Malacca Tourism Guide

Malacca Tourism Guide

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Language
Malay

Currency
Malaysian Ringgit 

Visa
Required on entry (30 days stay)

Cost of a beer
15 MYR (avg)

Cost of a Meal (2 people)
50 MYR (avg)

Average Room Rate(3*)
100 – 400 MYR

SG$1 = 3.13 Malaysian ringgit (Exchange rates can vary)

There’s no holiday destination quite like Malacca: a Malaysian state that can be found on the Malay Peninsula’s southwest coast. It has a captivating colonial history that is displayed in astounding detail across its museums and impeccably preserved landmarks. The city’s rich heritage coupled with its sites of natural beauty, extending across luscious forestry and unspoilt beaches, makes it no surprise that the centre of Malacca City has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Whether you want to dive right into to Malacca’s unique culture, experience its energetic nightclubs, take your taste buds on an international journey in its many world-class restaurants or simply unwind in a comfortable hotel room, this handy travel guide will help you plan a truly memorable adventure.

Top Attractions

Malacca is a wonderful destination that combines the very best of a city break with a relaxing beach holiday. Start your trip by taking in the view at the Menara Taming Sari, a huge tower that offers incredible 360° views of Malacca.

 

Malacca City is a bustling metropolis that is home to around 500,000 people. However, there are plenty of ways you can reconnect with nature here. Take a stroll around the Botanical Gardens and enjoy the peace and quiet. Alternatively, you could head to Malacca Zoo and see some of nature’s most incredible creatures up close. Here you will also learn about the zoo and the efforts taken to preserve endangered species.

 

You really can’t head to Malacca without taking in the beaches. Make sure you take time to leave the city and head to Pulau Upeh, an idyllic island in the Malacca Strait that is home to the extremely rare hawkbill sea turtle.

Things to do in Malacca

Discover the incredible museums, landmarks and beautiful gardens that are scattered across the city of Malacca. There’s so much to do here to really connect with your unique holiday destination.

“Malacca is Malaysia’s historic Portuguese outpost, since this is where the Dutch built churches and buildings when they had a settlement here centuries ago. Today, Malacca, on the southwest coast of the peninsula, is on most tourist itineraries, with its colorful night market and scenic canals that wind around the town. “

By Max, Go Nomad

“The beautiful state of Malacca known for being rich with history as well as its heritage buildings, is definitely a worth visit. Not only does it take you back in time with the structures and colonial feel, it’s also a food lovers paradise especially Jonker Street with its array of local cuisines to savour. There’s no limit to the culture and art Malacca has to offer.  “

Harimini, https://deeperthanfashionmy.com

Menara Taming Sari

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Malacca is a beautiful place to visit and the best way to view the city in all its majesty is in Menara Taming Sari, a revolving tower that offers you incredible 360° views as you climb ever higher above your surroundings. From here, you can see China, the Straits of Malacca and even St Paul’s Hill. If you’re ever at a loss for where a major tourist attraction is located, this is an easy way to avoid needing a map! Although it is a ride in the sense that it moves up and down and spins, it’s a very gentle movement so there’s no need for those who aren’t a fan of thrill rides to be concerned. This is all about that amazing view. The best time to come is on a night, when the city lights shine brightest.

Address: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia
Price: Adult – MYR 23, Child (below 12 years) – MYR 15

Malacca River Cruise

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Not quite a thrill ride but a treat for the sense nonetheless, Malacca River Cruise is a gentle, slow, serene ride around Malacca. Here you can see the city in a way you can’t anywhere else. There’s wonderful pieces of artwork and murals on the walls, as you make your way past the traditional Malay village, Kampung Morten. It’s a great way to get to know the city. In fact, you may find yourself planning other parts of your trip based on what you see right here. The ride lasts around 45 minutes and is a little expensive for the time slot, but if you’ve never been to Malacca before, this has to be a must see trip. Do keep in mind, you do tend to get a little wet during the journey, so only wear clothes you don’t mind feeling the damp. Alternatively, you can bring a small cover to avoid being splashed.

