Malacca

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Introduction

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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. Modern-day Malacca is a vibrant old city with a unique historical and cultural background from being the capital of a powerful Malay kingdom before the colonial era, as well as subsequent Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. The city centre was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in July 2008, along with Georgetown, Penang.

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History

Before the arrival of the first Sultan, Malacca was a simple fishing village inhabited by local Malays. The Malacca Sultanate was founded by Parameswara, also called Iskandar Shah or Sri Majara, the last Raja of Singapura (the Malay name of Singapore) following a Majapahit attack in 1377. Parameswara found his way to Malacca in 1400 where he found a port, accessible in all seasons and on the strategically located narrowest point of the Malacca Strait. This later became Malacca.

There are some interesting legends surrounding the foundation and naming of Malacca. According to the 16th century Malay Annals, the city was founded by Parameswara. Some believe it more likely that he was a Hindu prince and political fugitive from nearby Java. The legend goes that Parameswara was out on a hunt in the region and had stopped to refresh himself near what is now the Malacca River. Standing near a melaka (Indian gooseberry) tree he was surprised to witness one of his hunting dogs so startled by a mouse deer that it fell into the river. Parameswara took this as a propitious sign of the weak overcoming the powerful and decided to build the capital of his new kingdom where he stood, naming it for the tree under which he had been resting. Another account says Malacca is derived from the Arabic word Malakat, meaning market. Malacca had a navigable harbor sheltered by nearby Sumatra across the narrow straits. The location was supplied with an ample quantity of fresh water, enjoyed a prime location relative to the shifting monsoon winds, and had a central location in regional trade patterns, all of which soon made it a prosperous trading town. Its fortunes increased with its official adoption of Islam in the 14th century. The Sultans of Malacca were soon attracting Arab traders from far afield. However, Malacca continued to trade with merchants of all races and religions.

After the visit of the Chinese Muslim Admiral Cheng Ho in the mid-15th century, contact between China and Malacca intensified. In exchange for protection against Siam, Malacca became a vassal state to Ming China. To ensure Malacca's safety, a new and powerful kingdom was founded by the Sultan of Samudra-Pasai.

The power of the Malays began to rise through the 15th century. In the Malay Annals, Sultan Mansur Shah was mentioned as having six wives, and the fifth was stated to be a daughter of the Ming Emperor. However, in the Chinese chronicles, no such event was recorded.

Things started to change with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1509. They were at first welcomed, but Indian traders soon turned the sultan against the Portuguese and they had to flee. In 1511 the Portuguese returned, and at their second attempt seized the city. This marked the start of the formation of a large Eurasian community. The Portuguese turned the city into a massive walled fortress complete with a tower bristling with cannon. It was believed that such fortifications could withstand the encroachments of other European powers eager for a slice of the Asian luxury goods trade.

An alliance between the Dutch and the Sultan of Johor saw the loss much of Malacca's power. In 1641 the Dutch navy put a blockade on Malacca and they seized the city after six months. During the siege much of the Portuguese city was destroyed.

Only after 150 years did the Dutch lose their hold on Malacca. In 1795 The Netherlands was conquered by the French, and the British were keen to take over the Dutch holdings in Malacca. By that time, Malacca had lost most of its former importance, although it remained an important part of Asian trade routes.

The A Famosa gate is all that remains of the old Portuguese and Dutch forts. As the Napoleonic Wars wound down the British knew Malacca would be returned to Dutch control. In order to make the city indefensible the city walls were blown down. A last minute intervention by a British officer, the young Sir Stamford Raffles (founder of British Singapore) saved the gate. Shortly after its return to Dutch rule, the Dutch and British governments swapped colonies - British Bencoolen in Sumatra for Dutch Malacca.

Malacca is a centre of Peranakan culture. When Chinese settlers came to Malacca as miners, traders and coolies, they took local brides (of Javanese, Batak, Achenese, etc. descent) and adopted many local customs. The result of this is an interesting fusion of local and Chinese cultures. The men are addressed as Babas and the women Nonyas by their servants meaning Master and Mistress.

A small group of Eurasians of Portuguese descent continue to speak their unique creole, known as Cristão or Kristang.

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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

The older part of the city proper has, in addition to the old palace and the large buildings left by the Europeans, many private houses and shops from nearly a century or more ago, put up by Chinese traders. Many of these have beautiful details such as moulded porcelain tiles and painted plaster reliefs on the front. Unfortunately, they tend to be not well preserved and the city government decided to paint all the buildings in the historical district a bright brick red some years ago, as the constant spitting by passers-by was proving a nuisance, which detracts from their aesthetic value.

On Tuesdays, many museums, shops and restaurants are closed, especially in the Jonker Street area. If you have only one day to spend in Malacca, do not go on a Tuesday!

Sights

  • Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, 25, Jalan Tokong, ☏ +60 6 282 9343, ✉ info@chenghoonteng.org.my. Morning to 19:00. Oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia and has an inscription dating 1685 commemorating the deeds of by Kapitan China Li Wei King.
  • 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.
  • Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum (Muzium Warisan Baba Nyonya), 48-50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Street directly parallel to Jonker Walk), ☏ +60 6 283 1233, ✉ admin@babanyonyamuseum.com. 10:00-12:15, 14:00-16:00, closed on Tuesdays. Step back in time with a visit to this museum which is an actual Peranakan heritage town house and is a great example of Peranakan culture. Mandatory guide-led tour. Photography is forbidden. RM16.
  • Malay and Islamic World Museum (Muzium Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam), Jalan Kota (beside the Porta de Santiago), ☏ +60 6-2826526, +60 6-2811289. The ground floor hosts temporary exhibits, the first floor showcases Malay history (particularly before the sultanate), the second floor has exhibits on Indonesia. Only a few panels are translated in English. RM10.
  • Maritime Museum (Muzium Samudera), Jalan Merdeka, ☏ +60 6-284 7090. 09:00-17:00. The main historical exhibits are hosted inside a replica of the Flora de la Mar, a 16th-Century Portuguese ship. A building includes additional exhibits on modern maritime activity and sea life. RM10.
  • Melaka Islamic Museum (Muzium Islam Melaka), Jalan Kota (next to the architecture museum). A general introduction to Islam and the Islamic world, with a section on Islam in Malaysia and local scholars. RM2.
  • Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum (Muzium Istana Kesultanan Melaka), Jalan Kota, ☏ +60 6-282 6526. Daily 09:00-18:00 except on Tuesdays and on Fridays from 12:15–14:45. Below the hill you will find this museum (Melaka Cultural Museum). It is a reconstruction of the istana of the sultan Mansur Shah. It was built in 1985. RM5.
  • Poh San Teng Temple (Sam Po Kong). This temple is at the foot of Bukit China and next to the King's Well, was founded in 1795 by Kapitan China Chua Su Cheong as a graveyard temple. The main deity is Fu-te Zhen Shen. the temple was built to allow the descendants of those buried on Bukit China to conduct prayers to their ancestors away from the heavy rain and strong winds. Next to it, the King's Well. Legends have it that Hang Liu was a Chinese princess from the Ming dynasty who was sent to Malacca to wed Sultan Mansor Shah in the 15th century when the Malacca Sultanate was at its zenith. She had 500 followers who were all settled on Bukit China, which means Chinese Hill, and this well, at the foot of the hill, was where they got their water.
  • Portuguese Settlement (Take bus 17 (destination "Ujong Pasir and Bandar Hilir") from Melaka Sentral). Here is where the descendants of the Portuguese who conquered Malacca in 1511 live today. The settlement, just southeast of the city centre, consists of tidy rows of mostly wooden houses leading up to the Portuguese Square (Malay: Medan Portugis) and Hotel Lisboa (sorry, unlike its Macau namesake, there is no casino here) on the waterfront. The people here may look Malay, but if you peer into their houses, you'll see the characteristic altar with statues of Jesus and Mary perched high on their walls. Quite a few still speak Cristao (or Cristang), a Portuguese patois. There are also many restaurants for you to sample Portuguese fare. The most interesting times to visit are during Intrudu - usually in February - when the you'll get a Songkran-like drenching with buckets of water thrown at you; Festa San Pedro to commemorate the Feast of Saint Peter in June, when there are processions, cultural shows and general merry-making; and Christmas, when the whole settlement is decked in decorative lights.

