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Relive the Ming Dynasty at Cheng Ho Cultural Museum Melaka

Your decision to visit Melaka can never turn out be the wrong one as there are several tourist attractions in Melaka. The city has a rich history with several historical building, architecture, heritage sites, and museums. Cheng Ho Cultural Museum is one of the prestigious places to visit in Melaka. All the artifacts in the museum are ancient and take you hundreds of years back.

Cheng Ho Cultural Museum

The Museum occupies various shop houses nearby the river in the city. History devotees and enthusiasts visit this fascinating place, fathoming the amazing career of a Chinese admiral Cheng Ho. Cheng Ho (Zheng He) was the Ming dynasty admiral who has a prominent place in Melaka history. It is said that the admiral visited this city-state for at least five of his seven visits to the Western Ocean from China from 1405 to 1433. He setup his own depot, warehouse in this area. The museum is assumed to be built on the original Guan Chang site built by Cheng Ho around 600 years ago. It is also said that the warehouse built by Cheng Ho was also located in the same area.

The museum stretches over three floors which can roughly be divided into various sections such as ship gallery, old Melaka village, treasure ship, antique gallery and garden courtyard. Various old shop houses that date back to the time of Cheng Ho are restored and linked together to establish this archetype museum. It covers a huge place that depicts Cheng Ho’s life and voyages.

The museum has mock-ups of his treasure ships, a life-sized statue of a giraffe that was supposedly bought by him from china. The teas hops and treasure ship living cabins will carry you the past while offering a glimpse of Cheng Ho’s routine. All these ancient objects display his birth into a Muslim family, his career as a eunuch in the palace and counselor to the Ming emperor. The social influence of his voyages in more than 200 treasure ships with more than 28,000 men can be sensed till today. The gallery also exhibits his death during his journey to the Persian Gulf.

Visiting Cheng Ho museum is indeed one of the amusing things to do in Melaka. The museum is strategically located at Jalan Hang Jebat and is also close to the Tan Kim Seng Bridge, making it easily accessible from wherever you are staying in Melaka. It is open daily from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm and the admission charges are RM 10.00 (2.33 USD).

The Cheng Ho Cultural Museum is a must-visit museum in Melaka, especially if you’re interested in a history. If you have visited the museum and would like to share your thoughts, please add comments below.

Calanthe Art Cafe Melaka – A treat for Your Taste Buds

The trickle of tourists in Melaka has swelled since it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008. With increased tourism and vacationers in the city, the cafe business also oozed up in Melaka. Several new cafes are opened in the city, while the old ones renovated to catch customers. Cafes in Melaka are quite distinctive from their likes in other part of the world. With unique architecture and style. Calanthe Art Cafe Melaka is also such café that has maintained it’s unique for many years and sipping coffee in this space is a must thing to do in Melaka.

Calanthe Art Cafe Melaka

Serving customer for 10 years, Calanthe Art Cafe is a well-known cafe in Melaka. It is famous amongst tourists and even potential tourist who are planning to visit Melaka. It is, perhaps, the most rusting yet creative cafe in the town. Started by a close group of friends who brought up and schooled together, Calanthe Art Cafe is the warmest and welcoming retreat in Malacca. It specializes in myriad of coffee types, roasted in each of the 13 Malaysian states.

Vintage Looks

Calanthe Art Cafe is located in a narrow backstreet of the famous Jonker Street in Melaka. The café might look a quiet haven from outside, but the interior tells a quite different story. The café is vibrant with colors, creative and eclectic touches to the wall that are hand painted, 1980’s type furniture, and television from the ancient times with knobs. The cafe does not show off the contemporary looks that are signature for modern cafes, but it will feast your eyes with inimitable style.

13 States Coffee and Drinks

Calanthe Cafe might be known for its creative looks, but the thing that makes it special is its coffee selection. “The First and Only One”, their tagline truly matches their servings of special coffee from all the 13 states of Malaysia. This is a place if you are a coffee enthusiast. Besides their unmatched coffees, they also offer unique blends such as ‘Green Tea Coffee’ (coffee and green tea with whipped cream on the top), a rich espresso amalgamated with the spoonful of mint paddy syrup.

Their ice-blended drinks are something to die for such as ‘Pink Lady’, a blend of whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, and strawberry sauce and ‘Cendol Ice Blenz’ a concoction of coconut milk and palm sugar topped with Cendol and red beans. With such ingredients and unique mixtures, the prices are also quite appealing, as one of these servings price even less than RM9.

