I only really had a day and a half by this point so I dumped my stuff and went exploring. I discovered Melaka is not a big place. I wondered down the streets which looked quite European, stopping off for something to eat, to the river which Melaka is famous for.
On top of that every bar, shop and restaurant played their really loud music too. Therefore the whole place was very noisy. There were also no backpackers.
The place was pretty so I decided to take a boat tour down the river. Off course this tour played the Malaysian radio really loudly for the duration so I couldn't win. However, I did see some amazing street art and some really lovely looking cafes by the water front.
After my tour I headed to the A'Famossa fort
and saint Johns cathedral. These were old ruins from the Dutch period.
I then found a lovely quiet restaurant at the waterfront. It was most likely quiet due to the expense (western prices) but the food was good and it was very posh. I then walked back to my hotel through Jonker street which is the main street for the street market.
This was massive and very busy. It sold mostly tat and street food. After browsing the stalls I went back to my hotel room to try and sleep amongst the noise.
Day two, and I realised I had done the main things the day before so this was more walking around and eating in nice cafes. Which I suppose I needed after being so busy for the last three weeks.
I had a look at the Stradthuys
The oldest church in Malaysia.
I also came across some temples.
I then ate in some more air-conditioned cafes as it was so hot and came across a Malaysian couple on their honeymoon who chatted to me for a while and again seemed fascinated with me, a woman, travelling by themselves. I then passed through Jonker street again before returning to my hotel, where a car alarm had gone off and no one could find the owner so I had to listen too it until 1am.
Therefore I think Melaka is too noisy for a peaceful town. I had high expectations of relaxing peacefully by the river, but I was wrong. I did like it as it was pretty but if you are used to Europe then its not really that different and you could see the whole town and still have time to spare in a day. However, I am glad I visited it.