Traveling to Malaysia (Part 2): Malaka and Beaches

Malaka was the capital of Malaka Kingdom back in old time. This city has such a great historical value especially during the colonial periods when Malaka was colonized by Portuguese, Holland, and Britain. That is why whenever you are traveling to Malaka, you will see a lot of old buildings which still stand up straight and those buildings have been there since the colonial periods. My trip to Malaka was so memorable because I’m the type of traveler who is into historical value. That’s why I really enjoyed my trip and I hope you can also go there too. So, what to visit when you’re in Malaka? Below, you’re going to learn some of the greatest places to visit in Malaka and I will give you bonus about the greatest beaches in Malaysia which will make your traveling even more perfect.

St. John’s Fort - Malaka

St. John’s Fort

St. John’s Fort is a private chapel for the Portuguese and it is dedicated to Saint John. This chapel was then rebuilt by the Dutch back in the 18th century and it was turned into a fortress. This fortress has six turrets aiming to the mainland because during the colonial period, assault usually came from the land instead of from the sea.

Jonker Walk - malaka street

Jonker Walk

I really enjoyed my time when I was in Jonker Walk. This place is the heaven for you who like antique collectible items. Those items are so fabulous and antique and they are offered at really reasonable prices. I was so mad and ended up spending a lot of money but that money was so worth it because I could get nice things to be included into my collections.

Malaka River Cruise - 2017

Malaka River Cruise

This cruise is a must if you visit Malaka. Make sure you also do it when you are there. You will be able to travel through the river which was used as the main trading route in the old time. Here, travelers can also enjoy tons of historical buildings on the river banks.

Pengkalan Balak Beach - Melaka

Pengkalan Balak Beach

This beach is really clean. You can really enjoy the scenery there and it’s so perfect for you to stay relaxed for a while. The beach is actually quite far away from the city but the trip there is really worth it. You can do a lot of things when you have reached the beach like to play in the sand, play in the water, enjoying the scenery while sitting at the beach, and so many other things. The beach is also quite romantic which is perfect for couple or for family.

Tanjung Bidara Beach

Tanjung Bidara Beach

If you are looking for an alternative where you expect that you can stay relaxed and enjoy the scenery at the beach, this place should be considered. There are so many great things here aside from the view. You can also expect to enjoy your relaxation time there because there are tons of facility available for you starting from the toilet, restaurants, and even some merchants selling interesting souvenirs. Make sure you go there and it’s so perfect to visit this beach with your family or your loved ones.

Traveling to Malaysia (Part 1): Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, for me, isn’t only a big and modern city which is coincidently also the capital city of Malaysia. The last travel I did to Kuala Lumpur gave me a lot of interesting experiences. If I’m allowed to say, this city perfectly combines modernity with awesome natures. That’s why, in the following list of places to visit in Kuala Lumpur, you’ll see some modern and nature-based places. To be honest, there are still many other places to visit in Kuala Lumpur but for me, those 5 places are the most memorable ones. So, here they are.

 

  1. Batu Caves

When I first heard about Batu Caves, I imagined about a set of exotic caves. But when I got there, it was proven that imagination was all wrong although it’s still an exotic place to visit. Batu Caves consist of limestone hill and what’s so awesome there is that there’s a temple inside the cave. The temple is actually one of the most popular Hinduism temples in Malaysia. My guide told me that the temple is dedicated for the God Murugan.

batu caves - kualalumpur

In order to reach the temple, I needed to climb 272 stairs. Let me tell you about the stairs, they’re rather steep. So if you’re interested to go there, make sure you’re physically prepared. In the lowest part of the stairs, you’ll be welcomed by the statue of God Murugan which is also the highest in the world with its 42,7 meters of height. This tourist destination is located 13 km to the north from Kuala Lumpur and it can be accessed easily by riding commuter line straightly from KL Sentral station. It should only take about 35 minutes and it should cost you RM2. Pretty cheap, indeed!

 

  1. Merdeka Square

Before I tell you further about this place, I want to let you know that I’m into historical tourist destinations. That’s why Merdeka Square belongs to my list because it’s such an important area for the history of Malaysia as a country because in this place, for the first time, British Kingdom flag was put down and replaced with Malaysian flag back in August 31, 1957. Since then, Malaysia declared its independence.

merdeka square kualalumpur

Around this area, you can find many historical buildings like Sultan Abdul Samad building, Royal Selangor Club Complex, and the Museum of National History. You can also find St. Mary’s Anglican Cathedral there. To reach Merdeka Square, you can ride Kelana Jaya LRT directly from KL Sentral. Drop off at Masjid Jamek station and change to Ampang Line train. Once you’re at Hang Tuah station, go out of the train and you’re already in the area of Merdeka Square.

 

  1. Petronas Tower

Without any doubt, you can always say that you have never been to Kuala Lumpur if you have not visited Petronas Tower. The Twin Tower is located in KLCC area which is also the biggest shopping center in Kuala Lumpur. The tower has already become the landmark not only for Kuala Lumpur but also for Malaysia. Back in 1998, the tower was the highest building in the world after defeating Willis Tower which is located in Illinois, US.

petronas tower kuala lumpur - sunset

According to my experience, it’s better for you to visit this landmark when the sun has set. The tower is going to look so dazzling once the lamps are turned on. If you want to go there, simply ride Kelana Jaya LRT from KL Sentral station and drop off at KLCC station. It only takes 15 minutes of ride and costs you RM1,6.