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.
  • 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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Events and Festivals

  • Thaipusam - This annual Hindu festival commemorates the birthday of Lord Murugan. Over a million devotees and visitors throng Batu Caves on this eventful celebration, every year.
  • Chinese New Year - Chinese make up about a quarter of the total population and in honour of the Chinese New Year, Malaysia has declared the first two days as public holidays. In the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, a date between 21 January and 20 February.
  • Hari Raya Aidil Fitri (Eid ul-Fitr) - This Muslim festival marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is celebrated by 60% of the population. The first two days are public holidays, and most people take extra days off to spend time with family and visit relatives and friends.
  • Mid-Autumn Festival - Alternatively known as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the full moon day (15th day) of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar – usually in September.
  • Deepavali (or Diwali) - A significant Hindu festival also known as the Festival of Lights, celebrating the victory of good over evil. Based on the Hindu luni-solar calendar, Deepavali typically falls between mid-October and mid-November.
  • Christmas - This joyous day is declared a public holiday in Malaysia. Year 2000 census indicates that almost a tenth of the population are Christians.
  • Malaka Kite Festival: International festival of kites, affiliated with the local Chinese community and run by the Melaka Kite Flyers Association (Persatuan Rakan Layang-Layang Melaka / 马六甲风筝之友 / ☏ +60 6-281 5649), who since the 1990s have also run the now well-established Kite Museum.
  • January 13th-15th - Thai Pongal: Tamil (South Indian) harvest festival celebrated by the local Chitty (Tamil/Malay) community. The festival corresponds to the winter solstice, and is traditionally dedicated to the Sun God Surya. It marks the beginning of the northward journey of the Sun from its southernmost-limit, a movement traditionally referred to as uttarayana. The festival coincides with that known as Makara Sankranthi which is celebrated throughout all of India as the winter harvest. Celebrated at the Chitty Cultural Village, and organized by the Melaka Chitty Cultural Organization. The day preceding Pongal is known as Bhogi (often celebrated on the 14th), and is marked by discarding old things (sometimes in bonfires!), focusing on new belongings, and cleaning, painting or decorating houses. It is similar to Holika in northern India.

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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 Plane

Malacca International Airport (MKZ IATA) (10 km from the city of Malacca). Malindo Air is the sole operator, with a daily flight to Penang.

Batang Bus (yellow, cream and red) from Melaka Sentral will go past the airport. Buses stop by the main road about 200 m from the airport building. Tuahbas No. 65 (blue and white) to Taman Merdeka also goes from Melaka Sentral past the airport via Bachang.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport KLIA, (KUL IATA) is the nearest major airport and is 1½-2 hr away by car. Transnasional bus company runs 4 direct buses daily at 09:15, 11:45, 16:15 & 20:15 (RM22/16 adult/child), travelling time 2½ hours, but if you miss them, you'll have to detour via KL or take a taxi with travelling time about 1½ hours (fixed "budget" fare RM159, 1 way, counter inside Domestic Arrivals, the guard will happily let you and your trolley of luggage back into this area from outside).

By Train

Malacca Town is not served by any railway lines. The nearest railway station is at Pulau Sebang/Tampin, ☏ +60 6 341 1034, in the Alor Gajah district about 30 km (19 mi) away. The station is on the main Kuala Lumpur-Johor Bahru line and served by all trains.

Getting there:

By bus:The "Tai Lye" bus goes from the Tampin townsite to Malacca. You'll be looking for bus #26. When you get off the train, walk down the road to the right about 400 m until you reach the main road. You now have two options. 1) Cross the road and wait until bus 26 comes toward you, wave madly at it, and it will stop to pick you up. 2) When you reach the main road, turn left and walk about 600 m into town. You'll come to an intersection that T's the main road, with a road branching left up a hill. Walk up that road about 200m and the bus station is on your left. This is a less risk but more walk option. If you've got lots of luggage, you can also take a taxi from the train station to the bus station. If you get lost walking, just ask locals for the "bus station". Few speak English here, but they'll understand where you want to get to. The bus fare is RM4.30, and you'll need ringit cash to pay it with. The trip takes about an hour and a half.

"Salira" bus (light blue and yellow) also goes from Melaka Sentral to Tampin via Ayer Keroh and Durian Tunggal. Get off bus at same spot as Tai Lye.

By taxi: There should be a taxi or two at the train station waiting for someone like you to come along. If there isn't, walk into town with the above directions. You'll see one soon enough. The cost will be somewhere around RM50, but you can try haggling a bit. Either way, get them to take you to your hotel, or if they can only take you to Malacca Sentral, get a cheaper fare (don't wait to discuss this in the taxi!) If you have the cash, and more than just a briefcase, this is the easier option. The cars are air conditioned (another bargaining chip if they aren't), and have trunk space for your gear. Plus, you could share the cost with up to three other people. Or if you are alone, maybe there is a local who's also trying to get to Malacca and would appreciate a free ride? Remember to be safe though. Don't get into your taxi until the driver has, always pay at the destination, and watch your stuff! The trip by taxi takes about 40 minutes.

By Car

Malacca can be accessed from the North South Expressway. When coming from the south, drive along E2 and leave the expressway at the Ayer Keroh exit. Alternatively, one can leave the highway at the Simpang Empat exit and proceed through normal road to Malacca. This route will pass through the town of Alor Gajah and now with the new highway (ring road) completed, the trip from Simpang Empat to Malacca will take approximately 20-30 min by car.

Malacca city is on the Coastal Trunk Road (Federal Route 5), and can be accessed from the Main Trunk Road (Federal Route 1) by turning off at Simpang Kendong or Tampin, Negeri Sembilan. Malacca is 150 km (93 mi) from Kuala Lumpur, 216 km (134 mi) from Johor Bahru, and 90 km (56 mi) from Port Dickson.

For those who want an easy and direct way out from either Kuala Lumpur's LCCT or KLIA airport to Malacca, an easy way is to rent or hire a car or van. It will take you 1-1½ hr to get there. Prices range from RM150-RM400 depending upon the vehicle type and rental duration.

