Malacca 2005

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Canal in Malacca
Our trip to Malacca wasn’t a comfortable one, with all our luggage we could only fit into a mini van, which drives slow and isn’t very comfortable. The trip took about 2 hours although it was only about 150 kilometres and our driver wasn’t very talkative and obviously didn’t know the area as he actually had to stop and ask directions. Eventually we got to the ‘Resort’ and we were greeted by friendly staff and a very nice looking lobby. We made our way to our room on the 11th floor which was an apartment style accommodation with a full lounge, kitchen, two separate bedrooms and two bathrooms. Unfortunately the 5 Star rating had been seriously over stated, maybe it was 5 Star when it was first built but now it looked more 2-3 Star.
Complimentary Champagne (always good)
The more we explored the room and the resort, the more disappointed we became.

We were lead to believe that the resort was in better condition, it seemed little or no maintenance had been done for quite some time, and the facilities were not what we had expected. One thing we had been really looking forward to was the supervised kids club, which we thought might give us the opportunity to spend some time together without the kids. The kids club was n o longer in operation so therefore that meant we would have to pay for a baby-sitter for some time alone. The cost of this wasn’t too high, but it also meant we would have to vacate our room and go elsewhere. The cleanliness of the room wasn’t very good either with dirty wall, hairs all over the place, and cigarette butts on window sills.

Dolphin water feature

We made a list of complaints that night, presented it to the manager on duty, and used their computer to send an email to the booking office also complaining. The next day we decided to see what other accommodation was like in the area so we caught the courtesy bus to the city of Malacca (our hotel was about 20 minutes drive north of their on the coast). Once there we befriended a Taxi driver who took us to a few motels in the area that he thought would be better. They all had really great Lobby’s but the quality and standard of the rooms left a lot to be desired.

I must make a comment at this stage about general state of buildings in this part of the world. Although labour is cheap, they seem to use materials which are not very good quality and their workmanship seems to be quite poor.

Dolphin water feature at night
Any maintenance of the buildings is minimal and cleaning such things as building exteriors doesn’t seem to take place. Therefore even new premises seem all nice from a distance, but once you see them up close the real story is told. But I suppose you have to remember that this isn’t the most developed country in the world also. Even a stones throw from the car park of the resort were traditional Malay houses, which to me looked very much like a slum. Wild animals like goats, chicken and cows, simply wander the streets as there are no fences to keep the in.

We ended up staying in the resort and tried to make the best of the circumstances. The management offered to allow us use of another room free for the babysitter to use which worked out okay.

Sizzling steak
We spent one afternoon watching a movie (without interruptions) and then had a sleep, it was quite relaxing. Other days we went shopping and we went out to dinner twice at the Italian Restaurant in the resort. The actual town of Malacca was originally a Dutch settlement so we did the tourist thing and saw the old Dutch buildings and we even took an over-priced ride on a traditional rickshaw. Trish also held a member of the local wild life, an albino python, and even though we had to pay to take the picture, it was still worth it.

The whole holiday in Malaysia wasn’t what we quite expected and unfortunately was full of disappointment for us. However, I suppose you have to take the good with the bad.

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Canal in Malacca
Canal in Malacca
Complimentary Champagne (always go…
Complimentary Champagne (always g…
Dolphin water feature
Dolphin water feature
Dolphin water feature at night
Dolphin water feature at night
Sizzling steak
Sizzling steak
Fruit basket
Fruit basket
Ginger bread hut
Ginger bread hut
Government Centre
Government Centre
Tower Guards
Tower Guards
Malay Hardware Store
Malay Hardware Store
Information Centre
Information Centre
Reagan & Jordan swimming
Reagan & Jordan swimming
Malacca City
Malacca City
Malay countryside
Malay countryside
Malay Police
Malay Police
Yummy dessert
Yummy dessert
Motel
Motel
Pool and Motel
Pool and Motel
Pool
Pool
Reagan having some fun with some b…
Reagan having some fun with some …
Reagan riding a kangaroo
Reagan riding a kangaroo
Reagan riding a horse
Reagan riding a horse
Rikshaw
Rikshaw
Sizzling steak
Sizzling steak
Sunset over motel
Sunset over motel
Police Station
Police Station
Yummy meal
Yummy meal
Trish on rikshaw
Trish on rikshaw
Trish with albino python
Trish with albino python
Pool from room
Pool from room
Dutch windmill
Dutch windmill
186 km (116 miles) traveled
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