Christ Church Melaka – 17th Century Wonder in Malaysia

Melaka; state of Malaysia is packed with the south of Johor Bahru and at its north is Negeri Sembilan. Dating back to 15th century it was emanated from the renowned port city and has enjoyed of being the chain of great islands in the world. It was simultaneously noticed as the hub of eastern and western trade routes forming the passage of island in Melaka during the huge spread of Islam within Southeast Asia. Its economic defamation was visible when Portuguese captured the state in 1511 for hundred and thirty years approx. A Famosa fort was developed during the reign of Portuguese through the Red sea towards Nagasaki and Porta de Santiago was among its gateway which is still preserved and can be toured even today.

In the dates of 1803 to 1815 when the state was suffering by Napoleonic fights was then ruled by British Empire certainly which in 1824 was proven with the formation of Anglo-Dutch treaty then after two years in 1826 it came intact with Penang and Singapore island in order to better procurement of the passage between both the islands.

Christ Church Melaka

It was also noted that between the years of 1641 to 1824, an amalgamation of Portuguese and Dutch empires lowered the supremacy of the port to secondary level located on Java specifically. Then Dutch traders occupied the state of Melaka after taking it from Portuguese and inaugurated Christ Church Melaka therein.

Whereas, historic facts describe that dating back to 1753; the Christ Church Melaka was originally built by Dutch business men. Whereas the exact year of its inauguration is a bit confusing because related to some other facts the year of its formation depicts the year of 1741 in the cause of celebration that took place by the Dutch Empire. It was thus constructed on the church street known as Jalan Gereja where Presbyterian Church of Singapore and Malaysia is also seen here in the Malay Peninsula.

Special bright colored rides are available around the vicinity of Christ Church Melaka known as trishaws. The area where this church is built is one of the tempting monuments in the locality of the Stadthuys. There are two famous museums as well just in front of this church named as Ethnographical and Historical Museum.

Tourist fantastically possesses keen interest to visit Christ Church Melaka due to its historical background that is still kept alive to date. For the same reason visiting Christ Church Melaka is among best things to do in Melaka. The material of this monument is made of red bricks and the big white cross is seen on the top of it. The size of the church is not as huge and inside the church after entering the gate you may come across a long rectangular table having some selling products kept on it that are myriad catalogs and some religious stuff. Simultaneously you can also view around ten rows of long benches with comfortable back seat on it just before that huge table. The most eye catching view of this church is that the pews are all handmade and was formed around two hundred years back. A souvenir of Dutch army and civilians can be seen at large that includes fanlights and tiles particularly.

The vicinity of Christ Church Melaka is primarily filled with the cultural identity of Baba Nyonya (Between 15th and 17th century Chinese offspring visited to Malaysian and Singapore Peninsular) flourished with Nyonyan commercial and residential blocks i.e. houses and restaurants at large along the side.

I must say those who are fond of visiting ancient sites should come to view this church building. The Christ Church Melaka is among the recommended historical places to visit in Melaka. If you want to share your experience, please do so by adding comments below.

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AirAsia Free Seats Promotion June

AirAsia Free Seats Promotion June

AirAsia Free Seats Promotion June 2015 is back with 3 million promo seats up for grabs for selected AirAsia and AirAsia X flights throughout the airline’s extensive route network.

The promotional all-in-fares are from as low as RM9.54 inclusive of applicable taxes and fees one way. For free seats promotion, guests only need to pay for the applicable taxes and fees while the seats are free! These promotional seats are available for booking from 22 – 28 June 2015, for the travel period from 15 February 2016 – 31 August 2016.

Free seats are available to various domestic international destinations such as Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Langkawi, Penang, Terengganu, Kuching, Miri, Ho Chi Minh, Surat Thani, Lombok, Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta, Xi’an and many more destinations from Kuala Lumpur; along with other exciting destinations from AirAsia’s other hubs in Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. Promo all-in-fares from as low as RM129 one way are also available for destinations like Perth, Melbourne, Chengdu, Seoul and Tokyo; or guest can enjoy affordable luxury with AirAsia X’s award winning Business Class Flatbed with all-in-fares from as low as RM699 one way to Perth, Xi’an, Taipei, Osaka and Colombo from Kuala Lumpur.

Siegtraund Teh, Group Chief Commercial Officer of AirAsia said, “Our legendary free seats are back and we hope to see more people taking this opportunity to travel and discover new places. This is a great time for our guests to plan out their holidays and travelling for next year. We were recently awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Airline for seven consecutive years and this free seats promo is our special way of saying thank you for all the support given by our guests. Rest assured we are always listening to our guests’ needs for low fares”. Visit www.airasia.com for the AirAsia Free Seats Promotion June, 2015.

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Singaporeans head to Malaysia for holidays as ringgit hits new low

Singapore Causeway Jam

Traffic at Singapore Causeway – Image from Straits Times

More Singaporeans are heading to Malaysia during the June holidays, as the exchange rate hit a new low, according to travel agencies. The ringgit stood at 2.78 against the Singapore dollar on Wednesday (Jun 10, 2015), as travel agencies reported a 10 per cent spike in bookings for Malaysia travel packages for the June holidays, as compared to last year. Travel agencies also reported that 15 per cent of the travellers made last-minute bookings for tours in Malaysia.