By Bus

Many long-distance express buses connect Malacca with both Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Johor Bahru, Singapore and other parts of Peninsular Malaysia. All long-distance and local buses now operate from the 2 Melaka Sentral bus terminal, a good 4.5 km from the historic core of the city.

To reach the main historical district take bus number 17 which departs from the domestic bus terminal of Melaka Sentral at the bus bay '17'. This bus goes to Chinatown and Taming Sari. The closest stop to Chinatown is Dutch Square, which you will easily identify from the brick red Christ Church and Stadthuys. Price is RM2/person (July 2017). Bus 17 is a loop line, so when you need to go back to Melaka Sentral you can take it at the same place where you got off, but using bus 17 back to Melaka Sentral does take much longer than the inbound journey (about 40 min). A much faster (and cheaper) way is to walk to the end of Jonker Walk until Jalan Kabu. You will see a Tamil Methodist Church on your right and a bus stop (Perhentian Jalan Kabu) across the street (named Jalan Kabu). From there, the bus costs RM1.5 (July 2017) and takes 15 min to reach Melaka Sentral. Buses 17 run about every 20-40 min depending on the traffic.

From Sentral, if you wish to take a taxi to the center instead then head towards the rear of the building. There's an official taxi stand that will appoint a driver to you. These are typically dirty with rude and aggressive drivers out to cheat both locals and foreigners. They would refuse to use the meter and charge exorbitant prices for short distances (a ride from Melaka Sentral to the main tourist area at Jonker Street would be about RM 25 and above). Locals would typically refer to taxi drivers as "samseng" (Malay for gangsters) and recommend using ride-sharing/e-hailing options such as Uber or the local Malaysian company called Grab as cheaper and more professional alternatives. A ride to Jonker would be about RM8 for a comfortable clean car and friendly local driver. If arriving by bus at Melaka Sentral, head to the main entrance to request a pick up. Do not go to the back entrance where the overpriced taxis wait. You would need to download the apps on your smart phone prior to arriving.

Southbound buses now leave from new bus terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS), which is located just next to LRT station and KTM Komuter station Bandar Tasik Selatan. Easiest way to get there from Chinatown is walk to Kuala Lumpur old railway station (just opposite side of canal from LRT Pasar Seni station, use overpass) and take KTM Komuter train for RM1.10 or take LRT from Masjid Jamek station. Buses are leaving every half hour, price ticket to Melaka Sentral is between RM10 and RM15, and the ride takes 2 hr 15 min.

Besides, there are also several daily buses from Kuala Lumpur Internation Airport.

Many bus companies operate from Lavender St. bus terminal directly to Melaka Sentral. Bus schedules vary between companies but some operates have hourly buses. Best show up and buy tickets in advance if you want to travel on Saturday morning and return Sunday afternoon as many Singaporean tourists have the same idea. The fares can vary starting from around SGD14-50 one way depending on class of the bus.

Bus rides often take 3½–5 hours depending on how long it takes to cross the Singapore-Malaysia borders, which during peak periods can cause massive delay. You will have to get your passport stamped at each end of the border and you must bring all your luggage with you when you are making an entrance into each country. Generally, the bus will wait for you at the border but sometimes they will expect you to catch the next bus if you take too long going through customs. Make sure you remember what you bus looks like (the number plate is quite a handy thing to remember). The buses will also have a 20-30 min rest stop along the way where you can purchase food and use the toilet facilities (whose cleanliness can be questionable). The Singapore customs area has decent toilet facilities, if required.

Some of the companies operating to/from Malacca are:

Transnasional, is the largest long-distance bus operator in Malaysia. It links the state with a host of destinations in Peninsular Malaysia like Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Singapore and further afield. Transnasional buses depart from Malacca City (Melaka Sentral), Alor Gajah, A'Famosa Resort and Masjid Tanah.
Malacca-Kuala Lumpur Express: Hourly buses between Malacca City and Kuala Lumpur from 05:30-19:00. Tickets cost RM12.50.
Jebat Ekspres: Buses to Kuala Lumpur via Masjid Tanah and Alor Gajah.
Malacca-Singapore Express: Hourly buses between Malacca City and Johor Bahru and Singapore 08:00-19:00. Tickets cost RM19.00 to/from Johor Baru, and RM22.00 to Singapore. The route from Singapore to Malacca is SGD20
Delima Express: Buses from Singapore to Malacca/ Malacca to Singapore. Tickets cost SGD20.80/RM22 (RM/26 in July 2017). The boarding location at Singapore is City Plaza @ Payar Lebar. Online bookings are available.
Mayang Sari Express: Buses to/from Johor Baru. Tickets cost RM19..
MCW Express: Frequent express services to Muar, Johor
707 Travel: Favourite bus company of Chinese-Singaporeans going to Malacca. Departs 4-5 times to/from Malacca (Melaka Sentral) and Singapore (Queen Street). Does not stop at Yong Peng, so the trip can be as short as 3.5 hours. SGD25 from Singapore; RM25 from Malacca. In monsoon season around New Year's prices are SGD20 from Singapore. There are horror stories coming out of this company but don't be put off. Their communication may be a bit poor but if you take too long to get through customs, you just need to show the next 707 bus your ticket and you will be on your way. However, it is not fun hanging out on the Malaysian border as there is no air conditioning.

By Boat

Daily ferries run to and from Bengkalis, Dumai and Pekanbaru in Sumatra, Indonesia. All ferries arrive and depart from the Harbour Master's jetty (Jeti Shahbandar) at Taman Melaka Raya near the Maritime Museum.

Getting there:: Malacca Town Bus No. 17 (Green) goes near the Harbour Master's jetty which is just down the road from the Red Square.

From Dumai
Tunas Rupat Follow Me Express. operates 1 ferry daily (Indomal Express). They depart Malacca for Dumai at 09:00. Journey time is just under 2 hr. Tickets cost RM110/170 1-way/return.. edit Malacca ticketing booth, Jln PM10 Melaka Raya, ☏ +60 6 281 6766 (office), +60 6 283 2506, +60 6 283 2516. edit
Dumai agent (PT Pelayaran Nasional Malindo Bahari), Jl. Jend. Sudirman 4, ☏ +62 765 31398. 08:00-17:00. (updated May 2019 | edit)

From Pekanbaru
Tunas Rupat Follow Me Express. Has ferries from Pekanbaru to Malacca on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 09:00. From Malacca to Pekanbaru, they depart on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 09:30. The journey takes about 6½ hours. Tickets cost RM120/210 1-way/return from Malacca to Pekanbaru. edit Malacca ticketing booth, Jln PM10 Melaka Raya, ☏ +60 6-2816766, +60 6 2832506 (office), +60 6 2832516.
Pekanbaru agent, Jl. Tanjung Datuk No 153, Pekanbaru, ☏ +62 761 858777.
NNH Ferry Services, Malacca ticketing booth G-15, Jln PM10, Plaza Mahkota Melaka Raya, ☏ +60 6 288 1334. Runs the Pelita Jaya ferry from Malacca to Pekanbaru on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 09:00.

