As I stood still for a moment at the Jonker Street night market I could visibly feel beads of sweat running down my forehead and chest as a wave of pedestrians jostled against my body while competing for inches of space that didn’t exist. As I turned around to greet Audrey, I marveled out loud, “Isn’t this great!”
The beehive of activity that is know as the Jonker Street Night Market located on Jalan Hang Jebat Street is a weekend spectacle taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 6pm until roughly midnight in the heart of Chinatown in the cultural hub of Malacca, Malaysia.
Vendors, performers, locals and tourists take to the impossibly crowded street to shop, snack on street food, people watch, socialize and/or take in a performance at either end of the lane.
This is one of my favorite night markets in all of Asia (let alone Malaysia)- and considering the extensive travels I’ve done in the region that’s saying a lot. Only the marvelous Shilin Night Market in Taipei, Taiwan ranks ahead of this one. The following is a travel photo essay from a diverse collections of photos (some from my previous visit in 2011 and others from my most recent in 2013) from my many attempts to inch my way down this street.
The lovely Audrey Bergner of That Backpacker poses for a crowd perspective night shot during the busiest of times.
A talented couple perform their dance moves on the largest stage at the end of the Jonker Street Night Market
A cat scratches at a bag in search of a few scraps. If you visit Melacca you’ll notice plenty of critters roaming about.
A crowd gathers in a circle to watch a highly animated performer wielding a massive whip.
A man strolls down the main strip of the night market enjoying a refreshment along the way.
A street vendor prepares strips of potatoes on skewer that are known as tornado chips. I’ve had something very to this in South Korea.
A group of ladies flash a candid smile while enjoying shopping at the night market for various kinds of trinkets.
This is a close-up perspective shot of a fan dance being performed by a group of Chinese dancers.
A street vendor carefully flips over some delicious snacks.
A candid portrait of a lady smiling while enjoying some street food at a table. Near the stage end of the street there is a large section devoted to street food.
A cute moment where a daughter hugs her mother. This was taken back in 2011 but I remember this moment like it was yesterday.
A candid shot of some girls laughing while performing a dance. These girls really were enjoying putting on a show.
Mother and daughter make their way down the ever hectic Jonker Street night market.
A talented group of performers dance and delight the night market crowd.
A candid shot of a man with his arms crossed.
A couple embrace as they enter the night market.
The Orangutan House late at night.
A close-up candid shot of a lady wearing head covering.
A child flashing a lovely grin. Jonker Street Night Market located in Malacca, Malaysia.