Why do Bangkok and Malacca continue to thrive as tourist destinations?
Bangkok, with its notorious snarl-ups and sidewalks clogged with itinerant hawkers, has an attraction all its own.
Malacca’s Jonker Street will continue to pull in the crowds, in spite of its narrow streets cramped by buildings of a bygone era.
You can still buy a charcoal iron, a pair of wooden clogs, and a catapult made of wood and bicycle inner-tube. These old cities have a charm quite unlike our sophisticated Orchard Road.
Heng Cho Choon