Address: Jalan Laksamana, Malacca
Price: Adult – MYR 15, Child (under 12 years) – MYR 5

A Famosa

a-famosa-in-malacca (512x288)Back in 1511, Portuguese naval forces found their way on Malacca’s shores and after conquering the land, they built an enormous fort in order to keep this incredible valuable piece of land. It was coveted for its potential use as a port between them and China, so there was plenty of money to be made between two major nations and A Famosa was the key to keeping their prosperity alive. It was an epic building upon its completion: gigantic and fit for its military purpose. There were four towers originally, which held the officers’ quarters, the captain, their ammunition and more. However, the land was too valuable to be kept forever. They were defeated by the Dutch army in 1641 who were subsequently defeated by the British. Due to the military significance of the fort, the decision was made to tear the tower down lest it fall into the hands of Napoleon. But a small monument was kept and today, a small gate is all that’s left of this once towering fort. It’s free to visit and is a must see for history buffs.

Address: Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir, 78000 Alor Gajah, Malacca, Malaysia

Price: Free

“For an immersive experience in the melting pot of cultures in Malacca, I recommend strolling around the historic centre. Discover the stories behind the centuries-old monuments, stop at the food stalls for a tasting, pop into the art/antique galleries and museums along Jonker and Heeren streets, chat with the local artists and ask them about their heritage and favourite Malacca food/restaurants. “

By Keith, Velvet Escape

Botanical Garden

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Enjoy a stunning, scenic environment where you can jog, cycle or simply walk around and enjoy gazing at over 300 species of flora and fauna. Located just outside the city, you’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of those busy streets between these branches. It’s completely free to visit, with over 90 hectares to explore. It’s open between 9am to 5pm on weekdays and 9am – 6pm on weekends. In fact, it’s so large, it’s less of a Botanical Garden and more like a miniature rainforest. There’s also some monkeys hanging around here from time to time, along with some birds flying around. So if you love nature and are looking for a cheap way to spend a few hours, this might be the ideal destination for you. There’s even a book village where you can look through hundreds of titles. What’s better than a new book while being surrounded by the majesty of nature?

Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Malacca
Price: Free

Malacca Zoo

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If there’s one thing you want to know when visiting a zoo, it’s that the animals are well looked after and that those who care for them are really interested in not just their well-being, but the well-being of their species as well. Malacca Zoo prides itself on being an ethical zoo, with its motto “Recreation, Education and Conservation” being more than just a slogan. While here, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature’s fantastic beasts, but you’ll also be given the opportunity to learn about all these different species and about how the zoo makes efforts to preserve endangered species. Fun and educational, this is the ideal family day out. The keepers here go to a great effort to explain as much as they can about the animals, so you can get the best experience possible. We encourage you to tag along to the keeper talks if possible, which are available from 12pm on weekends.

Address: 75450 Malacca, Malaysia
Price: Adult – MYR 23.70 (includes a bottle of mineral water), Child (age 4-12 years) – MYR 17.80 (includes a bottle of mineral water)

Kampung Morten (Village Morten)

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To really get to grips with the culture of Malacca, visiting the Kampung Morten, also known as Village Morten, is am absolute must. This is local life the traditional way. I many instances, this area is like a stopped clock for what was once most of Malacca. But there’s more to this than just looking around a quant village. There’s also plenty of open houses to visit, so you can get a feel of what life is like here. In fact, many operate as mini museums that stand like scattered time capsules across the village. You really feel like you’re an explorer here rather than just an attendee at a museum and that all adds to the fun and authenticity of this experience. The tour guides here, available in various spots, are terrific. They’re very passionate about their home: we mean that literally, it often is their home they are showing you around, and are full of interesting stories rich in detail. It’s also a great place for architecture and photography enthusiasts, with plenty of stunning buildings to appreciate. If you really want to get the most out of Kampung Mortem, it’s best to go at nights when the lights really highlight the natural beauty of this remarkable place.

