On this November school holiday, we planned for a short getaway to the neighborhood country, which is Malaysia. From so many options (including Port Dickson, Melaka, Sunway Laggon, Ipoh, etc…) I finally chose Melaka for our 3 days and 2 nights family holiday (yes, literally I always am the mastermind behind our trips, because daddy will go with whatever my decision is – he’s not the type of person who likes to search information for our holiday destinations or places to visit, while for the little boy……as long as there are pools and kids club, he will be fine with whatever my decision is). Melaka is by far the nearest destination for tourists like us from Singapore (besides Johor Bahru of course, but we didn’t want to stay in the crowded area of Johor in our short getaway).
Melaka is only 4 hours from Singapore by car, so it is not too far. It is also said to be a safe and laid back town, but actually it is well known especially for shopping, eating, and sightseeing.
At first, I decided to stay in one hotel and explored the city, but since we don’t fancy temples, shopping, and trying different kinds of food……………so I thought staying in one hotel only would be too boring for us. I wanted to do some sight seeing around the city, but I was sure that it would not be the case for daddy and the boy. So what we needed was actually places to just relax and spend time lazying in the room or near the pools……so staying in the same hotel would probably not the best option.
It was actually a good decision since we could feel a different atmosphere of Melaka. For the first hotel, I chose a place far from the Melaka City Center (near the exit of the freeway). We stayed in a wooden hut with wonderful waterfall swimming pool which made me falling in love with the pool since the first time I saw the pictures. It was a very quiet place with lots of trees inside and our room was like in the middle of the village.
The second one, we moved to the city center and chose a hotel near to the shopping malls. It was a completely different hotel from the previous one a more modern one from the outside.
Choosing hotels is never an easy phase for me………….it always needs much consideration based on the price, the facilities, the location, and the reviews, not to mention my boy’s approval (he also needs to see the pictures and reads the reviews, hahaha…….). But at the end our final choices were (according to us) made us happy and satisfied. The boy said he couldn’t choose which one is better and he wanted to come back again, hahaha…………..
When my sister asked what he did during the holiday, he said: “swim, play, and eat everyday…………..” a perfect explanation! He was glad because he could swim everyday, even twice a day, got his new books from the popular bookstore, and could eat his favorite food. And of course, his favorite food didn’t include the famous street food in Melaka, so we didn’t try any of it. We stick to the food from the restaurants at the mall.
To reach the first hotel, we needed to drive 2.5 hours from Tuas Checkpoint. And then another 45 minutes to the city center (the second hotel). It’s freeway all the way from Tuas to Ayer Keroh, Melaka.
On the way back home, the GPS took us through Woodlands Checkpoint before entering Singapore, and after exiting from the freeway, we still needed to drive quite far inside Johor Area to reach Woodlands. I will recommend Tuas as the best option, since we don’t have to travel outside the freeway as it could be not very convenient.
Most of the time, we stayed at the hotel and went to the nearest mall, but actually there are many things to see around the city as you can see in the map below:
This city located near the beach, but as far as we could see there were no “real beach” for swimming and sand playing. The city is quite hot all the time, even at night.
One of the famous street food and street shopping is in Jonker Street, a night market that we didn’t visit. We were not in the mood for shopping or buying anything from the market or even to find Melaka’s famous food such as chicken rice ball, chendol, or satay celup. We spent the evening in our hotel room because we were all very tired after the boy swam twice that day.
We did visit the two malls, and one of them is located just in front of our hotel. It can be tricky to cross Melaka streets because the cars are running very fast and the streets are quite wide, but being an Indonesian who lived in Jakarta for more than 30 years, crossing the streets in Melaka was no big problem for me. Melaka’s streets are definitely much better than Jakarta’s.
There are still many things to see and do in Melaka, and there are many information that you can find from the internet. We enjoyed our visit here and loved this town as our resting place for 3 days before we started our everyday things again.