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    anyone with experience driving to/in Malacca?

    Does it take very long to go there for some sightseeing, shooting?
    Of course Saturday-overnight-Sunday is a luxury, how about Sunday-earlymorning-till-night?

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    Default Re: Malacca Drive

    Originally posted by kailord
    anyone with experience driving to/in Malacca?

    Does it take very long to go there for some sightseeing, shooting?
    Of course Saturday-overnight-Sunday is a luxury, how about Sunday-earlymorning-till-night?
    You driving? or looking for "vehicle commander"?

    Drove there once few years back, journey is about 3 hours depending on how fast you are driving, nothing much to see in Malacca. I can't really remember how to get there, all depends on the map and road signs. Also drove up to Penang Island once, took me 11 hours cos rested a few times & stopping for meals, feels that Penang is still best!

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    I drove from Singapore to Malacca a few times. The journey takes about 2.5hrs - 3hrs. There is nothing much to see on the highway. (mind you, the North-South Highway is not cheap.) You just follow the road sign and you will arrive in Malacca with no problem.
    Once you arrive in Malacca, head straight to the "old quarter", where they have those old red coloniel buildings, old shop houses and clock tower. You can take some nice sunset photos as well.
    (another mind you, there are recently a few cases of cars being stolen in Malacca, mostly Singapore-reg cars.)

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    Originally posted by kailord
    anyone with experience driving to/in Malacca?

    Does it take very long to go there for some sightseeing, shooting?
    Of course Saturday-overnight-Sunday is a luxury, how about Sunday-earlymorning-till-night?
    Sunday-earlymorning-till-night is possible. 2-3 hours up and 2-3 hours down (from JB) depending how fast you drive. Exit at Ayer Keroh, Melaka. Good to have another driver with you if you're not used to long distance.

    Usual places to visit and shoot - Chinatown (nice narrowly long colonial buildings unique to chinese community, old temples), Sultanate Palace, Sam Poh (Cheng Ho) Temple (at Bukit China where Chinese Princess once lived IIRC), Portuguese fort and Dutch buildings. Melaka Town is not very big, they are even reclaiming land there (Makota area). A lot more peaceful than Penang and KL, people are generally very friendly.

    Agree with Digipix that sights in Penang are better (perhaps the long drive makes you appreciate the city more), but food is better in Melaka Drove up to Penang twice with stopover in KL. Nice places to visit along the way too. Aiming for Perlis, Kedah, Thailand (read that driving there is more cumbersome than in M'sia, needs to pay import tax for car even for holiday visit etc.) and East Coast next time.
    Last edited by Acieed; 7th November 2002 at 03:33 PM.

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    so how to avoid the car being carried away while u're out taking fotographs ...

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    Don't park in dark and deserted corners.
    Don't drive a Merc or Proton.

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    It is almost impossible to aviod cars being stolen, but the following gadgets ca "delay" or "slow" the car-thief :
    - steering-wheel lock
    - gear lock
    - immobilizer

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    what's gear lock and immobiliser?

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    The BEST way to prevent car thief is... DON'T DRIVE lor...

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    Gear lock is a small metal lock that you lock your gear shaft in position, so that the car thief cannot shift the shaft, and cannot change gear.

    Immobilizer is more high tech, if the car thief do not have the car keys, he may be able to open your car door, but he cannot start the engine.

    Check with your friendly neighbourhood car mechanics, I believe they are more than happy to explain to you, and then sell the gedgets to you.

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