Malacca

The Historical City of Malacca or Melaka is a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site and a unique place where different cultures meet and fuse creating a unique architectural and cultural townscape unparalleled anywhere in East and Southeast Asia.

Highlights

  • Malacca is a UNESCO World Heritage filled with colonial buildings, churches, squares and fortifications
  • The Stadthuys is probably the most famous landmarks in the heart of Malacca
  • Jonker Street night market on weekend is an extravaganza of street food and shopping
  • Malacca River Cruise is definitely one of the top attraction

Malacca is located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula and is right next to the Straits of Malacca.
With a such strategic position, Malacca was once a well-known international trade center in the East. Many traders from Europe, Arabia, China and India traded at the port of Malacca and from there were born many of the descendants that exist in Malacca to this day such as the Baba Nyonya.

One of the best places to learn more about the history of Malacca is the Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum. The palace is a wooden replica of Sultan’s15th-century palace. It showcases the regions’ rich history.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is one of the main attractions in Malacca set along Jonker Street. It’s the oldest Buddhist temple in the country and and one of the most lavishly decorated with sculptures and golden paintings.
The temple was awarded a UNESCO award for outstanding architectural restoration in 2003.

St.Paul’s Church is a historic church building in Malacca, Malaysia that was originally built in 1521, making it the oldest church building in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
It is located at the summit of St. Paul’s Hill and is today part of the Malacca Museum Complex comprising the former Portuguese fortress A Famosa  and the oldest -surviving Dutch building in the East, the Stadthuys.

The Stadthuys is the iconic landmark in Malacca also known as the Red Square. It was the official residence of the Dutch Governor and his officers. Now it’s home to the History and Ethnography Museum which displays the traditional costumes and artifacts throughout the history of Malacca.

Jonker Walk is the Chinatown street of Malacca, famous among the travelers because of its bustling open-air market on weekend nights. The market is well-organized and has a wide array of stalls, polite and friendly hawkers, bargains stores, as well as live music coursing throughout the street.
Jonker Street is also a haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters.

HOW TO GET THERE

Malacca is located on the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia facing the Straits of Malacca, about 147 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur between the states of Negeri Sembilan and Johor.

If you are in West Malaysia, the best way to travel to Malacca is by road. Travelling down sourth via the North-South Highway from the KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) takes only a mere 90 minutes. If you are travelling from Kuala Lumpur, the journey is about 2 hours. From Johor Bahru heading north, it’s only 2 1/2 hours away.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Year-round

ACCOMMODATION

Casa Del Rio

Casa del Rio hotel is the first 5-star Luxury Boutique hotel in Melaka built on the bank of the Melaka River, within sight of the historically significant Straits of Malacca. Designed to capture unforgettable views, the comfortable and luxuriously appointed rooms and suites of Casa del Rio Melaka are complete with all the modern amenities for guests’convenience.

The architectural design pays tribute to the Portuguese heritage of Melaka and the unique Melaka Sultanate. Whilst Casa del Rio Melaka blends with its historical surroundings, it also caters to the 21st century traveller with facilities such as an infinity swimming pool and high-speed internet access throughout the hotel

Hotel Puri
Hotel Puri Melaka is a boutique hotel in the heart of the old city of Melaka, surrounded by antique and bric-a-brac shops, it is only a stroll away from Melaka’s historical precinct.

The hotel is a carefully restored Peranakan house which once belonged to the decendants of an eminent philanthropist and rubber plantation owner, Tan Kim Seng. Extending 100 metres long, its distinct characteristics are its beautiful and intricately decorated façade and the impressive length of the house. Retaining its old charm, Hotel Puri Melaka provides modern amenities to the guests.

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