Thursday, January 12, 2006

2005 Journey Recap - Malacca Trip (1)

Just before Christmas, my parents are visiting us here in Singapore. They arrived through Batam, and I took one day leave on Friday, 23 December 2005, to fetch them from the Batam's Hang Nadim airport and brought them to Singapore. As usual, the kids are very happy to meet their grandparents (Aki and Ene) and the kids welcome them more than we (me and my wife) do. And I took this opportunity to take them to Malacca, during the Christmas holiday.

On Saturday morning, 24 December 2005, we set off from our home for Malacca. I chose to drive via Woodlands checkpoint, since during this kind of long holiday, I expect that the Tuas checkpoint will also be as jammed. As expected, there's traffic jam along the causeway, however the jam is still acceptable, and we could clear Malaysian immigration just over an hour after we set off from home. Quite OK...

We followed the federal route 1 to Senai, before joining the North South Expressway (route E2) towards Malacca and Kuala Lumpur. We reached the Ayer Keroh exit just after noon, and after taking a break along the highway, we decided that we need something to eat. While we have reached the route 5 towards Tanjong Kling, we came across a nice food court just by the seaside at Klebang Beach. So we decided to have our lunch there before checking-in at the hotel in Kling, which is still another 5-10 minutes drive from Klebang.

We checked-in at the Riviera Bay Resort Hotel. It's a very big hotel with spacious room, however the hotel building is quite old and we felt like it's a bit run down. However, we can see that we enjoy our time there, especially the kids, who can run around and appreciate the spacious living room. The swimming pool is surprisingly very small for such a huge hotel, so we were not actually tempted to try swimming there.

We walked along the beach, which you also cannot compare with Desaru or even the Siloso beach in Sentosa. Well, what can you expect from a beach facing the Straits of Malacca, the busiest shipping line in South East Asia. However, even though there's no way we can swim there due to the dirty water (even though I still saw some tourists daring themselves to swim there), however the athmosphere at the surrounding area is impressing. We walk towards the western end of the beach and found a "mini" sand-made island, which the kids like very much. We were also busy taking pictures there. More pictures of us during our trip to Malacca can be found here.

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