From Bengkalis
Laksamana Group (Malacca ticketing office stalls on Jln PM10, Plaza Mahkota Melaka Raya). Has ferries from Malacca to Bengkalis in Riau Province, Sumatra, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays departing at 11:00. Ferries connect to Selat Panjang where there are onward ferries to Batam and the other Riau Islands. From Bengkalis, ferries depart on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 09:30.
Mulia Kencana' (Malacca ticketing office Stall No. 5, Jln PM10, Plaza Mahkota Melaka Raya), ☏ +60 13 373 3545 (mobile), +60 16 682 6896, +60 12 339 8428. Operates three ferries a week from Malacca to Bengkalis. Ferries connect to the town of Pakning. From Malacca, ferries depart on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 13:00. Tickets cost RM50/80 1-way/return. Tickets from Bengkalis to Pakning cost a further Rp 10,000.

Bengkalis are not listed as a visa-free or visa-on-arrival point of entry into Indonesia. However, those entitled to visa-free entry, or at least Malaysian passport holders, do not seem to face any problems.

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Getting Around

Malacca is by no means a small city, but most of the main sites are within easy walking distance from each other and are best explored on foot. Be mindful not to hold up traffic while taking pictures of buildings. The locals have generally good driving sense and adhere to traffic laws.

By Car

Streets in the older/historical part of the city are very narrow, so they quickly become clogged during peak hours. This is especially so during the weekends, when cars from other parts of Malaysia and from Singapore flood to the city. Finding a car park lot is also extremely difficult during weekends. Most of the roads are also one-way, so plan your route properly.

By Public Transport

Malacca Town Bus No 17: Melaka Sentral Terminal to the historic core, Mahkota Parade, Melaka Raya and the Portuguese Settlement. The fare from Melaka Sentral to Makhota Parade is RM1.50 to 2.00 (August 2018). The last bus from Melaka Sentral leaves at 20:30, after which you would have to take a taxi which costs RM25 to Mahkota Parade, or Uber/Grab for RM8. To find bus No 17 at Melaka Sentral, either look for a blue sign saying "Domestic Buses" or ask someone where it is. The domestic bus area is located to the rear of the Sentral Terminal. The domestic terminal section is a semi-circle arrangement, with parking bays for buses numbered 1 to 18. For the No 17 buses to the historic core, you need to go the No 17 bus bay. Also just inside the doors where the public buses depart, is a small desk for information. On the way back from Makhota Parade, bus 17 goes along the main road (Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz or Lebuhraya Coastal) to the south of the Makhota Parade shopping centre, across the big bridge over the harbour and then its turns north on the road with the same name and right again to Jalan Kubu before stopping next to the Tamil Church next to Jonkers Walk. From this stop, it takes 10-15 min back to the bus station rather than 1 hour if you take it going the other way. To get to Melaka Sentral from Jonker Street, walk to the north end of Jonkier St, to a bus-stop opposite the Tamil Methodist Church (Perhentian Julan Kubu) or outside the Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTM) City Campus on Jalan Hang Tuah and take Bus No 17 (RM1, 10 minutes).
Malacca Town Bus No 8: Melaka Sentral to Town Square for RM1.
Malacca Town Bus No 18: Melaka Sentral Terminal to Tengkera and onwards to Pokok Mangga
Malacca Town Bus No 19: Melaka Sentral Terminal to Ayer Keroh (Melaka Zoo and Taman Asean/Malaysia). The fare from Melaka Sentral to Ayer Keroh (Melaka Zoo and Taman Asean/Malaysia) is around RM3
Malacca Town Bus No. 50: Melaka Sentral Terminal to the Mahkota Parade shopping centre and nearby seafood restaurants
Kenderaan Aziz (red and white): Buses from Melaka Sentral to Muar via Padang Temu also go past the historic core, Mahkota Parade and Melaka Raya

Generally the bus system in Malacca is worse than chaotic: there doesn't seem to be a schedule (one can wait for more than an hour for a bus on the coast just north of Malacca), and information about where and what buses to catch at Sentral is non-existent (you may get lucky looking at the printed paper displays near the front of the busses).

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Malacca is a culturally diverse city, and this is reflected in the number of languages in use in daily life. As in other parts of Malaysia, Malay is the lingua franca, and English is widely spoken in tourist areas and among upper-class locals. The ethnic Chinese community mainly speaks Hokkien, though many are able to speak Cantonese and Mandarin as well. The ethnic Indian community mainly consists of Tamil speakers, though there is also a significant Sikh minority that mainly speaks Punjabi. The Peranakan community speaks a distinctive Malay-based creole with strong Hokkien influnces known as Baba Malay, while the Portuguese-Eurasian community speaks a Portuguese-based creole known as Kristang.

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Besides the usual Malaysian fare, you'll be able to sample some rather peculiar Malaccan food. On top of the list is of course Peranakan or Baba-Nyonya food, which until recently was totally uncommercialised and confined to the kitchens of old grandmothers. Now, there is a string of restaurants claiming to serve Peranakan food, but most unfortunately seem to be on the tour bus circuit. The dishes are slightly different from those of the Penang Peranakan. Usual ones include ayam pongteh (chicken in bean sauce, originally cooked with pork), ayam buah keluak (chicken cooked with a bitter fruit) and a whole array of desserts. Another famous Malacca dish is what is commonly called "chicken rice ball". Although it is called Hainanese chicken rice, it is not from Hainan, China, but invented by the Hainanese immigrants to Malaysia a long time ago. The chicken for this dish is very much the same as the boiled chicken offered throughout Malaysia; what is unique is the rice - it comes in ping-pong sized balls. Yet another Malaccan speciality is satay celup. It is like lok-lok found in other parts of the country but instead of dipping your skewered foodstuff (fishballs, crabsticks, meat, prawns etc.) into boiling water, you dip them into a boiling vat of satay sauce. The sight of boiling satay sauce may not appeal to you but the crowds at the satay celup outlets seem to suggest that many have overcome their phobias.

Of course, Malacca is where you'll find Portuguese-Eurasian food. The greatest concentration of outlets is at the Portuguese Settlement. Seafood is popular, as are the fiery "devil curries".

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.

