Beach vacation vs Historical town?

Singapore
November 4, 2008 3:57am CST
We are planning to go on a short weekend trip to Malacca, a tiny historical town in Malaysia. It is not our dream vacation though. We would love have a beach vacation, but many beach resorts are closed this time of the year, due to the monsoon season. Still, I'm looking forward to it. I really need a break, even though we had one in June, but that seemed a long time ago. I have been to Malacca a few times. The last time I went was with my hubby and we explored all the museums in the area. It was pretty fun. There was even a museum in the shape of a ship! How about you? Would you enjoy a trip to a small historical town with lots of museums or would you rather laze on the beach in the sun?
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
4 Nov 08
Beach, beach, beach! lol. I will take a beach vacation any day of the week Sydney and love absolutely everything there is about coastal destinations. Anyways, beach sand is made up of millions of years worth of geological breakdown's so it doesn't get more historical than that! These days you can find coastal destinations with a lot of museums and landmark sites combined so it's the best of both worlds.
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• Singapore
6 Nov 08
HI James, I love beaches too. And yes, the geological formations do take many years to look like what they are today. I guess having the best of both worlds is teh balance we should all look for.
• Malaysia
4 Nov 08
Beach vacation anytime for me too! That's because I used to study in Melaka (that's what we called that state in Malaysia). If you're going there on weekend, don't miss out the Jonker Walk where they have all these small stalls selling handicraft and stuff. Also try out the chicken rice balls, Baba & Nyonya food (the famous restaurant is quite far away in Melaka Raya), seafood in Portuguese settlement, cendol (green thing which tastes very nice, normally mixed with ice), satay celup (which looks a bit 'dirty', but it's nice too!). Besides that, I have no clue what should you do in Melaka anymore except for the museums. Maybe next time round, you can try to go Penang island and Langkawi island. They are very near to each other, and they are located in West coast of Malaysia, not affected by the monsoon. In the east part of Malaysia, you can go to Redang and Perhentian islands when there's no monsoon. If you're a diving fan, go to Sipadan island near Sabah. :) I do sound like a tour guide =_=
• Singapore
6 Nov 08
HI Day dreamer, Thank you for all your suggestions. Yes, I'm going to spend a lot of the time eating over there and trying all the different kinds of food you have suggested. I have never tried satay celup. Does it look like the normal satay? I'm hoping to go to a weekend market. Do they have any at Melaka? I have been to Penang (a couple of times), Langkawi (a long time ago!) and Redang (once). I love Redang! I would love to go there again and stay for a week! But it can get a little expensive. We flew from Singapore at that time because we did nto want to take the long coach ride. We had wanted to "get there fast and take it slow" like the song Kokomo. I have not been to Sipadan or Perhentian islands, I heard they are beautiful. Thank you so much for all your suggestions!
• Malaysia
12 Feb 09
You can get night market throughout Malaysia every day of the week, depending on the location. In Melaka, I believe it's on Saturday and the area is somewhere near Jaya Jusco. I can't really remember the name of the place because it has been many years since my last visit. Satay celup is not really the typical satay though they do look alike. There are many different kinds of food, each type served on a single stick. For example, you will get sausages in one stick, vegetable in one stick, etc. All these are not cooked. You need to cook them by dipping them into boiling gravy which is similar to the gravy used by the normal satay. Some people said it's not very hygiene which is quite true. That's why you should try to go there earlier :)
• Australia
5 Nov 08
Why don't you go to a beach resort somewhere where it's not monsoon season? :p
• Singapore
6 Nov 08
We can't go too far away due to limited funds. So I guess it's a historical town this time around. I would love to go to other beaches which are not affected by any season at all. But I must stick to our budget. Thank you for your comments!
@mjmlagat (3171)
• Philippines
5 Nov 08
Hello Syney! I really love the beach and a vacation in a beach resort is for me far better than going to museums. I also appreciate arts a lot being an artist myself but I really look forward to having a vacation to different resorts in a year.
• Singapore
6 Nov 08
I love the beach too. It's a great way to relax and enjoy yourself. It's just another way of lazing around doing absolutely nothing. If I go to the museums, it takes more effort and brain activity, not much for relaxing. But I don't think I will be visiting the museums much this time around, I'd probably eat a lot. Haha! And have fun at the hotel swimming pool with my daughter. Thank you for your response!
