Awoke this morning after hearing thunder earlier to wet streets with the sun shining. There had been half an hour of heavy rain around 4am.
Today is all about the famous Melaka Wet Market near Melaka Sentral Bus Terminus. We walked a few hundred metres before hailing a taxi at 15RM or $5.30 Australian. Arriving at the Wet Market we could immediately see that it was very busy.
Inside were hundreds of stalls broken up into “streets”. There were Fish, beef, lamb, chicken, vegetables and fruit / flowers streets. The sights and sounds of thousands of locals buying their produce on a Sunday was amazing. It ranks as one of the biggest and best Wet Markets we have been to in Malaysia.
On “Chicken Street” the masses of upside down chickens with their feet in the air was a riveting sight. On “Lamb Steet” an Indian Butcher was cutting up a leg on a giant tree stump chopping block. On “Fish Street” Erica perused the fish species but was particularily interested to see Stingray cut up as we had seen it on menus here and to find fresh green prawns for only 32RM a kg or $11.30 Australian. On “Vegetable Street” the variety and colour of the displays was remarkable as was “Fruit Street”. This market should not be missed by any visitor to Melaka.
Our camera worked overtime as sight after sight unfolded. Erica needed flowers so we bought a bunch of Orchid Flowers for 8RM or $2.80 Australian and a bunch of daisies for 6RM or $2.20 Australian. On to the fruit street we pushed and purchased 1kg of Lychee on their stalks, a bunch of our favourite tiny bananas, a 1kg Papaya and a lot of very juicy tiny limes (all from different stalls) for a total of 17.60RM or $6.20 Australian.
The Food Hawkers Market was upstairs and was divided into 3 streets, Indian, Chinese and Halal. The Halal was the busiest. A lovely old (about our age!) Indian befriended us as we searched for Popiah for breakfast. Unfortunately the stall was closed.
As we walked around many people both customers and stall holders asked us if we were OK and where do we come from and we felt most welcome. One man actually thrust his hand into ours saying, “Welcome, Welcome” with a big smile on his face!
Our Indian friend was still helping us as we looked for a taxi back to The Shore. We had a long conversation with him about Malaysia as he was keen to know what we thought of his native Melaka. People are so friendly here. He directed us to a taxi rank where Erica spotted a Mercedes one and moved quickly towards it. At this point the Taxi organiser waved us away to a sad looking hot taxi with a driver who could not speak English.
After the organiser shouted instructions to our driver and we begrudgingly agreed to a 20RM fare, when we knew it was only 15RM, the driver set off. Very soon we realised he was lost and unsure where he was going and we ended up at the shore of the Melaka River in the tourist strip. We had shown him The Shore written on a pad and repeated this again and after lots of directions along the streets we got him to The Shore! He was very apologetic but it crossed my mind that we were lucky that we knew our way around Melaka. We have always found that it is wise to write your taxi destination down to show the driver wherever one travels.