Chung Wah Restaurant (中华茶室, Kedai Kopi Chung Wah), Kedai Kopi Chung Wah 18, Jl Hang Jebat (first white building on the right after crossing the bridge towards Jonker Walk). 08:00-13:00. An early purveyor of Hainanese chicken rice balls in Melaka. The building dates from the early 1900s, and the restaurant is family run. You might have to wait in a line for at least minimum up to an hour if you turn up after 10AM RM 8 per person minimum.
Famosa Chicken Rice Ball, 28 and 30, Jl Hang Kasturi (corner of Jln Hang Kasturi and Jl Hang Jebat-Jonker Walk). Open daily until 23:00. A huge restaurant serving the dish in an alluringly bright red building. It also has branches in Jl Bendahara, Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall, Tesco Malacca and Jaya Jusco Malacca in Ayer Keroh. Very slow service, but food is prepared very quickly so freshness is in question. Some hardcore connoisseur of the dish regard this as a tourist trap and its quality not up to mark. Chicken (better said bones without meat) with rice balls costs RM4.60.
Hoe Kee Chicken Rice, 4, Jl Hang Jebat (few steps nearer to Malacca River from Famosa). Open daily 08:30-15:00, closed last Wednesday of the month. You should get here early or you'll end up in a queue to get a table. This is an original chicken rice ball shop, and for most, the taste here is simply incomparable to the newer competitors. This outlet has been operating in this small corner for decades, but still attracts lots of customers.
Jalan Kee Ann. Daily 18:00-23:00. Open-air eating stalls for locals and visitors. It is a good place to eat and see the world go by while eating in the open air. Local cuisines include won ton mee, popiah, yew keow, sugar cane water, sup kambing, MN and satay.
Hing Loong Taiwanese Noodle, 11-J, Jalan Bachang. Located out of the town center but have been discovered by many non-Malaccans. Tasty beef, fried pork chop or pig trotter noodles in soup or in sauce. About RM4 a bowl.
Capitol Satay Celup, 41, Lorong Bukit Cina (a short distance away from the centre of town). You pay for what you eat and at the end of the meal, the skewers are counted. RM0.80 per skewer.
Portuguese Settlement. Popular for its fried squid, Portuguese baked fish. Local favorite stalls are numbered 1 and 7.
Tengkera Mee Soup, Jl Tengkera (near the famous Tengkera Mosque). Open from mid-afternoon until when the noodles are sold out.. Many varieties of noodles are served Chinese style by a Malay/Muslim vendor and are Halal.
Pak Putra Tandoori, Jalan Laksmana 4, ☏ +60 12-601 5876. 5PM-1AM. Very popular (touristic) north indian food restaurant. Food tastes very good. Famous for their naan and tandoori. Tandoori or dish for 11RM.
Restoran Selvam, No 2 Jalan Temenggong (right next to Public Bank), ☏ +60 6-281 9223. Popular for their vegetable banana leaf rice. Extra vegetable sauces and papadum are free. Service can be almost rude sometimes but the food tastes great. Banana leaf rice for 5.5RM, roti/thosai under 3RM.
The Seafarer Restaurant, ☏ +60 6 315 2693. 1516, Batang Tiga, Tanjung Kling (Nearby Klebang Beach). Enjoy a variety of Peranakan, Chinese, Western and Seafood cuisines encompanied by gentle sea breeze ambience. Opens daily with nightly live music. Dance floor,big screen projector & bar with virtual golf simulation are available. Watersports activities such as waterski, jet skis, banana boat rides, kayak and sunset cruise are available upon bookings.
Cafe 1511. Serves local specialities at attactive prices in the same beautifully restored building as the Baba Nonya heritage museum
Geographér Cafe, 83 Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Walk), ☏ +60 6 281 6813. The restaurant/bar occupies a renovated old Malacca shophouse. Comfortable, lively and noisy restaurant/bar serving Malaccan standards. Occasional live music.
Kapitan House, ☏ +60 6 282 6525, ✉ kapitan8@streamyx.com. No. 71 & 73, Jalan Merdeka, Tmn Melaka Raya, Melaka. (Between Eon Bank and Classic Bridal Studio). The main chef of this restaurant is Kenny Chan, the celebrity chef also known for his stint on RTM, Nyonya Baba. He also has his own line of sauces known as Kenny's Delights. The food here is truly authentic dishes cooked by Nyonya families. On weekends, they serve an array of homemade 'nyonya kueh' for lunch, amongst them are very traditional apam berkuah and kueh bongkong.
Restoran Ole Sayang. 198, Jalan Melaka Raya. One of the original Peranakan restaurants in town.
Restoran Makko. 123, Jalan Melaka Raya. A few doors down from Ole Sayang. Closed on Tuesdays.
Restoran Peranakan. 107, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Heeren Street). Enjoy the experience of eating good Peranakan food in the airy courtyard of a huge Peranakan house. Standard dishes available. Count on about RM10-15 per person.
Restoran Nancy's Kitchen. 7 Jalan Hang Lekir (off Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock). Closed on Tuesdays. Unpretentious, affordable Nonya food. Try specialties like sambal sotong petai (squid with a spicy tangy sauce with bitter beans) and their smooth-skinned popiah (spring roll) in an old Peranakan house. Counter doubles as a shop selling all sorts of kueh and kaya. (The restaurant is non-halal.)
Riverine Coffeehouse, ☏ +60 17 755 6767, ✉ riverinecoffeehouse@gmail.com. No 108 Lorong Hang Jebat (1st Cross Street). Opens daily from 11:00-00:00 offers river view dining in the evening. Home cooked style Peranakan dishes also offers Nyonya pastries and Colonial Western food.
Sibaraku, ☏ +60 6 282 4869. Level 2, Mahkota Parade, no. 1 Jalan Merdeka.; 2 branches of the same restaurant side by side; one branch serves only Japanese cuisine à la carte; the other branch serves eat-as much-as-you-like Chinese and Japanese cuisine (mostly sushi - about a dozen types to choose from, okonomiyaki, etc.); some of the dishes are buffet style (they are already cooked; you help yourself with them), other dishes the cook will cook them in front of you; soups, salads, cakes, other desserts (custard, mousse, etc) free flow cold and hot drinks also available; unlimited buffet dinner RM25.90 plus 10% on weekdays; limited buffet dinner (12:00-22:00 only, choose only from about 15 dishes, only one serving per dish but free flow cold and hot drinks) RM15.80 plus 10% on weekdays.
Sajian Ummie Seafood Restaurant (at Umbai Floating Seafood Village about 14 km from the city), ☏ +60 13 340 0664, +60 13 365 1970. It's the special place to eat fresh seafood with your own choice from grilled, sweet and sour, steam, 3 rasa, special Malay sauce, asam pedas and many others. Fresh seafood from fish, crab, prawn, cuttle fish even a variety of shell ready for you.
Man jing Yuan Seafood Restaurant (滿景園活海鮮飯店) (At the heart of Malacca, Kota Laksamana Utama, near Marvelux Hotel), ☏ +60 12 603 3888, +60 16 660 0222 (Mr. Lim). They serve fresh-from-water seafood, include famous Soon Hock fish(marbled sleeper), unbeatable freshness taste with various cooking style, specially prepared by 'Ah-Liang', the head chef.
Coconut House Studio, 128, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Heeren Street). Popular for its wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas, which you can eat in a renovated Peranakan house complete with a courtyard. Service may be a bit slow when there are crowds. The same people run a similar outlet in Kuala Lumpur.
Wok and Pan:East Meets West Cuisine, 22G PM4, Plaza Makhota. Popular for its pork ribs and pork chop. It also serve Chinese and local cuisines. The boss is the former head chef for Renaissance Hotel.