“We have received an increase in enquiries on travelling to Malaysia. The number of tourists heading to Malaysia has increased 10 per cent. Most of them travel to Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Penang, Langkawi and Kuching,” said Ms Rebecca Chia, marketing communication executive at Chan Brothers Travel.

Long queues were also spotted at money changers at Raffles Place on Wednesday, with some offering 2.76 ringgit for one Singapore dollar. Some money changers told Channel 8 that from end-May to June, the demand for ringgit doubled, as compared to April. Some money changers also reported that they ran out of the currency by early afternoon on Wednesday.

Analysts have predicted that the ringgit could slide further to 2.8 against the Singapore dollar this month. However, they added that there could still be a possibility for a rebound and the exchange rate would not decrease drastically in near future, depending on the performance of the greenback and oil prices. The exchange rate could also depend on Malaysia’s political situation and whether the Fed increases interest rates this year.

“You might see a bit of continued sort of weakness to some extent, largely because of the dollar’s strength,” said Mr Saktiandi Supaat, head of FX Research, Global Markets, at Maybank. “In our view, it would probably continue to some extent over the next three months, largely because of the expectations that the US data might improve significantly.” – The Straits Times.

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Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca by Bus

Malacca is the popular choice among travelers in Malaysia as it is a tourist destination with a rich culture history. The simplicity rich heritage of Malacca invites visitor all over the world, who visit this UNESCO world heritage site in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and gateway to get to various tourist destinations in Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur to Malacca by Bus

Buses are departing from Kuala Lumpur to different places from two main bus terminals in Kuala Lumpur such as Terminal Bersepadu Selatan and Pudu Raya or Pudu Sentral. Kuala Lumpur is the major transportation hub in Malaysia, from where buses to various parts of Malaysia are serving the passengers. Pudu Sentral was the only bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur previously, but due to heavy traffic and increasing travelers, the transport authority decided to make Pudu Raya to serve buses towards north of Malaysia to reduce traffic congestion.

Hence, the new TBS bus terminal became the departing station for buses towards south. Bus services to Malacca from TBS start from 7am and continues till 11pm. There 2 more bus station in Kuala Lumpur such a Putra bus terminal and Hentian Pekeliling.

Bus operators

The bus operators that serve passengers to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca are Konsortium Bas Express, Transnasional, Delima, Maju Express, Nice Executive Coach, Mayang Sari, Jebat Express, and Cepat Cekap Express. There are several buses plying from KL to Melaka, which allows the passengers to catch buses to Malacca every half an hour. Transnasional buses are the only option for those who travel from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Malacca, which includes the travelers from the low cost carrier terminal. Only few daily trips are there from KL airport to Malacca. Hence, it is necessary for the passengers to schedule their travel by considering the bus schedule, if you are taking the bus to Malacca from the airport bus terminal.


From KL airport, the buses take two and half hours and from TBS at Bandar Tasik Selatan, buses take 2 hours to reach Malacca. At Malacca, the buses will end their journey at Melaka Sentral. Transnsional buses are the most frequent buses from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca.

Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS)

Terminal Bersepadu Selatan is a new terminal built to serve the buses to south. The buses from this terminal offers trips to Kuala Lumpur to Malacca, KL to Johor Bahru, KL to Singapore, KL to Mersing, etc. This bus terminal is fully air-conditioned, which includes the platform. The air-conditioned bus terminal provides comfort to the passengers while waiting for their buses. This bus terminal is situated at Bandar Tasik Selatan, which is around half an hour journey from the city center. TBS is accessible from Bandar Tasik Selatan LRT Station, Express Rail Link KLIA Transit Station, and Stesen Komuter KTM Bandar Tasik Selatan.

If you would like to reach TBS, the nearest LRT station from TBS is Bandar Tasik Selatan. If you are going from the, then get down at Express Rail Link KLIA at Bandar Tasik Selatan, then go to TBS. A bridge is connected to the bus terminal from the railway station. Bandar Tasik Selatan bus station is only 20-30 minutes travel by train from KL. Some of the facilities at the TBS bus terminal are locker facility for baggage, shops, restaurants, and ATM machines.

How to get bus tickets

It is easy to purchase bus tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca on the same day of departure. If you are traveling on a public holiday or religious holiday, then you may find it difficult to get the bus tickets on the same day of departure. On holidays, it is better to book bus tickets through online. After reaching TBS, you buy bus tickets to Malacca either by going to the booth windows where you can purchase the ticket or you can make use of the electronic machines to buy bus tickets. The charges for bus tickets vary from one bus operator to another. The bus fare usually ranges from RM 15 – 50 for one way ticket. The price of the ticket is usually high if you are taking a luxury coach with wide seats and WiFi facilities.


The road from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca is in a good condition and the buses will normally make one stop on the way for refreshment purpose. Make sure to be on time as buses departs on time and do not wait for the passengers. Kuala Lumpur to Malacca bus ride is full of adventure. Do share your adventure with us by adding comments below.

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