Friday, October 20, 2017

3 Days 2 Nights Melaka Oct. 2017 Trip (local Malaysian trip)

This is a planning trip proposed by me, and this trip is for anyone who wanted to have a relaxing trip, not rushing but just enough. Hope it would be a good reference to all. All the place names can be found in Google Map.

For the hotel stay, we will be going to stay at different hotel. So prepared to check-out on the second day. For the first night stayed, I planned to book a hotel which have breakfast included, so that we can stayed longer at hotel. On the second night, I planned to book a hotel nearby Jonker Street, so that we can stayed longer around that area.

Day 1 - Friday:

Is a weekday, in order to avoid traffic jams during the rush hour, late depart is necessary. Say, start depart on 10.00am from Klang Valley. Head towards Seremban for lunch.

10.00am --- 11.30am reach Seremban.

Seremban, target for Lou Shu Fun (老鼠粉), Two place to have
1) Pasar Besar Seremban's first floor food court, which i tried before.
2) Restaurant Yi Poh, new place i found in Google Map

11.30am --- 12.15pm finish lunch, hang around Seremban.

After lunch, place to visit is Lorong Seni, which is nearby Pasar Besar Seremban, walking distance 10 minutes. Lorong Seni has some wall paintings all the wall. Spend about 30mins here.

12.15pm --- 1.00pm (include travel time)

Lorong Seni, photos taken from Google Map

After Lorong Seni, we head ourself to Klebang for a chilling coconut shake. Driving duration is about 1 hour 30 minutes. 

1.00pm --- 2.30pm reach Klebang.

So happen that Klebang coconut shake will only open at 2.30pm on Friday. Due to it's fame, we may need to spend about an hour here.

2.30pm --- 3.30pm, for having coconut shake.

Klebang Coconut Shake, taken from Google Map

After Klebang coconut shake, we can head our self straight to hotel. But if we're hungry on the half way, we can stop by at Hing Loong Taiwanese Noodle.

a) 3.30pm --- 4.00pm if straight to hotel

b) 3.30pm --- 3.45pm to Hing Loong Taiwanese Noodle
    3.45pm --- 4.20pm feast
    4.20pm --- 4.35pm reach hotel

Hing Loong Taiwanese Noodle shop, taken from Google map

Once reach hotel, we'll have some quick rest.

Say, around 5.30pm we start moving to visit A'Famosa and St. Paul's Church, which about 15 minutes driving distance.

5.30pm --- 5.45pm reach and park nearby A'Famosa.

Spend around 45 minutes on visiting. At 6.30pm will go for dinner. Dinner will be going to Portuguese Settlement's Portuguese Square Restaurant. Driving duration is about 20 minutes.

6.30pm --- 6.50pm reach Portuguese Settlement.

Portuguese Square Restaurant, taken from Google Map

Suggest to spend about 1 hour and 15 minutes here. Since this place is near to sea, we can have a walk or sit a little longer by the sea.

At time 8.05pm there's 2 option.
a) to Jonker Walk
b) back to Hotel

Jonker Walk can be wait till next day.

Day 2 - Saturday

Sleep till enough, take breakfast at hotel. After breakfast continue rest in hotel.

Say about 10.00am we check out from hotel and start moving to Jonker Street.

It will take about 15 minutes to reach a car park nearby Jonker Street.

After parking, walk towards Jonker Street, which is about 10 minutes walk.

10.00am --- 10.20am parking --- 10.30am reach Jonker Street.

Places to visit in Jonker Street:
1) Mamee Jonker House --- worth visiting
2) Baboon House (cafe) --- Good for chilling, very nice environment
3) Calante Art Cafe --- Good for chilling, nice environment
4) Cheng Ho Cultural Museum
5) Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum
6) Cheng Hoon Teng Temple --- Heritage Chinese Temple, well preserved

Mamee Jonker House, picture taken from Google Map
 Baboon House, picture taken from Google Map

 Calante Art Cafe, picture taken from Google Map

 Cheng Hoon Temple, picture taken from Google Map

But most important
6) getting lost in minor roads
7) bump into antique shops
8) taking pictures of heritage building

For lunch, we can try
1) Poh Piah Lwee --- Good popiah, dumplings & laksa
2) Restoran Anak Nyonya --- Nyonya food
3) Hard Rock Cafe --- Enjoy international cafe chain
4) The Daily Fix Cafe --- Good food
5) Calante Art Cafe --- Good laksa and some Malaysian food

Around 3.00pm, start moving to hotel and check-in. After check-in, we stay a while in the hotel to have a quick rest.

