Malacca over the years has had a number of colonial influences which can be seen in some of the ruins and also much of the architecture. From the red colours of some of the buildings to the terrace style shops and homes around and through Jonkers Walk. It is also obvious that there is more development in the surrounding areas where they have reclaimed land and are building new hotels and the like.
Jonkers Walk and Chinatown were both fascinating, however many of the shops catered purely for the tourists with tacky clothing and "I've been to Malacca" type stuff, however there were also ample opportunities to buy some "traditional giftware" and get a foot massage as well if you wanted.
In true Malaysian style there are also a number of large shopping malls and open air markets as well that I spotted in the surrounding area.
You can also hire a chap on a brightly colored rickshaw to take you around the streets.
I stopped right in the heart of Jonkers Walk and had a very tasty vegetarian dish for lunch (can't remember what it was called) as well as a beer to help it down.
I also wandered down to the water where I could see the port and large ships that looked to be doing some kind of sand dredging. It is very interesting as Faizal pointed out to me that on this side of Malaysia the water is very green as opposed to the east coast where it is bluer.
After a fairly casual wander around I headed back to the hotel for a late afternoon nap before heading out tonight for a bit of dinner. I spotted a couple of places on my travels today that I may return to tonight.
I have taken it a little easy because I have managed to get a sore throat, I think from the air conditioning last night and from constantly being in and out of the hot and the cold, so an early night is in order tonight as I have a decent riding day tomorrow to head north so that on Saturday I can meet Faizal and his tour group in Penang.
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