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Introduction

Melaka

Melaka

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A fascinating blend of Portuguese, Dutch and British influences have made Malacca one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia. Although it's possible to visit as a daytrip from Kuala Lumpur, you are better off spending a night or two here.

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Neighbourhoods

  • China Town - The China Town district in Malacca is believed to be one of the oldest in Malaysia. Centrally located the area is renowned for its abundant food stalls. While you are here, explore the local area and take some time to sample some of the amazing foods and drinks that are on offer here.

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Sights and Activities

Sights

  • Stadthuys (Old Dutch: Townhall)- Completed in 1660, one of the oldest Dutch buildings in the east.
  • Christ Church - Dating back to the mid 18th century, this is the oldest protestant church in Malaysia.
  • Red Square - A central meeting point in Malacca, next to the Stadthuys.
  • A Famosa - This tiny gate is what is left of a once mighty Portuguese fortress. Nonetheless, it one of the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia.
  • St Paul's Church - Wander up the hill to take a look at the ruins of this church overlooking the river, originally built in 1521 by the Portuguese.
  • Muzium Budaya - The Melaka Cultural Museum.
  • Jonker Street - This amazing street is home to an assortment of distinctive shops each selling their own unique products from clothes to hand-crafted statues.
  • Harmony Street - the street with temples of four religions besides each other
  • Portuguese Square - Located in the Portuguese district of the city, it is affectionately referred to as 'Mini Lisbon'. Often cultural events are performed in the square.

Activities

  • Trishaw tour - To get a quick glimpse of the old city, it is worthwhile taking the tour on the 'King of the Melakan roads'. A half-hour tour for 20 RM which starts from the town hall takes you to the A Famosa, past Merdeka square, the ship Museum and back.
  • Melaka river cruise - A 45-minute cruise costs 4RM and starts from the old ship museum and gives a glimpse of both the touristy parts of the city as well as the poorer regions.

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  • Jonker Walk street weekend market - To be a tourist in Melaka, one needs to experience the very touristy weekend night market and finish off with a meal at one of the lovely cafes around that area.

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Weather

Malacca, like most of Malaysia, experiences a tropical climate with hot and humid weather conditions throughout the year. Average daytime temperature ranges from 30 °C to 35 °C. and nights are faily mostly between 22 and 25 °C.
Although the southwest monsoon from May to September brings a little more rain, there really is not a typical dry versus wet season, just a somewhat wetter period. Heavy showers are possible yearround.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max31.8 °C32.9 °C33.1 °C32.7 °C32.2 °C31.8 °C31.3 °C31.3 °C31.3 °C31.7 °C31.4 °C31.1 °C
Avg Min22.7 °C23.2 °C23.4 °C23.6 °C23.7 °C23.3 °C23 °C22.9 °C23 °C23.2 °C23.1 °C22.9 °C
Rainfall75.5 mm89.7 mm141.6 mm185.3 mm176.7 mm165 mm178.4 mm188.6 mm205.7 mm194.6 mm239 mm131.7 mm
Rain Days6710121110111312131711

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Getting There

By Bus

There is a major bus station located on the outskirts of town. This large bus station has buses to every town in southern and central Malaysia. If wanting to get further north it is possible to catch an early morning bus to Kuala Lumpur then take an afternoon bus further afield. It is even possible to catch a night bus to Thailand by connecting in Kuala Lumpur. Check the Expressbus website for details about companies, routes and schedules and prices.

By Boat

There are boat connections between Malacca and Dumai, Indonesia.

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Eat

Newton food court is a nice place to try out various dishes. It is located close to the old ship museum.