Say about 4.30pm, we go back to Jonker Street and start walking around the street. Since is weekend, there will be night market happening around Jonker Street. The night market will start at 6.00pm.

We can stay at Jonker till night.

Day 3 - Sunday

Make sure sleep is enough, or wake up early to go for a chicken rice ball breakfast then back to hotel continue rest.

For chicken rice ball breakfast, we plan to go to Chop Chung Wah

 Chop Chung Wah, picture taken from Google Map

After breakfast, or having rest enough, we will straight head back to hometown. The reason to go back early is to avoid traffic jams.

= The End =

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Japan Kyoto & Osaka Trip 2017 Brief

My brief travel itinerary, for my year 2017 Japan's Kyoto & Osaka Trip. I will periodically post my detail travel blog later on.

Day 1:

Reach Kansai Airport

Take train to Kyoto Station

Check in CMM Kyoto Ekimae (Stay for 2 nights), apartment like accomodation

Walk to the nearest bus station, go Gojo-zaka

Walk to Kiyomizu-dera

Walk around Sannen-zaka and Ninnen-zaka

Back to CMM Kyoto Ekimae

Walk around Kyoto Station

Day 2:

Take train to Saga-Arashiyama Station

Buy ticket for romantic train ride and Hozu-gawa river boat ride at the building beside Saga-Arashiyama Station (buy ticket now, don't buy later)

Walk to Tenryu-ji

Walk to Sagano Road of Bamboo Forest (Famous - main travel place)

Walk to Torokko Arashiyama Station, sit romantic train ride

The ride ends on Kameoka Station, walk out from the station and head towards the bus station to Hozugawa river boat ride (the bus got state, in English).

Enjoy Hozugawa river boat ride for about 2 hour 30 minutes (whole ride won't be boring, because full of nice scenery) and ends nearby Togetsukyo Bridge

Walk around Arashiyama Park, next to Togetsukyo Bridge

Back CMM Kyoto Ekimae

Day 3:

Go to Kyoto Station to buy bus ticket to Miyazu at 4pm

Back to CMM Kyoto Ekimae to check-out, luggage puts at besides lift, they loan locker for us.

Go to Inari by train

Walk around Fushimi Inari Taisha

Back CMM Kyoto Ekimae, take luggage to bus station

Sits bus to Miyazu about 2 hour travel distance

Reach Miyazu

Walk to Seikiro Ryokan, check-in

Walk around to find dinner

Day 4:

Loan bicycle from ryokan & book bus seats for tomorrow to Osaka at 4.50pm, with the help from ryokan's stuff.

Start cycle to towards Amanoshitade

Breakfast nearby entrance of Amanoshitade

Go to a place to sit cable car to the hill top buy a combo ticket where you can go up 2 different hills, the another one is at the other side of Amonoshitade. Location of first hill shown at link below.,135.1842001,19.46z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x887258de2a32f66a!8m2!3d35.555946!4d135.183964?hl=en&hl=en

Sits cable car, go to hill top, enjoy best view of Amanoshitade, enjoy the mini park full of sakura.

Sit cable car, go down. Start cycle into Amanoshitade to crossover to other side.

Cycle towards the second hill, this time sit lift chair. Location of second hill shown at link below.,135.1953816,19.21z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xe6110da9e1cb2a2c!8m2!3d35.583235!4d135.1953439?hl=en&hl=en

Reach hill to, enjoy best view of Amanoshitade

Sit lift chair go downhill, start cycle back to ryokan

Book tomorrow breakfast at ryokan

Day 5:

After breakfast, packup and check out ryokan, luggage drops at lobby

Sits bus to Ine

Walk around the beautiful fishing village, Ine

Sit bus back to Miyazu, walk back to ryokan take luggage

walk to bus station, sit bus to Osaka, travel distance about 3 hours

Reach Osaka

Check in Fuku Hostel

Walk around Dotonbori

Back hostel

Day 6:

Breakfast at Kuromon Ichiba Market (walking distance)

Take train to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Take train to Osaka Castle (you can go castle 1st, then go to aquarium, cause castle closed at 5pm, while aquarium closed at 8pm)

Back to Dotonbori for dinner + walk around

Back hostel

Day 7:

Breakfast at Kuromon Ichiba Market, and buy some souvenirs

Take train to Expo City

Go Orbi Osaka

Back to Dotonbori for dinner + walk around

Back hostel

Day 8:

Check out, go to Kansai Airport, sayonara to Japan