As we continued our push into Malaysia to do some work in Kuala Lumpur (Soup Kitchen, Teach English to Refugee children), we stopped in Melaka. The city is about a 3 hour drive north of Singapore and 2 hours south of Kuala Lumpur.
We considered it a pit stop and had no expectations. Perhaps this is why it blew us away. The city was very clean and is building like crazy. It still has remnants and historical buildings from the Dutch colonization but it also has an incredible Chinese influence as well, specifically in an area known as Jonker Street which has become a UNESCO heritage site.
Every Friday and Saturday night, they shut down a mile long stretch of the city and vendors of all sorts come to offer a variety of goods and some incredible food (albeit a little into the unknown).
There is a beautiful river that runs through the middle of the city, with some pretty nice dining right alongside it. (The strength of the dollar vs. the Malaysian Ringgit has brought the cost of a big meal for 2 people down to about $12)
For anyone traveling in Malaysia, spend a weekend in Melaka, as it is worth the trip.
And Try the Durian if you dare...