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Have not been to Malacca for more than 20 years, not knowing how much changes it has been now. This time plan to drive in (4 cars) with a group of 20 people. We will be going on the 8th Aug and stay at Fenix Inn for 1 night, then wiill drive back to Singapore the next day.

Any suggestions on places that we should visit within these 2 days. Shopping is in one of our itinerary.

Thanks in advance.

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Hi Iris,

Melaka has changed a lot in the past 10 years, for better or for worse. I remember 20 years ago, there is still a football size field (independent square/field) in front of A famosa gate, now Dataran Pahlawan mall is built on it and you cannot see A famosa from the road.

On the good side, the china town is happening, pershap too much going on during weekend. There is weekend night market on Jonker Street and old shop houses selling antiques have become cafes, hotels and souvenir shops, like china town in Singapore. Although, most houses still remain the original fascade and colours unlike Singapore's.

Fenix Inn is across the street from two shopping malls, Dataran Pahlawan and Mahkota Parade. So you can pop in when it is too hot to walk around the historic centre which is always small, from A Famosa Gate and St Paul Hill behind it, and from Dutch Square to "China town" across the bridge.

New Attractions like revolving tower is worth a visit and the night river cruise showcases the beautified Melaka riverside, although some parts of it are tacky with too much lighting.

All in all, you will have plenty to do for 1 night or 2.

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AlexMcca, thank you so much for your valuable information. Is Jonker Street far away from Fenix Inn and is there any problem in getting a parking lot?

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Hi Iris5459,

Don't drive once you get a parking in Fenix Inn which oddly are two ground floor shop lots turn into parking space. You get shelter from the hot Malacca sun. Parking is limited in Jonker Street and the surrounding area.

http://www.melakaducktours.com/map.html

If you walk, go across the road to Dataran Pahlawan (through it) and walk along the traffic free Jalan kota going left into Dutch Square (red houses) and across the bridge, you are at Jonker Street. It takes 10-15minutes leisurely walk. At night, you can take the tacky trishaw back if you don't fancy walking.

If you drive from Fenix Inn, it will be going around the back of Equatorial Hotel which is across the street from the hotel, through Jalan Chan Koon Cheng, then left into Lorong Gereja and left along Jalan Laksamana which bring you to Dutch Squre.

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Hi AlexMcca,

Thank you so much for your suggestion. Is it worth to visit Mini Malaysia and Mini Asean and is there any other places that I can visit within walking distance from Fenix Inn or any other places that is worth visiting but need driving.

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