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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.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Malacca?

A: If you don't enjoy city driving and you're going to be spending most of your holiday in Alor Gajah, consider using public transportation or ride-share services. You can always grab the keys to a rental car if you feel like skipping town. Regional Malacca has some glorious landscapes crying out to be explored. Peruse our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Malacca, secure your ride and cruise around in comfort.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Malacca?

A: Offering 39 International flights every month, Malacca Airport (MKZ-Batu Berendam) is where most people touchdown when visiting Malacca.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Malacca?

A: From luxurious options to those which just offer the basics, there's ample choice. Many travellers choose to relax and unwind in hotels. Other popular places to stay are private holiday homes, apartments and guest houses.

Q: What does a holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Car and flight. Flight and hotel. Car and hotel. Hotel, car and flight. You get the idea. You can lock in as little or as much as you like, all in one place. To squeeze the most out of your time away, check out our activities and experiences while you're at it.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Malacca?

A: You'll score discounts if you combine your Hotels and Flights. It's simple (and easy on the wallet) to create your own package with the help of Expedia. So what are you waiting for? It's time to turn those travel dreams into reality and see more of our amazing planet for less.

Q: What are the best things to do in Malacca?

A: Alor Gajah sure does pack a punch when it comes to attractions. If you're holidaying in this popular city, kick off your sightseeing at Freeport A'Famosa Outlet. Make a beeline for Hospital Alor Gajah and A'Famosa Water Theme Park later on.

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