2019 - Melaka Night-Walk Adventure

Melaka night-walk on 05.06.2019 - A brief family conversation is what it takes to drive 215km from Subang Jaya to Melaka the following day for a night stay in an Airbnb. We decided to drive along the coastal country road and stopped in Port Dickson for lunch at Lucky King Bun Restaurant and had Starbucks coffee at Port Dickson Waterfront. This was the same route that my children: Ching Jin Yuan, Ching Jin Wei together with two friends cycled in 2018. On reaching Melaka, we drove through the ancient city before the night-walk through Chinatown, Jonker Street and along the Melaka River. Yes! Its one night in Melaka the small town Malaysian City. Sleeping at "The Luxe Homestay Melacca'.
Zheng He was a Chinese mariner, explorer, diplomat, fleet admiral, and court eunuch during China's early Ming dynasty. He was originally born as Ma He in a Muslim family, and later adopted the conferred surname Zheng from Emperor Yongle. He arrived in Malacca in 1405.



Subang Jaya to Morib is 58km. Morib to Port Dickson is 71km. Port Dickson to Melaka is 83km.

Lucky King Bun – Famous Chicken & Pork Ribs Curry Bun @ Lukut, Port Dickson

Lucky King Bun – Famous Chicken & Pork Ribs Curry Bun @ Lukut, Port Dickson

Very nice view of Port Dickson Waterfront.

Very nice view of Port Dickson Waterfront.

Very nice view of Port Dickson Waterfront.

Very nice view of Port Dickson Waterfront.

Grandma Catherine and grand-daughter Isabelle Ching at Port Dickson Waterfront.

Isabelle Ching at Port Dickson Waterfront.

Grandma Catherine and grand-daughter Isabelle Ching at Port Dickson Waterfront.

Grandma Catherine and grand-daughter Isabelle Ching at Port Dickson Waterfront.

A mini amusement park at Port Dickson Waterfront.

Had Starbucks coffee at Port Dickson Waterfront.

Had Starbucks coffee at Port Dickson Waterfront.

On reaching Melaka, we drove through the ancient city before the night-walk through Chinatown, Jonker Street and along the Melaka Riverside.

Christ Church was built by the Dutch in 1753 when they took possession of Malacca from the Portuguese.

Queen Victoria’s Fountain situated in the middle of Dutch Square. Erected by the people of Malacca in memory of a great Queen in 1904.


Once the official residence of Dutch governors and officers, The Stadthuys is believed to be the oldest-surviving Dutch building in the East built between 1641 and 1660 on the ruins of a Portuguese fort.

The Royal Malaysian Navy Museum displays the salvaged remains of 19th century ships that foundered or sank in the Melaka Straits.

Menara Taming Sari is the first and only panoramic tower in Malaysia. Measuring 110 metres in height, its revolving structure offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Melaka town and beyond.

Bukit Cina Melaka is the ancestral burial ground of Malacca’s Chinese community.

Bukit Cina Melaka also known as Chinese Hill is the largest and oldest Chinese graveyard outside of China with over 12,500 graves.

Bukit Cina Melaka is the largest and oldest Chinese graveyard outside of China with over 12,500 graves. Although it is primarily a graveyard for early Chinese settlers, the cemetery has about 20 Muslim tombs.

At the foot of Bukit Cina is the Poh San Teng Temple. It was built in 1795 and dedicated to Admiral Cheng Ho.

Inside the Poh San Teng Temple Melaka are images of the Taoist entity Dabo Gong and Kuan Yin.

The Hang Li Poh's Well also known as King's Well - These early Chinese residents were the ones who dug up the well behind the temple. It served as an important water supply for the inhabitants of Bukit Cina.

The Hang Li Poh's Well, also known as King's Well, is a historical water well located at Poh San Teng Temple, Melaka.

The Malacca Gateway project on Malacca Island is expected to be completed in 2025.

We had tea at Kafe The Alley on Melaka Island.

It's time for tea at Kafe The Alley on Melaka Island.

Ching Jin Yuan and daughter Isabelle Ching at Melaka Island.




Jonker Street Melaka is another shopping haven. There is a saying that if you haven’t visited Jonker Street, you haven’t been to Melaka!


Jonker Street Melaka is another shopping haven. There is a saying that if you haven’t visited Jonker Street, you haven’t been to Melaka!

Bibik House Chendol is also very popular on Jonker Street.

Cheng Hoong Teng Temple - Built in 1645 and taking pride in being an oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, this temple is a unique confluence of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.


Kampong Kling Mosque is an old mosque situated at Jalan Tukang Emas, also known as "Harmony Street" because of its proximity to the Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple.

Jonker Street is closed off for traffic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the evening to turn into a very crowded night market open until 12 midnight.

Getting hungry, this is the place at Gi Kiat Huay Restaurant on Jonker Street.

Getting hungry, this is the place at Gi Kiat Huay Restaurant on Jonker Street.

Gi Kiat Huay Restaurant on Jonker Street.

Gi Kiat Huay Restaurant on Jonker Street. Great taste with affordable price.

Gi Kiat Huay Restaurant on Jonker Street. Great taste with affordable price.

Gi Kiat Huay Restaurant - Baba Laksa kahwin Nyonya Asam Laksa, Chicken Laksa, Fillet Soup Noodle, Chendol - Great taste with affordable price.

Jonker Street is closed off for traffic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the evening to turn into a very crowded night market open until 12 midnight.

Peranakan Place at Jonker Street.

Jumbo Ice Cream on Jonker Street Melaka.

Hokkien Huay Kuan Temple at Jonker Street.

Street musician at Jonker Street.