@manixxx (116)
• Japan
5 Nov 08
i would also choose the beach!!! beach is far more beautiful than historic sights and places. i can relax more on beaches, smell the breeze coming from the ocean, just laying on the sand and have some tanning. i can also see beautiful and sexy ladies around, or just taking pictures of the people around and most of all, i like to see the sunset. the beach is also romantic if you have a companion.
• Singapore
6 Nov 08
You are definitely right about having a companion if you go on a beach vacation. It's just so romantic. The sun, sea, breeze, laying out in the sun. I really miss the beach. My husband likes to explore near rocks on the beach, looking for creatures buried in the sand. I just love to do nothing at the beach. It's just so much fun!
@Ithink (10618)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I have never really gotten to do either but if I had the choice for either I would so take the historical town. I love old things and history. To me there is nothing better then walking around and looking, taking pics and learning something! I love history. A beach vacation I guess would be okay if it wasnt longer then a weekend.
• Singapore
6 Nov 08
Oh! If you love history, you can take over my job. I used to be a history teacher, but it was not really my cup of tea. I did not have much choice then. Anyway, I enjoy going to museums and look at old things too, but I prefer the beach so much more. I can stay there forever. LOL!
@Rainegurl (2158)
• Philippines
5 Nov 08
I would choose to laze on the beach! hi, sydney. a trip to historical town sounds nice but what i need right now is some quality time with mother nature. the feel of the sun and the sound of breaking waves are really stress relievers. i hope you'll fun in Malacca. i wish i can visit the place someday. take care!
• Singapore
6 Nov 08
I badly need some quiet time at the beach too, but I think I will pretend the hotel pool as the beach. It's much safer for my daughter anyway. I so love the beach and can't wait for the next opportunity to be there.
@hildas (3031)
4 Nov 08
I do like a beach holiday, but a historical town is good to see also. This year I done both. I went to Egypt. We stayed one week at the red sea rivera and the next week at the great pyramids and valleys. It was really hot though but the best holiday ever, I would recommend Egypt to everyone. A beautiful place to relax and to have an adventure, all at the same time.
• Singapore
7 Nov 08
I would love to visit Egypt one day. I think that the pyramids are extraordinary and one should try to see it at least once in their lifetime. Going to places where you can enjoy both is a wonderful balance! Glad you had a great time there.
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I would love to take a historical vacation over a beach resort. Because I can learn something new and be fascinated about all the artifacts, fossils or collectible items that could not be found anywhere else. I hope to one day read about that museum in a magazine and be able to tell my children I been there and saw it too. I hope you enjoy your vacation and have fun. Oh yes, I cannot swim too so the water scares me.. just my view. But I know many of my friends would love to go to the beach resort over historical trip. So my sister always tease me that I am an oldie!!.... :O
• Singapore
7 Nov 08
I guess it is all a matter of preference. If we all love the same things, the world would be a boring place to live in. There will be people with different interests and all. I love to explore museums when I'm in the mood. I can't swim that well either, so I normally play in the water, not too deep or hide under an umbrella, so that it's not too hot and read a book. Feel the wind in my hair, how nice. I would love to visit some of the historical places in Europe. I think they are more interesting.
@jackiew (915)
• Canada
4 Nov 08
I would prefer a small historical town.Going to the beach we can do every summer.It is one of the things we look forward to during the sumeer months.As for a vacation in a small historical town,how often do we actually take the time to do this.
• Singapore
7 Nov 08
You are right. We could do it almost all year round here, except for the rainy season. We could go to the beach almost anytime we want. Quaint little towns are really rare and more interesting. I do enjoy it too. But I badly need to relax at the beach now...
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
4 Nov 08
I'd rather laze in the sun ! Museums are nice but they are only for seeing. Beaches are for lazing, drinking, having fun with friends and whatever else ! So beaches are more fun.
• Singapore
7 Nov 08
I love to laze in the sun too. Sometimes we all work so hard. I work hard to look after my daughter too. So sometimes we deserve a break. Beaches are excellent places for that. Thank you for your response!
