We (family of 5 including 3 children aged 13 and under) stayed in Melaka at the Majestic at the end of March. The Majestic is beautiful, a very special place. But so is Melaka. We were there during the week so it was quiet. No Chinatown market during the week but tbh we had done the whole Chinatown thing in K L so it was not a problem.
We walked along the river and enjoyed the painted houses and the views from the bridges. The light in the afternoon is beautifully soft in a Melaka so I managed to have a lot if fun with my Nikon camera. It was lovely wandering around the old streets, peering into unusual shops and admiring the architecture.
We ate at Pak Putra one night and it was delicious, the best tandoori chicken I've ever had, about 70RM for 5 of us.Also at Restaurant Lee at the back of the Majestic....proper Chinese food, full of locals, about 40 RM, unbelievable price and so tasty.
We did the trishaws ride, which just had to be done in Melaka , so much fun having a ride on these pimped-out bikes. Dutch Square etc, lots of fun by trishaws. I also had a look round Morten Village one morning, interesting.
So yes, we loved Melaka and my kids especially enjoyed the whole history of the place. Melaka is a fascinating place and everyone we met was so friendly. But I can't help feeling a bit sorry for this city....with such a rich history and UNESCO World Heritage City status....why on earth are they allowing these monstrous buildings to be built right by the river? This type of permanent damage will do Melaka no favours. There is a lot of building going on , as in any Asian city, but to build right on the river bank of such a historic city is such a shame.Edited: 8:45 am, April 13, 2013