Jonker Street is closed off for traffic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the evening to turn into a very crowded night market open until 12 midnight.

Famosa Chicken Rice Ball at Jonker Street.

Jonker Street is closed off for traffic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the evening to turn into a very crowded night market open until 12 midnight.

Jonker Street is closed off for traffic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the evening to turn into a very crowded night market open until 12 midnight.

H&M store in Melaka.

H&M store in Melaka.

The brightly lighted trishaws can be rented on hourly or distance covered basis at The Stadthuys.


The other entrance to Jonker street where all the festivities and shops are located. Here for Chinese New Year, the portrait of the god of prosperity decoration the entrance.

San Shu Gong shopping centre, located right at the mouth of Jonker Street. The shop sells a wide range of local delicacies such as dodol, durian cendol, cream puffs and much much more.

Opened in 2013, Hard Rock Cafe Malacca has a similar layout to the rest of the chain’s outlets all across the world.


The Stadthuys is believed to be the oldest-surviving Dutch building in the East built between 1641 and 1660 on the ruins of a Portuguese fort.

The Melaka Victorian clock tower, at the historical center of town.



































Isabelle Ching at the Windmill, Dutch Square, Melaka.

The family: Ching Jin Yuan, Ching Jin Wei, Shevin Teoh, Catherine Oon, Isabelle Ching and Ching Neng Bin.



































Ching Jin Wei and Shevin Teoh at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.

Isabelle Ching at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.


The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.

The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.


A large monitor lizard also did the night-walk along the river.

Large wall murals along the Melaka riverside walk.

The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.

The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.


The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.

St Francis Xavier Church was built in 1849 and completed in 1856 was named after one of Malacca’s most famous residents, St Francis Xavier, the ‘great missionary to the East’ who was based in Malacca on and off for several years from 1545 on-wards. The saint died in 1552 on the way to China. His body was brought back to Malacca before being shipped to Old Goa where most of his remains still lie. There is also a St Francis Church in Sitiawan.

Another beautiful large wall murals along the Melaka riverside.

The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.

Chan Koon Cheng Bridge over the Melaka River.


The cut-out old Volkswagen Beetle on display behind the Discovery Malacca building.  

The cut-out old Volkswagen Beetle on display behind the Discovery Malacca building.     

The pedestrian bridge, Kamung Jawa over Melaka River.   

Wall murals along the riverside.

Grandma Catherine and Isabelle Ching at the Backyard Rio Melaka Hotel.

The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.

The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.

The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.

The pedestrian bridge, Kamung Jawa over Melaka River.   


The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.

The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.

The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.


The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.

The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.

The beautiful lights at the Melaka River, a very popular walking area with lots of restaurants, cafe and stalls to visit.


Zheng He was a Chinese mariner, explorer, diplomat, fleet admiral, and court eunuch during China's early Ming dynasty. He was originally born as Ma He in a Muslim family, and later adopted the conferred surname Zheng from Emperor Yongle. He arrived in Malacca in 1405.

At Melaka 3D Street Art.

At Melaka 3D Street Art.

At Melaka 3D Street Art.

At Melaka 3D Street Art.


Back at the The Stadthuys believed to be the oldest-surviving Dutch building in the East built between 1641 and 1660 on the ruins of a Portuguese fort.




This Casa del Rio, a new boutique hotel sitting majestically on the riverbank.

This Casa del Rio, a new boutique hotel sitting majestically on the riverbank.

This Casa del Rio, a new boutique hotel sitting majestically on the riverbank.

This Casa del Rio, a new boutique hotel sitting majestically on the riverbank.


Flora de Lamar is a replica of the Portuguese ship which sank in the coast of Malacca while on its way to Portugal. The replica is a staggering 34 meters in height and 8 meters in width. The main focus of the museum is the maritime history of Malacca and the golden ages of Malacca’s Sultanate as the Emporium of the East.

After the long night-walk, we had good beer fellowship and good sleep at the Airbnb.

Saying goodbye to "The Luxe Homestay Melacca' on the next morning departure for Subang Jaya. Before driving back to Subang Jaya, it was another early lunch at Donald & Lily Nyonya Restoran and later tapau some nyonya kuih from Baba Charlie.

The Bank of China Bhd has opened its eighth branch in Melaka in 2018.

Before driving back to Subang Jaya, it was another eating at Donald & Lily Nyonya Restoran.

Long queue at Donald & Lily Nyonya Restoran had been famed for its delicious temptations of their nyonya delights.

Early lunch at Donald & Lily Nyonya Restoran - Nyonya Laksa, Mee Rebus, Mee Siam, Taukua rojak and chendol.

Early lunch at Donald & Lily Nyonya Restoran - Nyonya Laksa, Mee Rebus, Mee Siam, Taukua rojak and chendol.

Early lunch at Donald & Lily Nyonya Restoran - Nyonya Laksa, Mee Rebus, Mee Siam, Taukua rojak and chendol.

Early lunch at Donald & Lily Nyonya Restoran - Nyonya Laksa, Mee Rebus, Mee Siam, Taukua rojak and chendol.

Another long queue at Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake to buy back the nyonya kuihs.

This traditional Baba Charlie cottage-industry produces many delicious types of nyonya kuihs.

This Baba Charlie cottage-industry produces many delicious types of nyonya kuih known as onde-onde.

Queuing up for the cash counter.

This Baba Charlie was our last stop before taking the road back. I must say that the one day stay in Melaka was funstatic and very memorable for the whole family bonding. The baba-nyonia food was delicious and after that we went for the long exciting night walk along Jonker Street and the riverside. We took lots of pictures to made some good memories. Our next city would be Kuantan in Pahang.




















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