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Enjoy the fusion of Malay, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and British cultures and architectural styles in this picturesque historical city on Malaysia’s west coast.

Once a bustling trading port, Melaka (Malacca) has a layered history of architecture and culture and is now an internationally recognized heritage site. The diverse mix of temples, mosques, churches and Dutch government buildings, China Town and a Portuguese fortress give this city a truly unique feel.

From Kuala Lumpur, you can reach Melaka in a couple of hours by car or bus. Once there, the Melaka Town Bus can get you around the historical city. Flag down a trishaw, easily spotted thanks to their flowery decorations, or rent a bicycle to explore the sights at your own pace. A lot of Melaka’s attractions and shops close on Tuesdays, so plan accordingly.

Enjoy fresh Portuguese and Malay seafood dishes in the small fishing village known as the Portuguese Settlement, southeast of the city center. Admire the A Famosa ruins and its 16th-century St. Paul’s Church.

More European influence came from the Dutch, who evicted the Portuguese and ruled the port city for more than 150 years. Remaining examples of Dutch architecture are the Red Square’s striking 17th-century Stadthuys (City Hall) and 18th-century Christ Church. The Stadthuys is now the Museum of History and Ethnography.

Get a glimpse of how the Malays lived before European settlement in the Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum. On the waterfront, immerse yourself in Melaka’s trading history and explore the Quayside Heritage Centre and the Maritime Museum in a replica Portuguese ship.

At night, take a river cruise to see the historic waterfront warehouses and churches in a different light and sample typical Chinese-Malay cuisine afterwards. In Chinatown (Bukit Cina), the hawkers at the Jonker Street Night Market serve delicious food, skillfully prepared in front of you. Order chicken rice balls and hunt for souvenirs and antiques after your meal.

To end your day, stroll along the Melaka waterfront for a view of the brilliantly lit mosque, Masjid Selat Melaka, on nearby Melaka Island.

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Doubletree by Hilton Melaka SG$75
Doubletree by Hilton Melaka

Doubletree by Hilton Melaka

Hattan City, Jalan Melaka Raya 23, Malacca
    of 5, from 248 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Malacca, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Portuguese Settlement, Hatten Square and Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall. Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall and A Famosa are also within 1 mile (2 km).

    Hatten Hotel Melaka SG$72
    Hatten Hotel Melaka

    Hatten Hotel Melaka

    Hatten Square, Jln Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, Malacca, Malacca
      of 5, from 3,043 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in the heart of Malacca, this spa hotel is steps away from Hatten Square, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall and Mahkota Medical Center. Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall and A Famosa are also within 10 minutes.

      Novotel Melaka SG$67
      Novotel Melaka

      Novotel Melaka

      Jalan Melaka Raya 2, Malacca
        of 5, from 777 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in the city centre, this hotel is close to Mahkota Medical Center, A Famosa and Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum. Also nearby are St Paul's Church and Red Square.

        The Pines Melaka SG$79
        The Pines Melaka

        The Pines Melaka

        33, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang, Malacca
          of 5, from 644 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly Malacca hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Peter's Church Melaka, Jonker Street Night Market and A Famosa. Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall and Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall are also within 2 miles (3 km).