Thursday 23 January 2014

Menara Taming Sari

We are now in Melaka, or as it used to be known, Malacca - as in the Straits of Malacca. We visited here last year and returned as it is a very relaxing place, quite small, pretty and fortunately for us, nice and cheap.
We are staying in one of the original Chinese shop houses that backs on to river, and has a lovely communal balcony where Daz is posing.
It has a few issues, such as the fact that there are two shared bathrooms upstairs but only one toilet roll. The lively lady who looks after the place puts it on a little table and I think the idea is that you take the correct number of sheets on the way in. There is also a hosepipe that are often found next to the toilets out here, but I have never worked out what you are supposed to do with them.
There is also a beautiful water garden complete with fountain and koi carp in an internal area on the floor below our room. The drawback for us is that we can't see it, but the fountain tinkles away very loudly, particularly all night.
The Chinese lady who looks after the hotel is hyperactive and speaks very little English. She showed us around at the speed of light, shouting lots of instructions that we couldn't really understand. She dragged me along the corridor saying what I thought was 'monkey', so I was a bit reluctant to follow her, but it turns out she was showing me the bathrooms.
She is also not posing in this picture, but waving frantically at me to make sure I know how to get back in. She is very nice though and has just made us a coffee each. At £15 per night it's brilliant.
The Menara Taming Sari is such a great name. It is actually a viewing platform that starts off at ground level, shoots to the top of its pole, whirls round a few times to show the 360 degree views of Melaka, and then lands back on the ground again - all in seven minutes.

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