Address: 136, Kampung Morten, Malacca
Price: Donation

Malacca Warrior Monument

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A tribute to those who tragically lost their lives, the Malacca Warrior Monument was built in 1948, right at the end of World War II. It pays tribute to those that passed away as a result of Imperial Japan’s occupation of the area. It was renovated in the seventies in order to better memorialise the dead. If you wish to pay your respects to those who lost their lives, the Malacca Warrior Tribute stands tall in Bandar Hilir.

Address: 75000 Bandar Hilir,, Malacca, Malaysia
Price: Free

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

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There’s a ton of great museums in Malacca, and why wouldn’t there be? Theirs is such a fascinating history and with so much to cover, one building simply won’t do. Here at the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, you can learn all about the history and culture of the ethnic Chinese Malays. We recommend it alongside other notable museums such as the Aborigines and the History and Ethnography Museum to get a fuller understanding of the city. Don’t worry, there’s so much to learn and see that there’s little chance of things getting repetitive. It’s not the biggest building: it’s housed in a townhouse that was legitimately lived in by a Baba-Nyonya (another name for ethnic Chinese Malays, alongside Perankan) family and has been kept in its authentic condition ever since. The items inside display their culture in beautifully put together displays, which are then brought to life by their team of passionate guides.

Address: 48-50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia
Price: Adult – MYR 8, Child – MYR 4

History and Ethnography Museum

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If you want to get to grips with the history of Malacca, there’s no better place than their incredible History and Ethnography Museum. It creates a complete picture of the town’s past, right up to modern times. It’s a truly fascinating history that spans from Malacca’s birth in 1400 right up to their independence less than a century ago in 1957. It’s a fascinating, eclectic and truly original history that really brings Malacca’s unique personality to life. You’ll likely leave seeing your holiday destination in a whole new light after spending hours pouring through their giant collection. Considering the size of the building and the amount to see here, this is a very cheap day out for how long you can spend here. Some might say that the building itself is a work of art, emblazoned with a delicate red that stands out from all but a few buildings anywhere in the town.

Address: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia
Price: Adult – MYR 2, Child / Students – MYR 0.50

Beaches in Malacca

Pulau Upeh

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This little legendary island is world famous for the migration of an extraordinarily rare sea turtle known as the hawkbills. Every summer, between March and June, they move on mass away from the beach in order to lay their eggs. This truly amazing natural event is well worth seeing, and can only be viewed right here. Long before it became a tourist attraction, the island was used a look out point during the Second World War. If you’re looking for a beach with a difference, you won’t find many more unique than Pulau Upeh.

Tanjung Kling

This beautiful beach has been meticulously kept over the years, making it one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in all of Malaysia. There’s nothing like having the sun kiss your back as the waves splash over your toes on a beach of crisp golden sands, while surrounded by stunning greenery. If you’ve had a long day in the city and are looking for some relaxation, Tanjung Kling is a dream come true.

Pantai Kundur

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A place of great peace and serenity, the fact that Pantai Kundur is known as one of the quietest beaches in Malacca should tell you a lot about just how tranquil a place this is to visit. Your only company is likely to be the odd tourist and the fishermen making their way to and from work. A perfectly picturesque spot, you’ll feel a million miles away from all your troubles in this perfectly preserved slice of nature.

Shopping in Malacca

Get shopping in some of the fantastic stores, malls and markets across the city. Whether you are looking for familiar international brand names or exquisite local merchants, you’ll be in retail haven in Malacca.

Dataran Pahlawan

 

Easily among the biggest malls in the city, Dataran Pahlawan is filled to the brim with everything from the best of local good and independent stores all the way up to the biggest international brands. Best of all is the local food bazaar, which has an amazing selection of local delicacies unavailable in most other malls. It’s a great selection all round for the bargain buyer to the luxury traveller.