Do not be disappointed if you are not a coffee aficionado as they also serve teas, smoothies, milkshakes, and soda mixes with a variety of alcohol-based drinks. If you want to taste everything in one serving then their Royale Bailey Cocktail is something to try. It is a mixture of Bailey, single shot of espresso and chocolate sauce, garnished with a single scoop of ice cream.

Local Food and Desserts

Calanthe Art Cafe Melaka amazes us with more than coffee and beverages as it also specialized in local food as well. Their Laksa is listed in top 50 Laksa outlets by the Malaysian Tourism Body. They have customized it with loads of ingredients such as fishcake slices, tofu puffs, eggs strips, and fried beancurd skin. Nasi Lemak is modified by the café in golden rice and served with special chicken Rendang. There is nothing that Calanthe Art Cafe Melaka does not do as the homemade desserts they serve are the perfect ending of your classic meal in the café.

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Calanthe is not a mere cafe; it is one of the most appealing tourist attractions in Melaka. With its vibrant interior, delectable meals, mouthwatering desserts, and especially their brewing coffee, Calanthe Art Cafe Melaka brings happiness to your table. If you have visited this amazing cafe in Melaka, please feel free to share your experience by adding comments below.

Address: Jalan Hang Kasturi, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-292 2960
Timings: Monday to Wednesday (12 to 11PM), Thursday (Closed), Friday (12PM to 12AM), Saturday (8:30AM to 12PM), Sunday (8:30AM to 11PM)
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Try Melaka Zoo Night Safari for some Night Time Fun

The most visited zoo and night safari to explore in Malacca is popularly known as Melaka Zoo Night Safari situated in the Jalan Hang Tuah Jaya, Ayer Keroh; Melaka city in Malaysian peninsular. Although, historic facts depicts that it was first invented in the year 1963 was governed by the Melaka authoritarian sector than in 2013 its care taker has taken its control by the private organization mainly. For instance, Melaka Zoo Night Safari was renowned around the globe after its control when it was governed privately.  It is also one of the recommend tourist attractions in Melaka to visit.

Melaka Zoo Night Safari

Melaka Zoo Night Safari is constructed in a spacious land that is actually measured around fifty-four acres of land respectively. Due to its huge area occupied in the establishment of the Zoo Melaka, it is similarly famous for being the second largest zoo in Melaka.

Adoption of natural and adventurous segments introduced

The private company that has predominantly taken the ownership as its caretaker is actually identified as Konsortium KKW Sdn Bhd. Hence, its actual mission is to bring a positive change in the Melaka Zoo Night Safari by inventing innovative task in terms of introducing new wildlife species in the zoo. It is also establishing various learning methodologies in order to understand the ecology of different species, the breeding process of distinct animals have been understood by the zoo management as well as introducing innovative vision of physical activities and implementing such concepts through meticulous objectives planned for making the Melaka Zoo more attractive for the tourism purpose primarily.

Thus, through exploring further the Night Safari Melaka; its visitors can be able to observe the species in their natural homes while at night (after sunsets). There are multiple programs being organized by the Melaka Zoo Night Safari from the infant level to the university grads as well through a long stroll in order to make them familiar with the surrounding species.

Suitable timings for the Melaka Zoo Night Safari exploration

We are thus allowed to explore the Melaka Zoo and Night Safari attractions on a daily basis during the whole day at specified timings that begin from 9am in the morning till 6pm by evening. The Night Safari timings are from 8pm to 11pm so you can plan your trip in a way that you can see both Zoo Night Safari. It is similarly essential to purchase the number of tickets at prior in order to explore its temptations without wasting your precious journey time. Here we can simultaneously grab the feasible opportunity to view the night safari attractions as well that can be availed specifically on nights of Fridays and Saturdays, during government holidays and also during the school off days as well. The tickets are usually sold between the timings from 8pm till 10:30pm.

Attributes of Melaka Zoo Night Safari

It is the sole responsibility of a visitor to know the necessary attributes prior to visiting the Melaka Zoo. For instance, the visitor must plan the whole day journey in order to explore the attractions of the zoo in a real sense. While enjoying the zoo, people implicitly avails the facilities like a separate prayer room built in the vicinity, there is also guest room located here, first aid is also available in case of any emergency and other numerous facilities can also be explored.

Though, Melaka Zoo Night Safari is not as big as Singapore Night Safari or others but it does provide a unique experience to the visitors. If you’re looking for some nighttime activities in Melaka, a visit to night safari is highly recommended, which is also among the best things to do in Melaka.

If you have visited the night safari in Melaka and would like to share your experience, please do so by adding comments below.

