| Syazwani Hj Rosli in Malacca |
MALACCA is the first destination visited by 25 Bruneians who are part of a holiday package, designed by Tourism Malaysia in collaboration with Freme Travel Services. Affectionately named ‘Lakas Tah Ke Malaysia Bersama DJ Daffy’, the package offers six days and five nights holiday with Brunei’s local celebrity, DJ Daffy.
The Bruneian participants met each other for the first time after they touched down at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). They greeted and mingled with each other and with the representative from Tourism Malaysia Brunei, Pengiran Haji Noorezamy bin Pengiran Haji Othman, and head of the tour group, Ti Kian Chai, who has also joined the tour.
The 25 individuals comprises a total of five families which includes Awang Hashim Omar and family; Haji Chuchu bin Haji Matassan and family; Dayang Zuraidah binti Haji Yahya and Family; Nasri bin Haji Marzuki and family and last but not least, Dj Daffy and his family.
The group enjoyed their lunch at Eden Restaurant at the airport before they began their journey to Malacca which was a two-hour bus ride assisted by a local tour guide, Solomon Wong.
Malacca – a small city with a historical flair – is just a short and a pleasant drive away from the metro city of Kuala Lumpur. During the journey, the Bruneian group enjoyed the view of countryside which is almost entirely blanketed by thousands of acres of palm oil plantations.
Upon reaching Malacca, the group was taken to one of the popular tourist spots – Malay traditional houses at Kampung Batu Berendam. The colourful tradition of the characteristic, brightly coloured houses provides an insight to Malaysia’s culture and tradition.
After the first visit, the group was brought to the next tourist attraction which is the Hang Li Poh’s Well located at the foothill of Bukit Cina. Today, the well functions as a wishing well and is especially popular among its visitors.
On the second day of the trip, the participants were brought to an early morning river cruise along the famed Melaka River. They enjoyed various sights highlighting the interesting and colourful designs of Malacca’s history. Among the interesting sights during the cruise were the colourful murals on the shophouses, restaurants as well as residential and commercial buildings on both sides of the river.
Following the river cruise, the group was guided to see another set of historic structures located within walking distance. They visited St Paul’s Hill, Porta De Santiago as well as Peranakan Baba Nyonya Museum. They were also taken to the Dutch Square which features a massive red building display with the Queen Victoria Fountain right in the middle of this breathtaking architecture. Some of the participants also took the opportunity to experience a short ride on the colourful-pimped trishaw within the area.
The group then went towards the famous tourist strip, the Jonker Street, a famous trading street with lots of restaurants and souvenir shops located just across the Malacca River from the Dutch Square. Walking along the narrow streets of Jonker Street, the group made their way to the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, a well-preserved traditional Peranakan town house. After a 45-minute tour inside the museum, the group made their way to several Chinese temple along the Lorong Hang Jebat such as Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. After the half-day tour around the city of Malacca, the group enjoyed an amazing round table of scrumptious Baba Nyonya cuisine at Restaurant Ole Sayang, which offers the best of Malacca. After the food the group began their move to the utmost southern part of Malaysia, Johor Bahru.
Indeed, each and every one in the group enjoyed this tiny cultural city in every little way. It’s just the beginning of the tour and the participants are enthusiastically building friendship and comradeship by talking about history and sharing opinions of each other.