Address: Dataran Pahlawan Malacca Megamall, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 10.00 – 22.00

Hatten Square Suites & Shoppes

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Hatten Square Suites & Shoppes is another large mall, this time found in one of the richest parts of Malacca, the World UNESCO Heritage City. This is a four-storey complex, with the bottom floor being home to everything IT related, from mobile phones to computers, alongside Haagan-Dazs’ sole outlet in the city. The first and second floors are focused on a wide range of fashion stores. Despite its prestigious location, there’s no need to break the bank here with plenty of bargains to be found. There’s much more to browse here too so take a look around and enjoy.

Address: G-006, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Costa Mahkota, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00 – 22:00

Jonker Street Shopping

 

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A wonderland for those shoppers looking for an experience unique to Malacca, Jonker Street Shopping is best known for showing off the very best in local stores, produce and culture. This is all about your small independent stores so don’t expect any Starbucks or KFCs round here. But who needs those big brand names when you have the best selection of exquisite independent street food outlets money can buy?

Address: 75200 Malacca, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs, closed & Fri- Sun, 18.00 – 00.00

“Jonker Street Night Market is the place to be if you’re visiting Malacca on a Friday or Saturday night. From 6PM, vendors will line the streets selling everything from fanciful souvenirs to household equipment, street food like Satay and Char Kway Teow to Instagram-worthy food like Raindrop Cake and Dragon’s Breath. Don’t forget to try the Gula Melaka Cendol from Jonker 88! The icy harmony of coconut milk with palm sugar is refreshing and definitely a taste to remember!”

By Jiayu Lin, Fly Honey Stars

Fun Facts

  • Malacca dates back to 1402: It was founded by Paramesawar, the last king of Singapura. He ruled from 1389 to 1398.
  • Melaka has a long history of invasion: In its long history it has been under the control of the Portuguese, Dutch and British.
  • Malacca is a diverse and culturally rich place: As an ancient port, Malacca has a diverse population, with 63% Malays, 25% Chinese and 6% Indians.

Food in Malacca

Tuck into some truly tantalising dishes at one of Malacca’s many world-class restaurants. This is truly a city with something for everyone, from meat-free menus to wonderfully authentic flavours.

Nancy’s Kitchen

 

Nancy’s Kitchen serves up a wonderful blend of Chinese, Malaysian and traditional Peranakan cuisine, the latter of which might be the best of its kind anywhere in the area. This restaurant may have a western sounding name but it is very much steeped in a great love of traditional eastern cooking. Here, it’s all about quality, so don’t expect enormous portions of mediocre food: this is about small, delicate portions masterfully prepared for discerning palettes. Be sure to book in advance, as they are very popular and can book up fast.

Address: 13, Jalan KL 3/8, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia

“When in Melaka, you might see restaurants serving Portuguese food. Don’t make the mistake of assuming the food is akin to what you might find in Portugal itself. Due to Melaka’s long history as a crossroad between east and west, the Portuguese cuisine here is markedly spicier and makes use of more spices than its European counterpart. Make sure to try the ‘Devil’s Curry’!”

By Bino, I Wandered

Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant

Looking for world class Indian cuisine? Then look no further. The Pak Putra Tandoori and Naan Restaurant is rightly considered among the top Indian restaurants in Malacca. There’s a huge focus on flavour here and each dish is infused with ultra-precise traditional spice blends that really show how much love goes into the food. The meat is tender, the rice is fluffy, the sauce is to die for. Not only that, but the portions here are known for being very generous, which is astonishing both for the price and considering the quality. Don’t turn up full: you’re in for a feast.

Address: 58, Jalan Kota Laksamana 2/3 & Jalan Kota Laksamana 2/4, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia

Veggie Planet

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There’s a good reason why we said that Man Yuan Fang is “quite possibly” the best vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Malacca. That’s because it has Veggie Planet as its competition. While it doesn’t have the innovative dishes of its rival, it’s anyone’s call who offers the best dishes. All the food served here is made at peak freshness with only the best ingredients. The meals are well presented and taste even better than they look. This is a must visit destination for veggies and meat eaters alike.