@maximax8 (30060)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 08
I have been to Malaysia and its beaches and islands are gorgeous looking. I went to Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Mersing and Tioman Island. I like to have a trip when I see a number of different places. As much as I love going to tropical beaches after a few days I would get bored so then I go off to a historic town to see the architecture as well as visit museums. I wish that I had visited Malacca because it sounds like the sort of place I would have really enjoyed. Monsoon season can be wet so it was wise of you to be careful about deciding where to go on your weekend trip. I hope that you will have a lovely time.
• Singapore
6 Nov 08
I think you would love Malacca. There are so many museums, all within walking distance. The last time we went my hubby and I went museum hopping, one after another. It was fun!. Then we got tired and laze at the hotel pool, trying to imagine that it was the beach. It's better than nothing. So this time, we are going to spend time eating and swimming at the hotel pool. I'm sure my daughter will love it. My aunt has bought her a swimsuit with in-built bouyancy materials, so she could float. The other day we tried it on and she refused to take it off.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I enjoy historical places more, believe it or not. Swimming is fun, but I can do that at home in summer. I like visiting history!
• Singapore
6 Nov 08
It's wonderful to know people who loves history. My hubby and I do enjoy history sometimes. In fact, our first date was at the history museum, can you believe it? When others around me were going to movies and pizza parlors, I was prowling the museum. It was something different, I thought. I certainly fell for his individuality.
@patgalca (15556)
• Orangeville, Ontario
4 Nov 08
I'm not big on history. Although I would love to visit the old castles of Ireland and Scotland, museums are not my thing. And I tire easily so I don't care from touring around all day (unless it's Disney ). I would much rather spend a vacation lazing on a beach somewhere. Right now I have Hawaii in my sights. I thought we were going to be able to go this winter until I bought my husband a car. Oh well... it will happen sometime.
• Singapore
6 Nov 08
Oo Hawaii sounds like a nice place to visit. I would love to know how the native people live there. I'm more of a cultural person than a historical tourist. I love to watch people perform native dances or rituals. That interests me. But I love to laze at the beach the most. Hawaii would have been the perfect beach vacation for me and my family! Thanks for your response, Pat!
@lou_66 (909)
4 Nov 08
i like to have a mixture of both. i really like to lounge around on the beach but i also like to go sight seeing in the local towns and villages. spain is the perfect place to do this. in spain ther are lovely sandy beaches but also small villages with narrow streets and flat roofed houses. happy mylotting
• Singapore
6 Nov 08
I would love to go to Spain. I have seen movies made there and they have such beautiful beaches. And I love to visit quaint little towns too. I get a littl ebored with those around here, but would not mind something different. Thank you for your response!
@nanayangel (7862)
• Philippines
4 Nov 08
Hi there Sydney! I'm sorry to hear that you can't have your dream vacation but I sure hope that you'll have a really fun vacation in Malacca. I will definitely choose going to a historical town but that's because we live near a beach and can go and swim there anytime that we like.
• Singapore
6 Nov 08
YOu are so lucky to live near a beach. For us, the beach is less than an hour's ride so I should not complain. But the beach here is not in the open sea. It's different. I want turquiose waters, white sandy beaches, and tiny fishes swimming near the rocks. I miss Redang Island. It was one of the best beach destination I have ever been to.
@msedge (4012)
• United States
19 May 09
We've been planning to take a trip for a vacation because like you we really need a break.My husband and i been busy working and we need to have time for our daughter.We would love to have it on the beach as much as possible but our daughter chose to go to Disneyland.Hopefully we could go this coming summer.
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
19 Nov 08
I have been to Malacca but never really got a chance to tour it. I would love to be able to do so one day. I read quite a bit about the state. They have good food and lots of historical sites to explore. I noticed that this discussion was posted three weeks ago. Sorry for the late replies. I have been really busy at work of late, and never got around to really clear my mailbox. I just reached your notification and replied to it immediately! Have you gone for the trip yet?
@icegermany (2524)
• India
7 Nov 08
i like to have both museums and beaches. but the museums should be of interesting topics, we have visited many of the museums in each place we go like louvre museum in paris, wax museum in amsterdam, dinosour museum in brussel and more and these are something very unique and also interesting and hence i find more thrilling to know about all this and i am interested in science so i like about that too. historical monuments ia also very interesting and like them too but going on seeing the same kind of things will really bore me and i visiting the beach in between for a day will be really enjoyment and so i like both kind of places.