05.01.2017 30 °C
Today we had a free morning relaxing and doing a bit of shopping in the Chinatown district before leaving to travel on to
the port city of Melaka and the famous Melaka Straits, once governed by the British as it controlled the main trading route from
the Indian to the Pacific oceans.
We caught the tube and then a bus for the 2hr journey south to this old colonial city port.
After checking in to our hotel, we had an organised rickshaw tour around the city, which ended up being a rickshaw race,
But the worse thing was that they were all garishly multicoloured with popula themes -
There was a Cindy one, a Minions one, an Hello Kitty, pleased to say that the one that we had was a Batman one :-)
So slightly embarrassingly we "paraded" around the streets over several small bridges crossing the Melaka canal each time and
on to the Cheng Hoon Teng - the oldest Chinese Temple in Melaka and then on to the Portuguese A'Famosa Fort.
By this time we were all in need of refreshment, so we all went for a group meal down by the canal which included some
"live music" which turned out to be a local guy "destroying" lots of classic songs.
But it got worse - when we went past him he was actually just playing songs from a karaoke machine and miming the guitar and keyboard !!!