Address: 41&43, Jalan Malacca Raya 8, Taman Malacca Raya, Malacca 75200

“Malacca is definitely my food mecca of Malaysia! Chendol, perenakan food, curry noodles and lok lok! I also enjoy strolling the streets of Jonker Walk which takes me back to the 1980s and I really love taking in the magnificent sights of the historial 16th-century Portugese St Paul’s church and the Dutch-era Christ Church.”

By Flora, http://floraisabelle.com

Nightlife in Malacca

Experience the infectiously energetic atmosphere that runs through this incredible city every evening in one of Malacca’s many wonderful bars and clubs.

Geographers café

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As great a place to eat as it is to drink, i’s hard to know what the Geographers Café is best known for. Could it be their world class menu, offering delicious dishes at great prices? Or maybe it’s their rip-roaring night time transformation, where this chilled out hang out spot becomes one of the liveliest places in Malacca, featuring incredible local live bands. Very few places can boast being one of the best spots to eat and be among the elite of music sports in the city.

Address: Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia

Mixx Club

The Mixx Club is all about atmosphere. Night after night, they drive in crowds with their high energy beats and cool youthful vibe. They play host to the best live bands and the top DJs around depending on when you arrive, so if you check their schedule, there’s something here for all types of music lovers. Their restaurant is also top notch and is considered by many to be one of the best Japanese eateries in the city.

Address: Plaza Mahkota, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia

Reggae On the River

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Renowned as one of Malacca’s top nightlife scenes, Reggae On the River is a club that very much delivers what it promises. Is there anything better than trying a deliciously authentic Caribbean cocktail while looking out at lights flickering on the river below? If your answer is “well perhaps if we had some great reggae music to go with it” then you’ve found as close as you can get to a tropical paradise without stepping foot in Jamaica itself. Wonderful, happy atmosphere and great prices are more reasons why this place is a winner.

Address: 88, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia

Top Tips

  • Avoid changing money in banks: You will save more money in private exchange offices; these can be found in busy tourist spots and major shopping centres.
  • Tipping is generally not accepted in Malacca: In some large restaurants service charge is included in the total score; it is usually 10% of the total. Everywhere else, do not live a tip.
  • Tourists should be careful: Malacca is one of the quietest and safest places to visit in Malaysia, but criminals do operate. Tourists should take care not to walk down remote areas alone, or walk around with valuables.

Hotels in Malacca

Luxury Hotels in Malacca

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A truly classic display of extravagance, The Majestic Hotel more than stands up to its namesake. This is not a modern looking hotel. Here the focus is very much on an older style of luxury than many of its contemporaries. But this is a hotel that proves that some things are so good, they don’t need to be changed. With a beautifully ambitious and elegant style and décor, you’ll feel like you’ve transported into an amalgamation of everything you’d imagine to be a royal residence from the fairy tales. This is no surprise, as the hotel is actually a converted 1920s mansion. It’s been updated in its facilities, so today you can enjoy a full service spa, a fitness centre, an outdoor pool, a library and a bar, among other facilities. Despite all these modern comforts, the original charm of the place is kept completely intact. The Majestic Hotel has something few others do and that’s a distinct personality and character. Even the restaurant is keen not to forget its history: it includes all your local favourites but also modern twists on colonial classics.

The Casa Del Rio does not fall into the trap that many luxury hotels do of thinking that they can just throw money at things and they’ll come up with a great hotel. Money cannot buy you style or taste and it’s here where this luxury accommodation really comes into its own. If you’re someone who wants high-end accommodation but are put off by flamboyant displays of extravagance, if you prefer your five stars to be more suave and sophisticated in showing off its luxury, then The Casa Del Rio is an ideal find. There’s a sense of warmth here, like you’ve come back home. It’s a hotel that’s old fashioned in a way, more like a European palace than a flash of glitz and glamour. But if you’re thinking that this means it might seem a little subdued for the price you’re paying, never fear. The obvious quality of your surroundings is overwhelming. It doesn’t need to hit you in the face with it. Instead you soak it in all around you. The hotel also has a great restaurant that is more than worthy of its location. Other facilities include a fitness centre, a spa and a shopping centre but most beautifully of all, there’s a beautiful outdoor pool that overlooks the nearby city and river.