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When in Malacca, don't miss the cendol ("chen-dul"), a sweet dessert of coconut milk, lurid green noodles and gula Melaka (Malacca sugar), made from palm sap.
Jonker Walk has many food and drinks outlets which serve Nyonya laksa (laksa with coconut milk) and desserts like cendol, including the sinful durian cendol.
Limau Limau Cafe, 49 Jonker St. Wide selections of fresh juices, milkshakes and lassi, with no water or sugar added. They sell Lavazza coffee.
Clocktower cendol, Jalan Laksamana. Located by the Malacca River opposite the Red Square clock tower. Another Malacca legend, the cendol served by this Indian-Muslim hawker is superb. You can have it plain or with red bean and is a wonderful thirst-quencher when doing the historical sights circuit.
Indian rojak It used to operate out of a mangosteen-shaped stall (hence he's also known as "Mangosteen cendol") but now has a more conventional-looking stall.
Far East Café, 19, Jl Hang Lekir (Jonker Street), ☏ +60 6 286 3853, +60 12 696 6277. 23:00 till late. Reasonable selection of drinks, quiet and unpretentious. Good for a quiet drink. More a restaurant than a bar. On the expensive side by local standards, small portions and meat is more bones than anything else. Inside it's quiet, but the outside part is very noisy because you can hear the music from all the bars on the street, plus cars and trishaws going past.
Honky Tonk Haven Cafe, ☏ +60 12 6050446. 68, Jl Lorong Hang Jebat (1st cross street, turn left off Jonker Walk). Small pub/cafe with view onto the Melaka River at the back. Run by a husband and wife team. (Gunabalan. Chilled beers and stout are sold. Sit at the riverside walkway at the back after a hot sultry malaccan evening and enjoy the view. Live entertainment on week-ends. Weekdays music is piped country and jazz music selections. Open Tu-Su 18:30-00:30.
Libra Restaurant and Cocktail House, 15 Jl Hang Lekir (Jonker St), ☏ +60 12 222 7718, +60 16 617 1777. Su-Th 18:00–02:00, F Sa 18:00-03:00. Wide selection of beers and cocktails.
Ringo Cafe, 11 Jl Hang Lekir (Jonker St), ☏ +60 16 354 2223. F Sa holidays 18:00–02:00. Drink beer through the night with an awesome one man show live music. Ringo entertains with his singing, guitar and harmonica skills.
Visioners Mode Karaoke and Bar, G-21, PM4, Plaza Mahkota, ☏ +60 17 455 5818. 18:00–02:00.
Geographer Cafe, 83, Jalan Hang Jebat (middle of Jonker Street), ☏ +60 6 281 6813. M-Sa 10:00-01:00, Su 08:00-01:00. A great crowd fusion of westerners and locals, a best chill out place with some cold beer on a warm night with live music and a small open dance floor. Great place to mingle away.

