still in evidence. Over the altar, there is a painting of the Last Supper on glazed tiles and on the floors are tombstones in Armenian script.
The entrance is free but you are politely asked to make a donation towards the upkeep of the church.
Built by a Portuguese Captain by the name of Duarte Coelho, the chapel was turned by the Dutch into a burial ground for their noble dead and renamed it 'St. Paul's Church' from the the Portuguese's 'Our Lady Of The Hill'.
St. Francis Xavier was briefly enshrined in the open grave in 1553 before being shipped to Goa, India.
The Museum is constructed after 'Flora De La Mar', the Portuguese ship that sank off the coast of Melaka in its way to Portugal. With its hull laden with invaluable treasures seized from Melaka, the ship was doomed from existence had it not for the efforts to revive its symbolic significance to Melaka's heritage. At the museum, visitor can get a closer look at Melaka from the famed Malay Sultanate of the 14th century to the Portuguese era, the Dutch era and the Bristish era. There are exhibits of foreign ships that had once called at the port of Melaka during the height of its maritime.
The Maritime Museum
Tel: +606-283 0926
Monday - Sunday: 9.00am - 5.3 pm
Friday: 9.00am - 12.15pm, 2.45pm - 5.30pm
Counter Close at 5.00pm
Entrance Fee: RM2.00 (Adult) and RM0.50 (Children Under 12 years old)
The ticket to the Maritime Museum can be used to enter:
- Replica of Flor De La Mar
- Maritime Museum II
- Royal Malaysian Navy Museum
- Ex-KD Sri Trengganu Ship
(Please retain ticket for inspection)
In-house Guide Schedules, The Maritime Museum Complex:Monday - Sunday
10.00 AM - Malay
12.00 PM - English
2.30 PM - Malay
4.00 PM - English
10.00AM - MALAY
11.00 AM - English
3.00 PM - Malay
4.00 PM - English
Built in 1650 as the official residence of Dutch Governors and Deputy Governors, the edifice is a fine example of Dutch architecture, with solid doors and louvred windows. Believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East, the port-red theme extends to the other buildings around the Town Square and the old clock tower. Preserved in its original structure and form, it now houses the History and Ethnography Museum. On display daily are fine traditional bridal costumes and relics from Melaka's glorious past. Unlike most museums in Malaysia, which give little or no explanation, here it would take a couple of hours to reead your way through the detailed explanations of Melaka's past. Also, within the Stadthuys is the midly interesting Literature Museum, focusing on Malaysian writers. Admission to both these museums is included in the admission price to the Stadthuys.Tel: +606 282 6526
9.00am to 6.00pm (Sat-Thu)
9.00am to 12.15pm & 2.45pm to 6.00pm (Fri)
Malacca rose from a humble fishing village to become a major center of the spice trade forming a vital link between the East and the West. Melaka (Malacca) is rich with history. In fact, the earliest written records of the country made reference to the Malacca Peninsula, instead of the Malay Peninsula or Malaya. Since it's founding, circa 1400, by a fleeing Sumatra prince, Parameswara. The journey which Parameswara made during his flight to escape the wrath of the Emperor of Majapahit whom he had unsuccessfully tried to overthrown. At the height of its power, the Sultanate of Malacca extended its borders over the whole of peninsula to encompass Pantani in the North and on the west right into the neighboring island of Sumatra to included Aru, Rokan, Siak, Kampar and Inderagiri. This was during the mid-1400s. The Golden Age of the Malacca Sultanate unfortunately lasted only for less then a century.
In 1511, the first of many foreign invasions of Malacca took place when the Portuguese arrived. The Portuguese were determined to control the East-West trade; so Malacca still retained its importance as a trade center until 1641 when the Portuguese surrendered Malacca to the Dutch. The Dutch who had a stronger foothold over the Indonesia archipelago swung the trade center over to Sumatra. In the meantime, Malacca's trade also declined due to the silting of its port. In 1795 Melaka (Malacca) was given to the British to prevent it form falling to the hands of the French, where the Netherlands was captured during the French Revolution. By the time British took over in 1824, the focus of the trade has shifted from Malacca to Singapore and Penang. Malacca however becomes the focal again during the struggle for independence after the Japanese Occupation during the Second World War and the British Colonial period that followed. So when Malaya gained its independence, it was only fitting that the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed in Malacca, where it all began. In 1989, Malacca has been declared as Malaysia's history city.