With its cool, crisp surrounding, the Hatten Hotel Malacca will engulf you with its decadent presence. Decked out in a stunning Art Deco style, each one of the 704 guest rooms features thoughtful touches to meet your every need, including plush seating areas, flat screen TVs, coffee makers and even rainfall showerheads in the en suite bathrooms. There’s more than just a sleek style here though. This spa resort also has plenty of substance with awe-inspiring city views and indulgent facilities, such as a full-service spa, fitness centre and bar. The dedicated service here means you’ll feel pampered from the moment you step through the door.

Mid-Range Hotels in Malacca

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You might think that you need to spend a lot of money to enjoy a luxury holiday. Well, the Hotel Puri is here to prove you wrong, offering extravagance on a mid-range budget. The furnishings, considering the price, will have you double checking you’ve come to the right hotel. You’ll struggle to find anywhere that can match this level of value, with rates costing as low as SG $50 a night. There’s even chandeliers… in a three-star hotel. How they’ve managed to pull all this off without upping the prices is simply astonishing. Alongside that, there’s some equally high-end décor: most importantly of all, their beds are large and so comfortable that you’ll feel like you’ve fallen upon a cloud. There are five-star hotels out there that don’t come across as classy and elegant as the Hotel Puri. It’s also in a great location, within a reasonable walking distance from a lot of great places to visit. This is a true gem that dazzles bright in Malacca’s hotel market.

When you arrive at the Estadia Hotel in Malacca Town, you’ll find it hard to believe that the rates here start as low as SG $63. You’ll be greeted by sophisticated décor in its elegantly styled lobby, which carries through into its 196 warmly decorated guest rooms. Each one boasts unapologetically contemporary touches, featuring bright pops of colour along with refrigerators, coffeemakers, flat screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. The features and services here go above and beyond what you’d expect from this price range, offering everything from a fitness centre to onsite dining and a free area shuttle to take all the stress out of travelling around the city.

You may struggle to find any hotel that is as inviting and homely as the Gingerflow Boutique Hotel. With its charming and personable aesthetics, this Riverwalk Malacca hotel will prove to be your home away from home. It’s not just the incredible attention to detail that makes this place so special, with dark wooden floors, pillow top beds, free items in the minibars and complimentary toiletries. The impeccable standards of hospitality will make you feel like you are staying amongst friends, with staff that are always willing to go above and beyond for their guests.

If there’s one word to describe the Jonker Boutique Hotel, it’s chic. From the distinctively traditional furniture in the lobby to the eye-catching wallpaper in the guestrooms and the dark wooden bed frames, everything here is a treat for the eyes. Nestled in Malacca Town, this 3.5-star resort has more than just good looks going for it too. It’s located just a two-minute walk away from Jonker Street Night Market and close to the popular Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, so you can enjoy all the action that Malacca has to offer without venturing far from the tranquillity of your hotel room.

Budget Hotels in Malacca

 

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A little hotel with a big personality, the Herald Boutique Hotel doesn’t actually look very impressive from the outside. In fact, first impressions, while not awful, don’t exactly blow you away. On the inside though, all that changes. The furnishings here are very high class and the choice in décor is exceptional: a stunning mix of traditional and modern design philosophies blended together with such ease that it feels like this is how all hotels should look. This level of quality is practically unheard of in the budget market. In fact, you can get hotels costing a lot more than this that don’t have an ounce of the Herald Boutique Hotel’s style. Your rooms are just as good. They are an excellent size for the price, with rooms costing as little as SG $37 a night, and feature wooden floors, classically styled desks and a very large comfortable bed. In a great location close to several tourist attractions, it also comes with parking, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

