I showed this picture to some friends. At a glance, they asked whether it was the Mediterranean. Really? The closest it gets to the Mediterranean is this heritage town also starts with the letter “M”. Can you guess where this is?
Here’s a clue… And another…
And the unrefutable clue…..
Yup… Malacca or Melaka (local reference) is where it is.
1. Malacca River 2. Colourful trishaws waiting for fare at The Stadthuys Complex 3. Jonker Walk 4. Christ Church, Melaka at The Stadthuys Complex (built 1650, residence of Dutch governor and his officers then) 5.Melaka Art Gallery within the same complex.
We stopped by a rustic, little cafe by the lake for grub. Looking out from the inside.
The idyllic ended when we got to Ta Prohm. Maybe it is a UNESCO listed World Heritage site. Maybe the Tomb Raiders was filmed there. Maybe it’s over a smaller land area than the Angkor wat. Maybe it was already later in the morning. Whatever the reasons, it was teeming with people.
Because it has been left pretty much untouched, there were some amazing root systems clawing among the ruins.
There’s a bit of a trek from the entrance
As you approach, note the tree in the centre…
This tree … well, trunk…
This is it… the “inner” belly….
It looks like a beast with limbs clawing into the walls.
All manner of roots crawl among the ruins…
All manner of routes too. It was an unhewn path so be careful where you walk.