This is the first of many articles from Aussie Adventure Couple Anthony and Elise who run the successful travel website Positive World Travel. Anthony and Elise have been travelling the world for the past 10 years and have visited a number of countries and are excited to be partnering with InsureandGo. They will bring you the most up-date information on the best travel destinations as well as stories from on the road and the places they visit. Anthony and Elise share their experiences of travel through HD video, photography articles and podcasts and they welcome you to connect with them through their website or their Facebook page.
When first approached by InsureandGo to partner with them, it was a no brainer! Everybody needs travel insurance and if you can’t afford it then you can’t afford to travel the world. Lucky we have the experts at InsureandGo to tell us all the information we need to know about insurance because we don’t know much about it, but what we do know about is travel and we look forward to bringing you destination guides and tips on the places we visit around the world. Our passion is inspiring others to go to the places we visit and we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about traveling or a on a given destination.
As mentioned in the intro we have been travelling on and off for the past 10 years and it doesn’t look like we’re going to slow down anytime soon. Elise and I recently got married and it was the best day of our lives, we are in a new era in our relationship and although we have plans for children in the future, nothing is going to stop us from seeing the world. We welcome you along for our personal journey and our hope is that you will be inspired to take the leap and get out and travel for yourself.
We have a huge travel schedule planned for the next couple of months starting with Anthony travelling to London for the World Travel Market and then to South Africa for 4 weeks. We then have a small stint back in Australia over the Christmas period and we are then off again to Bali for 2 weeks and also a Carnival Cruise for an additional 2 weeks in January. We then have plans to go to Europe in 2012 and also drive across Australia over a 3 weeks period. We are adventure junkies and hopefully through the InsureandGo Travel Hub you will be inspired to be Adventure Junkies too!
Recently I (Anthony) traveled to Malaysia on a 6-day tour of the country and its best features. During my time there I visited the UNESCO heritage listed city of Malacca and I was blown away with its beauty and multi-cultural diversity.
I’ve never been one to do touristy things in a city, I enjoy heading out myself and stumbling across areas and suburbs along the way. However, whilst in Malacca, I had the opportunity to ride along the Malacca River Cruise and I was not disappointed for a traveller that usually wouldn’t do this kind of thing.
It had been a hot humid day in Malacca and was a welcome relief to get on the river cruise which allowed a cool breeze to flow through the centre of the open cabin. The boats are set out in a way so you can see through both sides of the vessel as you cruise down the Malacca River. During my time aboard we cruised past different areas of this UNESCO Township I may of missed if I was on foot. This time I was to see the city from the water and it was a unique experience, I would highly recommend if visiting Malacca.
During our cruising time it was like taking a history lesson about Malacca. Along the foreshore there were old churches, mosques, bridges, clan houses, warehouses, temples and villages which showed the diversity of this city and the amount of different people and cultures who have left their mark on Malacca. In the past, the river was an important route for transporting goods and used for commercial trade. It has since been redeveloped and now is used primarily for tourists.
Along the cruise I got a feeling of the multicultural and historical fabric which makes up the back bone of Malacca. Architectural elements all reminiscent of various eras and centuries. Much of the foreshore has now been converted into a vibrant bar and nightlife scene, catering for tourists.
Throughout the cruise, we headed under the Tan Boon Seng Bridge, which was the strategic place captured by the Portuguese in 1511 in their bid to occupy Malacca. The other bridges Chan Boon Cheng, Ghost Bridge, Old Market and Jalan Hang Tuah have their own unique charm when passing underneath.
Many houses are built onto the foreshore of the river and have since been painted by local artists, depicting many scenes and expressions of Malaccan local culture. There are vibrant colours plaster the walls alongside the river which are a mixture of different and unusual artworks.
Along the cruise I passed the replica of a pirate ship which has now been converted to a maritime museum, the abandoned Cathy cinemas, the huge ferris wheel and fun park as well as the old bus terminal.
I would definitely recommend cruising on the Malacca River to see parts of this UNESCO site you may not see on foot. It was a relaxing way to spend the early evening and a good way to see different architecture throughout the city. Definitely worth the inexpensive price for the cruise.
Malacca Cruise Info
Get the river cruise from the jetty in front of the Quayside Heritage Centre.
Departs daily from 9am-11.30pm
Adult: RM10, child below 12: RM5
Stay tuned as we bring you more travel guides and adventures from on the road.
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