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Backpacker's Freak Hostel (背包客栈, ホステル), 1-25 Jl PM2, Plaza Mahkota (Located on 1F), ☏ +60 6 286 6879, ✉ Matahari_melaka@hotmail.com. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 12:00. 14 rooms with or without air-con, one 4 beds air-con mixed dormitory. Hot/cold showers 24/7, Balinese style common area and cable TV/movie room, kitchen facilities provided for guests. Clean, with friendly staff and quality beds. Free Wi-Fi throughout, free breakfast, easy going and low density. The owner, Sean, speaks good English. Air-con dorm RM16-18, Single RM26-28, Double/Twin room RM36-50, Triple RM60-66.
Chong Hoe Hotel (忠和旅店), 26, Jalan Tukang Emas (Goldsmith St, opposite of Masjid Kampung Kling), ☏ +60 6 282 6102. Air-con and TV rooms without bathroom for RM30 and air-con singles/doubles with TV and bathroom for RM50 onwards. The rooms are nice and clean, Wi-Fi in rooms. A/C room w/ TV RM30, A/C w/ bathroom RM50+.
Discovery Cafe & Guesthouse, 3 Jalan Bunga Raya (Panorama Melaka shuttle bus or bus 17 and stop at Stadthuys.), ☏ +60 6 292 5606. 3 min walk from the central historic area. Nice bar. Rooms are dirty, noisy and small, with choice of with and without air-con. Free secure Wi-Fi and computer desktops. The owner is very friendly and helpful. Will arrange taxis and bus transport. Downstairs cafe is a piece of museum. The terrace turns into a fairly lively nightspot after dark, with live music every night and cheap beers. RM40/night or RM30/person, also mixed or female dormitory RM17/bed (8 beds) or RM23/bed (4 beds).
House of Kititto, 50A/52A Jalan Portugis (2 min walk from Jonker St.), ☏ +60 6 281 1105. Mixture between ordinary guesthouse and homestay, 9 assorted rooms available. Operated by young couple, Kent/Monica, who love travel and happy to share travel tips with their guests. Free wifi. This is at least temporarily closed; check the website before making plans. A/C room RM60, fan room RM45, fan single room RM25.
Jalan Jalan, 8, Jalan Tukang Emas (Blacksmith St, one block north and parallel to Jl Hang Jebat or Jonker Walk, just up the road from Sama-Sama Guest House), ✉ jalanjalanguesthouse@yahoo.com. Similar to Sama-Sama, budget fan equipped dorms for RM18. A very cute backpacker’s place with a serviceable staff with a pleasant outdoor garden. The A/C rooms are located a hundred meters down the street. Free tea or coffee, no breakfast. Fan dorm RM16, A/C dorm RM20, double w/ fan 40RM.
L'Armada Guesthouse, 36a Jalan Kampung Hulu, ☏ +60 18-222 9029. The rooms and toilets are very clean. Nice living room with free tea and coffee the whole day. Free Wi-Fi. The owners are very friendly and helpful. Close to Chinatown, river view in some rooms. Seasonal pricing from RM34.
Old Town Guesthouse, Jalan Temenggon (get off the bus at Bukit Cina), ☏ +60 6 286 07 96. Nice and very friendly family guesthouse owned by a French guy and his Malay-Chinese wife. The place is very clean and has a great atmosphere. The rooms and the bathrooms are clean. Free Wi-Fi, laundry service, breakfast included, kitchen, tv room, bike to rent, books echange, nice communal area. Dorms and rooms available. RM35-50, Dorm RM12.
Ringo's Foyer, 46A Jl Portugis, ☏ +60 6 281 6393, +60 16 668 8898, ✉ ringosfoyer@gmail.com. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 11:00. Just far enough out of central Chinatown to be quiet, but close enough to be convenient. The dorm/showers have been renovated recently. Clean, free highspeed Wi-Fi, Free coffee and tea all day, and simple self service breakfast in the morning, Run by a cheerful owner/manager (Howard) and has a relaxing rooftop chill-out and smoking area. Free bike tour on the weekdays and BBQ on the rooftop on the weekend.
River View Guest House, 94-96 Jl Kampung Pantai, ☏ +60 12-327 7746. In the heritage district of Chinatown, back terrace overlooking the river. Recently converted Chinese shop house, spacious clean fan rooms, shared shower rooms, high quality beds and bedding. All rooms have windows. Use of kitchen, Wi-Fi. No children. Charming owners. Twin room w/ fan RM45, king room w/ air-con RM60.
Tang House, 80-1, Jl Tokong (from Clock Tower, walk down Jonker's Walk for 5 min until you reach the big stage. Turn right and Tang House is directly across the street.), ☏ +60 6 283 3969, ✉ tanghouse@live.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. In a completely renewed century old historic house. All rooms have air-con, free Wi-Fi, 2 free computers, breakfast available, common area with TV, fully equipped kitchen. Very clean with a family atmosphere. Friendly and helpful staff. 5 min walk to many delicious eateries, bars and shops. Single RM35, twin RM55, triple RM70.
Voyage Guest House, 12 Jl Tukang Besi (Goldsmith St, close to the street following the river). A laid-back guesthouse opened by the people who used to run Sama-Sama (now Laysang Laysang). Rooms are basic, with no air-con. Large, friendly hang-out area and occasional live music, and a nice back courtyard. Laundry available. RM20-35 (July 2017).
Holitel, G-20K Jalan P.M 5, Plaza Mahkota. Standard rooms with air-con and a private bathroom, rooms are really clean. Friendly and helpful staff. RM50+.
Le Village Guest House, Jl PM4, 39 Plaza Mahkota (opposite Taming Sari City View Tower, walk 100 m down the street Jl PM1 and it's well signed at corner with Jl PM4), ☏ +60 13 355 0235, ✉ levillagemelaka@yahoo.com. Check-out: 14:00. New clean place from same owner as Oasis GH in KL. One 7-bed mixed (ceiling fans) dormitory. Common area with couches and TV/movie room, kitchen facilities provided for guests, western/asian toilets. Free Wi-Fi, free tea/coffee, free hot and cold water from dispenser, free left luggage, free city map, no curfew/24 hr reception, paid laundry service/PC. Carpets everywhere, no shoes. Dorm RM12, single RM20, double room RM35-40, triple room RM45.
Samudra Inn, 348b, Jl Melaka Raya 3 (beside the 7-Eleven store at the bottom of this street), ☏ +60 6 2827441. The hotel is on the second level, you have to use the staircase to go up to the locked gate of the hotel; you have to leave your shoes at the staircase after you enter the gate. Lounge with TV and refrigerator. Laundry service available, rate around RM1.50 per shirt; guests will be given a key to the locked gate. Room rates are posted clearly on a white board at the reception. Dorm RM15, single RM20, w/ attached bathroom RM20+.
Time Hotel Melaka, Lot 467, Jl Melaka Raya 12, ☏ +60 6 292 1311. air-con rooms, all of which have cable TV, comfy duvet, and private hot and cold rainshower. High-speed Internet access, currency exchange, and business centre. While staying here, you can visit some interesting places like A'Famosa Fort, and Jonker Walk.
Travellers' Lodge, 214b Jl Melaka Raya 1, ☏ +60 6 226 5709. Large, friendly hostel in a convenient location near several attractions. Rooms are clean with fan or air-con and en suite bathrooms available. Kitchen, laundry, roof terrace and cafe with internet access. Movies are shown every night. Good value. Fan room RM25+.
Travellers Planet Hostel (旅行者の惑星ホステル, 旅客星球背包客旅馆), 1-19, Jl PM 3, Plaza Mahkota, ☏ +60 6 2861 699, ✉ travellersplanetmelaka@yahoo.com. 13 budget rooms with private attached shower rooms. Hot and cold showers, small library with book exchange. Common area with a Malay style living room and TV/movie room, kitchen facilities provided for guests. Clean, with friendly staff and quality beds. Free Wi-Fi throughout, free breakfast, easy going and low density. With fan, with air-con, or air-con +en-suite, RM20-70.
The Trend Hotel, 216-220 Jl Melaka Raya 1, ☏ +60 6 286 1199. Friendly, helpful hostel staff. Rooms are clean with bathroom, big windows and TV and the air-con is very strong for the small-sized rooms.
D'Laksamana, 6 Jl Kota Laksamana 1/4, Taman Kota Laksamana (near Casa Del Rio Melaka), ☏ +60 6 281 2203, +60 16 6445595, ✉ d.laksamana.gh@gmail.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. This cozy little hotel is located just 5-10 min walk to the Jonker Walk. It has 2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom and 1 single bedroom, providing shared bathroom, towel, drinking water, Wi-Fi, and breakfast at Cafe 1511. Bicycle for rent for RM5 a day. The staff is very helpful and friendly. Make you feel right at home. RM60 for single bedroom, RM90 for double/twin bedroom.
Ismah Beach Resort, Pantai Padang Kemunting, Pengkalan Balak, Masjid Tanah (Next to the Turtle Sanctuary), ☏ +60 6 384 8141, +60 12 6505852, ✉ info@ismahresort.com. RM80-RM160.
Palembang Villa-holiday home/homestay, Datuk Palembang, Bukit Baru (10 min from City Central), ☏ +60 16 665 7338, ✉ palembangvilla@gmail.com. Bungalows and semi-detached, houses each with at least 4 rooms, bathrooms/toilets and full air-con. Monthly rate can be separately arranged for the homestay. Room rates RM 100-200. Daily rates, packaged rates and long stays available-contact Mr Tay Mee Leong.
Atlantic Park Hotel, 9830 Bukit Baru, ☏ +60 6 281 0989, fax: +60 6 281 5894, ✉ aphotel@gmail.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. from RM68.
Aldy Hotel, 27 Jalan Kota, ☏ +60 6 283 3232, fax: +60 6 286 3236, ✉ info@aldyhotel.com.my. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. from RM140.
Baba House, 125-127 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, ☏ +60 6 281 1216, fax: +60 6 281 1217, ✉ thebabahouse@srikota.com.my. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. RM115-148 plus tax.
Da Som Inn, 28 Jalan Tukang Emas (Opposite of Kampung Kling Mosque), ☏ +60 6 286 6577, ✉ dasomin@hotmail.com. Check-in: 13:30, check-out: 12:00. RM118-219 plus tax.
Heeren House, 1 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, ☏ +60 6 281 4241, fax: +60 6 281 4239, ✉ info@heerenhouse.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Rooms with all facilities face the Malacca River and include breakfast. Cafe and craftshop downstairs. RM139-259.
Hotel Puri, 18 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, ☏ +60 60 6 282 5588, fax: +60 6 281 5588. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. RM140-500.
Twenty Melaka Guesthouse, 20 Jalan Hang Jebat, ☏ +60 6 281 9761. Occupies the former Atlas Ice building, one of the oldest concrete buildings in Malaysia. New, clean, air-con, continental breakfast included, internet, located in the heart of the tourist area. There is a restaurant next door which can be loud at night. Please note that all bathrooms here are on sharing basis. RM95+.
Fenix Inn, Jl156, Jl Merdeka, Taman Melak a Raya. Rooms are equipped with wired broadband internet, ASTRO CableTV, Attached bathroom, air-con room etc. Room Rate from RM98 net. Internet cafe on the ground floor that may be used by non-guests, RM4/hr
Hotel Tropicaville Malacca, 7-11, Jl PM15, Plaza Mahkota (in the Taman Melaka Raya area near the jetty for ferries to Dumai, Indonesia), ☏ +60 6-282 7311. 3 star. RM88-198.
Queenspark Hotel Melaka, 43, 45, 47 Jl Melaka Raya 24, Taman Melaka Raya, ☏ +60 6 281 1188, fax: +60 6 281 1187, ✉ qphotel@steamyx.com. Rooms with all facilities, Astro satellite channel, internet broadband access, air-con room, coffee/tea making facility, own hot/cold shower bathroom, near to shopping havel, food court and commercial and banking centre. RM88.00 nett for superior twin/double. Deluxe room RM118 nett, family room RM148 nett.
Sunsui Hotel Melaka, No. 39, Jl PM3, Plaza Makota, ☏ +60 6 281 8051. Rooms are equipped air-con and Wi-Fi, ASTRO cable TV. attached bathroom. RM98 ++.
Marvelux Hotel, 6 Jl KLU 1,Taman Kota Laksamana Utama, ☏ +60 6 281 8888. Established since November 2011. Featuring its strategic location, within 5 minutes drive from heritage site. Free scheduled shuttle bus between hotel and Jonker Street, Mahkota Parade Shopping Centre for hotel guests. Room Rate from RM148.00 nett.
Everly Resort Hotel. 3 star boutique hotel. RM110-500.
Hotel Hallmark, ☏ +60 6 281 3409. Two star budget hotel. 78 furnished rooms, standard, deluxe and family suites. Private bathrooms, air-con, 20in colour TVs and IDD are some of the hotel's facilities including spa service. Modern card-access locking system is provided to room doors.
Hotel Johan, Melaka Raya.
Hotel Seri Malaysia Melaka, Lot PT 12332, Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Ayer Keroh, ☏ +60 6 232 8460. 6 air-con rooms, all with cable TV, a coffee/tea maker, a private toilet and bath. Swimming pool. Café with international cuisines. Surau prayer room for Muslim guests. Best rates on official website start at RM170.
Putra Sayang Resort, Pantai Padang Kemunting, Pengkalan Balak, Masjid Tanah, ☏ +60 6 3848946, +60 19 389 4196, ✉ putrasayangresort@yahoo.com. RM60-200.
The Stable Melaka Guesthouse, No. D, Jl Hang Kasturi, ☏ +60 12 623 4459, ✉ enquiries@musanglena.com. RM250-350.
Hotel Super Cowboy (formally Straits Meridian Hotel), 1, Jl Malinja, Taman 1004 Malinja, Bukit Baru (10 km from Melaka Airport - faces the Jalan Tun Razak Expressway, which connects Jasin District and Alor Gajah District.), ☏ +60 6 284 1166. 81 air-con rooms and suites are furnished with a coffee/tea maker, refrigerator, and IDD phone. Each accommodation has a private toilet and bath. Other in-room features include a digital safe, prayer mat, and bottled mineral water.
Lekiu Melaka Guesthouse, 45 Jl Hang Lekiu, ☏ +60 12 623 4459, ✉ enquiries@musanglena.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. From RM999-1099.
Hotel Equatorial Melaka, Bandar Hilir, ☏ +60 6 282 8333, fax: +60 6 282 9333, ✉ info@mel.equatorial.com. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. 5 star. RM410-RM3300.
Mahkota Hotel Melaka, 16 Jl Syed Abdul Aziz, ☏ +60 6 281 2828, ✉ reservation@mahkotahotel.com.my. Comprised of one main block and eight apartment blocks. It's adjacent to Melaka's two main shopping and entertainment complexes: Mahkota Parade and Dataran Pahlawan. Short walking distance to Melaka's City Business Hub - Melaka Raya, as well as various Heritage Historical sites and places of interests. RM204-549.
Arenaa De Luxe Hotel, No. 222 (Lot 639) Jl Ujong Pasir, 75050, ☏ +60 6 288 3399, ✉ inquiry@arenaahotels.com. RM149-1080.
Avillion Legacy Hotel, 146, Jl Hang Tuah, ☏ +60 6 281 6868, ✉ inquiry@goldenlegacy.com.my. 5 star. RM165-1,080.
The City Bayview Hotel, Jl Bendahara, ☏ +60 6 283 9888, fax: +60 6 283 9888, ✉ bayviewmelaka@bayviewhotels.com. 4 stars. Renovated in 2006. 192 rooms, internet access; deluxe rooms and studio suites have private Jacuzzis. Swimming pool, dance club, sports bar, 6 F&B venues, including Tourism Melaka Awards (2005) winner of the Best Chinese Restaurant in Melaka. From MR150.
INB Resort, Lot 3169 Simpang Padang Keladi Lebuh Ayer Keroh, ☏ +60 6 553 3024, ✉ helmeyb@hotmail.com. Friendly, family-run resort style accommodation in Ayer Keroh town. RM120-200.
MITC Hotel Melaka, Lot 15232 & 15233, Jl Food City, Melaka International Trade Centre, Ayer Keroh.