A truly authentic local experience, there’s no slapdash attempts to make this budget hotel look like mutton dressed as lamb. The Layang Layang Guest House wears its humble design with pride, instead focusing on a beauty inspired by its surroundings. If you’re looking for luxury, then you won’t find it here. But if you’re looking to really get to grips with what it feels like to live in this city, there might not be any better place to stay than right here. Everything is stripped back to the basics: it’s simple but very comfortable. After a few days here, you may just grow an appreciation for a simpler life. With few bells and whistles to distract you, you really focus on getting the best cultural experience rather than overindulging. The staff here are wonderful and are as personal as the décor. None of this is to say they compromise on the modern comforts. The Layang Layang Guest House offers everything a budget traveller could need, including a full sized refrigerator and freezer, as well as air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

For a budget hotel costing as little as SG $27, the Fenix Inn in Malacca Town never compromises on the things that matter. It’s a hotel that is as confident as it is affordable, with its name and logo emblazoned in big gold letters on its façade. There’s a reason it’s so confident too, with warm wooden flooring, spacious headboards and plush bedding adding up to a minimalistic look. Guests here can also enjoy free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers, LCD TVs and a 24-hour front desk, while those that opt for the premier apartments can benefit from 54 beautiful square metres, featuring separate kitchen, dining and seating areas.

For more hotels in Malacca, explore the Expedia Singapore website and find the best accommodation for your stay.

Getting Around in Malacca

Taxi

Finding a taxi in Malacca is generally very easy and offers added convenience and comfort. You shouldn’t have to go far to find a metred taxi and there’s also chartered taxis available, but you must ensure that you decide upon your fare in advance in order to avoid any issues.

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Bus

The bus service in Malacca has a wide variety of options, which should take you to most destinations without an issue. Most busses depart from Melaka Sentral Terminal and more information is available at the station. There’s also the Panorama Malacca service, which is a hop on/hop off bus, meaning that you can get off whenever you please. These come in red and blue, with the red bus costing MYR 55 and the blue bus costing MYR 52.

Walking/Cycling

While walking and cycling routes in Malacca are very welcoming to pedestrians, it’s also a well sized city, so there will almost certainly be places that are too inconvenient to travel to by these methods. The traffic laws are generally adhered to, so it’s a fairly safe city to walk around. Bicycle hire is available and generally cost around MYR 10 plus MYR 250.

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Car

As mentioned, Malacca has a fairly safe road system. However, it’s a very complex city and can be tough for unfamiliar tourists to navigate around. There’s a confusing series of roads, many of them one-way, meaning a wrong turn can set you on a different course for quite some time. If you’re not familiar with the city, make sure you plan your journeys thoroughly to avoid disappointment.

Bike Share

Having only opened in September 2016, there’s only three Bikeshare stations open around A Famosa. Although limited options are available, this is a fun, convenient and affordable way to traverse the city and see all the beautiful landmarks and attractions up close.

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Trishaws

This unique form of travel is a fantastic way to get to grips with Malacca’s culture. The rates run fairly high at at around MYR 40 an hour, although this is not concrete, so ensure you agree on a price with your driver before setting off on your journey.

Best Time to Visit Malacca

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Malacca is blessed with a wonderful tropical climate. This means that it is a great destination to visit throughout the year. Hot and humid climates see temperatures rise to around 30°C, with the driest conditions being experienced in the months of October, April and early May.

For visitors who would prefer to avoid the intensity of the Malaysian sun, you are advised to plan your trip between June to November as the region experiences some relief from the heat during the rainy season.

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Getting to Malacca

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Malacca International Airport is situated in Batu Berendam in Malacca and serves the city. However, due to the close proximity with Singapore, it is advised that tourists opt for one of the many bus or coach services instead.

There are various companies that operate express services directly between Singapore and Malacca. These services are very affordable, with companies like Delima Express, Singapore Malacca Express, 707 Express, S&S International Express and KKKL Express all offering comfortable and convenient journeys. Most coach and bus services will terminate at Malacca Sentral. However, there are certain providers who offer routes to hotels in the city.

Travel times from Singapore to Malacca take between 3 – 4 hours, depending on the route. The duration of your journey will depend on traffic conditions, especially around the border where delays can be common.