The cafes on the by-lane connecting Jonker Walk street to Jalan Tan Tun Cheng Lock and the cafes on Jalan Tan Tun Cheng Lock such as Baba House cafe, Cafe 1511, Coconut House cafe are nice places to eat at.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Apa Kaba Home&Stay28 Kampung Banda KabaGUESTHOUSE85
Discovery Cafe & Guest HouseNo. 3 Jalan Bunga Raya MalaccaHOSTEL71
Hangout @ Jonker19 & 21 Lorong Hang JebatHOSTEL-
River View Guesthouse and Hostel94 & 96, Jalan Kampong PantaiHOSTEL87
Number Twenty20, 1st Floor, Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street)Guesthouse-
Oriental Riverside Residence78 Jalan Kampung PantaiHOSTEL85
Sayang - Sayang Guest HouseNo.16, Jalan Kampung HuluHOSTEL-
Roof Top Guest House and Hostel Melaka39, Jalan Kampong Pantai MelakaHOSTEL87
The Jiong House76, Jalan Kampung Pantai MelakaHOSTEL-
Backpacker's Freak Hostel1-25 (1st Floor), Jalan PM2 Plaza Mahkota, MelakaHOSTEL73
River One Residence60-62, Jalan Kampung PantaiHOSTEL83
7 InnNo. 15-1 & 15-2, Jalan KL 3/8, Seksyen 3, Taman Kota Laksamana, MelakaHOSTEL-
Le Village Guesthouse Melaka39 Plaza Mahkota Jalan PM 4GUESTHOUSE80
House of Kititto50A Jalan Portugis Kampung HuluHOSTEL-
Sayang Sayang 2 Hostel9 Jalan Bunga RayaHostel77
Al-Banjari Heritage Guest HouseNo. 49, Jalan KampungHOSTEL-
Bala's Place77 Jalan Hang KasturiHOSTEL83
Motel Sayang-SayangNo. 2, Jalan PortugisHOTEL76
Hallmark Inn Hotel66 Jalan Munshi AbdullahHOTEL78
Tidur Tidur Guesthouse and Hostel92, Lorong Hang JebatHOSTEL78
Galileo Guest House and HostelJalan Hang KasturiHOSTEL-
Hoya Jonker Guest HouseNo. 72-1,Jalan TokongGUESTHOUSE-
Casa Blanca Guest House10-J, Jalan Laksamana 2 Taman Kota LaksamanaHOSTEL-
Riverside Paradise Hotel112, Lorong Hang JebatHOSTEL-
Hallmark Hotel Leisure68 Jalan Portugis Off Jalan KubuHOTEL-
Mari-Mari Guesthouse75,77,Jalan Chan Koon ChengGUESTHOUSE-
Old Town Guesthouse119-1, Jalan TemenggongGUESTHOUSE87
Hallmark View Hotel9830 Bukit Baru Melaka 75150 MalaysiaHOTEL-
River Song ResidenceNo. 100, lorong Hang JebatGUESTHOUSE-
River Panoramic Guest House70 Jalan Kampung HuluHOSTEL77
Accordian Hotel Malacca114 Jalan BendaharaHOTEL-
Hotel Equatorial MelakaBandar Hilir 75000HOTEL-
Kota LodgeNo.26A, Jalan Kota Laksamana 3,Taman Kota LaksamanGuesthouse-
Ringos Foyer Guest House46-A Jln PortugisHOSTEL86
Tonys Guesthouse24, Lorong Banda kaba off Loring Bukit cinaGUESTHOUSE82
Eastern Heritage8, Jalan Bukit China 75100GUESTHOUSE70
Voyage Guest House40, Lorong Hang JebatGUESTHOUSE79
Jalan-Jalan Emas8, Jalan Tukang EmasHOSTEL87
The Baba HouseNo.121-127 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng LockHotel-
Little Nyonya Hostel45, Jalan Chan Koon ChengHOSTEL91
Cyclamen Cottage2884C Teck Chye Avenue LimbonganHOTEL92
Little Dragon HostelG22-G24 Jalan Pm 6 Plaza Mahkota Bandar HilirHostel-
Jalan-Jalan Besi14, Jalan Tukang BesiHostel86
Yellow Mansion HotelNo.45 Jalan Banda KabaHOTEL82
Furnished 2Sty Vacation Home92-D, Taman Sentosa Bukit BaruGuesthouse-
Lavender GuesthouseNo 1-20,2-20,3-30 Jalan PM3, Plaza MahkotaGUESTHOUSE-
Loft Malacca Boutique GuesthouseLoft Malacca,430 Jalan TengkeraGUESTHOUSE-
Troka Prewar Residence7, Lorong Bukit Cina, Jalan Temenggong Bandaraya Melaka 57100, MalaysiaHOSTEL86
Galvanize Studio Stay45, Lorong Hang JebatGUESTHOUSE-
L'armada GuesthouseNo 36-A, 38-A, 36-B & 38-B Jalan Kampung HuluHOSTEL-
The Travelers Hostel & Guest House2-12, Jalan PM9 Plaza MahkotaHOSTEL78
Merchant Cafe Guesthouse21, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Heeren Street)GUESTHOUSE-
Sayang Selalu Guest Houseno.1-4&2-4,jalan pm 7,plaza mahkota.GUESTHOUSE-
Number 41 GuesthouseNo.41 Jalan Hang KasturiGUESTHOUSE-
Hallmark Crown Hotel170 Jalan ParameswaraHOTEL-
Home Sweet Home G.H270, Tamana Melaka Raya -3HOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Post

Pos Malaysia is the national postal service of Malaysia. Rates for sending a standard letter locally is 30 sen (20 gram) to 40 sen (up to 50 gram). International airmail has minimum rates ranging from RM1.00 to RM2.00, depending on destination. It costs 20 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme locally, or 50 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme to anywhere in the world.

Expedited Mail Service (EMS), branded locally as Poslaju, is available for both domestic and international destinations. Domestic EMS has a next day delivery guarantee. International EMS guarantees mails and parcels to be delivered out of the country by the following day. The time required to arrive at its destination will depend on clearance by authorities and the postal service of the destination country. For most countries, delivery of documents can be done in 3 to 5 days.

Generally, post offices are open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday, except the first Saturday of the month. They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 2.205685
  • Longitude: 102.256155

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