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Internet cafés are available in cities and major towns. Wi-Fi hotspots can be found in shopping malls, restaurants, food courts and cafés. Many of these hotspots are provided free-of-charge. Internet cafés can also be found in cities and towns.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Malaysia is on the GSM 900/1800 and UMTS (3G) mobile network. If you have an "unlocked" GSM band mobile phone, you can buy a prepaid SIM card and use it with your phone here for cheaper rates instead of roaming here. Prepaid mobile SIM cards are available cheaply at mobile phone shops and 24-hour convenience stores.

Below are the area codes in Malaysia:

01Mobile Phones (nationwide)
02Singapore (special access code to call Singapore)
03Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor
04Penang, Perlis, Kedah
05Perak
06Negeri Sembilan, Malacca
07Johor
080Brunei (special access code for use in Sabah and Sarawak only)
08xSabah, Sarawak (x determines the region)
09Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan
1-300Non-geographical numbers (local call rate)
1-800Non-geographical numbers (free call from landline, local call rate from mobile phone)

Area code is not required when calling a number of the same area code. However, it is mandatory when calling from a mobile phone.

There is no charge for receiving calls on any Malaysian phones. Only the caller is charged for the call made. However, if you're on mobile phone roaming service, you will also be charged for any calls received, by your operator.

To dial out of Malaysia, use the international access code 00 (zero zero), followed by the country code, followed by the area code (remove the preceding 0, if any), and finally the telephone number.
e.g. To call London, United Kingdom, dial 00-44-20-xxxx xxxx; or to call Dallas, Texas, United States, dial 00-1-214-xxx xxxx.
For mobile phones, the plus sign "+" can be used as the international access code.
e.g. Using the previous scenario, type +44-20-xxxx xxxx or +1-214-xxx xxxx and press the call button.

The country code for Malaysia is 60. To receive calls from overseas, that person will have to dial the country's international access code, followed by 60 for Malaysia, followed by the area code (remove the preceding 0), followed by the phone number.
e.g. If your prepaid mobile number is 012-1234567, and someone in the United Kingdom were to call you, the number to dial is 00-60-12-1234567. Those calling you from the United States and Canada will have to dial 011-60-12-1234567.

The emergency number is 999 and can be dialled from any phone, free of charge. The worldwide standard emergency number for GSM mobile phones, 112, can also be used on a mobile phone, even without a SIM card. Calls to 112 will be routed to 999 centres.

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.

If you need to receive mails or packages from home, there is Poste Restante service available at all General Post Offices (GPO) in the country. There is one GPO in almost every capital city of every state, and in all federal territories. Mails sent from Singapore and Brunei will be retained for one month while mails from all other places will be kept for two months, after which if unclaimed, will be sent to the Dead Letter Office.

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.

Electricity

Electricity voltage in Malaysia is 240V AC 50Hz. The UK 3-pin plug is the standard used in Malaysia. European 2-pin plug can also be used on the 3-pin socket by inserting a screwdriver (or any hard object that fits) into the earth pin hole to open the live and neutral shutters. However, this practice can be hazardous.

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