Address: Jalan Hang Tuah Jaya, Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka
Phone: +61300 22 3000
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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.

Malaysian Tourism Minister Visits France

The Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz made a visit to Paris for a trade luncheon meeting with selected French tour operators and trade media for a working trip to Milan. Dato’ Seri Nazri updated the French tour operators and journalists on the latest tourism developments in Malaysia, French tourist arrivals to the country, and MYFEST 2015. France is the second highest tourist generating market from Europe to Malaysia after the United Kingdom.

The French tour operators who have been supporting Malaysia were happy that the lunch meeting gave them an opportunity to have first-hand information on tourism in Malaysia.  They also shared with the Minister about French outbound trends, travel behaviours and assured the Minister of their support to continue selling Malaysia.

Warm Welcome to Deauville

The Minister visited the city of Deauville, located just 2 hours away from Paris. Upon arrival, the Minister received a warm welcome from the city’s Deputy Mayor, Dominique Merlin.

Located in the region of Lower Normandy, Deauville has been successful in attracting top leisure clientele and world-class events. Deauville has long been home to French high society’s seaside houses and is often referred to as the Parisian Riviera.

Arts in the Garden – Monet

A visit to the Garden and House of Claude Monet in Giverny, the second most visited place in Normandy, inspired Dato’ Seri Nazri to see how arts and gardens contributed greatly to tourism. Also on the programme was a visit to Tourism Malaysia Paris office, whereby the Minister was briefed on the French market performance and promotions of Malaysia in France by the director of Tourism Malaysia Paris, Mr Abdul Rahim Haron.

Malaysian Tourism Minister Visits France

Malaysian Tourism Minister France Trip

The Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz made a visit to Paris for a trade luncheon meeting with selected French tour operators and trade media for a working trip to Milan. Dato’ Seri Nazri updated the French tour operators and journalists on the latest tourism developments in Malaysia, French tourist arrivals to the country, and MYFEST 2015. France is the second highest tourist generating market from Europe to Malaysia after the United Kingdom.

The French tour operators who have been supporting Malaysia were happy that the lunch meeting gave them an opportunity to have first-hand information on tourism in Malaysia.  They also shared with the Minister about French outbound trends, travel behaviours and assured the Minister of their support to continue selling Malaysia.

Warm Welcome to Deauville

The Minister visited the city of Deauville, located just 2 hours away from Paris. Upon arrival, the Minister received a warm welcome from the city’s Deputy Mayor, Dominique Merlin.

Located in the region of Lower Normandy, Deauville has been successful in attracting top leisure clientele and world-class events. Deauville has long been home to French high society’s seaside houses and is often referred to as the Parisian Riviera.

Arts in the Garden – Monet

A visit to the Garden and House of Claude Monet in Giverny, the second most visited place in Normandy, inspired Dato’ Seri Nazri to see how arts and gardens contributed greatly to tourism. Also on the programme was a visit to Tourism Malaysia Paris office, whereby the Minister was briefed on the French market performance and promotions of Malaysia in France by the director of Tourism Malaysia Paris, Mr Abdul Rahim Haron.

VATICAN IMPRESSED WITH MALACCA MODERATION POLICY

Vatican is impressed with Malacca’s moderation policy: Archbishop

MALACCA – The Vatican is impressed with Malacca’s policy of promoting moderation and harmonious living among its various ethnic groups.

The Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Marino said the Holy See had a high regard for such approaches.

“This is an exemplary state. We admire Malacca for ensuring racial unity with minimal issues on race relations,” he said after calling on State Secretary Datuk Wira Nain Abu Bakar at Seri Negeri here yesterday.

Marino, who was posted as the Vatican’s first resident Apostolic Nuncio here in 2013, visited the Portuguese Settlement here where he witnessed the Festa San Juan (feast of St John the Baptist) which is celebrated with much religious fervour and reverence.

About 14 Roman Catholic priests gathered there to welcome the Vatican’s representative.

Joseph Sta Maria, who is the representative of minority ethnic communities under social service unit Pembela, described Archbishop Marino’s visit to the historical city as most significant to the Roman Catholic community here.

“He was brought to various historical sites. The prayers at the Portuguese Settlement meant a lot to all of us,” he said.

Sta Maria said the Archbishop also visited the 466-year-old ruins of the ancient Rosary Chapel (Ermida de Rosario) at Jalan Bunga Raya Pantai along Sungai Malacca.

Malaysia established diplomatic relations with the Vatican following a meeting between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Pope Benedict XVI in July 2011.

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