Am I still in Asia? I thought to myself as I walked around the streets of Melaka. Everything around me looked very European – the architecture, street art, cute little cafes and wait… did I just see a windmill on the road?Melaka (or Malacca) is a beautifully preserved heritage city in Malaysia. With its colorful cafes, graffiti, random windmills on the streets – it looks more European and is unlike any other Asian city that I have seen. Seriously, with a river that runs across the city which can be mistaken as a canal, this Malaysian city made me feel like I was back in Amsterdam. Minus the dope. Melaka is ONLY a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, so many people visit it on a day trip but in my opinion, the city deserves at least a full day and night. The entire Melaka city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Things to do in Malacca – the Amsterdam of Asia
Perfect rides for little kids, no? Wrong. To our surprise, we saw a few grownups sitting on them and some of them looked slightly embarrassed. We then got to know that these carts can be hired for 30 – 60 minutes and in that duration, they ride around the famous landmarks. At night, these carts light up in psychedelic colors and play super loud music. They are very expensive (RM 30 for 30-40 mins) but we decided to ride one anyway, much to Sandro’s embarrassment.
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